Director at Webster University – Vienna
Webster University, a private, nonprofit university with its home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A., seeks an experienced, dynamic, and collaborative leader to serve as director of its Vienna, Austria campus. Nominations and applications are invited.
Founded in 1915, Webster University is the only Tier 1, private, nonprofit university with campus locations around the world. Webster University – Vienna was established in 1981, the second international campus in Webster’s network of campuses. Today, Webster has U.S.-style campuses in Geneva, Switzerland; Leiden, the Netherlands; Vienna, Austria; London, United Kingdom; Bangkok and Cha-am/Hua Hin, Thailand; and Accra, Ghana. Graduate programs are also offered in Shanghai, Chengdu, and Beijing, China. The newest international location, in Athens, Greece, has launched with study abroad programs.
Webster University – Vienna, in addition to its U.S. accreditation, is also accredited as an Austrian private university. The campus is home to approximately 600 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 90 countries and host to several study abroad students each term. Undergraduate students choose from five majors from Webster University’s colleges/schools of arts and sciences, business, and communications. Undergraduate certificates are also offered, in subjects such as Digital Media – Design & Production, Entrepreneurship, and Web Site Design. The Webster Scholars Program provides challenging curriculum for gifted students. Graduate offerings include programs in business, finance, international relations, marketing, and psychology.
In September 2014, Webster University – Vienna relocated to its new home, the Palais Wenkheim, near the Danube Channel. Constructed in 1826, the five-story building houses 17 classrooms, as well as library facilities, computer labs, student services and administrative and faculty offices.
The director of Webster University – Vienna serves as the senior executive officer of the Vienna campus, providing overall leadership and strategic direction aligned with the university’s mission and vision and the directives of the Office of the Provost, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Director of International Programs, the director of Webster University – Vienna is responsible for external outreach, enrollment enhancement, fiscal management, administration, personnel, facilities, planning, services, and activities for the Vienna campus.
Webster University – Vienna is poised for growth and excellence, and the director will play a vital role in leading the campus to grow enrollment and reach the next level of academic and operational excellence. He/she will develop and foster relationships with the business, government, and not-for-profit communities to enhance recognition of Webster University, its students and programs. He/she will work with internal and external constituencies, interacting with faculty, staff, students, and alumni, to champion the institution’s mission to transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence. The director will collaborate and work closely with Webster University’s other international campus directors, the deans of Webster University’s five colleges and schools, senior staff of the Office of the Provost, and the leadership of the offices of Global Marketing & Communications, Information Technology, and Alumni & Development.
The director will possess the following professional and personal attributes:
– Terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D., Ed.D., J.D., other doctorate); master’s degree with significant experience and proven organizational leadership will be considered
– Ability to provide strategic vision and inspiration for Webster University – Vienna and to engage constituents in the development and achievement of shared goals
– Ability to cultivate and maintain supportive external relationships with alumni and donors; the business, government, and nonprofit communities; industry partners; and the various constituents of Webster University – Vienna
– Ability to work collaboratively on common strategic goals with academic and administrative leaders from around the Webster network, including directors of the other international campuses, the deans of the schools and colleges, the Office of the Provost, and other primary offices at the main campus in St. Louis
– Knowledge of and experience in European, U.S. and Austrian academic leadership; familiarity with or willingness to become familiar with shared governance, accreditation processes, and higher education law and policy
– Commitment to high quality, innovative, U.S.-style student-centered learning and to providing students with transformative education for individual excellence and global citizenship
– Commitment to diversity and inclusion and demonstrated ability to work successfully in a diverse, multi-cultural, complex international organization
– Excellent communication skills, including public speaking, persuasive speaking and presentation skills; ability to advocate for Webster University, its students, and programs
– Fluency in English and German
Applicants must possess or be able to obtain employment credentials required to work in Austria.
Applications and Nominations: Applicants should send 1) a letter of interest which addresses the required qualifications; 2) an expanded résumé or curriculum vitae; and 3) names of three professional references to Vienna Director Search, or Vienna Director Search, Office of Human Resources, Webster University, 470 East Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, Missouri, 63119-3194, U.S.A. Nominations may be sent to the same addresses.
Review of applications will begin February 9, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.
Starting Date: June 2015 or as mutually agreed.
Webster University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action educator and employer. We are committed to maintaining a culturally and academically diverse faculty and staff of the highest caliber. We strongly encourage applications from those who identify as diverse in terms of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, and/or veteran status.