WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
STUDY ABROAD & GLOBAL LEARNING
STUDY ABROAD ADVISOR
Western Kentucky University (WKU) and Study Abroad and Global Learning (SAGL) invite applicants for the position of Study Abroad Advisor. WKU’s vision is to be a Leading American University with International Reach, and as such, it is a progressive, contemporary, proactive institution that seeks candidates possessing the same qualities. SAGL is the primary University office responsible for recruiting, advising, and providing administrative assistance to students seeking to study abroad. WKU has a robust and growing portfolio of options for students desiring to expand their education internationally. The Study Abroad Advisor works closely with various offices on campus (e.g., Office of Scholar Development, Student Financial Assistance office, Registrar, etc.) to assist students in maximizing their international experiences. This position reports to the Director of SAGL. This is a twelve-month position. Anticipated start date is July 1, 2013.
WKU, one of the fastest growing Universities in the region, is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and enrolls approximately 21,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Providing international educational opportunities for WKU students is a top University priority. WKU is home to Kentucky’s first Confucius Institute, Kentucky Institute of International Studies, and over the past five years, the number of WKU students studying abroad has increased by 109%. The area (with an urbanized population of over 100,000) is noted for its high quality of life, increasing cultural diversity, and modest cost of living.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
The following duties are customary for this position, but are not to be construed as all-inclusive. Duties may be added, deleted and assigned based on management discretion and institutional needs.
- Provides continued academic, cultural advising, and appropriate follow up for WKU students exploring study abroad options
- Mentors and cultivates ongoing personal connections with students on issues related to studying abroad
- Provides advice on how to leverage international experience for further success
- Provides pro-active recruitment for study abroad programs
- Provides primary recruitment and referrals, if necessary, for select internationally oriented nationally competitive scholarships (e.g., Benjamin Gilman)
- Maintains and updates student files and conducting necessary follow up
- Works with on-campus partners to develop and distribute recruiting and marketing materials related to job responsibilities
- Assists the Director in conducting pre-departure orientation, re-entry, and other study abroad related programming
- Assists the Director in collecting study abroad data and producing annual reports
- Managing social media outreach and assisting in the marketing and publicity of SAGL initiatives (e.g., essay and photo contest)
- Other duties as assigned by supervisory personnel
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
- International experience through working or participation in study abroad program(s)
- Excellent computer skills including MS Office Suite, content management systems, and the willingness/ability to learn new software programs
- Demonstrated excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills
- Experience working in higher education, with faculty, and/or study abroad programs
- Must be comfortable in a fast paced, multi-tasking, team oriented environment
- Ability/willingness to work occasional evenings, weekends, and travel to international and/or domestic locations
- Valid driver’s license and passport
Salary Grade: 107
Expected Salary: The salary is commensurate with education and experience
Applications for employment will be accepted electronically only. Interested candidates must submit a letter of application, current resume, and names, addresses and daytime phone numbers of three professional references using the online application process. Please refer to the following website to apply:
. For further assistance call (270) 745-5934. Please reference requisition number S3532. For full consideration, submit application materials on or before March 1, 2013. Position will remain open until filled.
Western Kentucky University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, or marital status in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices in accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify The Office of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services at (270) 745- 5121, a minimum of five working days in advance.
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