An Opportunity to Join our Team – Vice President for Programs

Vice President for Programs

The United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia seeks to fill the position of Vice President for Programs.  Programs are at the core of our mission, and this position presents an exceptional opportunity for leadership and purpose driven work. Our broad program areas include, Faculty Development; Leadership Development, Campus Ministries, and Social Impact Programming. The Vice President (VP) will lead, oversee and work with the program team to develop and implement the United Board’s programs to build capacity and advance whole person education in colleges and universities in more than 16 countries and regions of Asia. The position is based in the United Board’s Hong Kong office and requires extensive travel in Asia, and some travel to the United States.

Summary of Responsibilities:

Programs: Reporting to the President, the Vice President will have a broad understanding of the future of higher education and learning, and will oversee and work with the program team to:

  • Identify program needs of higher education institutions we serve, and other colleges and universities where appropriate, and develop programs that address those needs; assessment metrics and evaluation of outcomes is critical;
  • Set priorities and expected outcomes for grant-making; recommend grants for approval by the board of trustees; evaluate outcomes;
  • Organize conferences, workshops, seminars, and other program activities in areas of academic importance identifies as United Board priorities;
  • Oversee all program areas and build relationships with institutions in the region to create networks within Asia;
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of United Board programs and those sponsored at partner institutions;
  • Lead special initiatives and projects as needed.

Administration: With regard to the program support staff, the Vice President will play a key role in the following:

  • Staff development, including recruitment, mentorship, goal-setting, evaluation, and supervision;
  • Planning and execution of the annual program budget, monitoring regular financial reports, and overseeing day-to-day administration of program-related financial matters;
  • Work collaboratively with Development and Communication, and the office administration to enusure smooth and effective operations.

Characteristics: The Vice President must demonstrate high ethical standards and a firm commitment to advancing the mission of the United Board. S/he must possess a broad knowledge of global and regional trends in higher education, including Christian higher education, as well as an ability to engage effectively with institutions of different sizes, resource levels, and traditions across Asia.

The VP must be entrepreneurial and intellectually curious as they learn about the diverse fields of relevance to the United Board’s work, including whole person education, liberal education, interreligious understanding, socil impact programming, and leadership development. S/he must possess the personal qualities that allow him/her to move comfortably and respectfully across cultures, work effectively in a highly consultative manner both within the organization and with diverse program and institutional partners, and help others to form effective partnerships.

The VP should also be able to identify and nurture talent, and must possess the intellect, creativity, and imagination to discern new opportunities for meaningful work and develop effective program strategies to build on these opportunities. Finally, s/he must be willing and able to reside in Hong Kong and travel extensively throughout Asia and occasionally to the United States.

Qualifications and Experience: Extensive experience in higher education globally and more specifically in Asia, strong managerial skills, demonstrated ability to develop and execute effective program strategies, experience supervising and mentoring both program and administrative staff, and outstanding oral and written communication skills are required. A Ph.D. degree is required.

Compensation and Application process: Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Compensation package includes generous annual leave, competitive retirement benefits, and comprehensive medical, dental and life insurance coverage.

The position will begin as soon as possible or at a time that is mutually agreeable. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information of three references eletronically to by January 31, 2024. The search will continue until the position is filled.

The United Board is an equal opportunity employer. It opposes discrmination because of race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, citizenship, or any other protected characteristic established by law.

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