Education Abroad, Other International Education Opportunities
AIFS Study Abroad
Director of Communications
AIFS Study Abroad, a leader in international education exchange, is seeking a highly motivated individual whose primary responsibility will be to develop, implement and manage a comprehensive strategy designed to inform the international higher education community. As the Director of Communications, you will increase AIFS Study Abroad awareness in the field and drive momentum in program participation through various communications channels.
Develop, implement, and evaluate strategic communication plans for the AIFS Study Abroad organization, programs, and mission targeting the higher education community
Increase awareness and drive growth in program participation through communications throughout the field
Build relationships with international educators, campus leaders, and study abroad professionals
Monitor and communicate all AIFS activities that support the advancement of international education, including publications, presentations, scholarship initiatives and program development
Organize, create, manage, and implement internal and external communication plans and campaigns to faculty and advisors
Manage existing content and identify additional channels to help achieve objectives
Provide field related content to the Social Media Manager and review to ensure consistency and readability
Develop strategy that increases AIFS Study Abroad's effectiveness in the field:
Collaborate with marketing team to develop field related campaigns
Manage newsletter creation and distribution
Schedule and manage Listserv postings
Collaborate with AIFS Marketing Director to develop and deliver Public Relations initiatives
Guide Field Staff by providing updates and resources to support of University relations activities
Provide training and guidance to staff on how to represent the brand through external communications
Represent AIFS Study Abroad by attending NAFSA, Forum, other relevant conferences and industry meetings to record, promote, AIFS activities and overall awareness
Collaborate with and keep Executive Director informed
Bachelor's Degree is required
Minimum four years experience in international education administration, either with a university or study abroad organization
Demonstrated experience managing communication activities
Familiarity with international organizations such as IIE, NAFSA, Forum on Education Abroad, AIEA, Diversity Abroad and others
Excellent written and verbal communication skills required
Study abroad experience preferred
Founded in 1964, the American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS) is one of the oldest, largest and most respected cultural exchange organizations in the world. With global offices in 6 countries, we organize cultural exchange programs for more than 50,000 participants each year. Our programs include college study abroad, au pair placement, camp counselors and staff, gifted education, high school study/travel and insurance services. Since 1964, more than 1.5 million students and teachers have participated in AIFS programs worldwide.
For over 45 years, we have been committed to cross-cultural exchange. Under the direction of founder Sir Cyril Taylor, AIFS continues to operate its family of services, today, as a social enterprise. As a for-profit organization, AIFS maintains a double bottom line: financial results and social outcomes. This structure ensures that we have the resources to find new and innovative ways to pursue our core mission.
As a provider of top quality programs, we pride ourselves on the high overall satisfaction ratings we receive from our customers and participants.
In 2011, 2015, and 2018 AIFS was named one of the top places to work in Connecticut.
We bring the world together ®
To provide the highest quality educational and cultural exchange programs to enrich the lives of young people throughout the world.
Values we are committed to:
•Excellence in programs, operations, people
•Respect and understanding of different cultures
•Exceptional caring support for our program participants to ensure their safety and well being
•Honest, equitable and non-discriminatory treatment of program participants, partners and employees
•Teamwork and collaboration both within the organization and with partners
•Encouragement of employee initiative and professional development
•Responsible financial stewardship