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Study Abroad Director

Gonzaga University
Spokane, Washington State
Depending on experience. Excellent benefits package
Closing date
Oct 23, 2022

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Knowledge Communities
Education Abroad
Position Type
Employment Type
Organization Type
College / University, Non-profit

Job Details

Who We Are

At Gonzaga we don’t just state our mission. We live it every day as a Catholic, Jesuit, and humanistic University. It is the reason we exist and the foundation for our purpose: educating students for lives of leadership and service. From students to faculty and staff members, everyone here knows what we stand for – and they know how valuable our mission is to the success of our institution.

Our competitive benefit packages are part of Gonzaga’s commitment to care for the whole person. Packages include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, retirement, tuition benefits, and other University-provided benefits.

We also provide numerous resources which help bring balance to the complexities of work and personal life through our work/life and wellness programs.

Position Title Director of Study Abroad Posting Number S1848P Department Study Abroad Work Schedule

Standard office hours are Monday–Friday, 8:00 AM–5:00 PM. Incumbent may work non-standard hours as needed.

Employment Status Regular Temporary or Fixed-Term Assignment End Date   Hours per Week 40 Months per Year 12 Job Purpose

The Director of Study Abroad is responsible for the management and oversight of academic study abroad programs for Gonzaga students. It is a leadership position, providing supervision to the Study Abroad Office and personnel, and providing guidance and expertise to the Gonzaga community on study abroad related matters.

Essential Functions


Essential Function Category Title Business Management % of time for section 25% Function Details

  • The Director is responsible for the day to day operation and management of Gonzaga’s Study Abroad office. Responsibilities include budget management & reporting, application & enrollment logistics, programming support, MOU/MOA review and management, enrollment reporting and compliance requirements.
  • This position also oversees program assessment and reporting to stakeholders.

Essential Function Category Title Stakeholder Relations % of time for section 20% Function Details

  • This position collaborates with Gonzaga’s Deans of the College and Schools, graduate program directors, and faculty member in support and development of study abroad initiatives.
  • The Director is also responsible for maintaining relationships with Gonzaga on-campus offices (Student Accounts, Health & Counseling Services, Registrar’s Office, etc.).
  • The Director will also provide informative and timely communications and problem solving to students and families.
  • The Director develops and manages relationships with partner institutions and external vendors (Terra Dotta, CISI, etc.) in support of study abroad initiatives.
  • The Director will represent the study abroad office on university committees, as well as at regional, national and international professional meetings.

Essential Function Category Title Gonzaga in Florence % of time for section 25% Function Details

Gonzaga in Florence (GIF), established in 1963, is Gonzaga’s flagship study abroad program. The program runs semester and summer programs for undergraduates, and special programs for law and graduate programs.

  • The Director of Study Abroad provides main campus support for the Dean of GIF, ensures successful recruitment and programming for students, oversees visa compliance, and is the primary contact for GIF operational issues.
  • The Director is responsible for maintaining and managing relationships with domestic partner institutions including recruitment and development of new partners and agreement negotiations.

Essential Function Category Title Risk Management % of time for section 10% Function Details

  • Conducts risk assessments for new and existing study abroad program locations.
  • Informs faculty program leaders, University administrators and students of State Department travel advisories and safety concerns relative to program sites.
  • Collaborates with Gonzaga’s Director of Risk Management.
  • Ensures appropriate insurance for study abroad programs.
  • Serves as Gonzaga’s emergency on-call contact for study abroad issues, and communicates with appropriate personnel regarding study abroad emergencies.

Essential Function Category Title Supervision Responsibilities % of time for section 20% Function Details

  • The Director will manage approximately 5 full-time positions related to study abroad and departmental operations including budget and fiscal management.

Other Functions


Other Functions  

University Competencies


University Work Values

Promoting Excellence in Academic Endeavors and Professional Practice

• Fostering intellectual depth, competence, reflection, and creativity in pursuing exemplary, rather than satisfactory, outcomes

Sharing Responsibility for Mission Identity and Leadership

• Making a personal commitment to learn about Gonzaga’s mission, discovering ways to contribute individually and collaboratively to our distinctive learning and research community

Affirming a Commitment to Human Dignity

• Engaging one another with profound respect, professionalism, and cura personalis while supporting one another’s continued learning, development, and maximizing of potential

Advancing a Culture of Inclusiveness

• Developing cultural fluencies and global awarenesses, and practicing habits that enable us to value, recruit, and support community members from historically underrepresented backgrounds

Caring for Our Common Home and Integral Ecology

• Growing ecological awareness of and respect for the interconnectedness of human and non-human life, and the need to develop and practice habits that are mutually beneficial to all life

Cultivating Individual and Community Accountability

• Demonstrating mutual commitment to our shared project by holding ourselves and others responsible for actions, expecting appropriate behavior, and aligning activities with ethical and professional standards

Qualifications/Knowledge Required/Years Experience Required


Degree Required Bachelor's Degree Certifications and/or Licensures required


Knowledge Required Expert in field plus broader knowledge of divisional and/or university operations Years Experience Required 8+ years Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Valid Passport.
  • Experience with international education software (e.g., Terra Dotta).
  • Excellent Communication skills, written and verbal.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Understanding of risk management.

Desired Qualifications

  • Higher education experience
  • Experience with international database such as Terra Dotta
  • Foreign Language Fluency
  • Member of professional associations (NAFSA, Form on Education Abroad, other)

Physical / Environmental Qualifications

  • Normal office work requires the ability to lift up to 50 pounds, reach, bend, kneel, stoop, sit, and move about campus as needed.
  • Wrist and hand movements required for keyboarding.

Posting Detail Information


Open Date 09/21/2022 Close Date   Open Until Filled Yes Application Review Begins On 10/06/2022 Special Instructions to Applicants   EEO Statement

Gonzaga University is a Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic institution, and is therefore interested in candidates who will contribute to its distinctive mission. Gonzaga University is a committed EEO/AA employer and diversity candidates are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their disability status and/or protected veteran status. Applicants with disabilities needing reasonable accommodations to complete the application or hiring process should contact Human Resources (509) 313-5996.

Clery Statement

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics

The safety of all members of the campus community is of vital concern to Gonzaga University. Information regarding crime prevention advice, the law enforcement authority of Campus Security, policies concerning the reporting of any crimes which occurred on the campus (and other specified locations), other security and safety-related policies, as well as the crime statistics for the most recent 3-year period may be found in the Campus Safety and Security Guide and Annual Fire Safety Report. The Gonzaga-In-Florence Safety & Security Guide is also available.

A copy of the report can be found online at A paper copy of the Campus Safety & Security Guide and Annual Fire Safety Report or the Gonzaga-In-Florence Safety & Security Guide may be obtained by contacting the Student Development Office on main campus, College Hall 120. The Florence Guide may also be obtained on the Florence campus in room 105.

Posting Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a Bachelor's degree?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have a valid passport?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have experience with international education software (e.g., Terra Dotta)?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Please describe why you believe it is important to embrace diversity and support inclusion efforts in this role.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter

Optional Documents


Gonzaga University is a Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic institution, and is therefore interested in candidates who will contribute to its distinctive mission. Gonzaga University is a committed EEO/AA employer and diversity candidates are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their disability status and/or protected veteran status.

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