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Join Our Team – Associate Director for Global Initiatives

Position Profile


The University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW–Madison), Wisconsin’s public flagship institution of higher learning, seeks a dynamic leader with knowledge of the international landscape and the ability to create and sustain high performing teams to serve as Associate Director for Global Initiatives in the Office of Admissions and Recruitment (OAR).

UW–Madison is consistently ranked among the top 20 universities in the United States with the largest number of international students and is currently ranked 28th in the World.  With eight undergraduate schools and colleges, over 130 undergraduate majors, and over 70 undergraduate certificates. UW-Madison enrolls nearly 35,700 undergraduates and a total student population of more than 50,600. As a world-class research university, UW-Madison continues to be ranked in the top ten nationally for its volume of research with research expenditures of $1.3 billion annually.

OAR is a unit within the Division of Enrollment Management (DEM) with more than 90 permanent, 55 temporary/seasonal, and 35 student hourly team members, as well as 80 undergraduate student volunteers and more than 400 alumni volunteers who collaborate to bring in the next classes of Wisconsin Badgers.

Our office is comprised of four units, each led by a Senior Associate Director, which includes Recruitment, Outreach, and Communications (ROC); Systems and Data; Admissions; and Administration and Engagement. The Global Initiatives team reports through the Senior Associate Director for Recruitment, Outreach, and Communications (ROC). Other teams within the ROC unit are: Events; Multicultural Outreach and Recruitment; Regional, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and National Outreach and Recruitment; and Marketing and Communications. Please see our organizational chart for more details.

Our Purpose

We are innovative leaders committed to recruiting; admitting; and enrolling a diverse community of scholars who will embody the Wisconsin Idea, enhance our dynamic learning community, and empower positive change, enhancing the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Our Work Environment

  • We are team-centered and growth-minded, committed to fostering a positive and inclusive work environment where team members are included, valued, and empowered in their roles.
  • We invest in professional growth and development opportunities across all positions and teams; including paid professional memberships; potential tuition-reimbursement; as well as support for attending local/national/international conferences, workshops, and other opportunities to network and learn.
  • We are a hybrid office, and the person in this role will be UW–Madison campus-based and have the flexibility to work remotely two to three days per week.


Salary & Benefits

  • This position offers a minimum starting salary of $99,000, depending upon qualifications.
  • We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including generous paid time off, competitively priced health/dental/vision/life insurance, tax-advantaged retirement savings accounts, and participation in the nationally recognized Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) pension fund. See Universities of Wisconsin’s summary of benefits and paid leave.


Role of the Associate Director for Global Initiatives:

Guided by priorities set by campus leadership and OAR’s Director, the Associate Director for Global Initiatives leads international admissions and recruitment efforts that enrich our university community and advance UW-Madison’s reputation as a global destination. The person in this role manages a team of eight and works collaboratively with the Senior Associate Director for Recruitment, Outreach, and Communications, OAR’s Director, and campus stakeholders to grow and review undergraduate applications from across the globe, which are among more than 70,000 first-year and transfer applications received annually.  They lead long-term planning efforts for the Global Initiatives unit, developing and implementing sustainable and effective admissions and recruitment initiatives, including managing an annual recruitment budget of $150,000. This role is among OAR’s leadership team, working collaboratively with office and divisional leads to develop and implement strategic, sustainable, and effective global initiatives and inform OAR’s overall direction.


Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:  

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the international education; admissions; and recruitment landscape, including international application review, educational systems, recruitment markets, and/or visa processes.
  • Demonstrated cultural competence through active listening, seeking understanding of diverse perspectives, and/or respecting lived cultural experiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to encourage creativity and innovation; cultivate trust; and instill strong team dynamics within a team, including active listening, communicating shared values, goals and objectives, empowering team members in decision-making, taking an individualized approach to develop and motivate a team, and/or advocacy.
  • Demonstrated strategic ability and decision-making skills, including the ability to develop and implement a roadmap for planning and carrying out a vision, teamwork and communication across functional areas, providing feedback, conflict resolution, and/or the ability to influence.
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to changing circumstances and adopt new solutions through leveraging existing knowledge, technology, and data tools, including seeking input from team members; partners; and networks, incorporating new experiences to inform perspectives, and proficiency in or ability to learn various software solutions and/or data-informed approaches.


About the Global Initiatives Team

The Global Initiatives team, including the Associate Director, is comprised of nine team members:

  • Assistant Director for Global Initiatives
  • Manager for International Recruitment and Relationships
  • Admissions Counselors and Coordinators for International (4)
  • Senior Admissions Counselor and Admissions Counselor for Case Management (2)

The team as a whole engages in outreach and recruitment both in person and virtually across mature and growing markets, counsels international students through the application process, conducts holistic application review for international student applications, assists with global application-related processes, leads training and provides support for OAR team members on international curricula, and builds mutually-beneficial relationships with campus partners and outside international organizations to grow in knowledge and advocate for international student success.


Learn more about our team in the Office of Admissions and Recruitment and working in the Division of Enrollment Management at UW-Madison.


Applications are due: March 31, 2024