Director, M.A. in Applied International Studies


Founded in 2014, the Jackson School’s M.A. in Applied International Studies (MAAIS) is designed for mid-career professionals of all backgrounds looking to acquire and enhance their international skills. Its curriculum is designed more effectively engage with governments, international and nongovernmental organizations, foundations and companies to tackle critical global challenges.

The new MAAIS Director will have an outstanding opportunity to build on the program’s strong foundation and shape its future. He/she steers the program curriculum and oversees the development of new courses, manages faculty engagement, and directs marketing and recruitment, budgeting, admissions, and program staff. In addition, the MAAIS Director teaches the MAAIS professional development series and is also responsible for creating additional opportunities for students to interact with internationally-oriented individuals in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. The MAAIS Director works closely with UW Continuum College counterparts to ensure the success and financial stability of the MAAIS Program. Within the Jackson School, the MAAIS Director reports to the Director of the Jackson School.

UW faculty and staff enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for four consecutive years.

The Jackson School of International Studies (JSIS) combines the social sciences, humanities, and professional fields to enhance our understanding of our increasingly interconnected globe. JSIS currently offers seven undergraduate majors, 14 minors, and ten interdisciplinary MA degrees, including MAAIS, and a Ph.D. Program. JSIS is a department in the Social Sciences Division of the UW College of Arts and Sciences.

• Oversee MAAIS curriculum and the development of new courses for the program, ensuring that MAAIS is consistently offering timely and relevant material to mid-career practitioners.
• Ensure that the curriculum is adequately staffed, including recruiting tenured faculty to teach MAAIS courses and/or hiring new part-time faculty if needed. Provide any necessary support, supervision, and/or evaluation of the program faculty.
• Develop and teach the MAAIS professional development practicum, which includes a series of skill-building workshops designed for mid-career professionals.
• Work with NGOs, foundations, businesses, and government agencies to create on-going opportunities for student engagement.
• Update and maintain the annual course plan which is a foundational part of program budget planning.
• Working closely with UW Continuum College, create yearly program budgets, and determine any course fee changes.
• Conduct day-to-day management and tracking of program budget.
• Oversee global recruitment efforts, marketing expenditures, and MAAIS website, social media outlets and other promotional venues.
• Oversee the annual admissions process.
• Plan and supervise annual events for current and prospective students, faculty, Civic Council members, and alumni.
• Address and resolve student needs, and provide relevant administrative support for students, as needed.
• Provide career guidance to MAAIS students and alumni.
• Supervise MAAIS Graduate Program Advisor, including annual performance evaluation. Hire and supervise additional staff, as needed.
• Occasional travel for recruitment activities and to establish/maintain contacts in Washington, D.C.

• MA in international affairs or in a related field
• At least three years’ experience working for the U.S. government in an area related to international affairs
• Experience working in multiple sectors (public, private, non-profit)
• Familiarity with/knowledge of the relevant public and private organizations in the greater Seattle area that have international interests
• Ability to interact with and offer effective counseling to students from a wide range of backgrounds
• Ability to function competently in a team environment and collaborate with the campus community, working well with both faculty and staff
• Ability to manage projects independently and meet deadlines under pressure
• Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and prioritize
• Excellent analytical, organizational, budgeting and problem-solving skills
• Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
• Flexible schedule required to allow for attendance at evening and weekend events sponsored by MAAIS, and for occasional travel on behalf of the program.

• Ph.D. in international affairs or a related field
• Experience living and working overseas
• Knowledge of a foreign language
• Experience working with graduate academic programs

Application Process:
The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your “My Jobs” page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

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*Note: The Jackson School regrets that it cannot provide assistance with relocation costs for staff positions at this time.

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