Reporting directly to the Office of the Provost and indirectly to the Executive Director of Educational Outreach, the Director of IPS is expected to assume a variety of duties related to the administration and growth of international programs, as well as providing services to support internationalization activities at WCU. Overseeing a staff of up to 6, and working in close collaboration with Educational Outreach, main responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:
1. Administering the various activities of the office including study abroad, international student services, faculty and student exchanges, and the Intensive English Program;
2. Guiding and supporting campus-wide internationalization efforts by acting as primary information source for international questions, collaborating with colleges and departments to internationalize curricula, and overseeing the strategic planning process for International Programs;
3. Recruiting international students and developing WCU students and faculty for international exchanges;
4. Contributing to risk management efforts of the university. Specifically, a. Serving as the Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) for all F-1 and J-1 student and visiting scholar visas; b. Supporting the Office of the Provost, as necessary, in the oversight of H-1B and PERM petitions for international faculty hired at WCU working with HR, Legal Counsel and the System Office to insure compliance; c. Collaborating with the Office of Research Administration on export control and Visual Compliance issues; d. Providing the necessary orientation and support for visiting international scholars to campus; e. Providing the necessary orientation and support for WCU students and faculty studying abroad.
5. Administering and overseeing international outreach to the campus and community;
6. Participating in professional leadership activities on behalf of the office and university;
7. Communicating International Activities to the WCU and local communities.
Earned master’s degree in an appropriate field from a regionally accredited institution.
At least three (3) years senior administrative experience in international programs (e.g., working with a study abroad office, international student admissions, and/or hosting international visitors); including developing and managing budgets, staff supervision and development, and strategic planning
Fluency in English is required; fluency or proficiency in additional languages is a plus.
Candidates must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the USA. No Visa sponsorship is offered for this position.
a PhD or terminal degree in a relevant field.
More than three years of progressive experience leading a study abroad office, international student admissions, and/or hosting visiting scholars
Experience in establishing and/or managing agreements with exchange partners and colleges/universities domestically and globally
Strong knowledge of best practices for recruiting and retaining transfer and international students
Possesses strong project management and organizational skills.
Excellent networking skills
Successful grant writing experience.
Successful outreach and marketing experience
Ability to think creatively and entrepreneurially for the development and growth of programs and partnerships
Excellent interpersonal skills, expressed as the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues across the university, including faculty, staff, and students, the public, and other stakeholders.
Excellent organizational and communication (written and verbal) skills
Demonstrated ability to lead teams and work with others in diverse cultures
Talent for fostering productive relationships
Ability to develop and implement policies, procedures, and long range plans and to manage tactical operations
Ability and willingness to travel both internationally and domestically as needed; possess the ability to work weekend and evening hours
A dedication to applying principles of equity and inclusion in all areas
A strong sense of integrity
Familiarity with or ability to be trained in SEVIS practices. (US Citizenship/Permanent Residence required for SEVIS maintenance)
Special Instructions to Applicants:
To be considered, you must apply online. Please include a cover letter, resume, and a list of professional references to complete the application process. For questions or additional information, please contact Lori Oxford at [email protected] or 828-227-2769.
As the westernmost institution in the University of North Carolina system, WCU provides comprehensive educational opportunities to residents in the state’s western region and attracts students from around the globe to explore the region’s vast natural diversity. Founded in 1889 as a teaching college, Western Carolina now provides an education to more than 10,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs.