This position is responsible for managing the St. Thomas Short-term Off-campus program, including the development and operations of January Term courses, and all faculty and staff program directors' training and support. S/he serves as the lead St. Thomas liaison in the UMAIE consortium and also partners with the Office of Service Learning to develop and bridge experiential opportunities.
The Assistant Director serves on the Study Abroad management team. In this capacity, s/he works with the Director to develop, integrate and enhance study abroad programming across the curriculum. S/he also provides emergency/crisis response as required and shares 24 hour on-call responsibilities. The management team also promotes intercultural learning through engagement with other international program offices at UST, various campus committees and events, and professional organizations affiliated with the international education field.
Study Abroad is an office of the University of St. Thomas (UST) International Education Center, and is responsible for over 1,000 undergraduate and graduate UST students studying on credit-granting programs around the world annually. Study abroad staff members manage multiple advising and enrollment cycles simultaneously from prospective student to alumni status. They also develop and facilitate short-term and semester programs in collaboration with program directors, academic and administrative departments and external organizations. While its core responsibility is for credit-granting programs, Study Abroad staff support the risk, liability, health and safety of all off-campus travel activity for the University's non-credit programs.
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Bachelor's degree and five years of experience in program management of which includes a minimum of three years in education abroad, preferably in higher education. Master's degree and overseas experience in a study or living situation, and experience with service learning programs preferred.
Knowledge of: Study abroad program design, development, and operations; policies, laws, and practices of study abroad program administration; academic issues/challenges and financial models; liability issues in education abroad; university curricula, academic policies and procedures, student development and intercultural communication theories, practices for facilitating intercultural development; project management and marketing techniques; and computer software applications to include Microsoft Excel and Word, Adobe Acrobat, StudioAbroad.
Skills in: Working with a wide variety of clients, to include students, parents, faculty, staff, and the external international education professional community; ability to effectively advise, counsel and assist students in understanding and making meaning of their education abroad experiences; handling multiple tasks simultaneously, functioning in a high volume office setting, and working as a member of a team; understanding multicultural and international issues and cultural diversity; ability to communicate effectively in writing and public speaking with students, staff, faculty, parents, individually and in large groups; taking the initiative, using tact and discretion, problem-solving, developing relationships, and being strategic in developing and supporting the goals of the department; managing time and motivating self and others.
The successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of the university's mission statement: Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good.
In light of its commitment to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, employment with the University of St. Thomas requires consent and successful completion of a background screening.
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