OPEN POSITIONS
ACADEMIC POSITIONS
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Franklin University Switzerland is a non-profit private university located in Lugano, accredited in both the USA and Switzerland to offer undergraduate and graduate degrees. Its intensely cross-cultural and multinational learning and living environment inspires students to engage the world.  Franklin’s undergraduate majors, graduate programs and pre-professional programs in the social sciences, natural sciences and the humanities are informed by the liberal arts and sciences.

Franklin University Switzerland seeks applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Psychology. The position is full-time, renewable, and with a clear promotion ladder. The position begins in August 2023 (pending funding). The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. at the time of hire. Priority will be given to scholars with expertise in one (or more) of the following areas: cognitive/emotional psychology, biological psychology, or neuropsychology. Ideally the candidate would also have interest or previous experience in positive psychology or areas of wellness.

Franklin’s program in psychology is young, yet popular among students. The successful candidate should have the potential for dynamic leadership, demonstrating willingness to help Franklin grow the current program and assist with the formulation of future graduate programs in psychology (Master’s or Ph.D.).  They should also be able to offer courses in a variety of areas within psychology, including in their area of expertise and ideally in research methods (https://www.fus.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/majors/psychology). 

A normal course load at Franklin is six (3 credit or 6 ECTS) courses per academic year, including a course with an Academic Travel component, one of Franklin’s signature experiences.  Other job expectations include advising pre-major and psychology students and maintaining an active research program.

Consistent with the mission of the University, applicants must demonstrate a commitment to excellence in both undergraduate teaching and scholarship, have an active research agenda, and contribute to the Academic Travel program (https://www.fus.edu/academics/academic-travel), a fundamental part of Franklin’s international, interdisciplinary, intercultural curriculum. Ideally, candidates will be conversant in one of the official languages of Switzerland and have an interest in interdisciplinary research and teaching. Experience with Swiss/EU funded projects is a plus.

To apply, please submit to psysearch@fus.edu, in a single PDF document:

  • a letter of application,
  • CV with names and contact information for three references,
  • a writing sample,
  • a statement of teaching philosophy, and;
  • recent teaching evaluations (if available)

Review of applications will begin November 30th, 2022 and continue on a rolling basis. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed via videoconferencing. Finalists will be invited to campus for in-person interviews.

ADMINISTRATIVE POSITIONS
Assistant Director of Admissions - West Coast Representative

Assistant Director of Admissions - West Coast Representative

Reports to: Associate Director of Admissions & Enrollment Management

Overall Responsibilities

In coordination with the Associate Director of Admissions and fellow US based Regionals, the Assistant Director will develop and implement a strategic recruitment plan for the Admissions cycle. The Admissions Assistant Director responsibilities include traditional undergraduate recruitment, high school summer program & promotion and recruitment, and assisting study abroad, foundation, and gap year program students through the application and enrollment process. Team members may also be asked to support questions related to our graduate and our upper level study abroad programs. The Assistant Director is responsible for servicing all undergraduate inquiries, finalizing applications and recommending admissions decisions for their region. The counselor will also organize off-campus events to promote the institution.

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Represent the University to prospective students and their families in various regions within the western US, western Canada, and Latin America  
  • Prepare and implement a fall and spring virtual and in-person recruitment schedule to include individual high school visits, and University fairs/nights
  • Organize and conduct individual interviews with students as well as organize regional group virtual and in-person information sessions for students, parents and high school counselors
  • Join and participate in regional admission associations to strengthen the university name and further foster relationships
  • Utilize our alumni, in cooperation with our Alumni Relations office and the Admissions office to support the university’s recruitment efforts
  • Provide report evaluations after Fall & Spring travel seasons of school visits, conferences, University fairs etc.; Submit expense reports for all travel
  • Counsel, interview and provide information to prospective students including the application process
  • Develop and maintain relationships with school counselors and education advisors
  • Completing application review including writing assessments, interview reports and second reads in a timely manner
  • Involve event management; planning, organizing and assisting with info sessions, admitted student receptions and counselor campus visit programs
  • Prepare written reports relevant to admissions, recruitment, and related activities
  • Official liaison with US partner institutions (i.e. USC, SMU, CCIS Consortia, etc.)
  • Extensive travel, evening and weekend work required
  • Perform other duties as assigned, consistent with this position, the department’s goals and the University’s mission.

