Head of International Recruitment (Interim - fixed term 3 months, extendable)

Department: International Office 

Location: Avery Hill Campus - University of Greenwich

Role reports to: Associate Director (Global Greenwich)

This is an interim position on a three-month fixed-term contract, potentially extendable to up to six-months

The post is one in the most senior positions in the International Office supporting the development, implementation and enhancement of all aspects of the University’s Internationalisation Strategy, including international recruitment and marketing.

While contributing across the international spectrum, the post holder will be expected to take the lead on all aspects of internationalisation within recruitment regions. The role will also require close liaison with Faculties and Directorates, combining office-based activity with extensive international travelling.


Team Specific:

  • Communications and Compliance
  • Advising applicants, partners, agents and others on all aspects of the University’s academic and support provision within the context of an excellent knowledge of local education systems and the UK HE sector and professions.
  • Advising and making offer decisions overseas at exhibitions and through one-to-one interviews and on application forms relating to the countries of the region.
  • Ensuring that all aspects of recruitment comply with regulatory requirements, including UKVI compliance.

Internal Communications

  • Taking responsibility for the development and maintenance of links with the Faculties, contributing specialist knowledge to their international recruitment plans and associated developments including programme and curriculum development.
  • Providing advice and guidance both within the Office and across the University on a range of matters relating to overseas activity, including the political and socio-economic environment, the geographic and physical environment, the academic infrastructure, and health and safety matters.
  • Taking functional responsibility for the activities of International Recruitment Officers and other travelling colleagues relative to work in countries within the regions
  • Representing the office on appropriate Faculty and University groups and committees and on relevant external bodies.
  • Share information across the University for further internal collaboration.

External Communications

  • Developing and enhancing the University’s Internationalisation Strategy within the wider University, the national and international context, and leading its implementation.
  • Establishing and maintaining the infrastructure of links within the key markets of the region including with Embassies, High Commissions, British Council Offices, Agents and potential Partner Institutions.
  • Implementing plans within the regions to maximise enquiries, applications and enrolments from the countries of the region.
  • Leading the identification, research and investigation of new markets within the region and instigating approaches and opportunities, including the identification of key partners and developments in the University’s portfolio and delivery methods.
  • Establishing strategic partnerships by initiating and developing links with partner institutions within the regions, working closely with the relevant Faculties.
  • Full discretion to determine the programme of activities for the key markets of the region and leading their implementation.
  • Representing the University internationally across a range of activities and events, including at the highest, levels.
  • Ensuring the growth of international recruitment and partnership activity.
  • Design and lead on the implementation of international marketing plans.


  • Setting and managing the delegated budget for activities within the regions.
  • Carrying out other duties and deputising for the Associate Director (Global Greenwich) as required.
  • Support the Associate Director (Global Greenwich) in forming, developing and implementing the strategic aims of the University for all aspects of internationalisation.
  • Supporting behaviours underpinning University Values by Building Relationships, Communicating Clearly and Working Collaboratively

Managing Self:

  • Ability to plan and prioritise workload is essential.
  • Ability to work on own initiative without constant supervision.


  • Supporting behaviours underpinning University Values by Planning Ahead and Finding New and Better Ways of Working

Core Requirements

  • Adhere to and promote the University’s Equality and Diversity policies.
  • Ensure compliance with Health & Safety regulations.
  • Support and promote the University’s Sustainability policies, including the Carbon Management Plan, and carry out duties in a resource efficient way, recognising the shared responsibility of minimising the University's negative environmental impacts wherever possible.

Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to deal with complex requirements across a Multi-Campus/Faculty organisation.
  • Ability to work across campuses as required.
  • Willingness to travel overseas as required for this post and over weekends.


  • Support the University’s Internationalisation Strategy (Global Greenwich) which aims to increase both International and EU student numbers and develop further Multi-Faculty Partnerships;
  • Expertise developed and maintained for regulatory requirements in region;
  • Ensure UKVI compliance.

KEY RELATIONSHIPS (Internal & External):

  • Internal: Associate Director (Global Greenwich), Deputy Head of International, International Partnerships Managers, International Compliance and Contracts Officer, International Recruitment Officers, Faculty Directors of Partnerships and International, Collaborations Offices, Academic Quality Unit, other Directorates and Programme Leaders as appropriate.
  • External: Collaborative Partner Institutions, the British Council, the European Commission, Overseas regulatory bodies, overseas representatives of the University, High Commissions, Embassies.



  • Extensive and broad experience in the university sector including at the strategic level.
  • Extensive experience in international activities including international student recruitment and in-country work.
  • Experience of budgetary and staff supervision.
  • Experience of prioritising a heavy workload to meet deadlines and targets under pressure.
  • Development and delivery of a successful communications strategy.


  • Self-motivated and entirely confident decision-maker.
  • Resourceful and able to deal with unanticipated situations whilst travelling and otherwise.
  • Outstanding inter-personal, communication, negotiation, diplomacy and social skills, and the ability to engage in contact with all, especially the highest levels.
  • IT skills – packages, email, internet.
  • In depth understanding in the use of social media for marketing and conversion.


  • Cultural interest, awareness and sensitivity.
  • Able to work flexibly to meet targets, including weekend and other unsociable hours as necessary.
  • Able to travel extensively.



  • Graduate
  • Professional qualifications

Application proccess: 

To submit your application for this position, click on "Apply For This Job" below and submit a Cover Letter and a copy of your CV. 

For a confidential discussion, please contact Hadil El-Agami, Global Account Director at The PIE Exec Search by email: hadil@thepieexecsearch.com. 

Successful candidates will be contacted directly and applications will remain open until the position is filled.

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