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Director of International Programs

University of Puget Sound
Tacoma, Washington State
Closing date
Jan 11, 2024

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Global Affairs & Engagement
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Director of International Programs

Job ID

International programs

Full/Part Time


Staff Posting Details

Appointment: Regular, full-time position

Position Summary:
The Office of International Programs (OIP) is a key driver of global engagement for the University of Puget Sound, helping to provide strategic vision for the institution and coordinating opportunities for students, faculty, and staff. Global engagement is also an integral part of Puget Sound's Logger Experiential Learning Commitment, which empowers students to bridge the gap between knowing and doing and to develop a deeper understanding of self, others, and the world. The OIP's core values also align with Puget Sound's Leadership for a Changing World strategic plan by seeking to cultivate global citizenship, foster an appreciation of diversity, and strengthen the internationalization of the Puget Sound campus.

Position Description
The Director provides strategic and budgetary leadership in support of global engagement, advising the President, Provost, Academic Deans, senior administrators, and faculty on international policies, opportunities, and events that impact members of the campus community. The Director manages the OIP and is primarily responsible for all matters related to study abroad, international students, scholarly exchange and international scholars/visitors. The director also participates in the day-to-day work of the office, including student advising, and collaborates with the Enrollment Division on international recruitment efforts.

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:

Provide leadership and strategic planning for university global engagement, including but not limited to study abroad and international student and scholar programs

• Manage office procedures, study abroad programs, and international student services

• Manage all aspects of the Office of International Programs budget

• Implement program and administrative policies and procedures related to global engagement

• Provide status and other reports on international education to the President, senior administrators, university committees, and departments

• Collaborate with administrative offices, including Admissions and Student Financial Services, as well as the faculty International Education Committee

• Serve as liaison to program providers and overseas institutions, including for crisis management

• Advise international students and prospective study abroad students

• Plan and support campus events related to study abroad and international students (e.g., orientation, annual study abroad fair, pre-departure and welcome sessions, etc.)

• Serve as Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) and Responsible Officer (RO) for SEVIS-related matters

• Serve as contact with US Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS) and US Department of State regarding immigration regulations, monitoring international students and scholars, and complying with regulations

• Provide immigration information and advising for all incoming international visiting lecturers, researchers, and faculty prior to arrival on campus

• Provide immigration information to campus departments to assure the university complies with federal immigration and revenue reporting responsibilities

• Provide advice and logistical support for faculty members interested in developing faculty-led study abroad programs

• Other duties as needed.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Direct supervision of

1. Assistant Director of Study Abroad
2. International Programs Coordinator
3. Second-line supervision of the student worker(s) supervised by the Assistant Director of Study Abroad

Minimum Qualifications:

• Minimum 3 years of experience in the field of international education

• Bachelor's degree

• Knowledge of current issues and best practices related to international education both on campus and abroad

• Overseas living or work experience

• Knowledge of higher education systems outside the U.S.

• US eligibility requirements to qualify for the role of Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) and Responsible Officer (RO), which include being a US citizen or permanent resident.

• Practical knowledge of SEVIS and other applicable federal government regulations pertaining to non-immigrant F-1/J-1 visa holders.

• Ability to respectfully work, communicate, and provide leadership within a diverse campus community

Preferred Qualifications

• A Master's Degree in a field pertinent to international education such as: international education, intercultural communications, international relations, student services personnel, or higher education administration.

• Intermediate knowledge of immigration regulations pertaining to non-immigrant F-1 and J-1 visa holders and at least one year of service as a Designated School Official (DSO) or Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO).

• Experience at a liberal arts college

• Superior interpersonal, organizational, analytical, writing, and speaking abilities

• Experience in budget management and forecasting

• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with faculty, students, staff, and individuals from different cultural backgrounds

• Experience advising international students and/or students on study abroad programs

• Strong technology skills, including experience managing website content and online forms, and functional knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite and Google Workspace

• Experience working with faculty on developing faculty-led study abroad programs and curriculum integration

• Experience working with study abroad program providers

Compensation and Benefits:
The anticipated range for this position is $85,000 to $90,000 annualized. Decisions about starting salaries are made based on the extent and relatedness of the candidate's education and experience and on internal equity and market considerations.

Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package for eligible staff employees, including:

• Medical, dental, and vision

• Life insurance and long-term disability

• Employee Assistance Program

• Retirement plan options and 403(b) contributions

• Paid vacation, sick leave, floating holiday, campus holidays and bonus holidays

• Education benefits, such as full tuition for eligible employees and their families

• Access to university facilities and entertainment (fitness center, pool, library, concerts, lectures and more!)

Please note:

-Positions that work less than .75 FTE (1,560 hours per year) do not qualify for long-term disability or education benefits.
-Positions that work less than .50 FTE (1,040 hours per year) will accrue paid sick leave but are not eligible for additional benefits.
-Temporary positions that work at least .50 FTE (1,040 hours per year) will be eligible for benefits.

This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

For more information on Puget Sound's exempt staff benefits package, visit :

For the Campus Holiday and Bonus Day Schedule, visit:

Application Deadline:
Review of applications will begin January 15, 2024. Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified.

Required Documents:

• Resume

• Letter of Interest

Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of all required background checks.

• We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives.

• We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community.

• We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.

Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. To learn more please visit:

The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.

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