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Executive Director of International Education

Pierce College (WA)
Lakewood, Washington State
$118,584 to $128,465 annually, plus benefits
Posted Date
Nov 2, 2022

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, International Programs
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Full Time
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The mission of Pierce College is to create quality educational opportunities for a diverse community of learners to thrive in an evolving world.


Recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the Top 10 community colleges in the nation (2021), Pierce College is an innovative, mission-driven, data-informed, and equity-minded community college dedicated to helping all students achieve their academic and professional goals, with a focus on racial and social equity and justice. 


Pierce College District is seeking an innovative and entrepreneurial Executive Director of International Education who is committed to building international partnerships that support our vision of innovative and engaged learners enriching our local and global communities.   


The Executive Director reports to the District Chancellor and CEO and provides leadership and supervision for International programs across the district.  This individual will have the skills necessary to identify new and expanding international markets to grow enrollments through innovative and active recruitment methods; explore and develop strategies for housing alternatives including expansion of host families, college housing options or partnerships with local or international investors; identify new opportunities for international partnerships; supervise a talented and committed staff; manage and oversee all elements of program operations including budget development and monitoring; compliance with federal regulations related to international students; admissions and registrations for International students;  supervision of the international/multicultural events and local and international partnerships, and connecting domestic and international education students through our extensive Student Life programming. 


About the Program: The mission of International Education at Pierce College is to foster international relationships and opportunities district-wide through the recruitment and admission of international students, to provide an array of quality student services to assist international students with completion of their studies, and to assist the College in building partnerships on campus and in the community to enhance our multicultural, diverse, and equity-minded perspective and experience.   We are in a rebuilding phase.  Currently, we have approximately 150 international students, down from our pre-COVID numbers of approximately 500 from 40 different countries.  One third of students are in the Intensive English Program (IEP) and two thirds in college programs. The department has a staff of nine full-time faculty and staff and numerous part-time faculty and staff providing direct support to the program.  Most of our students are from East Asia and enter through the IEP and transition to college level courses to complete the Associate degree and transfer to a university.   In addition we offer short-term programs with international partnerships and send a small number of students abroad to study.   Currently, the Intensive English Program (IEP) and the departmental offices are located at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom with a few international students enrolled at Pierce College Puyallup.  The district goal is to expand opportunities for international students to study at Pierce College Puyallup and to build enrollments at both colleges and to expand short-term partnerships.   The Host Family Program finds suitable homestay placements for students. Our staff assists students in adjusting to life in the USA and assists them in resolving issues that may come up from time to time. We also help students to remain in compliance with immigration regulations by monitoring student progress and travel plans, and by monitoring their SEVIS records.   We have a 63-bed residence hall (Center for Global Scholars) that is 5 minutes from Pierce College Fort Steilacoom.   Approximately 50% of those in the CGS are international students.


About the District


The college enjoys a strong presence in the community and participates in numerous partnerships with business, community, government, and educational organizations.


Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom


Located on a beautiful 140-acre site adjacent to a 340-acre community, recreational park, and Waughop Lake. Want a feel for our District, take a peek with aerial campus views


Pierce College at Puyallup


Located on a luscious site with 125-acres of wooded land including modern facilities and beautiful hideaways.


Pierce College at JBLM


Located at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord military sites, serving many of our military and active duty families serving our country.  



 Essential Functions: The Executive Director of International Education will be responsible for the following, but not limited to:


International Education Program Management  


Responsible for entrepreneurial and innovative program outreach, communications, viable cost structures, identification of new business and revenue-generating opportunities and for programming and deliverables consistent with the mission and vision of the College. 


Defines the program activities, exercises independent judgment, and keeps Pierce College officials informed of ongoing activities and engagements.  


Exercises oversight over international student services, including advising, housing program and Intensive English Program.  


Oversees communications and compliance with new college, state and federal policies and procedures including compliance with federal regulations, such as BICE regulations, SEVIS certification and compliance and keeps staff informed of changes in policies and procedures.  


Analyzes and evaluates operations and develops and implements corrective action to resolve problems. Creates new partnerships with members of local and overseas education programs and businesses.


Performs other duties as assigned.  


Student Recruitment and Outreach  


Provides direction to the International Marketing Manager on recruiting activities for new Intensive English students as well as International college transfer students.


Manages overseas agency business as well as internal marketing and information sharing about the program.  


Oversees agency contracts, electronic payments and wire transfers.   


Hosts overseas agent visits to Pierce College.  


Collaborates with faculty and staff on events and projects, such as International Week, Student Orientations, and Student Activities.  


International Education Program Development  


Sets direction and provides leadership for existing programs and new initiatives.


Develops articulation agreements with international colleges, universities and organizations.  


Facilitates and manages faculty exchanges and “Study Abroad” programs.  Facilitates and manages short-term programs. ?


Provides continuous development of the International Program as it relates to changing student and client needs.  


Uses strategic planning to develop alternative student housing solutions.  




Represents International Education within the College, in the community and overseas with professional organizations, the state board, commissions and other agencies. 


Leads, works with, and serves on College committees/councils; attends college and community meetings and boards such as Lakewood Sister City Association and Asia Pacific Cultural Centers.  


Budget & Planning


Develops and manages International budget and expenditures of over $3 million dollars.    


Supervises management of federal grant programs and verify compliance.


Coordinates with the finance office to manage grants budgets.


