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International Officer

University of Sheffield

Sheffield, United Kingdom

The University of Sheffield has internationalisation embedded in its core values and we are committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse student and staff community. The University’s internationalisation strategy is committed to attracting academically excellent students and increasing the diversity of the student population.

You will be joining a university ranked in the top 100 universities in the world, with outstanding student experience and a long-standing commitment to international students. This role is an exciting opportunity for a passionate individual with experience of international student recruitment and marketing,

The International Officer role is situated within the International Recruitment team, which is one of two teams within Global Engagement, and is responsible for recruitment and conversion of international students to the University.

You will be responsible for planning and delivering student recruitment plans for a number of designated markets and achieving student recruitment targets. You will research your designated markets and develop effective, budgeted, integrated recruitment plans on the basis of your research. Initially these markets will be USA and Canada, but may change over time. You will carry out overseas promotions, support recruitment agents, develop productive relations with schools and partner organisations and provide quality market intelligence. You will identify new business opportunities, and where these are in collaboration with other institutions, work with the Partnerships and Global Opportunities team to ensure effective governance is in place. You will also contribute to cross-team projects with a range of colleagues across the team and wider University, to enhance operational and strategic competitiveness.

Job Description
Main Duties and Responsibilities
In line with the priorities of the International Recruitment Office, and with supervision provided by a Senior International Officer
● To act as Country Manager for specific markets which will involve:
o Taking primary responsibility for the University’s recruitment planning and associated activities in designated overseas markets. You will be responsible for researching your markets and developing effective and costed plans on the back of
this research; coordinating and in many cases delivering recruitment/marketing activities as identified in the plans; monitoring the effectiveness of recruitment/marketing activities in each of your designated markets.
o Promoting the full range of University’s programmes: undergraduate, postgraduate, English language and pathway programmes.
o Representing the University at overseas recruitment exhibitions and missions.
o Selecting, training and providing ongoing management and support for suitable student recruitment agents in designated markets.
o Promoting and supporting academic links.
o Providing high-quality market intelligence and identifying new business opportunities.
o Using other elements of the marketing/communications mix in support of student recruitment objectives, eg digital media, PR.
o Briefing University staff on the designated portfolio of countries.
o Contributing to the management of alumni relations in specific markets.
o Providing regular detailed market and admissions advice and support to Admissions and University selectors for candidates from specific markets.
o Providing detailed and high-quality market and recruitment advice and support to recruitment and marketing colleagues based in Departments and at Faculty level.
o Support Departmental overseas visits to the designated countries, by organising incountry recruitment activities for travelling academic staff.
o Taking responsibility for supporting the Senior International Officer in a particular area of work of cross-market relevance to the wider team e.g. data management or performance evaluation of recruitment agents
● Manage the administration of these areas of responsibility such as timely production of mission activity reports.
● Monitor spend and deliver activities to deadlines and agreed budgets.
● Plan budgets annually and manage a budget of up to £50K.
● Maintain and develop productive relations with colleagues across the University, and with partner organisations such as the British Council, the Northern Consortium, and sponsors.
● Participate in project teams, committees and other administrative functions, including outside of Global Engagement.
● Supervise and/or manage individuals or a small team (including permanent or temporary staff, student ambassadors) as required.


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