Director, Center for International Studies
Director, Center for International Studies
Department: Academic Affairs
Position Status: 12-month
Directly Reports To: Vice Provost
The Glenn and Addie Ketner Center for International Studies provides semester long and short-term international study opportunities. Whether students want to go to Bonaire, Poland, Ireland, or Madagascar, to an international university independently, or with a group of Catawba students, faculty, and alumni, we have an international study program. The Center seeks to provide students with international study opportunities that are academically challenging and relevant to their fields of study. This is accomplished by short-term faculty-led trips and semester-long programs at international universities. Short-term international study programs are led by faculty members and are associated with a Catawba academic course. These programs typically last from a few days to several weeks and take place during the summer or during one of the extended breaks in the academic year. Semester or summer-long international programs are offered through our consortium program, USAC. Over 40 programs in 27 countries are available and cover many areas of study. International education connects Catawba College students to diverse world cultures and prepares our students for work and service in this increasingly interdependent world.
The Director for the Center of International Studies will be the point person for expanding and supporting all travel activities supported by the Office of the Provost. This includes working with faculty to develop and manage short-term, faculty-led study programs and semester abroad exchanges. It involves collaborating regularly with the Office of Admissions. In addition, this position may be asked to coordinate language immersion programs and international internships.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES)
- Program Design, Development, and Coordination Work collaboratively with faculty to design, implement, and promote national and global learning opportunities, and arrange program budgets, itineraries, course schedules, accommodations, academic excursions, flights. Serve as primary contact for study abroad programs, monitor and solve problems that arise, ensure health and safety of participants through compliance with college policy.
- Provide information and guidance to students applying for and engaging in study abroad/study away. Host recruiting and pre-departure sessions for students, faculty, and staff. Maintain a clearinghouse of internal and external opportunities for international and domestic travel.
- Manage all related data including program assessment. Monitor budgets for study abroad trips. Reconcile revenues and expenses. Maintain up-to-date manuals for students and faculty studying abroad.
- Administrative Management and Admissions Collaboration
- Serve as the first point of contact for the Center for International Studies. Serve as Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) for the College and maintain responsibility for ensuring certification and compliance with the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), including Form I-17 updates, Form I-20 issuance, and all monitoring and reporting requirements.
- Maintain a close collaborative relationship with the International Liaison in Admissions. Be knowledgeable of college, national, and international study abroad policies and procedures.
- Create International Experiences on Campus.
- Collaborate with faculty and staff to plan and host events that provide social and cultural experiences that enhance students’ familiarity with different cultures.
- Support the onboarding of international students through arrival orientation.
- Create programs pertaining to international students and their on-campus needs.
DESIRED EDUCATION, SKILLS, AND EXPERIENCE
- Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in International Education, International Affairs, International Development, or related fields is preferred.
- Three or more years of progressive leadership experience developing and managing international education programs, with special emphasis in a college setting.
- Knowledge of recruitment and admission procedures in higher education and familiarity with US Department of Homeland Security policies and procedures
- Ability to initiate, develop, and sustain strong positive relations with faculty and staff, deans, department chairs, and administrators across campus.
- Excellent interpersonal, writing, and verbal communication skills required.
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and social media platforms required; familiarity with Banner preferred.
- Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends, as needed.
- Ability to travel internationally.
Founded in 1851 in Newton, North Carolina, Catawba was started by German pioneers who had traveled from eastern Pennsylvania to settle in the valleys of the Haw, Yadkin, and Catawba Rivers. In 1890, Catawba became a coeducational institution and the first woman graduate completed her studies in 1893. In 1925, Catawba moved and re-opened to its current location in Salisbury, NC, which is about 45 minutes from Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Charlotte, two hours from the mountains, and four hours from the beaches.
Today, Catawba College has 41 buildings on 276 wooded acres on a residential campus. Catawba is known for its 189 acre on-campus ecological preserve. Ranked as one of the best colleges in the south, Catawba offers 70 academic majors to approximately 1,300 students representing 34 U.S. states and 19 foreign countries. Students are instructed by nearly 90 full-time faculty, more than 83% of whom hold the highest degree in their field.
Catawba provides an education focused on an institutional philosophy of a liberal education, which entails a broad range of knowledge, intellectual and practical skills, and individual and social responsibility fostered and developed in all academic programs. Catawba is a learning community that provides students unique opportunities to explore vocation, helping students to consider their calling, their passions, and their purpose as they prepare to reach their highest potential. Catawba’s mission is to provide “students an education rich in personal attention that blends the knowledge and competencies of liberal studies with career preparation” and to enable “students to reach their highest potential while becoming responsible citizens.” More information about Catawba College is located at www.catawba.edu.
Applicants shall submit the following materials, in a single file, pdf version only, to email@example.com:
- Letter of interest;
- Current resume; and
- Contact information for three (3) professional references
Catawba will provide full consideration to complete files received prior to October 15, and will accept materials until filling the position.
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