Seeking Executive Director for Programs, Training & Services

The Forum on Education Abroad is seeking a thought leader in the field of education abroad to serve as our next Executive Director for Programs, Training & Services.

The Executive Director (ED) ideates and implements an impressive array of programs, resources and materials related to the Standards of Good Practice, equity, diversity and inclusion, health and safety, and other topics that promote and facilitate the highest quality education abroad programs. The ED manages a team of professionals who conduct research, provide training, and develop resources in collaboration with the Forum Council, member volunteers, and Forum-trained facilitators. The ED will lead the expansion of workshop offerings, deliver a variety of training to both domestic and international audiences, manage the Critical Incident Database, lead The Forum’s Professional Certification Program, Standards Institutes, and other initiatives. In addition, the ED has direct responsibility for recruiting and training the Forum Trained Facilitator Team and expanding the scope and reach of the organization’s offerings.

Responsibilities include: Supervise and evaluate staff members responsible for Frontiers, Professional Certification, and a variety of training programs. Continuously produce effective and engaging resources and training to increase the adoption and implementation of the Standards of Good Practice. Promote the use and data analysis of the Critical Incident Database. Contribute thought leadership in various ways, including sessions at The Forum’s Annual, regional conferences, and virtual events. Be a strategic partner to the President & CEO and work closely with the Chief Revenue Officer to ensure the financial health and sustainability of The Forum. Promote and expand the organization’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion with respect to staff, governing bodies, working groups, and volunteers.

Essential Functions:

  1. Contribute to a culture of innovation and inclusion by managing and supporting the Director for Research, Director for Resources, Director for Academic Excellence, and Director for Programs and Training as they develop resources, programs, materials, funding proposals, and other member benefits. Lead the development and implementation of new training and initiatives, new editions of the Standards of Good Practice, health and safety resources, and updates to the curriculum and delivery of The Forum’s Professional Certification Program.
  2. Lead the work of the Forum Council by working closely with the Council Chair to create, recruit, and manage a variety of working groups and committees. Lead the implementation of strategic partnerships to extend and expand the organization’s membership and impact.
  3. Lead the implementation of assigned components of the organization’s strategic plan and implement strategic partnerships that extend and expand the organization’s membership and impact.
  4. Lead the design and delivery of a variety of specialized institutes, customized workshops, and other training programs. Oversee training and recruitment of Forum-trained Facilitators and Certification Assessors.
  5. Develop and manage program and event budgets. Analyze profit and loss of programs and events, recommending efficiencies and new revenue generation opportunities.
  6. Represent the organization by participating in panels and delivering expert presentations at various external conferences and Forum-sponsored events.

Additional Information:

We are committed to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion and eliminating structural racism and inequities within the organization, the field of education abroad, and our communities. Every member of The Forum’s team is expected to embrace and actively advance the ideas included in this statement on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging:

This position will work remotely from the individual’s home office. Travel to in-person staff retreats of up to 3 days, 3-4 times per year, is required.

This person in this position must be available to travel within the U.S. numerous times per year to conduct various training and professional development conferences and events. International travel typically occurs at least once per calendar year, sometime more. Due to the nature of the position, work may occur on nights and weekends leading up to and/or during an event.

The Executive Director must be familiar with the Standards of Good Practice and have experience implementing the Standards in their work. Evidence of skilled facilitation and train-the-trainer experience is also required. The Executive Director and direct reports all work remotely from home offices. The Executive Director is expected to travel domestically and internationally numerous times throughout the year to attend conferences and present workshops.


Master’s degree is required.

Substantial experience (10+ years) in the field of education abroad with direct experience overseeing a study abroad office responsible for all aspects of running a complex office (hiring, policy making, budgets, risk management, faculty recruitment and training, staff training, student recruitment, application processes, etc.).

The Executive Director must be familiar with the Standards of Good Practice and have experience implementing the Standards in their work. Evidence of skilled facilitation and train-the-trainer experience is also required.


Applications must be received by July 16 to be considered.


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