Head of International Relations
University of Zurich
Zurich, EuropeApply Now
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t: +31 2 02 40 43 78
Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research
Salary & Benefits: competitive
Closing Date: 01/11/2019
Formal Interview Date: December / January
The University of Zurich (UZH) is one of the leading universities in the German-speaking world and the largest comprehensive university in Switzerland, comprising seven faculties offering the widest spectrum of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Switzerland to over 26,000 students. UZH ranks in the top ten of Europe and the top 100 worldwide. Numerous distinctions highlight its international standing, with a particularly strong reputation in the fields of medicine, immunology, biology, genetics, neuroscience, structural biology and economics.
UZH is now looking to appoint a new Head of International Relations who places a strong focus on identifying strategic developments in the field of internationalisation, as well as on translating these developments into specific programmes. The successful candidate will have a proven track record as a senior leader, preferably in an academic or complex organisation. Reporting directly to the President, s/he will provide the President’s office with informed recommendations concerning internationalisation policy. The desired candidate has strong administrative capabilities and political sensitivity, is familiar with complex governance structures and able to act in both a diplomatic and determined manner. The post holder will lead a young and dynamic team and is expected to be a manager with a strong sense of responsibility who upholds values of integrity and transparency.
The new Head of International Relations will play a crucial role in strengthening the international presence of UZH by representing the university's interests vis-à-vis national and international authorities or organizations and by further expanding the international network of UZH. In addition, the Head of International Relations will assume the financial and personal leadership of the International Relations Office. S/he will lead the International Relations Office team, currently consisting of 15 people, and will be part of the management team that reports directly to the President.
As Head of International Relations, the successful candidate will be expected to:
In addition, the candidate meets the following requirements. S/he:
An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Perrett Laver, to assist UZH in the assessment of candidates who meet the requirements of the role and to identify the widest possible field of qualified candidates.
Perrett Laver may be contacted for informal enquiries and questions on +31 20 2404 378 or by emailing Mario.Adamo@perrettlaver.com. The deadline for sending Expressions of Interest is on Friday, 1st November 2019, at 9.00 CET time.
Expressions of Interest should consist of a full CV accompanied by a brief covering letter in English. These can be uploaded at https://candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies/, quoting reference 4344. Longlisted candidates will be invited to have an interview with Perrett Laver mid-November 2019. Shortlisted candidates will be selected on Friday 6th December and invited to participate in formal interviews at the University of Zurich on Wednesday 18th December 2019 or Thursday 9th January 2020.
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