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Chief of Staff to the Chief Academics Officer (m/f/d)

Remote Germany + 15 more locations
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Chief of Staff to the Chief Academics Officer (m/f/d)

When applying for this position, you will have the opportunity to indicate your preferred work location from the following: Remote Germany, Berlin, Cologne, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt Oder, Freiburg, Hamburg, Kiel, Leipzig, Mannheim, Munich, Nuremberg, Stuttgart

Grow with us – start your career at IU now!

Join our Academic team in full-time (40 hrs./week) as Chief of Staff to the Chief Academics Officer (m/f/d) (CAO) at one of our locations in Germany or remote (germanwide).

Your tasks

  • You will be reporting directly to our Chief Academics Officer. This position serves as an exclusive forum for individuals aspiring to excel in a position to lead diverse projects. It offers a unique opportunity to gain firsthand insights into the main academic and strategic decisions of our organization across markets, fostering accelerated professional growth and paving the way for future leadership responsibilities.

  • You will work closely with our C-level and senior management on a variety of exciting projects and tasks that you plan, coordinate, and implement independently (e.g. Academic Portfolio Management, Operational Efficiency, Org Building).

  • You drive initiatives that contribute to the company’s success throughout our international expansion phase and beyond, while ensuring that we deliver a best-in-class customer experience to our students.

  • You act as the go-to person for cross-departmental collaboration and support our senior leadership in scaling our academic offering while taking (interim)-ownership over strategically important projects whenever needed.

  • In your role, you will support us in organizing and managing Objectives and Key Results (OKRs), board meetings and other strategic discussions.

Your Profile

  • You have a strong business acumen, growth mindset, and above-average analytical skills which help you to quickly understand complex relationships and identify optimization potential.

  • You have a highly proactive and hands-on approach to challenges and are a team player with an independent and structured way of working. Getting things done? That’s your pride!

  • You have a passion for education and have a basic understanding of education institutions. Ideally you even bring experience in the academics field (e.g., at other universities or educational institutions).

  • You have the innate urge to drive change, are happy to operate in a 360-degree role with minimal supervision and want a (well-earned) fast track to senior management.

  • Your growth-oriented mindset drives you to learn new things every day, to question the old and to achieve top performance for yourself and your environment.

  • Ideally, you have an outstanding degree from a top university, and preferably 2-5 years of professional experience in a fast-paced and demanding environment (e.g. management consulting, private equity, rapidly growing startups, investment banking, venture capital, or similar).

  • You have a high level of fluency in German.

What We Offer

  • Be you at IU: We support and empower you to achieve your personal and professional goals. After all, your happiness significantly contributes to a positive and productive environment.

  • Working. Your Way: Decide where you’re most productive—whether it’s at home, on campus, abroad, or somewhere else. Our WorkFlex benefit makes it possible. With flexible working hours, both early risers and night owls can find their perfect rhythm with.

  • Take your knowledge to a new level: Where if not with us? Benefit from free further training, language courses and discounted study programs. With us there is always something new to learn.

  • Rest well: We make an effort every day, but we also take the time to recharge our batteries: with 30 days of annual vacation plus an extra day of vacation on your birthday.

  • Make your journey sustainable: Whether it’s a DeutschlandTicket subsidized down to just 7 euros or a Jobrad (bike leasing) offer, enjoy the freedom of mobility for both work and personal activities, while also making an eco-friendly choice.

Be part of Europe’s fastest growing university group and biggest ed-tech company. We are Europe’s fastest-growing provider for personalized education with over 130,000 students enrolled. IU believes in education for everyone and believes that everyone should have the opportunity to grow on their individual learning journey. IU Group, which includes IU International University of Applied Sciences, the London Institute of Banking and Finance and the University of Fredericton is on a continued growth journey. We offer a well-diversified mix of online degree courses, part-time studies and on-campus learning. The mission is to provide learners with a personalized learning experience, leveraging newest AI technology and catering to worldwide education needs. Here at IU, over 4,000 employees are dedicated to making a difference.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Anna-Lena Obenhaus via anna-lena.obenhaus@iu.org

Words are followed by actions: We take our “Culture Of Everyone” very seriously and would like to take this opportunity to expressly point out that you are welcome to join us, regardless of your origin, religion, gender, age or sexual orientation. Even if you have a disability, our doors are wide open to you. We look forward to a diverse community here at IU!