Knowledge, Skills & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • At least two years of professional experience in the field of higher education admissions and student recruitment or related field
  • Excellent mastery of the English language. Working knowledge of Italian and/or Spanish preferred.
  • Candidates must possess strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Must work simultaneously with multiple projects, deadlines, and departments
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and recruit students of diverse backgrounds           
  • Flexibility and initiative, as well as the ability to work independently with little supervision, combined with the skills for thriving in a team environment to achieve institutional goals
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed
  • Strong work ethic, results-oriented, and proactive with excellent teamwork and friendly disposition
  • Able to work in a high energy, fast-paced environment

About Franklin:

Franklin University Switzerland is a private, independent University recognized and accredited in Switzerland and the United States. It offers a unique and innovative approach to Liberal Arts education, characterized by an emphasis on international exposure and experiential learning in a diverse environment and a unique semiannual program of credit-bearing, faculty-led international travel.

How to apply:

Applications should include a letter of interest and a CV. Please apply electronically to info@fus.edu

Applications will be reviewed upon submission.

Anticipated start date: as soon as possible

Executive Assistant (EA) to the President

Franklin University Switzerland (FUS) seeks a higher education experienced, dynamic and intercultural full-time Executive Assistant (EA) to President Samuel Martín-Barbero.

Reporting and collaborating directly with the President, the Executive Assistant serves as the primary point of contact for internal and external constituencies on all matters pertaining to the Office of the President. The Executive Assistant also serves as a liaison to senior management and, together with the President, advocates for an atmosphere of openness and cooperation across the entire institution: to do so, the Executive Assistant must demonstrate human qualities, shared institutional values and multiple intelligences (social, emotional, political…) in a highly demanding position.

The Executive Assistant performs a wide variety of complex, sensitive and confidential administrative support functions; handles data, information and issues using discretion, patience and camaraderie and applies knowledge of standard procedures and policies. and be able to constructively operate and resolve tasks within different levels of uncertainty and change.

The ideal individual has the dexterity to exercise good judgment and transmit personal empathy and care to all Franklin constituencies in a variety of situations (written and verbal interactions, organizational events…) and the ability to maintain an appropriate balance among a significant number of presidential priorities and duties.

Responsibilities include:

  • Liaison between leadership, executives, faculty, administrators, and staff.
  • Be the point of contact for various inquiries and resolving issues on behalf of the President.
  • Make decisions based on working knowledge of the responsibilities and priorities of the President.
  • Provide ideas and logistical support to the President with respect to presentations and preparation of documents.
  • Serve as a positive agent of change while supporting meetings, presentations, workshops, retreats, guests and events promoted by the President's Office.
  • Secure flexibility and agility in setting last-minute adjustments, rescheduling and modifications of plans, meetings, calls, etc

Duties include:

  • Manage incoming calls, correspondence, and emails, and greet visitors (students, alumni, parents).
  • Manage and maintain complex calendars, schedule, and arrange all associated details for regular meetings and events.
  • Coordinate travel arrangements, develop various itineraries and process expense reimbursements and payments.
  • Prepare and distribute various materials, make changes to the website when needed, compose correspondence for signature, proof correspondence and other material and maintain filling system.
  • When so directed, responsible for assisting with all logistics relative to meetings and events of the Board, and to maintain correspondence and records for that body.
  • Work full-day schedule and, on occasion, extend hours as per the requirements of the Presidents’ office.
  • Perform other duties as assigned, consistent with this position, the department’s goals and the University’s mission.

Professional Experience (required):

  • Bachelor degree in a relevant field.
  • Professional certification in a related field is desirable.
  • Minimum of five years of experience in a similar role.
  • Knowledge of the higher education sector is preferable.
  • Experience in supporting senior level executives.
  • Experience in project coordination and execution.

Skills and Competencies (required):

  • Ability to work independently within a ‘Team mentality’ while managing numerous projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to anticipate and execute upon the needs of the President, as well as to adapt to a fast-paced and rapidly changing schedule.
  • Strong communication and relationship building skills with peers, leadership, and different stakeholders.
  • Ability to condense overlapping meeting requests and to manage the President’s calendar to balance (professional and private life) and optimize the distribution of meetings within the day/week/month.
  • Exceptional attention to detail with the ability to handle sensitive, confidential, and challenging situations with tact and diplomacy.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point), Adobe Acrobat, and Social Media web platforms.
  • Excellent English language skills. Some knowledge of Italian or ability to learn the language in a short period of time, plus knowledge of another Swiss Official language   (highly valuable).

Other qualities (preferred):

  • Experience studying or working outside native country (desirable).

