Director for International Student Life

Georgia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jul 15, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Posting Details

Posting Number F0914P Working Title Director for International Student Life Department VPSA-International Stdent Life About the University of Georgia
The University of Georgia ( UGA ), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( ). UGA is currently ranked among the top 15 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens. About the College/Unit/Department College/Unit/Department website Posting Type External Retirement Plan TRS or ORP Employment Type Employee Benefits Eligibility Benefits Eligible Underutilization Advertised Salary Commensurate with Experience Anticipated Start Date 01/02/2022 Effective End Date (for Limited-Term postings) Job Posting Date 07/15/2021 Job Closing Date Open until filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants
Applicant screening will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. Candidates are encouraged to submit their materials by August 16, 2021. The application packet should include a cover letter detailing how the applicant’s credentials and experience meet the needs, responsibilities, and qualifications stated in the job posting; a current resume/CV; and contact information for three references (who will not be contacted without further correspondence with the applicant). All applicants must apply online. Please see the job posting at Location of Vacancy Athens Area EEO Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (

Position Details

Classification Title Director, Subdivision/Unit AD FLSA Faculty Rank Administrative Faculty Contract Type Fiscal (12 mo.) Tenure Status Non-Tenure Track Minimum Qualifications
Master’s degree in higher education, college student affairs administration, counseling, adult education, international education (or related field of study). Position Summary
The Director of International Student Life reports to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and serves as the departmental leader responsible for supervising the ISL staff, developing the vision for programs and services established by the office, and managing all fiscal, human capital and other resources. The Director oversees and facilitates the development, advising, implementation and evaluation of a variety of cross-cultural and international programs that ensure developmental and academic growth, promote the success and retention of UGA’s undergraduate and graduate international/multinational student population, and educate the larger campus and community.

The Director for International Student Life is considered a position of trust and will be appointed as a non-tenure track Administrative A faculty .

The Director will be expected to work on weeknights and weekends, as needed. Additional Requirements
At least five years post-master’s progressive experience in international education, student life, diversity, equity, and inclusion, or directly related work experience. Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification
  • Doctoral degree in higher education, college student affairs administration, counseling, adult education, international education (or related field of study) is preferred.
  • Eight or more years of progressive experience in student life, international education, and/or in a related field with a successful track record in strategic program development, supervision, budgets, program management, and a commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Proven history of managing a dynamic portfolio of programs and services and demonstrated leadership coordinating university-wide programs and events.
  • Minimum of five years of experience in supervision, budget management, student advising and program development.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies
  • Considerable knowledge regarding the concerns and issues of international students including knowledge and understanding of multiple identities.
  • Display strong interpersonal skills to engage effectively with a broad range of stakeholders and build consensus.
  • Strong organizational and fiscal management skills as well as excellent written and oral communication.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a team, with individuals as well as with groups with various identities, cultures, and backgrounds.
  • Strong interpersonal and creative problem-solving skills as well as a positive, collaborative approach to working with students and colleagues.
  • Ability to navigate a large and complex public land-grant university and work with diverse campus constituencies to achieve shared outcomes for students.
  • Understanding, and engagement with, issues that affect underrepresented student populations and their academic and personal success.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and enhance programmatic efforts through assessment, fundraising, and the use of best practices.
  • Ability to multitask while maintaining a high level of work quality and adhering to deadlines.
Physical Demands Is this a Position of Trust? Yes Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources? Yes Does this position require a P-Card? No Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position? No Is driving a responsibility of this position? No Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care? No Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications) Yes Credit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.



Leadership and Programming: Provide strategic vision, leadership, and support for robust initiatives to empower and support campus-wide international student support efforts and resources. Ensure the development, implementation, and evaluation of major department-lead programming such as International Student Orientation, International Coffee Hour, International Education Month, International Street Festival, and other campus-wide programs and services for the continual development of an international student community that encourages interaction and cooperation among all international and U.S. students. Provide leadership, support, and oversight for supervised staff who work with international student organizations, World Leaders, International Coffee Hour, Global Buddies, and all other department-led programming. Coordinate the development and distribution of various publications to keep international students and others aware of programs/issues related to diversity, internationalization, and intercultural competency development on campus.

Percentage Of Time 25 Duties/Responsibilities

Finances and Budgets: Responsible for all aspects of fiscal management and solvency of the department. Develop and manage programming budgets and provide oversight to approximately 15 student organizations’ budgets advised by ISL staff. Review expenditures for compliance with university policies and procedures and/or activity fee guidelines. Ensure supervisees and students follow all University policies and procedures regarding the use of funds. Lead and seek alternative funding sources for ISL programs and services, including development and stewardship efforts of the

department. Work with the Student Affairs Director of Development to identify and enhance relationships with donors and alumni.

Percentage Of Time 20 Duties/Responsibilities

Supervision of staff: Directly supervise, train, and evaluate one Assistant Director, one Programming Coordinator, and one Administrative Coordinator and provide indirect supervision and support of one Graduate Assistant, two undergraduate student Communications Interns, five undergraduate student Office Assistants, and any other undergraduate or graduate student interns.

Percentage Of Time 20 Duties/Responsibilities

Student advising & support: Provide counsel to students, as necessary, regarding a variety of personal, developmental, and academic concerns, making referrals to appropriate campus services. Serve as a resource to faculty, staff and students working with international student programs/services.

Percentage Of Time 15 Duties/Responsibilities

Assessment: Set the vision and work to fulfill the goals of the department and ensure work aligns with the Division of Student Affairs and the University strategic plans. Establish a comprehensive assessment plan and utilize appropriate techniques to determine the effectiveness of programs and services. Establish and implement learning outcomes and key performance indicators for all departmental initiatives and services.

Percentage Of Time 10 Duties/Responsibilities

Other duties & leadership: Serve as an active and contributing member on the Student Affairs Leadership Team and assists with Division-wide initiatives and goals. Represent ISL to various campus departments, including the Office of Global Engagement, New Student Orientation, and the Department of Engagement, Leadership, and Service, to facilitate opportunities for collaboration. Participate fully in division-wide leadership and professional development initiatives and actively engage in service to the University community through participating in various committees. Other duties as assigned.

Percentage Of Time 10 Posting Specific Questions

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. List of References with Contact Information
  2. Unofficial Letters of Recommendation

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