Coordinates with Pierce College Foundation to manage joint Foundation account and scholarships.  


Develops revenue projections, budget or expenditure forecasts. Function as the primary administrator with signatory authority.  




Provides leadership for faculty and staff within International Education.


Provides supervision including recruitment, training, evaluating, scheduling, and discipline for program staff.  


Demonstrates leadership role in supporting and promoting faculty professional development for full-time and part-time faculty.  



 Qualifications: Education Required


Master's degree from an accredited college or university with a focus in International Education, International Relations, Cultural Communications or closely related field. Experience Required


Two (2) years of experience administering educational programs with an emphasis in International Education, preferably at a community college. Experience in successful leadership and management of instructional programs and student services. Supervisory experience and effective supervisory skills to include coaching and mentoring to support employees in achieving the college mission and their individual professional goals.  Experience in East Asian/Pacific Rim cultures preferred. Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


Ability to think strategically. Excellent time management and problem solving techniques, and the ability to use professional judgment in complex and sensitive situations.   Entrepreneurial and innovative in identifying new opportunities and partnerships with international partners and local communities, Values diversity and possesses an understanding of multicultural and cultural competencies; ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, students, jobseekers and other customers from different backgrounds.  Strong, positive interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively; demonstrates trust and sensitivity to and mutual respect for others.  Demonstrated ability to anticipate, identify, understand and be responsive to student needs and expectations. Creates and nurtures a results oriented culture that focuses on measurable outcomes by fostering teamwork and innovation to accomplish Pierce College’s mission and goals. Ability to analyze problems, identify alternative solutions and consequences of proposed actions, articulate possibilities, and implement recommendations to support goals; demonstrate critical, creative, and reflective thinking. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and collaboratively with faculty, staff and leadership and ability to apply effective written and oral communication techniques to convey clear and timely messages. Ability to manage budgets.  Ability to interpret and explain regulations, policies, procedures, guidelines, and reporting requirements, particularly as it relates to International Education. Working knowledge of MS Office to include Word, Excel, Outlook, and Internet.  Special Requirements and Conditions of Employment As a condition of employment, a valid driver's license is required. As a condition of employment, the successful candidate must have the ability to obtain a passport and travel internationally.


 Application Process: To be considered for this position, applicants must


Meet the required qualifications as outlined in this announcement. Complete the online application profile and apply for the specific job opening at: Upload (attach) a cover letter that addresses how you meet the required qualifications as outlined in this announcement. (Cover Letter) Upload (attach) detailed résumé of all educational and professional experience.(Résumé) Transcripts are not required in order to apply for this position; however, if you are selected for an interview, you will be asked to submit copies of unofficial transcripts showing completion of the required level of education. Please upload current copies of your transcripts, if available. Unofficial copies of all college and university transcripts must include degree received and conferral date. International transcripts must include a foreign transcript evaluation. For a list of approved credential evaluation services visit: (Unofficial transcripts acceptable for application process; official transcripts required upon hire). (Transcripts) Upload (attach) a list of at least three professional references with names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted. (References) Provide a response to the following question: (Supplemental Question) Developing global citizenship is a core curriculum element for Pierce College.  What do you believe are the key priorities, policies, and practices that contribute to a successful International Education Program?  Please Note To ensure consideration, application materials should be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.


Terms of Employment


This is a full-time administrative exempt position. The primary work location will be at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom campus. Frequent travel to Pierce College campuses or other sites may occur. Scheduled hours vary with occasional evening and weekend work. Occasional travel may occur as required for attendance at local, national, and international events. 


Salary & Benefits


The salary range for this position is $118,584.00 to $128,465.00 annually. Your paycheck is just part of the total compensation package. There is an outstanding benefits package which is worth an additional value equivalent to about 30% of your salary. A comprehensive health care benefits package for you and your dependents includes medical, dental and vision insurance. Life and long- term disability insurance plans; vacation, sick and personal leave; reduced tuition; and retirement benefits are also provided. For more information, please visit our Benefits and Leave website at: benefits.


Physical Work Environment


This position works indoors in an office environment.  


Reasonable Accommodation


Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the application and employment process will be accommodated to the extent reasonably possible. Requests should be made to the District Human Resources Office by calling 253-964-7342. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may dial 711 to place a call through Washington Relay, the state's free telecommunication access service.


Screening & Interview Process


Only those candidates who have complied with the application process and meet the required qualifications will be considered. Following the review of application materials, the most qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. Check the email account you used for the application process for communication regarding the status of your application. Application materials submitted to Pierce College are the property of the College and will not be returned.


Conditions of Employment


Pierce College is a “fully vaccinated campus” under the state’s higher education guidance, which means that COVID-19 vaccination (or allowable exemption) will be required for all employees and students. More information can be found here: Vaccination Requirements.


Prior to the start of employment, the finalist for this position will be subject to a criminal background check as a condition of employment. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.


Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington State Law RCW 28B.112.080.


An offer of employment will not carry with it any responsibility or obligation on the part of the District to sponsor an H-1B visa. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, proof of authorization to work in the United States will be required at the time of hire.


Pierce College has adopted a Drug Free Workplace policy. As a condition of employment, employees must agree to abide by the requirements established in that policy.


Equal Opportunity


The Pierce College District is an equal opportunity employer. The Board of Trustees and Pierce College District are committed to providing equal opportunity and will not discriminate in terms and conditions of employment and personnel practices. Decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, age, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal.


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