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Managing Director – Gonzaga Global

Spokane , Washington

About Us

Gonzaga Global, a partnership between Gonzaga University and Shorelight, offers academic and support programs for international students with a focus on helping them succeed and thrive in and out of the classroom.  Offering programs for both undergraduate and graduate students, Gonzaga Global seeks to increase Gonzaga’s international student population, and to educate students who are interculturally competent and engaged with the world.

Gonzaga University is a nationally ranked Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic university educating students for leadership and service for the common good.  Located in Spokane, Washington, Gonzaga enrolls approximately 7,300 students including around 4,900 undergraduates as well as graduate and law students. Through artful teaching from expert professors, a proud liberal arts Jesuit tradition, and a supportive community, Gonzaga helps students become innovative, compassionate and courageous leaders. 

Job Overview

The Managing Director (MD) develops and serves as the operational leader across programs for international students at Gonzaga Global. The MD’s primary responsibility is to drive enrollment goals and ensure a high-quality experience for all students in this specialized academic program. As the most senior member of the staff, the MD builds the partnership, provides strategic and ongoing leadership, and oversees day-to-day operations.

The successful candidate is a skilled relationship manager who can successfully lead an innovative educational partnership venture. The MD is committed to quality and to the specialized attention and guidance that international students require. The MD displays an entrepreneurial spirit to continuously innovate methods to advance the partnership, leading and inspiring others to do the same. Demonstrated experience in building positive and productive relationships is critical.  The MD is an excellent communicator and a strong strategic thinker with the dual capacity to see the big picture and attend to details. The MD must be a strong team player who can enthuse and galvanize colleagues around the institution’s mission, vision, and goals.

Essential Functions


  • Serve as strategic leader of the partnership, including understanding and driving enrollment and diversity goals, driving annual strategy, and partnering with university leadership
  • Partner with student recruitment leadership to understand competitive landscape and key market opportunities
  • Lead all training on academic partnership programs and support regional recruitment activity through campus webinars, campaigns, and events

Student Experience

  • Ensure that the program retains students and guides, prepares, and motivates them to degree completion
  • Develop the strategy and programs required to deliver exemplary and differentiated customer service
  • Ensure academic integrity and compliance
  • Ensure systems and procedures are established and followed to maintain accurate records and reporting on all aspects of the program
  • Analyze data and reports on the progress of the program and achievement of objectives

Campus Fiscal Operations

  • Assume overall P&L responsibility, including budget management
  • Contribute to financial planning and analysis to support strategic plan
  • Lead new product development and optimization to support revenue growth and margin improvement

Relationship Management

  • Partner with key stakeholders across the university to ensure effective communication, collaboration, and support of key initiatives and goals
  • Foster external relationships and partnerships to enhance the profile and success of the program
  • Represent the program internationally and domestically, including participation in marketing events
  • Manage relationships with all key Gonzaga University and Shorelight stakeholders across acquisition, academics, student services, finance, and operations

People Management

  • Recruit, develop, and retain team members to ensure productivity and engagement
  • Engage in talent management activities such as goal setting, performance evaluations, stay interviews, development planning, and ongoing feedback to develop team members and achieve organizational goals
  • Provide coaching, counseling, and corrective action (when necessary) to team members
  • Foster a culture that reflects Shorelight and Gonzaga University values

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 5+ years’ experience in management with strong team motivational skills
  • Demonstrated P&L responsibility
  • Proven ability to recruit, lead, motivate, coach, develop, and retain top academic and/or administrative staff
  • Record of leadership delivering strategic, financial, and operational objectives
  • Understanding of student support services for international students
  • Direct experience within higher education or related educational services
  • Demonstrated and exceptional interpersonal, communication, presentation, and negotiation skills
  • Eligibility to work in and travel freely to and from the United States without sponsorship

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree
  • Experience working within a joint venture and/or a highly matrixed organizational structure

Application Process

To apply for this position, please visit the Shorelight Careers page to submit an application with a resume and cover letter.

Background Check Required–Education, Criminal, Identity

Gonzaga Global is an Equal Opportunity Employer.