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Assistant Director of International Business Programs

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Position Status: Full-time regular
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Administrator, School of Business

Position Title & Department:

 Assistant Director of International Business Programs; Knauss School of Business
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Department Description:

The Knauss School of Business at USD embraces a stewardship approach to business education. Stewardship requires businesses to protect and care for society in pursuit of a greater good.  The Knauss School community of faculty, staff, students and graduates, embrace stewardship by applying values-driven, free-enterprise skills to improve businesses, industries, and the lives of people in our community and around the world.  We provide academically rigorous, relevant and values-based education and research.  Degree programs in the Knauss School of Business are AACSB accredited, with the undergraduate and MBA programs being highly ranked both domestically and internationally.  www.sandiego.edu/business/about/ 

The University of San Diego Knauss School of Business strives to create a welcoming environment that promotes diversity, equity, inclusiveness (DEI) and ethics, commensurate with our Catholic mission. We value students, faculty and staff from different backgrounds, demographics, experiences, perspectives and faiths.  For more information on how DEI is tied to our efforts in creating academic excellence, our development as civic and campus citizens, and the realization of compassionate service, you may review our webpage: https://www.sandiego.edu/business/about/diversity-statement.php

University Description:

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:
The Assistant Director of International Business Programs is exclusively responsible for the development and/or execution of 1) international business academic programs. 2) Student International Business Council student consulting club, and, 3) assisting duties to facilitate the growth of Ahlers as an academic center. Significant effort will be made to facilitate experiential learning opportunities for students in the area of international business, the development of international case studies, faculty publishing, and through the cultivation and dissemination of company consulting projects related to export and international trade opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises for the economic benefit of the San Diego region. International travel and working nights/weekends may be required from time to time.

Duties and Responsibilities:

International Business Academic Programs Support

  • Responsible for planning and executing academic support, conferences, databases for faculty research, and speaker series.
  • Collaborate with faculty to develop and implement databases that are required for faculty research programs. Set up access and security for those databases.
  • Plan, execute and advertise a series of academic speaker series/workshops to be held bi-monthly. Solicit nomination for speakers from faculty and publicize a schedule through KSB and other universities.
  • Plan and execute academic conferences.
  • Identify and recruit research sponsors
  • Manage and execute an annual in-person and quarterly online advisory board meetings
  • Support the selection of locations and companies for overseas study programs.

International Business Outreach Support

  • In collaboration with the Marketing and Recruitment team, create and execute a comprehensive marketing plan (social media, website, event sponsorship opportunities) to attract new clients, highlight clients’ experiences and build brand awareness of Ahlers.
  • Collaborate with partners such as the World Trade Center - San Diego, The Brink and USD’s alumni network to create a pipeline of company candidates.
  • Manage the client company application process and support pairing client companies with case-based learning opportunities within Knauss School of Business courses.
  • Develop a system to track program outcomes and relevant metrics through consistent client follow up and management of CRM database.
  • Identify new opportunities for community collaboration.
  • Act as the primary resource for all grant and externally funded opportunities and developments within the International Business community.  Identify and disseminate information regarding IB related initiatives at the state and local level, U.S. Commercial Service, Ex-Im Bank, etc. Research potential funding sources.
  • Guide participating companies through the STEP and ICEP funding application process.

Student International Business Council (SIBC) Support:

  • Manage and maintain the external operations of the SIBC through promotion of real-world experiences, leadership development and global impact for students.
  • Meet regularly with external stakeholders of the SIBC to initiate new projects and endeavors consistent with the mission of the SIBC—including donors for the SIBC.
  • Communicate and coordinate with the equivalent counterparts at SIBC-affiliated universities (currently Benedictine College and Notre Dame University).
  • Meet regularly with the Faculty Advisor of SIBC to coordinate planning, strategy, provide updates on progress of the SIBC, etc.
  • Initiate and manage real-world projects (e.g., consulting) with 8-12 client businesses for international business projects per year.  Design scope of work documents for each student project.
  • Attend business community events to promote SIBC and encourage participation by new client companies. Exercise self-initiative by continuously analyzing day-to-day operations of the SIBC.
  • Attend SIBC student meetings as needed and meet with student teams to review project deliverables and assess progress on the project schedule.
  • Design and manage the collection of data (surveys and evaluations) to assess program success, outcomes and community impact, identifying areas for modification.
  • Assist in developing an alumni network by working with the International Business Council (IBC) to promote alumni networking for current SIBC students and encouraging the growth and development of a robust alumni network.
  • Oversee travel logistics and accompany students on domestic and/or international travel to conferences, universities, classes, programs and events.   

Other duties as assigned.

Special Conditions of Employment:

Effective June 1, 2023, based on CDC guidance, the University strongly encourages all campus members to stay up to date with Influenza and COVID-19 vaccination recommendations.  For more regarding information USD's COVID-19 protocols, please visit sandiego.edu/onward.

Background check:  Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. 

Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business or related field of study from an accredited college or university
  • 3 years of experience in international business, international affairs, academic program management, and/or related topics

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters degree in business or related field from an accredited college or university
  • 3+ years experience in international business, international affairs, academic program management or related topics within a higher education setting
  • Understanding of the regional incubator network, international trade and investment and export assistance programs (national and regional)
  • Second language proficiency

Performance Expectations - Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Student-centric program development and execution.
  • Cooperating effectively as a team member with internal departments and external partners.
  • Assuming responsibility, dealing effectively with problems, and exercising independent judgment when making decisions.
  • Interacting with the professional community.
  • Presenting materials and training personnel.
  • Using independent judgment to take appropriate action on inquiries.
  • Self-motivated, and efficient
  • Ability and willingness to represent USD in the most positive manner.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities, programs, and demands.
  • Ability to focus on technical details in an environment with many distractions.
  • Ability to shift mental tasks from the minute and technical to interpersonal and creative at any given moment.
  • Exercising self-initiative and creativity.
  • Working with diverse personalities and backgrounds.
  • Being flexible and versatile in coping with evolving work situations.
  • Being able to handle the stress of last-minute deadlines and changes.
Posting Salary:

$5,546.67 - $5,958.33 per month; Excellent Benefits

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package including; medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University, and access to on-campus Fitness Centers.  Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer.  USD: Human Resources: Benefits

In addition, the Knauss School of Business offers two different compressed work schedule options following a 9/75 structure in which employees have 1 to 1.5 days off over every two-week period as well as a hybrid option for those positions that can complete some work remotely.

The salary range provided in this posting reflects what we reasonably expect to pay for this position.  Actual compensation offered or earned is dependent on experience, education and other factors including departmental budget.

Special Application Instructions:
Resume Required, Cover Letter Preferred
Click the 'Apply Now' button to complete our online application and, for full consideration, please upload a resume to your application profile for the hiring managers’ review.  You are also strongly recommended to upload a cover letter to your application profile for the hiring managers’ review.   If you have any questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at jobs@sandiego.edu.
Additional Details:

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Closing date: Open until filled 

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit www.sandiego.edu/smokefree.

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