Reporting to the Senior Director of Global Affairs, the Director of Study Abroad will provide leadership in the strategy, management, planning, and administration of the Study Abroad Center. Leading a team of Education Abroad professionals, the Director is responsible for administrative and programmatic oversight of all education abroad programs sponsored by the university and directs the implementation of international academic experiences that foster student engagement, learning, and development. Many UCI study abroad programs are offered through the University of California Education Abroad Program. The Director will oversee a significant expansion of services to include direct student exchange and faculty-led programs originating at the UCI campus.
The Director will have the support of an experienced professional staff and a Faculty Director for Study Abroad Academic Development.
As educators, we promote students' academic, personal, professional, and intercultural development before, during, and after their study abroad experiences. The desired candidate will be a dynamic leader who can create new programs, policies and procedures, and significantly expand the Study Abroad Center (SAC) mission while maintaining and growing the high-impact practices that make UCI's education abroad experience deeply meaningful for student participants.
Salary: Commensurate with experience (MSP II)
Hours: 8-5, M-F
Available to work some nights and weekends; some travel required.
Master's degree or equivalent combination of education/experience required; Ph.D. preferred.
Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible managerial experience in the area of international programs.
Direct experience managing a broad range of program types including third-party provider programs, direct student exchange, faculty-led programs, and returnee programs.
Strategic leader in the field of education abroad, well-established and respected in relevant associations.
Demonstrated track record in staying informed about and incorporating best and leading edge practices into unit.
Demonstrated ability to serve as an effective change agent to lead teams through transition, to build consensus internally and externally to unit, and to ensure implementation achieves desired outcomes.
Agile and able to lead team to quickly adapt to changes or priorities.
Strategic thinking, able to articulate a vision for the future while executing near-term business plans.
Able to interpret needs, objectives, and direction from multiple sources of input.
Knowledge and experience implementing best practices in risk management and crisis response for a broad range of program types including direct student exchange and faculty-led programs.
Significant experience with development, assessment, and management of a range of program models including direct exchange and faculty-led programs.
A demonstrated capacity to lead a team effectively and collaborate with faculty and administrative staff across the university, functioning in a diverse and inclusive environment.
Demonstrated commitment to developing and delivering programs that inclusively serve a diverse student population.
A high level of cross-cultural awareness.
Evidence of effective student engagement, marketing and communication strategies including web site development and social media.
Demonstrated ability to forecast and manage budget; analytical capability and understanding of foreign exchange impacts on cost position.
Demonstrated ability to negotiate international contracts, establish and maintain high-level institutional relations with international collaborators.
Demonstrated experience with database-related software and student information systems.
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