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Director of the Cranwell International Center

Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia
Closing date
Feb 10, 2024

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Virginia Tech

Director of the Cranwell International Center

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant research university committed to pushing the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. Inspired by its land-grant identity and guided by the motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech is an inclusive community of knowledge, discovery, and creativity dedicated to improving the quality of life and the human condition within the Commonwealth of Virginia and throughout the world. As the commonwealth's most comprehensive university and a leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers about 280 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 37,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students across the commonwealth and manages a research portfolio of more than $556 million. Virginia Tech has a 2,600-acre main campus in Blacksburg, Virginia; a significant presence across the commonwealth, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia, the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke, and sites in Newport News and Richmond; educational and research facilities across the state; a study-abroad site in Switzerland; and a 1,800-acre agriculture research farm near the main campus.

The Position

Reporting to the assistant vice president (AVP) for student affairs & experienceVT, the director of the Cranwell International Center will lead a team that provides multiple levels of support to the international graduate and undergraduate student community at the Blacksburg, Roanoke and national capital region campuses. The director is responsible for providing vision and strategic leadership to a team of thirteen staff members(which includes administrative/professional faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students)and manages an annual operating budget of approximately $150,000.The position is accountable for day-to-day operations, budgeting, staffing, services, and programs that enable the Center to deliver its strategic and operational objectives, provide immigration advice, services, and guidance, with an emphasis on advocacy for international students, ensure CIC compliance with state and/or federal regulations, offering education to enhance cross-cultural knowledge, and creating a vision for the future of international student programming that advances experienceVT and the global experiences at Virginia Tech.


A master's degree in international education, higher education administration, or a related field, and experience in international programming and services, student and family support, volunteer programs, crisis intervention, teaching/training, and advising international students is required. In addition, successful candidates will demonstrate a track record of success in building and leading a team of professionals that works collaboratively and effectively; experience interpreting and applying Federal Regulations for F and J visa programs within the university setting; proven experience working with social, cultural, and policy issues of the immigration process; excellent intercultural and interpersonal communication skills; and an ability to work both independently and to work collaboratively with others in initiating and sustaining new endeavors. Candidates must qualify as DSO/ARO with the Department of Homeland Security.

Application and Nomination

Review of applications will begin February 12, 2024, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Laura Puckett-Boler at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email

The base compensation package for this position is between $100,000-$110,000, along with a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, paid leave, retirement, tuition assistance, and more. This position is an on-site role, and the anticipated start date is May/June 2024.

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