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University of Houston - Clear Lake Assistant Vice President, Diplomacy Institute in Houston, Texas

Assistant Vice President, Diplomacy Institute


The Assistant Vice President (AVP) of the Diplomacy Institute leads and manages the personnel, programs, and operations of the UHCL Diplomacy Institute by working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders in achieving advanced knowledge of cultural, political and diplomatic applications. Reports directly to the Associate Vice President of Global Learning and Strategy. Will also partner with other internal leaders to design and implement university-wide innovation initiatives. Serves as a campus security authority as defined by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act).


  • The AVP of the Diplomacy Institute is responsible for the effective and efficient operations of the UHCL Diplomacy Institute, including but not limited to, daily processes, program development, services, and special events, in collaboration with the Vice President for Advancement and other UHCL professionals as appropriate.

  • Leads and coordinates the formation of partnerships with both global and domestic governmental entities, in collaboration with UHCL Strategic Partnerships, other UHCL professionals as appropriate, and educational institutions in order to foster the growth and viability of the diplomacy program and university-wide innovation initiatives and while aligning duties with University and Institute Strategic Objectives and Initiatives.

  • Provides oversight for coordination, development and monitoring of academic, continuing education and co-curricular materials delivered by the Diplomacy Institute with appropriate experts and constituencies as well as develops and reports all relevant metrics associated with the University and Institutes Strategic Plan.

  • Leads and coordinates with appropriate UHCL professionals the development, preparation, and execution of plans and strategies to promote the innovative and entrepreneurial aspects of the UHCL Diplomacy Institute as well as the enhancement of its public image.

  • Coordinates and monitors with the Vice President of Advancement and UHCL professionals the development of a resilient marketing strategy through UHCL Marketing and Communication to publicize and brand activities, programs, and services of the Diplomacy Institute, both domestically and internationally.

  • Leads and executes the outreach and mission to global consular offices in the greater Houston area, domestic and international diplomacy-focused agencies and organization, and diplomatic experts to promote and expand programs and special events of the Diplomacy Institute in addition to facilitating the accomplishments of the University and Institutional Strategic Objectives.

  • Partners with UHCL University Advancement, Office of Sponsored Research, Strategic Partnerships, and other UHCL strategy leaders in identifying and securing grants and other revenue sources to sustain and evolve the Diplomacy Institute and performs other duties as assigned.



1. Advanced degree in a related field from a regionally or internationally accredited institution of higher education.

2. Progressive experience in administration of international programs with demonstrated ability for ongoing development of quality cultural-based programming, pedagogy/andragogy and positive participant experience in all international curriculums.

3. Ability to develop and manage budgets in a higher education institution.

4. Ability to interact with foreign governments, foreign dignitaries or other international institutions.

5. Ability to lead international initiatives.

6. Grant writing skills and ability to secure other revenue resources in support of higher education.

7. Skills to organize and participate in global seminars, colloquia, conferences.

8. Analytical knowledge, skills and abilities to read and interpret foreign policies and or regulations and communicate complex information to varying audiences.

9. Ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion in dealing with sensitive matters.


Ph.D., with teaching experience, expertise with consortial/membership organizations, working knowledge of related fields: study abroad, community/international development, diplomatic relationships, internships/experiential learning, and social justice/human rights education.

Experience with nations in the middle east including language proficiency in Arabic, Farsi or related-dialects.

Experience generating revenue from varied recources.

Notes to Applicant:

Applications are only accepted online through the UHCL Job Opportunities website. To apply, please complete the online application and attach a letter of interest and curriculum vitae. Reference letters will only be required of candidates invited for an on-campus interview. Proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. must be provided as condition of employment. A background check and the successful pass of a criminal history record check is required prior to on-campus interviews. The position will be open until filled, with priority given to applications received by October 15, 2020. Review of applications will begin immediately. UHCL reserves the right to extend the search or not fill the position. UHCL is currently a bachelors and masters granting university with select doctoral programs. Located adjacent to the NASA-Johnson Space Center, the UHCL campus is set within the scenic Armand Bayou Nature Preserve, about 30 miles from both downtown Houston and Galveston Island.

University of Houston-Clear Lake is proud to be recognized by the U.S. Department of the Interior as a member of the Minority Serving Institutions Program. UHCL is an HSI: Hispanic Serving Institution and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer supporting workplace diversity.

Schedule: Full-time

Organization: C0065 Internatl Admissions & Pgms