About FUS

FUS is an international, inclusive, student-centered, private (non-profit) and residential Liberal Arts and Sciences university located in Switzerland. FUS is accredited in both the USA by MSCHE and Switzerland. Its undergraduate majors, pre-professional programs and research agenda in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences are informed by a strong interdisciplinary and experiential learning approach. A commitment to courses of study that are global in perspective and cross-cultural in content (such its genuine Academic Travel) has been the cornerstone of the education model since its founding in 1969.

How to apply

Candidates are asked to submit the following documents in PDF format to EAPsearch@fus.edu by January 31st, 2023.

  • One-page cover letter and full CV detailing professional qualifications and relevant achievements.
  • Contact information of three references.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed via videoconferencing and/or invited to campus for in-person interviews with the President and other senior administrators.

Position Type

Full-Time, competitive salary and benefits. Applicants can expect a welcoming, international and transformative working environment filled by a strong sense of belongingness.

Date Updated:  January 15th, 2023.

Part Time Copywriter (50%)

About FUS

FUS is an international, inclusive, student-centered, private (non-profit) and residential Liberal Arts and Sciences university located in Switzerland. FUS is accredited in both the USA by MSCHE and Switzerland. Its undergraduate majors, pre-professional programs and research agenda in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences are informed by a strong interdisciplinary and experiential learning approach. A commitment to courses of study that are global in perspective and cross-cultural in content has been the cornerstone of the education model since its founding in 1969.

Department: Marketing

Reports to: Director of Marketing and Strategy

Position Purpose and Objectives: producing, curating, proofreading, and editing texts and copies (e.g. website pages, landing pages, articles, social media, newsletters, press releases, etc) for different platforms to improve the University’s tone of voice, storytelling, awareness, and reputation. Strong assets are excellent knowledge in Search Engine Optimization best practices, fluency in both English and Italian languages, and experience in creating engaging, yet straightforward text to adapted to different audiences and channels, while following brand identity and guidelines.

Overall Responsibilities:

  • Organizing and updating the copywriting calendar, in accordance with the marketing strategy;
  • Setting the voice and tone for all online and off-line communications in both English and Italian languages;
  • Conducting interviews and research to develop long and short texts that perform strongly across multiple on and off-line channels;
  • Creating and managing relevant SEO-optimized website content to grow traffic and engagement on web articles, homepages, and landing pages;
  • Producing social media copies and messaging for both native and sponsored content;
  • Composing press releases in both English and Italian languages, and assisting in the management of media relationships;
  • Coordination of translation of produced content and text;
  • Enhancing the storytelling of the University by proposing appealing topics and creative copywriting strategies;
  • Developing writing and tone of voice toolkits and guidelines;
  • Staying up to date on trends, tools, and new technologies, and applying them strategically in compliance with the University’s policies and writing standards;
  • Organizing, optimizing, scheduling, archiving and updating all content.

Qualifications:

  • Advanced / fluent written and spoken English (C2) and Italian (C2) level;
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, media studies, communication, and/or related degree;
  • 2-3 years of experience in copywriting, marketing and/or content production;
  • Solid copywriting and proofreading skills with proven track record;
  • Strong analytical skills, creativity and close attention to details;
  • Skilled management of daily administrative tasks and independence in carrying out assigned projects.

How to apply

Candidates are asked to submit the their CV to marketing@fus.edu by December 15, 2022.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed via videoconferencing and/or invited to campus for in-person interviews.

Director of Advancement

Franklin University Switzerland (FUS) seeks a globalist, dynamic, mission-driven director, aligned with FUS’ institutional values to serve as the Director of Advancement. The Director will report to President Samuel Martín-Barbero. In partnership with the President and the Chair of the Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees, the Director will lead all FUS development, alumni relations, and parent relations strategies across the world. The Director will serve as a key member of the President’s Cabinet senior leadership team integrated by the areas of Academic Affairs, Student Life, Admissions, Finance, Marketing and Executive Education.

About FUS

FUS is an international, inclusive, student-centered, private (non-profit) and residential Liberal Arts and Sciences university located in Switzerland. FUS is accredited in both the USA by MSCHE and Switzerland. Its undergraduate majors, pre-professional programs and research agenda in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences are informed by a strong interdisciplinary and experiential learning approach. A commitment to courses of study that are global in perspective and cross-cultural in content has been the cornerstone of the education model since its founding in 1969.

