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Assistant Vice President for International Affairs

South Dakota State University (SDSU) invites applications and nominations for the position of Assistant Vice President for International Affairs.

The Assistant Vice President for International Affairs (AVP) will lead an integrated approach to the University's efforts to pursue its strategic international and global priorities. The AVP will provide dynamic leadership and vision to the Office of International Affairs and serve as the convener, coordinator, and facilitator of all institutional efforts that strengthen SDSU's global imprint. The Office of International Affairs is the comprehensive home for international student and scholar services, international undergraduate admission, study abroad planning, and international community connection programs. All services and activities are intended to enrich the experience of international students at SDSU and to expand global engagement for all students, faculty, and staff.

Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the AVP will lead a team of 12 staff in the areas of international student services and study abroad, while working across the institution to collaborate with and support faculty and staff engaged in a broad range of international activities. The AVP is the senior officer of the University responsible for ensuring effective policy and practice regarding immigration, international travel, and faculty-student exchange. A key partner with the AVP is the International Affairs Committee, a group of 11 faculty, staff, and students charged with advising the AVP on the strategic direction for international affairs, exploring and developing new international initiatives, and strengthening existing programs and services to achieve the institution's mission of providing a global education for all students.

The successful candidate will be a visionary leader with demonstrated experience in global engagement and international education as well as proven skills in academic administration, resource management and development, and program formation. An advanced degree is required.

From its roots as a land-grant university established in Brookings, South Dakota in 1881, SDSU today is a vibrant institution with research, education, and service offerings located throughout the state. SDSU is South Dakota’s first High Research Activity institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It competes in Division I athletics and is a member of the Big 12 Conference in wrestling, the Missouri Valley Football Conference, and the Summit League for all other sports.

SDSU’s attractive main campus is home to approximately 10,300 undergraduates and 1,700 graduate and professional students, with students coming from every state and 83 countries. The University offers over 200 academic programs through the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; College of Education and Human Sciences; Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering; College of Natural Sciences; College of Nursing; College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions; Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College; and Graduate School. Approximately 54% of SDSU students are residents of South Dakota, 39% are from other states, and 7% from other countries. They are able, engaged students, active student-athletes, club members and participants in arts and theatre activities. There are ongoing efforts to bring a greater global perspective to the campus and to increase all aspects of diversity. More about the University may be found at Learn more about Brookings by visiting

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

Inquiries, nominations, applications, and requests for the Leadership Profile are invited. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by May 10, 2019. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities andrequirements described in the Leadership Profile. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the university’s consultants Lucy Leske and Alejandra Gillette-Teran at Documents that must be mailed may be sent to Witt/Kieffer, 2015 Spring Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check. Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not available for this position.  

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South Dakota State University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.