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ACM has the following open positions:

PROVOST
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE (CFO)

PROVOST
Job Description

The Search
The American College of the Mediterranean (ACM), a U.S. non-profit institution offering degree programs in Aix-en-Provence, France and study abroad programs across France, Spain, and Morocco through IAU, its study abroad institute, invites applications and nominations for the inaugural position of Provost. As the chief academic officer, the Provost will be expected to work in concert with the President to strengthen ACM’s academic reputation as a leader among American institutions abroad.

Responsibilities
Based at ACM's campus in Aix-en-Provence, France and reporting directly to the President, the Provost provides oversight of ACM’s degree and study abroad academic offerings including undergraduate and graduate programs in France and several large study abroad programs operated through the IAU (Institute for American Universities), ACM’s Study Abroad Institute founded in 1957 and with campuses and centers in Aix-en-Provence; Barcelona and Madrid, Spain; and Tangier, Morocco. The Provost position offers a challenging and rewarding opportunity to support ACM’s strategic vision and provided coordinated academic guidance for a unique and growing international college in the Mediterranean.

The Provost is the chief academic officer of ACM, providing primary administrative leadership, direction, and evaluation for all academic activities and faculty affairs. TheProvost conducts the duties of the President of ACM when they are unable or unavailable. The Provost oversees the following Schools, Centers, Programs,andOffices: The Schools of ArtandArt History, International Relations and Business Administration, and Humanities and Social Sciences, The Center for French and Francophone Studies, the Resident Fellows Program, Academic Assessment and Accreditation, the ACM Advisory Board, the IAU study abroad programs in France, Spain and Morocco, and the Office of Student Affairs.

The Provost will be responsible for fostering intellectual growth, student learning, and scholarly and creative activities by providing academic strategic planning, administrative leadership, direction, and evaluation for all academic activities and faculty affairs at the College, providing leadership in internationalizing the campus, advancing multidisciplinary scholarship, and providing leadership and guidance on diversity initiatives for faculty, staff, and students. They will demonstrate sound fiscal management and empirical-based decision-making by overseeing program development, budgets, and facilities of all academic and academic support units. They ensure an active and expanding dialogue with external constituencies by encouraging partnerships with external constituents and public organizations, engaging in effective College advancement (including alumni affairs, fundraising, and advocacy on behalf of the institution), and facilitating the Public Affairs mission and overall visibility of ACM. They implement the strategic academic vision by authorizing faculty appointments, recommending all promotions and tenure decisions to the President, making final decisions about the allocation of academic space, and the financial implications of program development and growth with the VP of Finance and Administration, working closely with the COO (Chief Operations Officer) on operational challenges, working with the Director of Student Affairs in addressing the educational support needs and extra-curricular priorities for students, working with the Dean of Admissions on enrollment strategies, and with the other Deans and Directors and senior leadership of the College in coordinating and overseeing the overall mission of ACM. They remain competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as required. The Provost contributes to the overall success of ACM by performing all other duties as needed.

Qualifications
Education: An earned doctorate is required.
Languages: Fluency in French with some working knowledge of Spanish, Arabic, and/or Italian.

In addition, the successful candidate will possess: 

  • Academic credentials consistent with the rank of professor, as demonstrated by a distinguished record of teaching, scholarly publications, and/or creative accomplishments that exhibit a commitment to academic excellence.
  • Ahistoryofprogressivelyresponsible, successful experience as an academic administrator at the Dean level (or above) involving graduate and undergraduate programs, including responsibility for budget, personnel recruitment, and evaluation.
  • Experience in strategic planning, assessment of program effectiveness, and development of policy to enhance academic units within ACM and with national accrediting bodies.
  • A demonstrated commitment to the promotion of diversity.
  • Successful experience in advancement and fundraising.
  • An appreciation of shared governance and evidence of strong abilities to work effectively and collaboratively with administration, faculty, students, staff, and other constituent groups and partners, both inside and outside the institution.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • An understanding of emerging technologies and the effective application of instructional technologies to enhance student learning.
  • An understanding of contemporary issues in higher education.
  • A demonstrated commitment to the ongoing professional development of faculty and academic administrators.

Search Timeline
While applications will be accepted for consideration until the position is filled, the current timeline calls for formal screening of applications to occur the second half of May through early June 2022.  Therefore, full consideration is best assured when submitting applications by May 20, 2022. Semifinalists will be selected for formal interview, and it is hoped that a formal offer can be made by the end of June, with the successful candidate assuming full responsibility by August 1, 2022.

Contract/Compenstation
The Provost will be on a U.S.contract but with residency in France. They will be a seconded employee to France with a Talent/Expertise Visa. Salary is commensurate with experience. ACM offers a very competitive compensation package. 

Application
Nominations, applications, and inquiries may be sent in complete confidence. To be considered, applications must include a cover letter addressing ACM’s stated priorities, CV, and the names/positions of five references (who will not be contacted without the candidate’s prior permission) and be submitted to Dr. Carl Jubran, ACM President and Chair of the Provost Search Committee, at carl.jubran@iau.edu.