Mindset, competence, and experience

  • Passion and vocation for higher education. Proven experience in fundraising with major donors (individuals, foundations, corporations and research agencies) in the US and internationally.
  • Capacity to work creatively and collaboratively with other team members across physical distances and time zones, as well as across national and cultural differences. Ability to interact easily and ethically with individuals at all levels.
  • Ability to organize and manage a diverse range of assignments and initiatives with high efficiency, yet thorough attention to detail and follow through. Documented success in personally implementing sophisticated, multi-year cultivation strategies leading to successful gift closure with individual and/or institutional prospects.
  • Proven expertise in effective solicitation, grant writing and stewardship actions. Donor giving capacity using digital research tools and industry standard software; capacity to work with information systems and databases to fully exploit the use of segmentation for solicitations; ability to analyze and communicate data.
  • Commitment to staying abreast of state-of-the-art thinking and research in fundraising and constituent relations strategies through engagement with other professionals, industries, corporations, foundations and university associations.

Key responsibilities and duties:

  • Serve as an active member of the President’s Cabinet, representing the University as a whole, in the important deliberations of this group as they advise the President. As a key member of the President's Cabinet, participate in strategic planning, execution, assessment, and work collaboratively with leadership across the institution to support key University priorities and development opportunities.
  • Support and supervise all advancement activities, managing engagement of prospects for main University priorities, providing research, and conferring on strategies.
  • Expand, update and maintain FUS’ Alumni database.  Capture and enhance the professional history of FUS graduates.
  • Ensure the effective and efficient team-planning and execution of FUS development plans and events both on and off Campus.
  • Articulate advancement methods, goals and objectives to the wider University community, including members of the Board of Trustees, faculty and staff.
  • Supervise the overall resource development strategy (annual fund; major gift and planned giving activities; corporate and foundation grant seeking; data management; gift recording and receipting; donor research program; stewardship; and capital campaigns) to meet the prioritized goals set forth in the University’s strategic plan.
  • Create lifelong stakeholders in the FUS mission by developing new/strengthening existing relationships with and services for alumni, parents, families, and friends.
  • Develop and execute a comprehensive annual plan for the work of the advancement office; set fundraising goals and non-financial objectives; assess and report to the President and the Board on results.
  • Actively engage with and manage an international portfolio of prospective donors across the world by engaging in personal cultivation, solicitation, closing of gifts, and stewardship.
  • Produce, update and maintain call reports for all prospective donors that have been approached.
  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive gift acceptance and documentation policy, ensuring compliance with regulations of tax and audit authorities whose jurisdictions are relevant to the activities of the University
  • Liaise with the Vice President for Finance & Administration and his/her staff regarding the proper recording of gifts and pledges, creation of perpetual contract agreements, and support of annual University audits. Develop and monitor the Development budget; oversee the management of the budgets for Annual Giving and Alumni/Parent Relations offices.

How to apply

Candidates are asked to submit the following documents in PDF format to ADVsearch@fus.edu by November 30, 2022.

  • Full CV detailing academic and professional qualifications and relevant achievements.
  • One-page cover letter followed by a one-page essay or video addressing the topic of challenges and opportunities for advancement in higher education and Liberal Arts Education.
  • Contact information of four references.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed via videoconferencing and/or invited to campus for in-person interviews with the senior leadership team, academics, staff and students.

Education and Qualifications:

  • Accredited Bachelor's and Master’s degree (any field/discipline)
  • At least eight years of senior executive experience in advancement/development, in higher education with the supervising of staff members and/or volunteers.
  • Proficiency with donor data management programs and office computer skills.  Ability to utilize Raiser’s Edge, Wealth Engine and GuideStar.
  • Experience living or travelling outside native country desirable
  • Ability to preferably communicate in a foreign language.

Position Type

Full-Time, competitive salary and benefits. Applicants can expect a welcoming, international and intercultural working and academic environment filled by a strong sense of companionship and belongingness.

Date Updated:  October 31, 2022.

Coordinator of Health Resources

Franklin University Switzerland is a non-profit private university located in Lugano, accredited in both the USA and Switzerland to offer undergraduate and graduate degrees. Its intensely cross-cultural and multinational learning and living environment inspires students to engage the world.  Franklin’s undergraduate majors, graduate programs and pre-professional programs in the social sciences, natural sciences and the humanities are informed by the liberal arts and sciences.

The Office of Student Life at Franklin University Switzerland seeks applications for the position of Coordinator of Health Resources.

Reporting to the Assistant Dean, the Coordinator of Health Resources works 20 hours a week during the weeks in which the majority of students are residing on campus. The Coordinator works limited office hours during summer, Academic Travel, and when the University is closed. Working hours outside of the regular academic year will be arranged with the Coordinator’s supervisor in advance. Office hours are flexible and may be revised periodically to adjust for time spent managing regular situations and emergencies. This position may involve after-hours and weekend work when a student has a serious medical emergency.

