ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, GLOBAL EDUCATION
ABOUT GOUCHER COLLEGE:
Since its founding in 1885, Goucher College has been a place of innovation and excellence. As a private liberal arts college, Goucher is dedicated to teaching students to be complex problem-solvers prepared for the jobs of the future. Small class sizes, a rigorous curriculum, and dedicated faculty and staff allow for personalized mentorship for each student. Named one of the most innovative colleges in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Goucher is a leader in global education and was one of the first colleges in the country to offer 100% study abroad. Approximately 1,100 undergraduate and 900 graduate students form the close-knit and vibrant Goucher community.
The primary duties of the associate director of education abroad are coordinating the Goucher education abroad programs, including Intensive Courses Abroad (ICAs) with faculty and maintaining robust relationships between the Office of Global Education and international and study abroad providers and exchange partners, managing these relationships and developing new global education opportunities as needed in collaboration with the Associate Vice President of Global Education, and advising undergraduate students on study abroad programs.
This position oversees planning and implementation for all education abroad programming, including promotion, preparation and pre-departure support to students pursuing learning abroad, organizes the pre-departure orientation program for 200+ students annually, provides student assistance as needed while abroad, and coordinates transfer of credit upon completion of program. The associate director is a key representative for the Office of Global Education for campus partners such as the registrar, faculty advisors, controller's office, financial aid, residential life, student health and mental health practitioners, as well as off-campus stakeholders including parents and partners abroad. The position creates content for and conducts information sessions, prepares detailed visa instructions, oversees the ICA and program application process and is responsible for organizing all aspects of the annual education abroad fair, serving as the external representative for Goucher.
Required: Bachelor's degree in foreign languages, cultural studies, or other related majors with experience in education abroad.
Preferred: Master's degree in international higher education or related majors with experience in managing study abroad programs.
Required: 3 years' experience in study abroad at an institution of higher
education or study abroad program provider.
Preferred: 5+ years' experience in study abroad at an institution of higher education or study abroad program provider. Experience operating Terra Dotta Studio Abroad software or other similar online application management experience.
Salary Range: $52,131 - $61,331
- Manage all study abroad programs, including supporting faculty with ICA (Intensive Course Abroad) planning. Daily work include:
1) Student advising. Advise students before, during, and after completion of approved study abroad programs. Evaluate student interest, academic and personal needs, and other relevant factors to program selection including student identity, along with cost and academic requirements, in order to ensure that students are appropriately placed in programs. Counsel and prepare students on the cultural context and implications of living and learning abroad. Support and communicate with students studying abroad and their parents as needed. Stay informed about world events that may affect safety and well-being of students and communicate DOS, CDC, and other important announcements to students abroad. Maintain regular communication with students abroad on important college dates and deadlines for course registration, housing application, etc. Hold regular walk-in hours in addition to appointments and group advising sessions
2) Event planning and outreach: Organize, oversee, and implement Goucher's annual Study Abroad fair, effectively and professionally representing GEO to partners abroad, study abroad program partners, and faculty ICA directors. Coordinate with area colleges and universities to select an appropriate event date. Organize all aspects of partner visits to campus, including arranging meetings with relevant faculty, GEO staff and interested students. Create content for and organize mandatory Abroad 101 and 102 group advising sessions in partnership with the educator abroad advisor, ensuring a balance between communicating college policies relevant to study abroad and encouraging a self-reflective program selection process. Organize and facilitate biannual pre-departure orientations to advise 200 abroad students annually about safety, insurance, current foreign and U.S. rules regarding immigration and travel, etc. Create additional student-led programming to help students make informed choices regarding study abroad.
3) Supervision: Lead the Study Abroad Coordinator in preparing for all aspects of student mobility and other education abroad engagement with faculty and campus offices.
- Institutional partner relationship management: Maintain institutional partner relationships through in-person meetings, conference appointments, e-mail and skype communication. Communicate with partner institutions regarding any special needs of student applicants and monitor any education-related developments to ensure the academic integrity of programs. and resolve student issues with our study abroad partners. Provide travel data to insurance company, prepare insurance certificates for students and liaise with insurance company as needed for student assistance while abroad.
- Program management: Manage program application, acceptance, visa application, housing application, course registration and program-specific orientation processes. Maintain detailed knowledge of courses available and in-country logistics for programs. Coordinate transcript receipt and transfer of academic credit in collaboration with college registrar. Confirm program, cost, and application materials with GEO staff for upload to Terra Dotta online application system.
- Plan and deliver contents for IDS 201Y by coordinating with students and campus stakeholders to integrate Race, Power, and Perspectives into the education abroad experience.
- Campus stakeholder relationship management: Consult with billing, registrar, financial aid, faculty, health center, Dean of Students, residence life, ACE, accessibility coordinator and others to facilitate logistics of students' learning abroad. Provide information to these offices per their requests. Provide rosters to various centers on campus to advise when and where students are studying abroad. Collaborate with faculty and staff to enhance learning opportunities for students abroad.
Goucher College is always on the lookout for top talent, resourceful, innovative, and dedicated individuals who will keep the College at the forefront of extraordinary education. As one of the nation's most progressive, innovative institutions of higher learning, we offer outstanding professional advantages, generous benefits, excellent perks, and a great work location!
The review of applications will begin immediately.
Please submit the following application materials online:
- Cover letter
- Contact information for three professional references
Candidates must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the USA.
No Visa sponsorship is offered for this position.
Goucher College is an Equal Opportunity Employer