15 Apr 2019   |   Jobs

Imperial College London seeks: Senior International Relations Officer (Americas)

Imperial College London is ranked in the global top ten universities. Our research is defined by its internationalism, impact and innovation. Two-thirds of Imperial research involves an international collaborator, spanning more than 130 countries, making us one of the UK’s most international universities. The Research Excellence Framework rated Imperial as having the UK’s highest proportion of world-leading (4*) and internationally...


Job description

Imperial College London is ranked in the global top ten universities. Our research is defined by its internationalism, impact and innovation. Two-thirds of Imperial research involves an international collaborator, spanning more than 130 countries, making us one of the UK’s most international universities. The Research Excellence Framework rated Imperial as having the UK’s highest proportion of world-leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*) researchers, also securing the UK’s number one position for research impact. Our highly entrepreneurial culture, encompassing hundreds of spinouts and industrial partnerships, contributed to Reuters ranking Imperial as Europe’s second most innovative university.

The International Relations Office (IRO) is a busy, highly-visible central unit responsible for supporting the development and delivery of the College’s international engagement with academic partners and overseas governments. 

Working closely with the Vice President (International) and the Head of the IRO, as well senior academics from across the four Faculties, you will play a key role in developing, supporting and implementing academic partnership strategies with a region that is of major importance to Imperial.  The regional focus of the role is North, Central and South America, with a particular focus on partnerships with the US. 

Duties and responsibilities

  • You will take a lead in identifying emerging opportunities for the College to develop international peer-to-peer academic/government partnerships in the Americas that help address global challenges and attract the best global talent.
  • You will act as a key senior contact (‘front door’) for the College’s strategic partners in the region and possess sufficient levels of credibility to be able to lead on discussions regarding College interests and priorities.
  • You will Identify, monitor and report external factors that may impact the College’s international relationships, identifying opportunities and risks for the College.
  • You will effectively promote the College’s interests externally, to organisations including foreign embassies based in the UK, British embassies overseas, collaborating peer institutions, funding agencies, FCO, UUKi, and consortia partners.
  • You will evaluate, manage and coordinate high-level visits to and from relevant world region(s), working with other relevant teams in College, as required, and under the direction of the Vice President (International), Provost, and President.

Essential requirements

  • We are looking for a candidate with a strategic and analytical mind-set and with a successful track record of working consultatively to develop strategies.
  • Professional credibility, intellectual depth, maturity, and collaborative skills to garner trust and confidence of academic colleagues, members of the College’s leadership team, and external partners.
  • Highly developed knowledge of the academic and research environment in the Americas.
  • Flexibility and a capacity to adapt to the changing demands of the job and the wide range of partners and issues

Further information

This is a fixed-term role for 12 months. We would welcome applications from those seeking a secondment opportunity. 

All candidates are required to complete an online application HERE. Closing date: 29 April 2019. 

Should you require any further details on the role please contact: Helen Challis – international.relations@imperial.ac.uk

Should you have any queries please contact: recruitment@imperial.ac.uk 

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About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations: 

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way 

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.

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