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Director of International Programs and Global Engagement

Lincoln University of Pennsylvania
Lincoln University, Pennsylvania
Commensurate with experience
Start date
Oct 6, 2023

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Student Activities & Services
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details

Job Title:                         Director of International Programs and Global Engagement

Classification:                 Administrative

Division:                         Student Success

Department:                   Center for Career Success and Experiential Learning

Annualized Salary:         Negotiable

Reports to:                     AVP, Student Success and Experiential Learning

FLSA Status:                  Exempt



The Director provides leadership and management of the Office of International Programs. This position will cultivate, evaluate, and provide strategic direction on policies and best practices to enhance co-curricular experiences for international populations and programs.  Responsibilities include program planning, development, budget oversight and building relationships with international universities, and other partners in collaboration with faculty, staff and administration.

The Director will set the vision for the University’s global agenda and be responsible for the coordination and advancement of global institutional partnerships, as well as aligning the mission and activities of the Office with the University’s mission and key priorities.

The ideal candidate must possess several years of demonstrated experience serving as a Designated School Office (DSO) authorized by the Department of Homeland Security and Alternate Responsible Office (ARO) recognized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for authorized access to the Student & Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). This position supervises the Associate Director of International Programs

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Sets recruitment goals for New International Students and strategies for achieving those goals
  • Drives the development, enhancement and implementation of policies and procedures for the Office of International Programs
  • Collaborates with representatives from foreign colleges, universities, consortia, third party study abroad providers, and other international organizations to achieve program goals.
  • Works extensively with academic departments and other student success units  to support the integration of global education opportunities into curricular and co-curricular programs
  • Facilitates and acts as primary point-of-contact for approved visiting international groups.
  • Develops and maintains partnerships with governmental agencies, international institutions, and others to expand international student enrollment and study abroad opportunities for LU students
  • Develops and coordinates MOUs, articulation agreements, and collaborative proposals between Lincoln and international partners
  • Hires, supervises, trains, and evaluates International Program staff
  • Coordinates and facilitates faculty-led and student "study abroad" research, internships and service learning programs
  • Establishes and maintains professional networks and relationships with local, state, national, and international organizations and agencies
  • Prepares budgets and monitors the disbursement of funds for study abroad to host institutions of Lincoln sponsored international programs
  • Represents the office at campus meetings and conferences, and serves as a liaison between departments, external organizations, overseas agents, the general public, and other agencies.
  • Research, prepare and procure alternative funding sources to support international scholarship, research collaborations and international service learning initiatives
  • Prepare and maintains statistical reports on international and study abroad activity, student enrollment, scholarships and student engagement
  • Hosts international visitors in collaboration with academic departments
  • Develops, in conjunction with the Office of General Counsel, staff handbooks such as Risk Management for Faculty- led programs abroad, Study abroad student handbook.
  •  All other duties assigned by the AVP of Student Success and Experiential Learning.


  • Master's degree in International Studies or related field, required; Doctorate preferred.


  • A minimum of five years’ experience leading and directing international programs, including supervisory work experience
  • Experience living or working internationally, knowledge of U.S. and International higher education systems and SEVIS regulations also preferred.
  • Demonstrated success conceiving and implementing entrepreneurial approaches to international programs
  • Extensive knowledge and experience working in a higher education setting providing strategic leadership for International, Study Abroad, and Exchange initiatives.
  • A track record of working effectively across organizational lines and collaborating with partners to develop initiatives and achieve goals
  • Knowledge of current regulations, and best practices in the field of international education, international program planning and development, and study abroad and exchange programs


Moderate lifting up to 20 pounds as frequently as needed to move objects; dexterity to write and manipulate computer keyboard and mouse; ability to hear and speak clearly; and body mobility to stoop, kneel, and bend and reach.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:Work is primarily performed in a university campus environment and requires a flexible schedule including evening and weekend work. Travel for administrative work is expected as well as visits to satellite locations. The employee is subject to inside environmental conditions; protection from weather conditions but not necessarily from temperature changes


Learn. Liberate. Lead.

Since its founding more than 165 years ago, those three words have defined our mission at Lincoln University. We're dedicated to empowering our students with the knowledge, confidence, and connections to achieve success and rise to the top.

Lincoln University, the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU), educates and empowers students to lead their communities and change the world.

We're dedicated to empowering our students with the knowledge, confidence, and connections to achieve success. When you choose Lincoln University as your workplace, you're doing more than just getting a job. You're becoming part of a campus community that is tight like a family and filled with people who look out for each other. You're becoming part of the latest chapter in a long and proud history of learning at the nation's first degree-granting historically black college and university (HBCU).

As our Alma Mater school song calls it, our "dear old Orange and Blue" has been devoted to and defined by our core values of respect, responsibility, and ultimately, results. Those values and our commitment to the success of our students have long attracted an interracial and international body of enrollees from our community, region, and around the world.

Since our founding in 1854, our impact has been tremendous. In fact, during our first 100 years, Lincoln graduated approximately 20 percent of the black physicians and more than 10 percent of the black attorneys in the nation. Our alumni have led more than 35 colleges and universities and scores of prominent churches. They also include U.S. ambassadors; mission chiefs; federal, state, and municipal judges; mayors; and city managers. Others have made names for themselves in creative and entertainment fields, including writers, directors, comedians, and film executives.

Established as The Ashmun Institute in 1854, the institution was renamed Lincoln University in 1866.

Located on 429 acres in southern Chester County, our main campus marries tradition and modern facilities, with sweeping pathways that encourage walking and contemplation within a safe and scenic landscape. Lincoln is within about an hour of several major cities: we are 45 miles from Philadelphia; 55 miles from Baltimore; and in Delaware, 25 miles from Wilmington, and 15 miles from Newark. These cities not only provide a variety of entertainment and leisure options but many important job and internship opportunities for our students.

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