Senior Strategist Global & Intercultural Affairs

Senior Strategist Global & Intercultural Affairs

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Saint Mary’s University aspires to engage all Santamarians in a global experience.

Over the past two decades, Saint Mary’s has built a solid foundation of support and a growing reputation for a comprehensive international student experience in a safe, respectful environment for learning and personal growth. In keeping with Saint’s Mary’s strategic plan 2017-2022, there is a tremendous opportunity to further enhance pan-campus and global linkages and provide all students who attend the University with an immersive intercultural experience.

Reporting to the President and Vice Chancellor, the Senior Strategist Global & Intercultural Affairs provides leadership, momentum and enhanced visibility to Saint Mary’s global outreach and intercultural goals by championing existing programs and initiatives, facilitating new opportunities for pan-campus collaboration and enhancing the University’s international reputation and stature. Specifically, the Senior Strategist Global & Intercultural Affairs:

  • Encourages the extensive campus community already engaged in global and intercultural endeavours
  • Works collaboratively with faculty, staff and students to foster a vibrant intercultural campus
  • Champions and enhances cross-cultural collaboration and intercultural awareness through promotion of programming, learning and engagement initiatives
  • Builds and maintains a network of key contacts and strategic relationships with local, national and international partners, associations and private and public organizations
  • Acts as ambassador and official contact with agencies, NGOs, multinational agencies and embassies 

The Senior Strategist is the catalyst to ensure that Saint Mary’s can deliver on the University’s explicit commitment to globalization and intercultural experience, communicating the vision to internal and external audiences and reinforcing the importance of the intercultural exchange of ideas and experiences. As a member of the Senior Management Team, the incumbent is a champion for global and intercultural learning and will develop strategies and opportunities to promote global citizenship.

The successful candidate will have a Master’s degree in a relevant field such as sociology, political science, or anthropology, and will possess 7-10 years of related work experience. A deep understanding of the post-secondary institutional context and a reputation of being a global citizen and a thought leader is preferred. Demonstrated knowledge and experience in strategic planning, operations/project management and cross-functional collaboration in a distributed leadership model is an asset. Having an established network within the intercultural sector involving academics, researchers and government is preferred. This position affords the opportunity for international travel and is ideal for an individual with strong diplomatic skills and facility in understanding and bridging cultures, languages and diverse experiences.

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Saint Mary’s University encourages applications from diverse candidates. If you are Indigenous, African Canadian, a racially visible person, a person with disabilities, or a woman, you are encouraged to self-identify on your cover letter or your resume. To learn more about this opportunity, please forward your resume and statement of interest in confidence with the email subject line “Saint Mary’s Senior Strategist” to Royer Thompson at For further information please contact Amy Reid or Kim West at 902-422-2099.

Royer Thompson Management & Human Resources Consulting is a talent management firm focused on capturing the full potential of people in organizations by supporting a shared sense of purpose, recruiting and cultivating leadership, and fostering an innovative, caring and entrepreneurial spirit.