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Director, Office of International Education

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
Maryland, United States
Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Feb 16, 2018
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General purpose:
Working collaboratively with Academic Affairs leadership, the Director will provide vision and expertise for implementing the international education initiatives and overall mission of the College. The Director also provides leadership to establish the International Education Office as a gateway to global engagement and a strategic partner in creating an internationally progressive learning and arts environment.

Summary of Essential Functions:
• Manage and provide leadership on comprehensive internationalization and campus wide international programs: international degree seeking undergraduate and graduate students, study abroad, faculty & student exchanges.
• Develop new international programs and partnerships, and help coordinate the College's global engagement efforts to ensure relevance in contemporary global art and design making.
• Serve as the primary liaison between the Office of International Education and Student Affairs, Enrollment Services, Admissions, Open Studies, Undergraduate Studies, Graduate Studies, and Advancement.
• Support MICA’s efforts toward equity, diversity and inclusion, including curricular support, student services, and outreach functions.
• Ensure MICA’s compliance with the Student and Visitor Exchange Information System (SEVIS).

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
• Serve as Primary Designated School Officer (PDSO) and Responsible Officer (RO) with responsibility for institutional compliance with the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS); manage F-1 and J-1 programs for MICA and assure all new academic programs are in compliance.
• Oversee College compliance with Department of Homeland Security and Department of State regulations by advising updates to institutional policies and procedures, and briefing campus offices on compliance, as necessary.
• Work with Academic Affairs leadership to research, prioritize and evolve an international strategy for the College.
• Partner with Student Affairs, including the Center for Identity and Inclusion and Student Activities, as well as other offices across campus, to manage the implementation of international student orientation and cross-cultural programs to ensure the successful transition and retention of international undergraduate and graduate students and deepen dialogue opportunities between US and international students around global issues.
• Advocate for international students and scholars across the College and assist in the development and implementation of strategies and infrastructure to support international student and scholar integration.
• In collaboration with the Office of Advancement, pursue external grant and scholarship opportunities for study abroad and international exchanges.
• Provide administrative oversight for International Student Services and Study Abroad and Exchange Services work in the Office of International Education. Provide leadership for International Scholar Services and work collaboratively across campus to implement English Language Learner (ELL) initiatives.
• Oversee risk assessment and crisis management resources for all study abroad programs and international students; review all programs on a regular basis to ensure quality control and implement best practices and policies, including appropriate risk management and liability protection; serve on the Critical Incident Management Auxiliary Team.
• Oversee and maintain existing portfolio of study abroad, exchange, and domestic mobility programs and partnerships; research, propose, and develop new programs and partnerships with art schools and affiliate organizations abroad; develop strategies to increase the number of students studying abroad.
• Lead efforts to work with faculty to integrate study abroad with on-campus curriculum and increase international opportunities for students.
• Work collaboratively with department chairs and program directors regarding faculty exchange and joint projects abroad, as well as to promote participation in international professional development opportunities.
• Conduct visits to prospective and current partner sites for program development and assessment purposes.
• Chair and/or serve on campus committees, such as International Education Advisory Group, Student Retention, Committee on Academic Multilingual Multicultural Programs, etc.
• Create and manage assessment plans, activities, and reports for International Education. Compile and write annual report for International Education.
• Develop and manage budgets for the International Education Office.
• Supervise and provide support to International Education Office staff.
• Perform other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Demonstrated understanding of international student recruitment, admissions, and enrollment management practices, as well as applicable federal and international laws and regulations
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of students, faculty and staff; ability to interact with a wide variety of constituencies on and off campus
• Demonstrated ability to problem-solve and respond effectively in a fast-paced environment
• Strong listening and organizational skills, ability to communicate professionally both orally and in writing with careful attention to detail

Minimum qualifications:
• Master’s degree in international education or related field
• Demonstrated experience in the field of international education and a record of successful leadership and management
• Intercultural experiences, particularly as reflected in study, research, living, or working abroad
• Demonstrated professional involvement in the field of international education (board memberships, presentations at conferences like NAFSA, Forum on Education Abroad, AIEA, CIEE, etc).
• Demonstrated record of support for, and commitment to, the needs of a diverse population and the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion

Preferred Qualifications:
• Ph.D. with significant leadership experience in international education
• Successful completion of NAFSA learning and training programs
• Demonstrated experience with grant proposals and management of external funding for international education
• Fluency in multiple languages
• Experience with developing and/or implementing global initiatives in higher education
• An appreciation for art and design

Reporting to this position: Assistant Director, International Student Services; Assistant Director, Study Abroad and Exchange Services; International Student Coordinator; Administrative Assistant

Conditions of Employment:
• Conditions: Background Check
• Unusual Circumstances related to position: require travel, serve in an “on-call” capacity, work evenings and/or weekends, blackout periods.

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