Assistant Director for International Student Programs

Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Jun 22, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Director for International Student Programs

Penn State Harrisburg, a comprehensive College of The Pennsylvania State University, is excited to welcome applications and nominations for the position of Assistant Director for International Student Programs.

Reporting to the Senior Director of Student Services, the Assistant Director for International Student Programs is a leadership position responsible for advancing initiatives that enhance a thriving international student population. This position develops, implements, and monitors programs and events that assist in the engagement, academic success, and retention of international students, and offers guidance and support to these populations. In this position, you will lead strategic initiatives that improve the internationalization of our campus and promote intercultural learning. You will also utilize a comprehensive, educative approach to embrace the critical role of diversity, equity, and inclusion in delivering co-curricular experiences, building a positive campus community, and supporting data-driven initiatives that improve student success.

Foundational roles for this position include but are not limited to:
  • Supervision and leadership of the International Student Programs office including program, budget and personnel oversight (professional and student staff members)
  • Oversight of the Global Program Ambassador and Global Lion Mentor programs and quality supervision of student employees serving the office
  • Ensure international students experience quality transitions to and orientation within Penn State Harrisburg
  • Provide support for student programming and activities that enhance intercultural learning across campus
  • Maintain vibrant community connections with local civic groups and international alumni
  • Facilitate and provide trainings to students and the campus community on applicable cultural competency programs
  • Manage International Student Gift Fund (donors) and International Student Emergency Fund
  • Partner with the Senior Director of Student Services in the development of intercultural learning strategic initiatives
  • Serve as a leadership team member in Student Affairs and participate in College and University-wide committees and task forces
  • Partner with the members of the Student Affairs leadership team and appropriate administrative units within the college and across the university to develop and advance student development initiatives

This newly created position will have the opportunity to leverage the college's resources to advance our strong commitment to international students. Penn State Harrisburg has the second largest international student population by number and largest by percentage of all Penn State campuses. Intercultural programming has annually been amongst the most popular events on our campus and our community's engagement in this work is deep and broad.

This position typically requires a Master's degree or higher in counseling, higher education administration, college student personnel or a related degree plus 5 years of related experience working in intercultural learning and international student development, or an equivalent combination of education and related experience. Other qualifications that the successful candidate will preferably have are:
  • Record of excellence and experience in building, delivering, and advancing institutional programs and activities
  • Experience in advising and counseling international students and international student organizations
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Skill in working collaboratively with others and in developing professional networks
  • Experience in communicating with various stakeholders and presenting to large groups in various forums
  • Ability to support the college's broad range of activities and initiatives

Just as we are committed to being a diverse educational environment, we are also committed to being a diverse working community. As a community, we endeavor to be a mixture of cultural backgrounds, life experiences, individual perspectives, and numerous other characteristics that add variety and vitality to the workplace. The administration, faculty, and staff of Penn State Harrisburg take pride in the fact that we are one of the most diverse and inclusive campuses of Penn State University, and we are deeply committed to supporting a culturally, ethnically, and racially inclusive environment.

Penn State Harrisburg is located in Middletown, near the city of Harrisburg, the state capital of Pennsylvania. The college is easily accessible via interstate and rail routes from Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and New York, and Harrisburg International Airport is located within minutes from campus. The college is the largest and most comprehensive of Penn State's Commonwealth Campuses. An undergraduate college and graduate school, Penn State Harrisburg offers more than 75 associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs and is the only campus, along with University Park, to offer programs from the associate to doctoral levels. The college also offers the first two years of study leading to more than 160 baccalaureate majors offered throughout Penn State. At the transfer level, Penn State Harrisburg serves students from all Penn State campuses and from community colleges and other accredited colleges and universities. The college enrolls 5,000 students in residence. Reputation is Penn State Harrisburg's hallmark - nationally accredited programs, award-winning faculty, and the resources of a world-class research university. We are Penn State in the Capital Region. The college's academic units are divided into five schools: Behavioral Sciences and Education; Business Administration; Humanities; Public Affairs; and Science, Engineering, and Technology. The college employs approximately 500 full-time faculty and staff, and roughly 500 part-time employees to carry out its mission to be a premier college of The Pennsylvania State University. To learn more about the college please visit

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