Position Description/General Summary: The Assistant Director (ADISI) is a key role within the Global Support team in Global Programs. The ADISI through collaboration, investigation and outreach will help support the Universitys efforts to ensure the successful academic and personal experience of all international students at Boston University. Directly reporting to the Managing Director for Strategy and Communications, the Assistant Director for International Student Initiatives will partner with academic and administrative units on the Charles River and Medical Campuses, including within Global Programs and its International Students and Scholars Office, to help facilitate student interactions and engagement to ensure they are successfully navigating and thriving in multicultural classrooms. In addition, the ADISI will help to identify, develop, and oversee new program opportunities that further the efforts of Global Programs to support and promote BUs global engagement.
Key Responsibilities/Essential Job Functions:
*Act as a lead cultural mentor on campus. Works with the various on campus advising offices to facilitate cultural sensitivity and cultural mentoring. Identifies and recommends best practices for improving international student experience on campus. Counsel and support international students, including connect them to appropriate academic and non-academic support services on their respective campus.
*In collaboration with the Global Support team within Global Programs, assist in the continuous improvement and management of BU First Class, BUs on-line pre-arrival course for all entering international students, and the development of additional programs for the international student community, undergraduate, graduate, and non-degree, and those who support them, such as faculty and staff. Take the lead to asses and recommend best platform for delivery to ensure meaningful impact, growth in participation rates and ease of reporting program statistics.
*Work closely with all student support offices on all BU campuses, with a particular focus on individual BU schools/colleges, to develop opportunities for greater interaction and connections among international and domestic students, both academically and socially.
*Manage International Peer Mentor program and oversee and vendor support structure.
*Take the lead or co-lead on International Education Week programing and other ad hoc projects related to international student and scholar success at BU
*Works with Global Programs Data Analyst to develop measurement tools to gauge success of initiatives and student success.
Required Qualifications, Skills, Abilities:
-BA/BS required, Graduate degree preferred -5 - 8 years of professional experience in fast paced operational environment; working with international students preferred
-Demonstrated intercultural competence
-Strong analytical ability -Highly organized and demonstrated project management skills
-Familiarity and experience with online course development and platforms
-Excellent communication and listening skills
-Ability to work across functions, departments., career levels and skill sets
-Adaptability and flexibility
-Works well under pressure
-Ability to work independently and to be a team player
-Expertise with Office 365, SharePoint, PowerPoint, Excel. Experience with EdX a plus
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.
Internal Number: 6179
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