Executive Director of External Relations

Updated: about 8 hours ago
Job Type: FullTime

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Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) is seeking an experienced leader to serve as Executive Director of External Relations. Reporting to the Dean, and as member of the senior leadership team, the Executive Director will be responsible for the development and execution of GU-Q’s external relations strategy.

Georgetown University in Qatar has retained Isaacson, Miller to assist in the search for this position. Please visit their website to learn more and to apply: https://www.imsearch.com/open-searches/georgetown-university-qatar/executive-director-external-relations

Any applications submitted prior to August 6, 2023 have been shared with Isaacson, Miller and do not need to be resubmitted.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Oversee the development and implementation of GU-Q’s external relations strategy.
  • In collaboration with the Dean and senior leadership, identify, establish, and cultivate relationships with external stakeholders in order to advance GU-Q’s vision, mission, and strategic priorities.
  • Lead a team of professionals responsible for managing areas of strategic importance, including alumni relations, outreach, special events, protocol, and joint partnerships.

Key Activities:

  • Proactively identify and pursue opportunities that elevate GU-Q’s visibility and reputation, both locally and globally.
  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to develop new and enhance existing externally-focused programs and initiatives.
  • Contribute to the management and cultivation of relationships with stakeholders, including senior executives, government officials, community leaders, and other strategic partners.
  • Act as a senior advisor to senior leadership on all matters related to external relations and stakeholder engagement.
  • Work closely with Communications to develop and implement strategies that effectively promote university programs, initiatives, and strategic priorities.
  • Lead the planning and execution of high-profile events, ensuring events are executed at the highest level and in compliance with institutional policies and procedures.
  • Ensure all external relations events are strategically relevant, and regionally appropriate.
  • Monitor, analyze, and report on the effectiveness of external relations strategies, and make adjustments for improvement, as needed.
  • Serve as a spokesperson for the university, as needed.
  • Remain up-to-date on industry trends and best practices, and apply relevant insights to inform organizational strategy, execution, and decision making.
  • Manage and oversee the work of direct reports, including setting and reviewing performance objectives, and identifying training and development needs.
  • Manage budgets for a broad range of external relations initiatives (including events, outreach campaigns, etc.).
  • Other similar duties, as assigned.


  • Master’s degree, Ph.D. preferred.
  • 8+ years of relevant work experience; at least 5 years’ experience managing a team(s) of professionals.
  • Managerial experience in external relations, preferably in the higher education sector.
  • Experience leading complex initiatives with diverse stakeholders.
  • Experience in communications, public relations, and/or external affairs preferred.
  • Experience with event planning, marketing, and promotion preferred.
  • Proven ability to interact and influence at the most senior levels of an organization and to work collaboratively across departments, levels, and functions toward shared objectives.
  • Proven ability to exercise high levels of discretion and sound judgment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse individuals across various cultural and institutional environments.
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Outstanding communication skills, including editing, writing, and public speaking.
  • Excellent communication skills in English and Arabic (preferred).

Expatriate Benefits:

GU-Q’s expatriate benefits package is highly competitive and includes fully-furnished housing, a monthly transportation and home leave travel allowance, health insurance (worldwide coverage), generous private school tuition support for accompanying children, and other benefits.

Relocation Support:

Moving to a new country can be a significant endeavor and GU-Q is committed to providing comprehensive relocation support. From assistance with visa processing, housing arrangements, and transportation logistics, to campus orientation and settling-in support, GU-Q will aim to ensure a smooth transition for new employees and their families.

About Qatar:

Qatar has become a hub for regional and global networks in international diplomacy, energy, finance, economics, media, and sports. A modern, thriving country in the heart of the Middle East with an ambitious development vision, it offers a high standard of living, with excellent facilities, modern infrastructure, and a mix of local and cosmopolitan culture. Its central location also makes it the ideal location for exploring Asian, African, and European destinations. More information can be found here .

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