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Screening the medical records of all new students, contributing to the student information database, and interviewing new students and their families about existing health issues prior to their arrival.
  • Working with leaders of Academic Travels to ensure leaders are aware of and feel prepared to handle potential medical issues of students in their travel courses.
  • Providing advice and help during office hours to students with medical issues and helping to arrange appointments and build relationships between students and local practitioners.
  • Responding to student and family inquiries regarding students’ physical health needs.
  • Facilitating response to student medical emergencies and supporting Resident Assistants and staff in crises, as needed (this may involve a commitment beyond regular working hours).
  • Managing internal and external reporting as it relates to student health, administering special testing in the community when necessary.
  • Monitoring local, cantonal, and national public health situations and serving as Franklin’s point of contact with authorities; managing communication regarding public health situations that affect the Franklin community.
  • Coordinating and/or supporting community-wide and individual testing, vaccinations, or other routine actions that protect and enhance student health.
  • Training Resident Assistants to identify and support students who need medical support in emergency situations.
  • Working with the University Counselor to support students with health situations that require a coordinated, integrated approach.
  • Communicating with the University Counselor, Assistant Dean, Coordinator of Recreational Sports & Student Engagement, and Coordinator of Student Health Insurance & Administrative Services to support individual students and their families and provide health information and guidance to the Franklin community in general.
  • Serving as the point of contact between Franklin, medical practitioners, students, and when applicable, their families to ensure students in hospitals and clinics have any necessary assistance.
  • Helping students who have been discharged from the hospital manage their post-clinic care and follow up with students, families, Franklin staff, and medical practitioners as appropriate.
  • Maintaining inventory of medical supplies in locations around campus including in the Office of Student Life, Resident Assistant first aid kits, and medical kits used by leaders of Academic Travel programs.
  • Coordinating several health-related programs each semester in conjunction with the Assistant Dean, University Counselor, Coordinator of Recreational Sports & Student Engagement, and other staff.
  • Performing other duties as assigned, consistent with this position, the department’s goals, and the University’s mission.

Additional Responsibilities

  • If trained to do so, providing first aid treatment during in person office hours for minor dressings, scheduled injections, and other treatments that do not require the supervision or administration of a physician
  • Supporting the University Counselor and help manage intake of student appointments and less urgent mental health situations

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Professional experience in a health and wellness setting
  • Near-fluency in both Italian and English
  • Experience managing emergency situations or providing support in crises
  • Experience with and an ability to effectively use products in the Microsoft Office suite, particularly Excel

Preferred Skills and Qualifications

  • Experience in a medical office or facility
  • Counseling skills and experience
  • Knowledge of or an ability to learn how to review, administer, and explain insurance policy details and processes to students and their families
  • Experience with and an ability to effectively use web-based scheduling, publishing, and productivity programs

In compliance with local regulations, precedence will be given to candidates who are Swiss nationals, foreign nationals with a permanent residence permit (Permit C), foreign nationals with a residence permit authorizing them to work (Permit B, including recognized refugees), foreign nationals with temporary admission (Permit F), persons granted temporary protection (Permit S), and EU/EFTA citizens.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed via videoconferencing and/or invited to campus for in-person interviews. To apply, please submit in a single PDF document: a letter of application and a CV with names and contact information for three references to CHRsearch@fus.edu. Review of applications will begin November 14th, 2022 and continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Franklin University Switzerland is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we welcome and encourage applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse international communities. For further information, please see www.fus.edu.

Franklin University Switzerland, in compliance with U.S. applicable federal law and with the Swiss Gender Equality Act, does not practice or permit discrimination in employment, job placement, promotion, or other economic benefits on the basis of race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, marital or parental status, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, political affiliation, veteran status.

All members of the Franklin community are encouraged to work towards achieving a more open, fair, and tolerant community, by giving their affirmative contribution in all areas of life and work at the University to eliminate patterns of discrimination and ignorance about one another that obscure our recognition of human dignity and individuality.

It is the policy of the University not to discriminate in its recruitment, admission, and retention of students. The University’s policies affecting students will be administered in a non-discriminatory manner with regard and not limited to the following: admission, recruitment, housing, and other facilities, access to course offerings, counseling, financial assistance, employment assistance, health and insurance benefits and services, marital and parental status, athletics, and educational programs and activities.