Southwestern University invites applications for the full-time twelve-month position of Director of Study Abroad and International Student Services. The Director will lead the Office of Study Abroad and International Student Services, ensuring program goals and strategic plans are consistent with departmental and University missions. Reporting to the Senior Director of Integrative and Community-Engaged Learning, this position will serve as a member of a team in the Center for Integrative Learning. The Director is responsible for all aspects of study abroad as well as the support of international students.
Primary responsibilities include:
Ensures the academic and fiscal integrity of all international programs and activities.
Stays current with best practices in international education and implements policies accordingly, including health and safety abroad.
Oversees policies and processes related to risk and crisis management and safety and security for study abroad.
In collaboration with the Enrollment Services department, develops informational materials regarding international student admissions.
Serves on university committees and represents Study Abroad and International Student Services.
Evaluates program goals using data-driven analyses in response to changing conditions with the goal of increasing study abroad participation.
Collaborates with faculty and/or staff to establish long-range strategic and operational plans.
Supervises Assistant Director of Study Abroad and International Student Services.
Other duties as assigned.
Study Abroad Advising
Plans and implements study abroad promotion, recruitment and outreach activities.
Conducts individual and group advising for students on academic and personal goals, program selection, health and safety issues, inter-cultural competency, etc.
International Student Advising
Acts as PDSO and immigration advisor to Southwestern’s international students.
Maintains university compliance with federal and state regulations governing institutions approved to host international students - Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVIS), etc.
Creates, coordinates, plans, and implements international student orientation. Advises initial F-1 international students on matters related to college life, the U.S. study experience, safety, transportation, employment, health insurance, adjustment to campus, and maintenance of student status.
Partner with other Southwestern offices to meet the needs of international students related to financial aid, academic advising, registration, housing, insurance, and delivery of other campus resources.
Faculty-Led Programming Development
Works with faculty to develop, implement, recruit, evaluate, and assess faculty-led programs.
Researches, evaluates, and recommends options for new programs; directs the development, implementation and ongoing management of these programs.
Collaborates with academic departments to ensure the integration of study abroad into the curriculum.
Explores, negotiates, and drafts new study abroad/exchange agreements, and memoranda of understanding in coordination with the Office of the Dean of Faculty and the Office of Campus Safety and Risk Management.
Minimum of 5 years of experience in international education with increasing levels of responsibility
Demonstrated leadership in international program management
Experience in program development, risk management, assessment, budget management, and staff supervision
Experience creating effective campus study abroad orientations and reentry programs
Ability to interact effectively with a broad range of constituents (students, parents, faculty, alumni, on campus staff and overseas staff and institutions)
Ability and willingness to travel internationally
Excellent interpersonal, project management, problem-solving, and presentation skills.
Proficiency with MS Word and Excel, email, and databases.
Highly-organized, detail-oriented, and able to execute multiple tasks quickly and accurately.
Ability to use discretion and tact in working with confidential/sensitive information.
Internal Number: 67067
About Southwestern University
Southwestern University is a selective, undergraduate institution committed to a broad-based liberal arts, sciences, and fine arts education. Southwestern currently enrolls approximately 1,500 students and maintains a student to faculty ratio of 11 : 1. In addition to a number of other national organizations, Southwestern University is a member of two consortia of liberal arts colleges, the Associated Colleges of the South and the Annapolis Group. Located in Georgetown, Texas, 28 miles north of downtown Austin, Southwestern is affiliated with The United Methodist Church. Southwestern University is committed to fostering a diverse education environment and encourages applications from members of groups traditionally under-represented in academia.