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Company:
Association of Public & Land-grant Universities
Office:
Office of International Programs
City:
Washington
State:
District Of Columbia
Country:
USA
Posted: 12/4/2018
Associate Vice President, International Programs
Salary: $100,000 - $110,000

Summary

The Associate Vice President (AVP) will manage a Cooperative Agreement between USAID and APLU to provide programmatic and administrative support for the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD). S/he will also function as part of the Commission on International Initiatives (CII) team that develops and implements a comprehensive international affairs agenda for senior leadership at public research universities. Successful candidates will have a minimum of a master’s degree (Ph.D. is preferred) in the agricultural sciences (physical or social sciences) and ten years of relevant experience working with or in U.S. universities, as well as demonstrated experience in inter-institutional science collaboration in an international setting. This 75% position will be based at APLU’s office in Washington, DC and is funded through July 31, 2019, with the possibility of extension.

Background

APLU is a research, policy, and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening and advancing the work of public universities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. With a membership of 237 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and affiliated organizations, APLU's agenda is built on the three pillars of increasing degree completion and academic success, advancing scientific research, and expanding engagement. Annually, member campuses enroll 4.9 million undergraduates and 1.3 million graduate students, award 1.2 million degrees, employ 1.2 million faculty and staff, and conduct $43.9 billion in university-based research.

The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) was created in 1975 under Title XII of the Foreign Assistance Act to increase the engagement of US Title XII agricultural universities in the fight against global hunger and poverty. Since the creation of the Whole-of-US Government Feed the Future Initiative, the USAID Administrator has increasingly turned to the Presidentially appointed BIFAD to advise on issues related to Feed the Future. In addition to the convening of public meetings to highlight issues of importance to food security, the Administrator has requested that the BIFAD commission studies to analyze various dimensions of agricultural innovation and development in Feed the Future countries.

The AVP will function as part of the Commission on International Initiatives (CII) team, which develops and implements a comprehensive international affairs agenda for senior leadership at public research universities. CII facilitates the seamless integration of international dimensions into the learning, discovery and engagement missions of our APLU institutions. It fosters the development of globally competent students, internationally engaged faculty, and institutions capable of addressing global challenges. CII serves as an advisory body to APLU and is an integral part of APLU’s dialogue on comprehensive internationalization. Through CII’s International Advocacy Coordinating Committee, members develop and lead the advocacy agenda on Capitol Hill on international issues of interest to public universities.

Responsibilities

  • Achieve all stated objectives and outcomes outlined in APLU’s Cooperative Agreement with USAID on BIFAD, on time, on budget and in scope.
  • Oversee all administrative and logistical coordination of the BIFAD Secretariat, BIFAD Working Group and other BIFAD meetings/conference calls in accordance with APLU’s cooperative agreement with USAID.
  • Provide technical and programmatic support to BIFAD, either through personal expertise or access to expertise in the development and university community, to advance the goals of BIFAD.
  • Connect US public and land-grant universities to BIFAD to provide technical assistance, promote a robust exchange of information among the Title XII community and partners, and establish a communication strategy with the higher education community that promotes its engagement with BIFAD (e.g. information exchanges, preparation and distribution of BIFAD reports, preparation of briefing materials, webcasts of BIFAD public meetings, etc.).
  • Provide programmatic support to BIFAD for the development and implementation of one or two analytical studies each year, providing substantial research and coordination, and draw on technical expertise of consultants engaged by BIFAD.
  • Prepare quarterly, annual and final reports, and provide input into the monitoring and evaluation system of USAID.
  • Support APLU’s International Programs Office on issues of mutual interest to BIFAD and the university community.
  • Perform other duties as outlined in the cooperative agreement with the support of a Staff Associate 50%.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree (Ph.D. preferred).
  • Minimum of ten years of relevant experience working with or in U.S. universities, as well as demonstrated experience in inter-institutional science collaboration in an international setting.
  • Demonstrated experience in working on similar programs.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of the agricultural topics relevant to BIFAD.
  • Strong oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience organizing public meetings and events.
  • Ability to manage teams of professionals to produce key results.
  • Experience working with international development research agencies, governments of developing countries, and the private sector in developing countries is preferred.
  • Adept at using Microsoft Office applications.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally as needed.

To Apply
Please send a brief cover letter, and resume to APLU’s Human Resources Department at resume@aplu.org with the subject line: “Associate Vice President” no later than Friday, December 31, 2018.


This is a 75% position with an annual starting salary in the range of $100,000-110,000 funded through July 31, 2019, with the possibility of extension. For more information on APLU, please visit http://www.aplu.org.


APLU is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.