Director of the Berlin Program
Berlin, - Full Time


The Bing Overseas Studies Program (BOSP) at Stanford University is seeking qualified candidates for the Director position at our center in Berlin, Germany.

The Stanford in Berlin program is comprised of 6 employees who serve an average of 35 students for each of three academic quarters annually, in addition to a summer internship  program. The BOSP Berlin center is housed in the historic Haus Cramer in the district Dahlem. Stanford’s very first study abroad program was established in Beutelsbach, Germany in 1958, which moved to Berlin in 1975.


The Director of the Stanford Program in Berlin is charged with nourishing an intellectual and social environment that is supportive of excellence and high academic standards for Stanford undergraduates.  The Director is responsible for the academic and administrative management and day to day operation of the Bing Overseas Studies Program (BOSP) center and for making decisions on local resource allocations and priorities, recognizing both local practice and Stanford University operating principles. The Director represents the Stanford Program in Berlin in collaboration with partner German academic institutions, sponsors, donors, foundations and alumni organizations.

The Stanford Program in Berlin is a three quarter academic program.  Students have the option of participating in internships available throughout Germany in a variety of disciplines arranged by the program staff.  This position oversees the employment of lecturers and tutors associated with the program and supervises the Associate Director who manages staff employees.  The Director has immediate responsibilities for Stanford undergraduates attending the center each quarter and for providing direction, leadership, advising and support for their needs, in close collaboration with BOSP home campus staff.  This position reports to the Faculty Director for BOSP at the Stanford campus in California.


Academic Program Management

  • Develop and implement a curriculum within the context of Stanford University’s academic organization and standards, in coordination with home campus senior staff and faculty.

  • Launch new and innovative courses that make use of unique local opportunities.

  •  Identify, hire, evaluate, and coordinate local faculty to lecture and teach seminar courses or independent study at an appropriate academic level, bearing in mind cultural and pedagogical differences. Evaluate teaching performance and effectiveness on a regular basis.

  •  Promote interaction among local faculty and between local faculty and visiting Stanford professors, especially in discussions of pedagogy and curricular issues.

  •  In collaboration with BOSP at the home campus, develop student application criteria, evaluate applications, and prioritize waitlists.

  •  In collaboration with the Stanford Language Center, manage a language teaching program.

  • Sustain a network of returning faculty-in-residence and with home-campus faculty in fields related to the curricular foci of BOSP-Berlin at the Stanford campus in California.

  • Co-lead multi-day field trips throughout Europe.

  •  Provide academic advising for students.

  •  Define, develop, and enable student and faculty use of local libraries, archives, and resources.
  • Follow Stanford academic policies and guidelines.

  • Develop and establish linkages with local academic communities, academic institutions, government agencies, alumni and donors.

  • Maintain awareness of emerging academic directions in Germany, including outstanding scholars.

  • Maintain communication with local peers directing other US study abroad programs.

Administration, Development and Budget Management

  • Ensure operations of the Center and the academic programs are in compliance with all policies, regulations and laws governing Stanford University, and in the country of program operation.

  • Maintain productive relations with program advocates and sponsors, including institutional and individual donors and alumni.

  • Maintain relations with university units beyond BOSP as necessary.

  • Design and submit periodic renewal applications for grants from established sponsors.

  • Manage relations with partner universities, local public safety, US consular, local country immigration officials, and other local governmental agencies and organizations to facilitate the operations of the program.

  •  Manage Center staff, including hiring, training, motivating, evaluating performance and salary recommendations to achieve program goals.

  • Work directly with BOSP home campus staff to prepare and manage annual budget, including sponsored resources; manage all fiscal activities including authorization of expenditures, review and approval of monthly cash reports.

  •  Manage facilities and property at the center, including planning with architects and BOSP staff for significant building projects.

  • In coordination with home campus staff, oversee the technological infrastructure of the Center and its uses for academic and administrative purposes.

  • Work in close contact with all BOSP administrative staff.

  • Manage logistics to support effective participation of visiting Stanford faculty.

Internship Development

  • Manage strategic planning and development of student internship opportunities in Germany in the public and private sectors, in cultural and research institutions for Stanford students.

Student Life Oversight

  • Provide strategic oversight for program activities, meetings, and events, including those with external partners.

  • Manage the resolution of program issues and concerns, interpret policies, and mediate complex and sensitive issues.

  • Provide direct advice to students on a range of issues including, but not limited to, academic progress, academic program policies, personal matters, accessibility, housing, local environment, etc., to assist them in making appropriate choices and decisions.

  • Advise and/or resolve with others, multi-dimensional matters in response to students in crisis, at risk or who have other program issues, counsel students and parents on sensitive and confidential issues.

  • Implement university policy related to academic policies; oversee the implementation of policies and practices for students.

  • Manage key processes, including contribution and direction on policy and program content.

 These duties may be adjusted as needed to suit the academic and business needs of the Stanford Bing Overseas Studies Program.



Education and Experience

  • Doctorate degree required and five (5) to seven (7) years of relevant experience, including at least three (3) to  five (5) years of managing staff. 
  • Must have teaching experience with undergraduate students.
  • Demonstrated professional administrative experience in higher education in a managerial position preferred but not required.
  • Professional experience with American undergraduates at an institution similar to Stanford preferred, but not required.
  • Experience with overseas study programs preferred, but not required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Near-native German language proficiency, both oral and written.
  • An advanced level of fluent English skills both oral and written to enable effective communications with others whose primary language is English.
  • Advanced knowledge of German culture, history and business etiquette.
  • General knowledge of German academic communities.
  • Understanding and familiarity with academic program planning.
  • Ability to provide academic and managerial leadership of the program and office.
  • Computer proficiency with skill in using Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish priorities, manage shifting priorities, and handle numerous time-sensitive projects with multiple deadlines, working independently and collaboratively as appropriate with professional colleagues both within the center and abroad in a team-oriented environment.
  • Ability to accomplish goals working through formal and informal channels, with diplomacy and tactfulness.
  • Demonstrated creativity, problem solving, critical analysis, initiative, judgment, and decision-making skills.
  • Understanding of working in a complex university or similar environment with proven ability to exercise patience and flexibility with students, parents, staff, and faculty and outside constituents.
  • Awareness of and sensitivity to the diverse population of Stanford University students.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, adept at fostering and maintaining effective collaboration, trust, teamwork and respect.
  • Must be legally authorized to work in Germany.
  • Will work variable hours, evenings or weekends.
  • Will travel locally and/or internationally with occasional overnight travel.

Inquiries should be addressed to Guy Margard, Executive Search Consultant at


Stanford University is one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions. Our mission is to educate future leaders and promote interdisciplinary, world-class research and teaching. A key aspect of this is to provide serious international educational opportunities to our students. Sustaining and developing these rich offerings is an intensely creative, rewarding, and challenging project.

For more information about BOSP Berlin, please click here.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.