Associate Director - Academic Integration & Global
About the Opportunity
The Global Experience Office (GEO) is a central office of global
education at Northeastern University, committed to ensuring that
every Northeastern student has an opportunity to engage in
intellectually challenging and culturally enriching experiences
throughout the world. To achieve this, GEO partners with
Northeastern colleges and units to integrate meaningful global
experiences into their curricula and to enhance their capacity
through global mobility. Northeastern's signature programs,
including Dialogues of Civilizations, Global Quest, The N.U.in
Program, and Semester-In, are carefully designed to reflect the
Northeastern University (NU) global mission, complement students'
on-campus studies, deepen students' knowledge of the world and
their chosen field of study, and help students develop
intercultural and political sensitivity, utilize and strengthen
foreign language skills, explore global career options, and grow as
individuals. Through these programs, GEO facilitates global
experiences for over 3,800 NU students and 200 additional foreign
With supervision from the Director of Academic Integration &
Planning, the Associate Director of Academic Integration and Global
Learning (AD) works to integrate meaningful global experiences into
Northeastern's curricula and to enhance academic capacity through
global mobility. To do this, the AD builds and maintains an
extensive familiarity with the Northeastern University curricula
and GEO's partners' curricula through research and communications
with departments and colleges.The AD examines and catalogs GEO
partner unique strengths and available subject areas to inform
Northeastern departments and administrators. In conjunction with
the colleges, the AD identifies gaps in Northeastern curricula and
areas for enhancement and recommend solutions for building
intentional study abroad programming into the curriculum.
Relatedly, the AD works on enhancing global learning and
intercultural pedagogy throughout the Northeastern educator
community, using best practices and research in the field. The AD
creates and maintains a repository of creative solutions to
curricular integration and global learning developed by
Northeastern departments and colleges and develops a system of
sharing such innovations across the University.
Along with the Director of Academic Integration and Planning, the
AD acts as GEO's liaison to the academic departments and Colleges,
helps develop advising tools integrating global experiences into
degree progression, and ensures that GEO materials and advising
practices accurately reflect curricular requirements and college
policies. The AD conducts workshops around curriculum integration,
course mapping, intercultural and global learning with Northeastern
colleges and departments and create program and curriculum
integration guides for students. In conjunction with the Director
of Academic Integration & Planning, the AD will collaborate
with the relevant colleagues in the Office of the Chancellor to
ensure complementary and integrated course offerings in visiting
student programs on Northeastern regional campuses. The AD
contributes to the success of GEO's inter-team strategy groups -
teams of advisors, program designers, and managers of program
operations - who collaborate to ensure quality of programming and
continuity of services to GEO's key audiences - by keeping everyone
up-to-date on the latest developments and needs in curricular
integration across the University.
The Associate Director oversees an Academic Coordinator.
Academic Integration of Global Experiences -
- Master's degree required.
- 4+ years of academic administrative experience in higher
education required. Experience in a university-level study abroad
office a plus.
- 2+ years of experience working with curriculum.
- Working knowledge of the US Higher Education administration and
familiarity with international higher education systems, degree
structures and progressions, pedagogies and methodologies, and
approaches to credits and grades.
- Working knowledge of higher education systems outside of the
- Previous experience studying abroad at the undergraduate level
or time living abroad.
- Demonstrated commitment to international education and the
promotion of cross-cultural understanding.
- Understanding of NAFSA (Association of International
educators), professional ethics and competencies.
- Excellent problem-solving and strong analytical skills with
proven ability to strategize, prioritize, and multi-task to meet
goals and deadlines.
- Strong interpersonal skills, sufficient to work effectively and
collaboratively with a number of different constituencies.
Professionalism and collegiality in a team environment, excellent
judgment, discretion, and the ability to make decisions in a timely
- Strong oral and written communication skills, including
intercultural and interpersonal communication.
- Ability to effectively represent the University to outside
institutions and universities
- Ability to interact with global program representatives,
faculty, and students in a highly professional manner with an
understanding of protocol and confidentiality.
- Strong organizational, project management, administrative, and
- Proficiency in Excel and other Microsoft Office software
required. Familiarity with Salesforce, Terra Dotta, and student
record systems (e.g., Banner) preferred.
- Ability to work both independently and as a member of a
Relationship Building and Partnership Cultivation -
- Build and maintain extensive familiarity with the Northeastern
University curricula and GEO's partners' curricula through research
and communications with departments and colleges.
- Maintain and continue to improve a comprehensive analysis of
GEO partner strengths, uniqueness, and areas of availability, to
draw upon and bring to the attention of departments and
- Acts as a GEO liaison to Northeastern departments and colleges
by articulating how global programming can enhance and further
distinguish them and their curricula.
- In conjunction with the colleges, identify gaps in Northeastern
curricula and areas for enhancement. Engage other constituents such
as the relevant colleagues in the Offices of the Chancellor and the
Provost, other colleges, global network campuses, etc. to determine
if particular gaps and needs are widespread; recommend
- In conjunction with the department heads or their designees,
build intentional study abroad programming into their
- Enhance the academic experience of Northeastern students by
creating global learning curricula and integrating global learning
across the university
- Propose academic enhancements to department's curricula by
pairing the strengths of international partner's curricular with
gaps or areas of opportunity in Northeastern's curriculum.
- Create “integration maps”/major guides and advising sheets for
majors and minors incorporating international programs into their
- Work closely with Northeastern University faculty and academic
advisors to identify courses abroad that best address the needs of
students and complement the academic offerings of each unit.
- Create and maintain a repository of best practices and creative
solutions to curricular integration developed by Northeastern
departments and colleges. Develop a system of sharing the best
practices and innovation across the University.
- In conjunction with the Director for Academic Integration &
Planning, collaborate with the relevant colleagues in the Office of
the Chancellor to ensure complementary and integrated course
offerings in visiting student programs on Northeastern regional
- Provide guidance and academic alignment solutions to partner
inquiries (Colleges, Departments, etc.).
- Review institution's accreditation, credits and grading scale
and collaborate with GEO Registrar and the University Registrar's
office to determine Northeastern equivalents.
Training, Events, & Guides -
- Develop deep and long-lasting relationships in the
- Act as GEO liaison to departments and Colleges, ensuring that
updates and modifications to curriculum are properly reflected in
GEO's programs and advising practice.
- Partner with the Center for Advanced Teaching and Learning
through Research (CATLR) to develop and deliver innovative
programming on global learner for Northeastern's educator
- Partner with the Advising Team to identify and address real and
perceived curricular barriers to study abroad.
- Partner with the Program Development Team to conduct periodic
- Contribute to GEO effectiveness by keeping regional “pods” and
inter-team strategy groups informed and up-to-date on the latest
developments and needs in curricular integration across the
GEO Project -
- Create program and curriculum integration guides for
- Conduct workshops around academic integration, global learning,
intercultural pedagogy, and course mapping with Northeastern
colleges and departments.
- Participate in GEO and university projects as necessary
- Lead GEO projects as necessary.
- Oversee applicable Standard Operating Procedures.
- Liaise with other Northeastern departments as needed
- Other duties as assigned.
Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking
to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and
staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its
forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect
that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, religion,
color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability
status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable
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