Director, Center For Global Education - Simmons University
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Internal Number: 9752
JOB SUMMARYThe Director of the Center for Global Education oversees international student services, education abroad, F-1 immigration compliance, J-1 scholar support, international risk management as related to student and faculty travel, as well as the development and implementation of international initiativesESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONSReasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.Program Management:Strategize and implement all services, initiatives and projects of the Center, including program development, training and assessment;Manage the operations and activities of the Center for Global Education (CGE), while developing and maintaining relationships across the University and the Colleges of the Fenway;Oversee and manage the financial and operational aspects of the CGE, including internal study abroad scholarships and the Home School Tuition model;Facilitate the development of University goals and outcomes for inclusive international experiences;Analyze and report on key performance indicators/ metrics driving increased student participation for students of all backgrounds;Ensure that application, registration, pre-departure and re-entry processes, programs, and outreach are effective, efficient, and meet the University's and students' needs;Collaborate closely with a variety of institutional and global partners including deans, program directors and department chairs, faculty, and co-curricular administrators;Maintain a comprehensive plan for health and safety;Review international program/course requirements to ensure program design supports students according to university curriculum guidelines;Monitor compliance with Standards of best practice for international education;Serve as the primary emergency contact for emergency actions for students, faculty and staff abroad or in international transit.Advising and Student Engagement:Consult and advise undergraduate and graduate students (on selecting international programs which enable students to advance their academic, career, and personal goals;Consult with and advise faculty, staff regarding international study opportunities and address program issues;Advise international students and scholars on government regulations applicable to F-1 and J-1 Visas as well as general adjustment (i.e. employment/internship options, obtaining a social security number, staying in status);Serve as an active, case load member of the Campus Assessment, Response, and Evaluation (CARE) team which coordinates institutional support for students in distress, struggling with basic needs, and experiencing unexpected crises;Collaborate with campus partners to create programming that supports international students with their academic advancement, social and cultural integration on campus and in the local community including international student orientation;Provide support to campus wide events, student initiatives hosted in various venues. Serve on various committees as requested;Development and Marketing:Develop and maintain relationships with global partners, while hosting partner and provider visitors;Represent the University in venues relating to study abroad and international student services;Serve as liaison to international study professionals at other institutions;Provide thought leadership and service to the field of international education through active participation, publishing and presenting in a variety of professional settings (ie. NAFSA,BASAA, Diversity Abroad etc.); Market international experiences.Compliance:Serve as the PDSO (Principal Designated School Official), ensuring university-wide compliance with the Department of Homeland Security's Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)- immigration regulations as related to the F-1 student visa program;Partner with the Colleges of The Fenway Global Education Center in supporting J-1 Exchange Visitor Program participants;OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIESOther duties and responsibilities as assigned.Ensure consistency of high standards for Simmons international programs; REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS5+ years of experience in study abroad and program management Bachelor?s Degree required, Master?s degree preferredExtensive knowledge of USCIS regulations , policies, and SEVIS reporting requirementsKnowledge of F-1 Student Immigration issues and related compliance /prior experience as a DSO or PDSO Must be either a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the United States, in order to serve as PDSOFamiliarity with relevant information technology and software systems (Terra Dotta, Workday, Starfish etc ) a plusExperience working with faculty and advising studentsCOMPETENCIESAbility to work collaboratively with others toward common goal, implementing policies and procedures to ensure safety abroadDetail-oriented, customer service and compliance-focusedCommitment to Inclusive Excellence and Social JusticeExcellent communication skills, written and verbalTeamworkLeadershipWORK ENVIRONMENT & CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDSThis is a full-time position (40 hours a week) with hybrid eligibility, up to 2 days remote.Typical environment is an office setting with moderate noise.Physical activities required are finger dexterity necessary to operate equipment used in the position, talking, seeing and hearing. Walking, sitting, bending/stooping, pushing/pulling and minimal unassisted lifting (up to 20 pounds) associated with the job duties is required.Required Application Materials:ResumeCover LetterSalary GradeS08
Colleges of the Fenway is a collaborative effort of five neighboring Boston-based colleges in the Fenway area. This collaboration was created to add value to student academic and social life while seeking innovative methods of investing in new services and containing the costs of higher education. Collectively, the colleges represent more than 12,000 undergraduate students, comprising 16.2% of the total Boston population of undergraduates attending four-year colleges, more than 700 full-time faculty, and 2,300-course offerings.