Your personal contact

Your personal contact - Anna-Lena Obenhaus

Anna-Lena Obenhaus

Teamlead Recruiting

I have never felt closer to my students as I do at IU. This empowers me to develop and grow each individual according to their strengths, abilities, and life goals.
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Dr. Jasmin Franz
Our student groups are hotbeds of ideas and creativity. With 350 students working in 350 companies we can test our ideas in industry at speed. This is thrilling!
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Prof. Dr. Anna Klein
What we’ll do for you
Decide for yourself how you work
With us you can do almost any job part-time or full-time. Choose what suits you and your life best!
Shape your career
Rapid growth opens up many new opportunities for you. Tell us about your dream career and we will help you make it a reality.
Reach your destination sustainably
Germanys 9 euro ticket is history, we got the DeutschlandTicket for 7 €. You prefer to travel by bike? Then a Jobrad (bike leasing)might be the right choice. We offer many environmentally conscious options to be mobile both professionally and privately.
Work wherever you want...
Digitalization is part of our DNA. So decide for yourself which place sparks the most productivity in you. You love remote work? No problem! Would you like to work abroad for a while? Our WorkFlex Benefit makes it possible.
...and flexible in terms of time
It's your job: We trust you and give you the greatest possible freedom to organize yourself.
Take your knowledge to a new level
If not us, then who? Benefit from free further training, language courses and discounted study programs. With us there is always something new to learn.
Rest well
We make an effort every day, but we also take the time to recharge our batteries: with 30 days of annual vacation plus an extra day of vacation on your birthday. Do you need a longer break? How about a sabbatical?
Enjoy our brand of social
We love spending time together. Whether it’s yoga, team events, brown bag lunches or partying—there is something for everyone.
World’s best colleagues
We give each other a leg-up when needed, and we collectively go beyond expectations.
Make history with us
Be instrumental in helping us drive our mission to transform education—it’s revolutionary and life-changing.
World’s best team for Freelancers
We give each other a leg-up when needed to go beyond the expected.
Pass it on
At IU you can extend the value of education to our knowledge hungry students. It’s a gift that keeps on giving.
The location
Happy student smiling and learning
Remote Germany
With our positions, you don't have to decide where to work. Whether you want to work from home, at one of our offices across Germany or up to six months abroad. Enjoy maximum flexibility!
About the team
Academia Prof
The academic world of IU International University of Applied Sciences (IU) is colorful & diverse: Here, lecturers from a wide range of disciplines, from different locations, permanent employees and freelancers work together on our vision: to make education possible for all.

How does our teaching differ from other universities? It's cool, modern & innovative! We rely on people from the field who want to combine their expertise with theory. The possible activities are wide-ranging, just like the many disciplines: From architecture to engineering to social work, there's something for everyone! And don't worry, you don't necessarily have to have taught before! An overview:
Our core values

Make collaboration standard practice.

We aim for the best solution as a team and have fun with it - without ego or politics.

Be courageous and take risks.

We make courageous decisions and take calculated risks.

Embrace innovation always.

We are always looking for ways to improve our offers for our customers.

Strive for the empowerment of everyone.

We support each other’s development to become the best version of ourselves.

Adopt a growth mindset for scale.

We aim to improve ourselves in everything we do and work hard to do so every day.

Focus on getting things done on time.

We implement things quickly, pragmatically, effectively and goal-oriented.

Put customer focus first.

In everything we do, our customers come first.

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    Academia FAQs

    Am I a permanent employee or freelancer in IU Academia?
    Our Professors are permanently employed and our Lecturers, Tutors, and Authors are all Freelancers.
    Is there a teacher forum for discussion & exchange?
    Absolutely! At every location we have a regular faculty conference. We also encourage dialogue via our collaboration tools and all our module leaders are available for questions at any time.
    What is the application process for a lecturer assignment?
    Once we review your application you will receive a further questionnaire by e-mail to be completed and returned.  We will promptly send you relevant information by e-mail about teaching at IU. We will also inform you about the process regarding a trial lecture.
    When do lectures take place in dual studies?
    Our dual study program includes modules that take place every two weeks and modules that are taught every week on specific days. Normally, our lectures for a module take place in blocks of 4-6 UE (UE = 45 minutes). Planning of the blocks is done in consultation with our lecturers. The weekly teaching hours are: Mon-Fri 8:00-20:00.