International Program Specialist, Academic Support & Development

Overview of International Program Specialist

This position will work closely with students and faculty at PNW at all phases of the education abroad process. The successful candidate will be knowledgeable about other countries and international travel, including systems of higher education, culture, and health and safety issues. The candidate will also interface with relevant offices, such as Registrar, Financial Aid, Bursar, Academic Advisors and Faculty.

  • $50,000 - $55,000
Duties and Responsibilities of International Program Specialist
  • Work closely with students at all phases of the study abroad process, including outreach, advising, orientation, visa applications, and credit transfer
  • Oversee student application and enrollment management process; maintain web-based forms, refine marketing and orientation information; maintain program information in varying formats
  • Coordinate and support development of short-term faculty programs, data collection, student experience surveys, and assessment plans for programming and partnerships
  • Support the Director in implementing a vision and program portfolio focused on hands-on experiences for PNW’s diverse and first-generation students
  • Review and implement, at the request of the director, crisis management procedures and policies
  • Support students, families, and campus stakeholders with identifying and lowering financial barriers including support and knowledge of external scholarships and grants
  • Meet with other Student Services departments, present study abroad options relative to curricular design and geographic location, and conduct information sessions
Liaison to Purdue staff:
  • Work closely with Academic Advisors
  • Collaborate with other relevant offices such as Registrar, Financial Aid, Dean of Students, Campus Police, Bursar, and the Education Abroad Advisory Council
Represent Purdue Northwest Programs:
  • Represent Purdue off-campus at professional conferences, events, and site visits
  • Promote study abroad/away by attending Global Partnerships and Programs functions on campus
Benefits of International Program Specialist
  • Full benefits – Medical, Dental, Vision, Short Term Disability, Retirement, Life Insurance and more
  • Accrue 15 days’ vacation your first year, then 22 days’ vacation your 2nd year plus rollover
  • University contribution of 10% to retirement (3 year waiting period)
  • University contributions to Health Savings Account –
    • Plus a chance to earn more through participating in University Wellness Initiatives
  • 10 paid holidays
  • Employee Wellness Programs
  • Paid Parental Leave after one year of service
  • Tuition remission for you, your spouse and dependent children at any Purdue campus
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Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is a premier metropolitan university dedicated to empowering transformational change in our students and in our community. We offer two campuses serving approximately 8,800 undergraduate and graduate students. At PNW, we value academic excellence, support growth, and celebrate diversity.

PNW sits between Chicago’s skyscrapers and Lake Michigan’s sandy shores. You can have all the perks of a world-class city just a short drive away or enjoy the natural beauty of the Indiana Dunes National Park and Lake Michigan just 15 miles away.

Education of International Program Specialist
  • Requires a Bachelor's degree
  • Preferred: Master’s degree, International experience (at least one semester living, working and/or studying) and understanding of international education essential, Language ability other than English
Experience of International Program Specialist
  • 1-2 years of work experience in advising, experience in international studies, international relations, education abroad, or higher education in a culturally diverse setting, program administration or a related field
  • Experience designing and supporting custom, short-term faculty programs and working collaboratively across departments.
Core Competencies of International Program Specialist
  • Strong competency using office software applications, good communication skills, verbally, in writing, in person, and virtually, and the ability to interact effectively in a team environment with diverse groups of people
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and time management skills and the essential ability to maintain confidentiality
Additional Information

Professional references will be verified prior to any offer of employment. Employment is contingent upon completion of successful background check along with a motor vehicle records check if applicable.

Purdue University Northwest is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

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