Director, International House - Fisher Leadership
Close Date: 12/02/2024
REF: UOQdih0124
Applications for this listing are closed

Director, International House

Close Date: 12/02/2024
REF: UOQdih0124
  • Provide strategic and operational leadership to an outstanding residential college
  • Foster a strong sense of community, pastoral care and learning environment for students
  • Attractive remuneration package, including option for onsite living


The Board of International House (IH) seeks an outstanding candidate to lead the strategic and operational management of this highly regarded college, based in Brisbane at the University of Queensland.

Responsible for the social mission, key relationships and an outstanding resident experience, the Director ensures the provision of a safe, high-quality living and learning environment for students, fostering a strong community, and integrating academic and residential life.  In addition, preparing strategic and operational plans; managing finances and facilities; staff and residents; and alumni engagement.

About International House

International House offers 242 spacious, modern, individual rooms that are catered or self-catered for Australian and international students participating in tertiary studies or events at the University of Queensland or other institutions nearby.

On-campus living at International House provides residents with more than just university accommodation and meals.  It is a relaxed, green and safe environment where students from Australia and abroad study and live together.  It offers catering, free academic support, organised social, cross-cultural and cultural events, and access to UQ’s premier gym and pool facilities.  IH allows students to make the most of their time at university, without worrying about being lonely, travelling to and from campus and missing out on valuable friendships and opportunities.  Residents who live at IH make friends and connections for life with fellow students from over 40 countries from around the globe.  There’s nothing else quite like it in Queensland!

IH is not affiliated with any religious denomination and welcomes diversity of all kinds.

The ideal candidate

With a commitment to providing a supportive community for residents and a genuine interest in preparing young people for a global career, the ideal candidate will be empathetic with strong cultural sensitivity.  Previous experience in the education sector is essential, coupled with outstanding communication skills to effectively engage with a broad stakeholder base, including working closely with the Board, UQ stakeholders and students.  A problem-solving approach, resourcefulness and a willingness to be hands-on in operational management will also be key to success.  The Director communicates the strategic vision which is determined with the Board and keeps abreast of sector developments, identifying opportunities to ensure the long-term success of IH.

This is a unique and rewarding opportunity to lead a highly regarded residential college with a long history of success, supporting students from a range of cultures to navigate their university years and set them up to make their mark on the world.

The position is offered on a five-year fixed term contract with an attractive remuneration package, including access to a four-bedroom onsite residence and fully maintained vehicle.

Applications close:  12 February 2024.

To apply: Please visit and Apply Online, addressing your cover letter and resume to Sharyn Gowans, Partner at Fisher Leadership and quoting reference UOQdih0124.  For a confidential discussion, please contact Sharyn Gowans on 1300 347 437.

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