Director, International Development

Te Rōpū Pāpori | Engagement

  • Drive our Internationalisation agenda with a vision for growth and optimisation
  • University of Canterbury (UC) strategic leadership opportunity
  • Competitive remuneration and generous annual leave provision

Kia hiwa rā, kia hiwa rā!
He hiahia, he pūkenga nōu ki te mahi a te Director, International Development? Nāia te pōwhiri nā Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha kia tono mai i te tūranga nei.
Ōu Pūmanawa Tangata – The UC Team
The mahi undertaken at UC is the catalyst for positive changes, supported by the University’s efforts in all areas towards its strategic objectives, as outlined in Tangata Tū Tangata Ora, Strategic Vision 2020 to 2030. We are future focused, lead respectful engagement and constructive culture, and empower UC whānau to be the best they can be every day.  We do this by using Ngā Uara | Our Values to guide our processes and practices, along with our good judgement, expertise and strategic organisational relationships.
Āu Mahi – What You Will Do
As New Zealand opens its borders, you will lead the collaborative strategy process to reshape and reset UC’s internationalisation agenda towards our 2030 strategic vision, with special emphasis on online and transnational education (TNE) as well as global citizenship and outbound mobility. By building trusted relationships, you will collaborate closely with Faculties and service divisions to identify opportunities for programme development, strategic brand positioning in key markets, digital optimisation of marketing, offshore representation to leverage recruitment efforts, and policy development.
Ōu Pūmanawa Tangata – The International Team
The international Team sits under the leadership of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor Engagement. The team works in close collaboration with other areas of the Engagement portfolio, currently including Advancement, Communications and Events, Recruitment, 150th Anniversary, and Marketing. The team crucially supports our internationalisation agenda, including networks, strategic partnerships, research collaboration, rankings strategy, and international recruitment (from schools through to  PhD), from on-shore and key offshore markets. 
What is it like to be a Director at UC?
We are a large and complex organisation, so no two-days are the same!  You will be supporting the Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Engagement and working alongside the other areas of the Engagement portfolio, which are currently led by the following directors: Advancement, Communications and Events, Recruitment, Marketing and 150th Anniversary (to be celebrated in 2023). 
You will enable your portfolio to operationalise the UC strategy.  By building trusted relationships, you will support the development of leadership capability and confidence by providing high quality, people-centric leadership solutions and services, focusing on sustainable and outcomes-focused solutions.
Tell us what you can bring to our Te Rōpū Pāpori | Engagement whānau
We are looking for someone with diverse leadership experience, extraordinary collaboration skills and commercial acumen to build on our growth trajectory. You will have experience in strategic business insights and have a solution-oriented partnership mentality to be able to formulate and deliver our internationalisation strategy. You will also have extensive experience with international partnerships, leading and developing policy, strategy and risk management activities.
We are interested to hear what YOU can bring to our Engagement whānau. Tell us your strengths, areas of expertise, your drive, motivation and what you can contribute.
You will be confident working in a bicultural and multicultural context with a commitment to enhancing cultural awareness and competence.
What we offer

  • Relocation support
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Supportive working environment
  • Generous annual leave provisions and competitive salary
  • Professional development opportunities
  • A unique working environment in a beautiful campus with access to UC facilities such as the recreation centre and Staff club at discounted rates plus onsite cafés and eateries, and more.

For more information about Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury, please visit
You must have Aotearoa New Zealand or Australian citizenship/permanent residency to be considered for this role. If you hold a valid work visa and are physically present in New Zealand then you may also be considered.
APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Wednesday, 24th August 2022
FURTHER ENQUIRIES: Helen Cox on 04 550 8000

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