The University of Saskatchewan values diversity, and Aboriginal engagement is a strategic priority.

Executive Director, International

Located on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River in the heart of Saskatoon, the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) is the core of a dynamic research hub set in an architecturally stunning century-old campus. Renowned for its cluster of world-class research centres and science facilities including the Canadian Light Source (the nation’s only synchrotron), the campus is a powerhouse of discovery and innovation that helps address challenges faced by people locally and around the world.  With stellar research teams, tools and facilities, as well as $200 million in annual research income over the last few years, the university has earned a place among the U15, the group of Canada’s top research universities. The U of S has been awarded two Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) and a Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF)—one of five in Canada.

Working with industry, government, and community partners, the U of S is known for its six signature areas of research: Aboriginal Peoples; Agriculture; Energy and Mineral Resources; Synchrotron Sciences; Water Security; and One Health—an integrated approach to human/animal/ecosystem health.  Our 14 colleges (including a full range of professional colleges such as medicine, veterinary medicine, engineering, agriculture, business and law) and three graduate schools attract more than 23,000 students from around the world. Our more than 147,000 alumni are spread across the globe.

The Executive Director, International (ED-I), provides pan-university leadership in the coordination and implementation of the U of S’ agenda for internationalization by supporting and guiding university-wide international activities across the full spectrum of academic programming, student mobility, research and outreach and engagement. The ED-I acts as a first point of contact for peer institutions internationally and helps shape and implement the University’s strategy for international engagement and for communicating a broad and strategic vision for international activities and the University’s role within an integrated global learning and research environment.

The ED-I provides leadership in helping the University capitalize on its specific and recognized strengths in the international realm: world-class research infrastructure; recruitment of world-leading researchers; increased emphasis on interdisciplinarity with established signature areas; above-average international student retention rates; a vibrant international student and study abroad centre; the second largest proportion of international graduate students in the U15; a highly regarded English Language proficiency training, and its lower international tuition.

The ideal candidate possesses a graduate degree and a strong track record of success coordinating and leading aspects of international strategy in a complex post-secondary environment or leadership experience gained in another service-oriented role offering coordination and strategic leadership to a diverse range of stakeholders.  A big picture thinker and a respected leader in the academy, the incumbent has experience providing strategic counsel to senior administrators, and success leading an organization towards the achievement of its goals and objectives. With a passion for global citizenship, the incumbent is a strong relationship builder and understandings how to build productive relationships with administrative leaders and faculty members within a university.

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The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.