Assistant Director of International Education
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GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:
Reporting to the Executive Director of International Education
- Manage a broad spectrum of responsibilities, in furtherance of the university's strategic goals to enhance and strengthen international relationships, especially in increasing access to study abroad among diverse populations
- Responsible for study abroad operations; including marketing, advising, central administration & operations, and assisting in coordination of faculty led study tours.
- Assist in supporting all international student functions, including serving as DSO/ARO for the university
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Experience in multi tasking and completing multiple projects simultaneously
- Strong computer skills, including experience with MS Office Suite
- Accountable for ensuring that equal opportunity, affirmative action, and diversity are integrally tied to all actions and decisions in areas of responsibility.
Student workers, work study students
Executive Director of International Education
EXAMPLES OF SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Manage the advising process for all study abroad students, including semester-long and short term study programs, during the advising, pre-departure, overseas, and returned stages of the international experience
- Assist the Director with the operations of all study abroad programs, reciprocal and non-reciprocal exchange programs, working with international partners and institutional stakeholders.
- Implement and follow best practices, especially in the areas of safety and security
- Develop, lead, and execute all coordination and event planning for campus-wide study abroad fairs, orientations, workshops, outreach programming and marketing efforts
- Design and implement campus wide strategies to increase the numbers and diversity of student participation in international experiences
- Manage various social media platforms for greater outreach to the student community
- Coordinate the Global Ambassador program for student returning form an abroad experience, including recruiting, hiring, training and managing the ambassadors
- Recruit, hire, train and manage paid student workers for the office
- Assist in international student immigration processing, orientation and serve as DSO/ARO for F-1 and J-1 visa holders on campus
- Advise and assist international students and scholars regarding immigration rules and regulations, especially in the absence of the Director.
- Assist the Director in scholarship award selection
- Track enrollment statistics regularly and analyze and report trends
- Master's degree and at least 3 years of professional experience in study abroad/international education or equivalent combination of education and experience
- Experience with higher education student records systems
- Excellent public speaking skills
- Experience with website publication and maintenance
- Superior organizational skills and attention to detail
- Familiarity with Financial Aid and Registrar processes as related to study abroad processes
- U.S. citizenship or permanent residency, as required by US Department of Homeland Security to use SEVIS database system
- 5 years of professional experience in study abroad/international education
- Thorough knowledge and understanding of F-1 and F-1 immigration regulations
- Ability and interest in understanding, respecting and working effectively with people of differing cultures
- Experience studying/living/working abroad
- Ability to work and communicate effectively with various constituencies, both on and off campus
- Candidates who are bilingual in English and Spanish or English and Portuguese are strongly encouraged to apply
This is a full-time, exempt, benefits-eligible position in the Association of Professional Administrators (APA) bargaining unit with a title of Assistant Director. The annual salary range is $51,000-56,000.
Framingham State University conducts criminal history and sexual offender record checks on recommended finalists prior to final employment for all positions.
Framingham State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
Members of underrepresented groups, minorities, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and all persons committed to diversity and inclusive excellence are strongly encouraged to apply.
Candidates must apply online by submitting:
- Cover Letter,
- Equity and Inclusion Statement*,
- Names and contact information for three (3) professional references.
*The Equity and Inclusion Statement is an opportunity for candidates to discuss professional skills, experience and/or willingness to engage in activities that would enhance the university's efforts to promote a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. Equity and inclusion statements will be considered as part of a transparent and comprehensive review of candidate application materials.
For full consideration, application materials must be received by May 7, 2021.
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