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Job alert: Director of the Jackson School

July 29, 2019

The University of Washington seeks a dynamic, collaborative, and adept organizational leader to serve as the next Director of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. A unique multidisciplinary school whose scope ranges across area studies, the social sciences, and arts and humanities, the Jackson School is internationally recognized for advancing the understanding of and deep engagement in world issues, languages, and cultures. The Jackson School is dedicated to preparing students to become engaged global citizens and drivers of positive social change, and to conducting research and disseminating knowledge to inform public discussions on global issues. Working in collaboration with an exceptional faculty, staff, and student body, in one of the most globally minded and progressive regions and universities in the country, the Director will strive to take the Jackson School to new levels of excellence and impact.

The University of Washington is one of the world’s preeminent research universities and the oldest public university in the Pacific Northwest. As the state’s flagship university, it serves over 54,000 students across three campuses in the greater Seattle area. The next Director will join the UW community at a critical moment for the nation and the globe; the University is focused upon advancing innovation, enhancing population health, and diversity and inclusion, and aspires to grow academic programs of distinction, harnessing the creative power and energy of its community.

Founded in 1909, the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies is one of the oldest and largest schools in the country to offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in international and area studies and is dedicated to teaching, research, and public scholarship that impacts nations, communities, and individuals. Its 42 faculty members, over 50 staff, and 21 programs and centers (six of which are recipients of the prestigious Title VI federal program at the U.S. Department of Education) offer a vibrant and broad intellectual environment inside the classroom and to the broader public.

The Director will continue to build upon the Jackson School’s rich history and unique institutional assets and lead the School through its next iteration of growth and distinction. In doing so, the Director will craft a collaborative vision and sharpen the School’s identity; deepen the School’s organizational cohesion; further enhance academic excellence; grow financial resources and make strategic investments; and enhance and elevate the School’s visibility, reach and impact.

Successful candidates will bring creative intellect, a global perspective, a track record of inspiring and effective management, experience with responsible stewardship of revenue and resource development, and an unambiguous commitment to cultivating diverse, equitable, and inclusive environments. Strategic thinking, entrepreneurial energy, and excellent communication skills will be essential to success. A terminal degree is required and a PhD in international studies or a related field is strongly preferred. Candidates should have a record of successful scholarship, teaching and experiences that would qualify them to hold a tenured faculty position.

The University of Washington has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process.

For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search:

Electronic submission of materials is required.

Regan Gough, Alanya Green, and Kim Newin
Isaacson, Miller
1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415.655.4900

The University of Washington is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity and strongly encourages applications and nominations of women, individuals with disabilities, veterans and individuals from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds.

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

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