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Michigan State University, invites applications for the position of Greater Middle East (including Central Asia) or South Asia Program Manager of the Visiting International Professional Program (VIPP). VIPP’s mission, as part of International Studies and Programs (ISP), is to develop effective professionals across the career and educational continuum through non-degree certificate experiential learning of contemporary professional, language and cultural topics.

Key Responsibilities: The Program Manager provides vision, leadership, innovation, and advocacy in developing strategies, which are aligned with the university’s strategic priorities, to expand non-degree programming for mid-career professionals. The Program Manager reports to the Director of VIPP.

Other Responsibilities: Collaborate with area study centers and international institutes, and academic and support units campus-wide to design and implement programs to expand recruitment in the target regions and increase interactions with units across campus; develop marketing strategies; establish international educational exchange agreements and contracts with institutions abroad for short- and long-term programs; liaise with program sponsors; identify and solicit potential external funding sources to conduct programs including writing grant and contract proposals; develop and nurture a network of professionals who bring practical insights to participants through seminars and hands-on experience.

Qualifications: A minimum of five years of professional experience in the Greater Middle East (including Central Asia) or South Asia and two years of experience in developing and managing university international programs. Applicants should demonstrate the ability to proactively plan and implement programs in a complex, decentralized research university, and operate effectively as part of the VIPP and ISP team. Applicants should possess consensus-building, problem-solving, entrepreneurial, and program-building skills; be capable of intellectual leadership to help catalyze a shared vision and to partner effectively with faculty, administration and staff campus-wide. A master’s degree is required; a doctoral or other terminal degree is preferred. Working proficiency in one or more languages of the regions is strongly preferred.

Compensation: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. A generous benefit package is offered.

Application Procedures: Candidates should go to to to apply for posting 4419 in the Faculty/Academic staff postings. Applicants should submit a cover letter, vita, and the names and contact information of three referees. Review of applications will begin immediately. References will not be contacted without prior consultation with the candidates.

For additional information about the University and its extensive commitments in international education and programs, see,, and

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