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Director of Global Education

Employer
Washington & Jefferson College
Location
Washington, Pennsylvania
Salary
Exempt
Closing date
Apr 25, 2024

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Specialty
Global Education
Position Type
Director
Hours
Full-time
Employment Type
Permanent
Organization Type
College / University

The Director of Global Education oversees the operation of the College's Global Education office, which administers global education programs, provides support for international students, and supports W&J travel courses and international study scholarships. The Director also collaborates with other divisions at the College to advance global education at W&J. The Director of Global Education reports to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College.

Duties and Responsibilities

Global Education Office

  • Create and manage Global Education operating budget, balancing operating costs, study abroad program fees, international student services, faculty/staff site visits, and W&J scholarships. Supervise student workers.
  • Collaborate with other offices on campus, including Residence Life, Student Life, Academic Affairs, the Business Office, and the Registrar's Office, to ensure smooth transitions for inbound and outbound students. Develop and oversee office outreach, retention, programming, and collaborate across campus to drive forward initiatives. Represent the Office of Global Education at campus-outreach events.
  • Make recommendations to senior staff regarding safety and liability in education abroad. Steer the development of policies that consider risk and legal compliance for international education.
  • Serve as a leader in responses to emergencies involving students abroad on official academic programs and set practices in place for appropriate action.
  • Serve as data manager and assessment lead for international programs; report to external and internal audiences on student numbers and projections (i.e. Open Doors).
  • Present the needs of study abroad and international students on cross-departmental committees. Make recommendations to CGE (Committee on Global Education) and MTSC (May Term Support Committee) for international education and for faculty-led travel.
  • Develop strategies to promote inclusive access to international education opportunities.

Student Exchange Programs

  • Shape, manage and maintain portfolio of approved off-campus-study programs and partners, evaluate existing partnerships, monitor exchange balances with partner institutions, assess geographical or disciplinary gaps, make recommendations for and pursue new opportunities, and strategically collaborate with academic departments as appropriate.
  • Oversee exchange student admission process; this includes academic advising, generating the visa-related messaging students need in their process, helping students integrate on-campus, and organizing on- and off-campus cultural events.
  • Advise students on academically appropriate study abroad programs, review student applications for off-campus study, collect and maintain all pre-departure assignments, and implement both pre-departure and re-entry orientation programming.

International Students

  • Oversee administration of international student services, including new student orientation, academic advising (for exchange students only), immigration advising, and programming.
  • Work in partnership with the Enrollment division to recruit and retain international students.
  • Act as W&J's Primary Designated School Official (PDSO), maintaining W&J's form I-17 and contact for DHS, SEVP, and USCIS. Proactively collaborate with SEVP and campus constituencies to ensure that College remains in good standing with USCIS, keep up-to-date on immigration regulations, oversee I-20 issuance for international students and immigration advising.
  • Lead the development and dissemination of campus policy, academic and cultural support, retention efforts, and community engagement for F-1 and study abroad students.
  • Support international student employment programs by providing guidance to students on applying for a Driver's License, on-campus employment, a Social Security Number, and Curricular and Optional Practical Training.

Travel Courses and Scholarships

  • Support faculty-led programs, including pre-departure preparation for faculty, support in course development, budgets, orientation for faculty, reviewing locations for safety and liability concerns.
  • Maintain existing policies, procedures, forms, documents, and promotional materials to ensure consistent and effective communications.
  • Organize health insurance coverage plan for inbound and outbound students annually, as well as College-wide enrollment in these plans.
  • Serve as W&J advisor external scholarships for W&J students (i.e. Gilman, VIH Program, etc.).

Committees

  • Committee on Global Education (CGE)
  • May Term Support Committee (MTSC)

Qualifications

  • Master's degree, minimum of five years' experience leading and directing international programs in a higher education setting.
  • Cross-cultural skills and strong interest in global education.
  • Must have the technical ability and creativity to maintain an online presence through social media management and outreach.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong attention to detail. Also preferred:
  • Previous work with international students.
  • Experience as a DSO (Designated School Official).
  • Demonstrated experience with program planning.
  • Understanding of a residential institution and of the liberal arts educational philosophy.
  • Knowledge of a language other than English, prior study, travel or residency outside of the US.

Supervisory Duties

None

Disclaimer

The above declarations are not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the position described, nor are they intended to be such a listing of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Rather, they are intended only to describe the general nature of the position.

Job Description Status

The duties and responsibilities listed in this job description are illustrative ones anticipated for this position. Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned as required. Washington & Jefferson College reserves the right to amend or change this job description to meet the needs of its programs. This job description and any attachments do not constitute or represent a contract.

Application Instructions

Apply for this job at https://washjeff.applicantpro.com/jobs/. Please submit a cover letter and resume. It is recommended that all documents be in PDF format and uploaded at one time. Review of applications will begin immediately.

Employee Benefits

Washington & Jefferson College offers a comprehensive benefit package for benefit eligible employees; including health, vision, and dental coverage, group life insurance, AD&D and LTD coverage, retirement plan, generous leave time, and the tuition benefit programs. These benefits add significantly to the employee's total compensation package.

Getting to Know W&J

Washington & Jefferson College is the best of both worlds: a small-town college setting in historic Washington, Pa., with easy access to the bustling business and cultural districts of nearby Pittsburgh, Pa. just 30 miles to the north. Founded in 1781, W&J College is a private, residential liberal arts college that is focused on student success. Our dedicated, experienced professors are passionate about teaching and work closely with our students to ensure that they receive a quality, comprehensive education. For more than 200 years, our alumni have influenced change in business, politics, medicine, and the arts and sciences as CEOs, lawyers, doctors, researchers, writers, teachers, and in many other equally worthy professions.

Celebrating Diversity

Washington & Jefferson College welcomes people of all backgrounds and beliefs who wish to participate in a diverse educational community. The College strives to be a place where all students, faculty, administrators and employees are able to live, study and work in an atmosphere free from bias and harassment. The College encourages civil debate and lively exchange of ideas in the belief that such exchanges promote understanding that will grow beyond simple tolerance of difference to embracing and celebrating the richness of diversity. Our graduates acquire knowledge and learn skills that help them thrive in a culturally diverse world.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) is committed to increasing diversity in our community and actively pursues individuals from all backgrounds. Additionally, W&J College complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws and provides equal opportunity in all educational programs and activities, admission of students and conditions of employment for all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, gender identity, or national origin.

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