Regional Director East Asia

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Regional Director East Asia

The post is responsible for coordinating a diverse portfolio of activity for advancing the University’s
engagement and works in partnership with the Vice Principal International, Assistant Principal for China, and
Director of Edinburgh Global.

Location: The post will be based in China with frequent travel across the East Asia region and to the UK. The
successful candidate will require to have the right to live and work in China. While the University’s Regional
Centre is based in Beijing, applications are welcomed from applicants interested in working from Beijing or

Salary: Terms and conditions will be competitive and based on local norms. The level of the post is grade
UE08 and the salary will be competitive and aligned with the local market.

Applicants should be aware that the post holder must have an excellent command of written and spoken
Mandarin, and regular liaison and communication with the UK requires an excellent command of written and
spoken English.

1. Job Details

Job title: Regional Director, East Asia
Support Department: Edinburgh Global
Line manager: Head of Global Operations, Edinburgh Global
2. Job Purpose

The Regional Director is the University’s primary representative in East Asia, and is responsible for
coordinating and advancing engagement across the region (Mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan and
South Korea). The role is responsible for coordinating a diverse portfolio of activity including raising the
University’s profile in the region; regional recruitment; alumni engagement; academic collaboration and
developing connections and opportunities for advancing the University’s activities across the region in relation
to the Global Engagement Plan.
The Regional Director will have a key role in developing and implementing the University’s Regional Plan for
East Asia, working closely with the Vice Principal (International), the Assistant Principal (China), and
Edinburgh Global.

3. Main Responsibilities

Approx. % of time
To serve as the University’s primary official representative in East Asia, establish and manage partnerships
with key agencies, institutions and networks. Develop and maintain links with key regional and national  partners and institutions.

Coordinate the University’s activity in the region, including ownership and management of the Regional Plan.
Liaise regularly with Schools, Colleges and Professional Services to identify, track and connect priority areas of
activity. Act as a senior point of contact for the region, for staff across the University and external parties.

4. Planning and Organising

The post holder must have excellent planning and organisation skills to enable management and completion of
multiple projects and tasks. For example, the post holder supports complex, high level inward visits to the
region and must be able to assist with the delivery of high profile events and receptions involving senior
contacts, alumni and staff. The post holder must plan and deliver a programme of activities across multiple
nations involving a wider range of internal and external contacts at all levels.

5. Problem Solving

The post holder must be able to solve issues created by the complexity and diversity of the University’s
international activity and regional engagement. For example, this may involve assisting with the delivery of a
major project and ensuring that the University can submit a robust proposal by resolving issues connected to
the stakeholders and agencies involved. The post holder must be able to gather intelligence and information to
assist with solving problems relating to the delivery of the University’s activity in the region.

6. Decision Making

As the post is located at distance and without recourse to immediate support the post holder must deal
proactively with problems, taking responsibility and acting appropriately to resolve them, involving line
management as required. The post holder is required to make objective recommendations and determine
appropriate courses of action as required. For example, this may involve taking decisions and providing advice
relating to a University project/partnership and deciding on appropriate areas for strategic concentration of
efforts and resource in the region.

7. Key Contacts/Relationships

Internally, key contacts and relationships involve the Vice Principal (International), Assistant Principal (China),
Director and Deputy Director of Edinburgh Global, Directors of Global Academies, Vice Principals, senior
College representatives and Heads of School in relation to their priorities, International Deans, professional
service representatives including Development and Alumni, Edinburgh Innovations, Communications and
Marketing and International Research Office. External links and relationships include the British Embassy;
FCO; British Council; EU Offices; University Presidents, Vice Presidents and Directors of International Offices;
civil servants; alumni and other regional and sub regional organisations.

8. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job
• Educated to degree level.
• Experience of working with international organisations and/or higher education.
• Experience of stakeholder engagement and ability to represent the University at the highest level to a wide range of contacts and organisations.

• Experience in administration, research and intelligence gathering.
• Excellent organisation skills, including the ability to proactively deal with multiple tasks and priorities.
• Ability to operate on own initiative, to be self-motivated and disciplined.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, written and verbal.
• Excellent command of written and spoken Mandarin, and regular liaison and communication with the UK
requires an excellent command of written and spoken English.

9. Dimensions

The post is of significant importance to the Global Engagement Plan and the University’s engagement with
East Asia. The post supports a wide range of projects, partnerships and business opportunities across the
entire staff and student community with regards to East Asia. The post will involve travel across the East Asia
region, and between the regional office in East Asia and Edinburgh, to build relationships with academics and
professional services staff and to advance partnerships, sometimes organising and participating in stakeholder

10. Job Context

The post is not typical in that it is located at distance from the University, immediate levels of support and
that it is the University’s primary official representative in the region. This requires a high level of political
awareness, diplomacy and excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
The post is central to the development and advancement of the University’s partnership with East Asia and to
advancing the aims of our Global Engagement Plan. The post involves frequent contact and communication
with senior management across the University, liaison with high level external stakeholders and the provision
of high quality advice and guidance with institutional impacts.
This post is not a standard or typical administrative role and the international location and dimension present
a range of challenges and responsibilities not experienced on a day-to-day basis by other members of staff.

Application Procedure

All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application.

The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.
interviews are expected to take place towards the end of February 2018. You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.

The closing date is 5pm on 2nd February 2018.


12 Jan 2018



China, China

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Regional Director East Asia

University of Edinburgh