Penn State is a leader in the field of global engagement with more than 250 Education Abroad programs and over 10,000 international students and scholars across the university. The Pennsylvania State University seeks a scholar-administrator for the position of Director for the Office of Global Programs at Penn State Abington. The Penn State Abington College is home to nearly 4,000 students and more than 320 faculty. Penn State Abington is the University's most diverse location with more than 50% of the population identifying as a minority and over 14% as international students. The director reports to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and provides the strategic direction for Chancellor and his leadership team at the college. The Office of Global Programs is at the intersection of International Student Services and Education Abroad on the Penn State Abington campus, and represents this college within a network of international education professionals across the University. The Director acts in the capacity of a senior international officer (SIO) for the campus and provides visionary leadership recognizing the profound connection of student success to the college's global mission. The Director oversees a centralized office that provides education abroad and international student services for the Abington campus community and in collaboration with Penn State Global Programs. The Director is expected to oversee the strategic planning process for the Office of Global Programs and to develop, evaluate, assess and report on a wide array of services. They collaborate with the Global Programs team which includes the regional Global Education Coordinator (GEC), the regional Designated School Official (DSO) and the Campus Associate for Education Abroad. The Director is knowledgeable in the areas of immigration advising, programming, intercultural communication and global engagement development. In addition, the Director is knowledgeable in the field of education abroad and The Forum on Education Abroad's standards of good practice. The Director plays a comprehensive role in advocating for the needs of the international student population, now totaling over 500 students and Abington's growing study abroad population. They also play a role in curriculum review and the development of short-term outgoing faculty-led programs as the co-chair of the Committee for International Curriculum Development. The Office of Global Programs also hosts incoming short-term visitors, scholars and student programs from abroad. The position also includes the development of international institutional collaborations (MOU/MOA) and a leading role in the Experiential Digital Global Engagement (EDGE) initiative which is being piloted at Penn State Abington. Major Duties and Responsibilities Include: Advocate for the unique needs of the international population and the needs of all students (domestic and international) who are planning to study abroad through relationships with key stakeholders in the community. Collaborate with the Center for Intercultural Leadership and Communication (CILC), the Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) and the Academic Integration Coordination Leader to support faculty workshops that promote culturally responsive pedagogy. Collaborate with CILC and Continuing Education (CE) to host incoming short-term language/culture immersion programs. Work closely with faculty members planning short-term faculty-led embedded programs (international travel components) with curriculum review, contract management and logistical support. Take part in the assessment of international students' experiences and education abroad opportunities to inform services and programming offered to the community. Collaborate in the development of and oversee programs and services provided to the international student population including International Student Orientation, cultural programming, employment workshops and other programs in support of international student success. Collaborate and champion the development of strategic initiatives to encourage the global literacy, global awareness, global competency and intercultural competency of all students, faculty and staff. Be knowledgeable of immigration advising. Collaborate with colleagues from enrollment management, academic advising, the registrar, the residence halls and others deemed essential administrators to ensure a seamless enrollment for new international students. Participate in on going professional development to remain current and engaged in the field through association with NAFSA, The Forum on Education Abroad, AIEA, and AAC&U. Serve on task forces and committees that focus on campus internationalization, international student success and opportunities for the development of high impact practices. Budgetary responsibility and oversight for the International Student Budget, the general operating budget and exploratory and faculty-led travel budget. This job will be filled as a level 3, or level 4, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus five years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 3. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. Master's degree related to International Education or a related field (Ph.D. preferred). Preferred candidates will have at least seven years administrative experience in higher education, preferably in International Student Services and/or Education Abroad. The preferred candidate should have experience working, traveling and/or living abroad with professional knowledge of working within a culturally diverse population. Written and verbal fluency in a second language is a plus. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience working with undergraduate students, budget oversight, international student services, in-depth knowledge of the field of education abroad with an emphasis on faculty-led study abroad programs, experience in development of institutional partnerships (MOU/MOA), and experience with digital learning platforms to promote the new EDGE initiative and Penn State Abington. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.
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