The Director of the Global Education Office oversees program development, execution, and student advising and manages relationships with a broad range of internal and external partners to ensure that Marymount University’s study abroad portfolio aligns with evolving trends in global learning and established best practices for health, safety, and risk management. Reporting to the AVP for Student Success, the Director serves as one of the primary spokespeople and advocates for Marymount’s commitment to global education throughout the university and in the broader international education community.
Direct Supervisor: Assistant Vice President for Student Success
Status: Full-Time, Exempt
Division: Academic Affairs
No. Direct Reports: 1-4
Target Weekly Hours: 40
Location: Main Campus (Arlington, Virginia)
Benefits Eligibility: Yes
Major Duties and Responsibilities
30% FACULTY-LED PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT - Collaborate with faculty and staff to develop short-term faculty-led study abroad programs for both graduate and undergraduate students. Continually refine program development guidelines and resources to ensure all programs achieve substantive intercultural learning goals and conform to best practices for risk management. Direct oversight of budget development and identification of appropriate study abroad provider organizations.
15% PARTNERSHIP MANAGEMENT - Serve as the primary point of contact between the Global Education Office (GEO) and a variety of external partners, including institutional partners and program providers. Manage these relationships to ensure that the university’s overall portfolio of semester-long and short-term study abroad programs offers students geographical variety and high programmatic quality.
25% PROGRAM DELIVERY AND ADMINISTRATION - Lead the work of the Global Education Office to ensure that all study abroad programs operate efficiently and safely throughout the program life cycle. Advise short-term program faculty on proactive risk management strategies and serve as the first line of on-call response for in-country emergency situations. Proactively monitor country conditions and relevant government agency advisories for all program sites. Periodically evaluate the university’s insurance policies and propose adjustments as needed. Maintain fluid, ongoing collaboration with offices throughout Marymount’s campus to ensure the highest levels of wrap-around student support in relation to registration, credit transfer, financial aid, billing, disability accommodations, and support for mental and physical health conditions. Monitor the office's compliance with established college policies and procedures governing study abroad and propose policy updates or revisions as needed.
20% OUTREACH AND ADVISING - Lead the Global Education Office’s study abroad advising efforts to ensure that students receive individualized, identify-affirming guidance on program selection. Oversee efforts to develop, deliver, and refine general orientation sessions (e.g., Study Abroad 101) as well as program-specific pre-departure workshops. Ensure the accuracy and comprehensiveness of information posted to the university’s study abroad portal (Terra Dotta) and the efficiency and accuracy of registration and record-keeping processes. Oversee the design and execution of campus programming to raise awareness of study abroad. Represent the Global Education Office before a range of internal constituencies, including prospective and current students, family members, and donors. Work directly with advisees facing complex or sensitive circumstances related to study abroad.
10% CAMPUS AND CURRICULUM INTERNATIONALIZATION SUPPORT - Develop strategies for ongoing engagement of students and faculty in curricular and co-curricular internationalization efforts. Collaboratively work with internal partners to bolster the recruitment efforts for the Global Scholar’s Program. Represent Marymount in appropriate national and international forums to bolster the university’s status as a thought leader in global education.
- Advanced degree in a relevant field with 5-7 years of progressively responsible managerial experience in the area of study abroad
- Strong background in faculty-led program development (ideation to implementation) and budget oversight
- 5 years’ experience in study abroad at an institution of higher education or study abroad program provider.
- Active leadership within international education professional associations such as NAFSA, AIEA, Diversity Abroad or the Forum on Education Abroad
- In-depth understanding of the field, scholarship and practice of study abroad, with a proven track record of successfully implementing best practices
- Experience in leading, managing and developing a staff of international education professionals
- Excellent written, oral and interpersonal and intercultural communication skills
- A strong knowledge of technology and its uses in the study abroad context
- Significant experience living, teaching, and/or working abroad
- 7 years’ progressive experience in study abroad at an institution of higher education or study abroad program provider, and demonstrated success in collaborating with faculty on study abroad program development.
- Fluency in at least one foreign language
- Experience teaching and/or academic advising
- Willingness to travel domestically and internationally
- Experience with Terra Dotta
Licenses or Certifications
Processes or records financial transactions within established guidelines and safeguards.
Training, development, and coaching employees. Assigning projects and providing weekly work direction to student staff.
Budgeting, assessment, management, supervision, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Suite, Terra Dotta, Strong written and verbal communication, initiative/self-motivated, organized, excellent time management.
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