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DIRECTOR OF FINANCE (CFO) 

The Search
The American College of the Mediterranean (ACM), a U.S. non-profit institution with degree programs in Aix-en-Provence, France and study abroad programs in France, Spain, and Morocco, invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of Finance (CFO). ACM’s academic offerings include undergraduate and graduate programs in France and several large study abroad programs operated through IAU (Institute for American Universities), ACM’s Study Abroad Institute founded in 1957 and with branch campuses in Aix-en-Provence; Barcelona and Madrid, Spain; and Tangier, Morocco. The Director of Finance (CFO) position offers a challenging and rewarding opportunity to support the strategic vision and provide coordinated management guidance for a unique and growing international college in the Mediterranean.    

Job Summary
Based at ACM's U.S. Office in San Diego, CA and reporting directly to the President’s Office, the Director of Finance (CFO) will provide leadership and oversight of ACM’s daily and strategic operations. They will work in partnership with the President to define and deliver administrative excellence for ACM. They will provide management leadership that develops and effectively delivers ACM services in alignment with the strategic vision established by the President and Board of Trustees. They will be responsible for overseeing the effective execution of ACM’s financial, personnel, IT, and logistic operations as well as the effective oversight of the financial and human resources of ACM. They will provide the day-to-day leadership, management, and vision necessary to ensure the effective growth of the organization, financial health and strength, and operating efficiency. They will coordinate human resources via effective internal communication to ensure the internal health of the ACM workplace. The Director of Finance (CFO) will always endeavor to empower the operational team in all locations with the leadership and resources needed to fulfill ACM’s vision of changing the face of international higher education. They will develop and implement policies that advance the culture and vision of ACM. They must positively represent ACM in the community and in the media and must maintain the highest level of integrity and professionalism and lead by example in all areas. Specific duties tied to the position include:

  • Accounting/Audit Preparation/Tax Filings/Compliance
  • Budgeting
  • Financial reporting
  • Forecasting
  • Financial analysis
  • Hedging
  • Investment management
  • Banking relationships
  • Currency risk management
  • Implementation of financial and student information systems
  • Payroll
  • Group Benefits Management

Qualifications and Requirements
Employment: A minimum of three years of successful experience in senior-level management positions.
Education: An advanced degree in Finance, Higher Education Administration, Tax Law, or International Relations is preferred.
Position Location: ACM’s U.S. Office in San Diego, CA. 

The candidate will have an outstanding track record of achievement in strategic and operational management in a university or similarly complex organization in either the public or private sector. They will work directly with ACM leadership, staff members, and board members to ensure financial stability, compliance, transparency, and accountability for all financial activities. The successful candidate will have a capacity for innovative thinking; a proven aptitude for teamwork; excellent interpersonal skills; strong written, oral, and public speaking communication skills in English with a preference for an individual with some proficiency in French or Spanish; a nuanced appreciation of the French/Spanish and American cultures, particularly their higher education systems; and a demonstrated commitment to international education. The successful candidate must show a demonstrated capacity to work effectively in a cross-cultural and diverse environment, with the ability to be inclusive and respectful of differences. Experience working in the Mediterranean region is a plus. The candidate will mostly reside and work in the U.S. Office in San Diego, California with travel to the main campus in France and satellite campuses in Spain and Morocco as needed.

Contract/Compensation
The Director of Finance (CFO) will be on a U.S. contract. The salary range is $90,000-$115,000.

Salary is commensurate with experience. In addition to salary, ACM’s overall compensation package is very competitive and includes: 

  • Comprehensive health, life, dental, vision, short- and long-term disability insurance with all premiums paid by ACM (spouses and dependents premiums are covered at 50%)
  • ACM contributes the maximum amount allowed annually by the IRS (currently $3,650 for self-only and $7,300 for families on plan) to a Health Savings Account (H.S.A.) in the employee’s name
  • ACM contributes 7% of gross pay to the employee’s retirement plan - a 403(b) account through TIAA - regardless of the level of contribution by the employee
  • Four weeks of paid vacation annually plus six federally recognized holidays and six personal days
  • Sick leave/Discretionary time off
  • Professional development
  • International travel expenses covered
  • Cell phone allowance

Application
Nominations, applications, and inquiries may be sent in complete confidence. To be considered, applications must include a cover letter addressing ACM’s stated priorities, CV, and the names/positions of three references (who will not be contacted without the candidate’s prior permission) and be submitted to Kurt Schick, Dean of the U.S. Office of Admissions and Alumni Affairs, and Chair of the Director of Finance (CFO) Search Committee, at kurt.schick@iau.edu.  

Search Timeline
While applications will be accepted for consideration until the position is filled, the current timeline calls for formal screening of applications to occur in the second half of June through early July 2022. Therefore, full consideration is best assured when submitting applications by June 1, 2022. Semifinalists will be selected for a formal interview, and it is hoped that a formal offer can be made by the end of June, with the successful candidate assuming full responsibility by August 1, 2022.


Interested in teaching at ACM for a semester or academic year?

ACM is always seeking talented university faculty able to work in France and teach in English. Please contact Dean of the College Leigh Smith to learn more.

The American College of the Mediterranean is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.