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WHY COME TO UC MERCED?
• Cutting-edge sustainability and clean energy focus.
• Outstanding benefits with significant paid time off.
• A culture of collaboration that is mission-driven.
• Radically fast, high-performance super computing capabilities.
• An affordable and welcoming community that promotes a quality life and true balance.
• Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to put your mark on and be a part of a budding Top Tier Research University.
The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With a little more than 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.
Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.
In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. UC Merced is also building the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building in the heart of Merced.
ABOUT THE JOB:
The International Affairs Director (IAD) is a recognized campus expert and has significant impact and influence on campus policy and program development. The IAD regularly leads projects of critical importance to the campus which carry substantial consequences of success or failure. The IAD operates in a highly visible, politically sensitive, legally complex and evolving arena. The IAD directs three functional areas involving diverse functions within the Office of International Affairs organization: visa services; study abroad; and the International Center.
The International Affairs Director develops campus and/or organizational policies and authorizes their implementation. Providing advice, guidance and assistance to the Vice Chancellors and/or the Chancellor, the IAD represents the campus in campus-wide and system-wide meeting and discussions and makes final decisions for the organization ensuring achievement of objectives; mindful that erroneous decisions will have a serious impact on the overall success of division or the campus.
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE JOB:
• Directs, manages and supervises study abroad, visa services and international center operations; areas which impact a significant proportion of campus constituents.
• Serves as campus expert on significant policy issues governed by Departments of State, Homeland Security and Labor. Makes long-term strategic decisions that reflect upon the campus as a whole.
• Provides leadership, guidance, education, policy development to the campus concerning US immigration and labor recommendations. Liaise with UCOP approved immigration attorney on employment-based visas and client concerns. Determines organizational structures of assigned areas and allocation of subordinate management responsibilities.
• Directs and supervises the Assistant Director for Visa Services, Assistant Director for Study Abroad and the International Center Manager.
• Ensures the overall monitoring and success of assigned functions and for integrating these activities with those of organizational segments across campus including staff and academic human resources, academic majors, outreach and events.
• Identifies policy issues which frequently cross organizational lines and require research of state and national organizations. Leads other stakeholders in establishing strategic plans and objectives related to global engagement. Represents the campus to external agencies.
• Plans, designs and implements department programs and establishes direction, policies and procedures for visa services and study abroad.
• Ensures campus compliance with legal and regulatory requirements in a complex changing environment. Updates and maintains required visa licenses and certificates for the institution.