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University of Illinois: Associate Director European Union Center

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    Associate Director

    European Union Center

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    The Associate Director will execute the programmatic activities, manage staff, oversee the graduate program, manage budgets, and provide strategic guidance for developing core areas of the European Union Center (EUC) in a professionally efficient and effective manner. The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit


    • Provide administrative management of the European Union Center office including representing Director in his/her absence
    • Supervise and manage staff of the Center (hiring, training, delegating, and annual review of staff).
    • Oversee and lead center staff execution of extensive outreach programs to K-12 educators and students, business, media, and other constituents. Including, setting a vision and strategy for EUC outreach and how it fits with the rest of the Center’s vision and academic programs; determining in consultation with the Director the types of grants the EUC will pursue including grants that fund outreach initiatives; and, building institutional partnerships to deliver outreach programs.
    • Develop and strengthen relations with other European Centers in the U.S., and internationally.
    • Represent the Center in interactions with individual and institutional partners both within the UI and external to the University.


    • Manage grant execution to comply with University and funding agency guidelines, deadlines, and regulations.
    • Identify and evaluate potential external funding opportunities and prepare grant proposals in collaboration with Director.
    • Manage the Center’s grant budgets and accounts in collaboration with the Director, ensuring sound financial management in compliance with University, State, and funding agency guidelines.
    • Develop strong partnerships with affiliate faculty in order to ensure successful grant execution and reporting. [Works closely with faculty to ensure that funding is spent according to the grant stipulations, meets with faculty to learn about their current work and ways for them to partner with the EUC on grants and outreach programs.]


    • Direct the M.A. in European Union Studies (MAEUS) program, the Graduate Minor, and the 5-year BALAS/MAEUS track, including supervising personnel involved in the administration of the degree, marketing and admission, in-program advising, placement, and alumni relations.
    • Makes strategic decisions about the direction and content of the academic programs, including development and /or redesign of courses offered by the center.
    • Serve as Director of Graduate Programs and conduct annual student progress reviews.
    • Be a point of escalation for students and handle difficult and challenging student situations and issues.
    • Collaborate with the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS) and the Graduate College on all academic matters.
    • Teach and provide instruction for courses that support the MAEUS and the EUC’s academic mission, if needed.
    • Develop seminars, workshops, and conferences that support scholarly research on the European Union and transatlantic relations.




    • Master’s degree in an area relevant to international studies and programs;
    • International experience;
    • Management experience in a combination of the following: administration, fiscal, personnel, and general organizational responsibilities within a complex organization with a time-sensitive workload;
    • Project coordination;
    • Proven organizational talents
    • Ability to work harmoniously with faculty, staff, and students from a wide variety of disciplines, and with representatives from national and international institutions;
    • Sensitivity to the functioning of an interdisciplinary program within the context of a complex university;
    • Ability to work with faculty and government agencies, both in the United States and overseas;
    • Ability to assume responsibility and to work independently with minimum guidance;
    • Initiative and creativity in program development;
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
    • Strong computing skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and desktop publishing software, or similar



    • PhD in an area relevant to international studies and programs;
    • International experience in Europe;
    • Grant writing and management skills;
    • Working knowledge of one or more European languages other than English.



    This is a full-time position. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.



    To apply for this position, please create a candidate profile at and upload your cover letter and resume by April 11, 2019. Online application will require names and contact information including email addresses for three professional references. Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Kim Rice at

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