Director Of Education Abroad ( Program Director I )
The University of Alabama at Birmingham is committed to providing our students with intellectually challenging and culturally enriching education abroad opportunities to complement our students' on-campus studies. The role of the Director of Education Abroad is to provide leadership in the continued development and implementation of a comprehensive portfolio of programs abroad. Currently, the Office of Education Abroad serves approximately 600 students annually; administering and establishing study abroad (student exchanges, affiliate programs, faculty-led programs), student organization travel abroad, and student conference travel abroad. The Office of Education Abroad is also home to UAB Passport Services, a full-service U.S. Department of State Passport Acceptance Facility.
The Director of Education Abroad position reports to the Senior Vice Provost and Senior International Officer. Key responsibilities include:
• Programs: ongoing curation of education abroad program portfolio; collects and vets proposals for new affiliate, exchange, faculty-led, and scholarship programs; establishes program budgets and timelines; develops program agreements and liaises with partner institutions and organizations; implements programs
• Outreach: responsible for development and implementation of student marketing strategy to meet education abroad participant growth goals; represents education abroad across the university, to the University of Alabama System, and to external organizations; communicates university policies regarding international activities across campus; effectively convenes and facilitates cooperation with diverse stakeholder groups with to achieve Office of Education Abroad goals
• Advisement and Student Services: manages outbound student pre-departure orientation and reentry programming; manages student advising for program selection, pecuniary questions, and academic planning; manages judicial, health, and safety issues; manages course articulation and credit posting prepares for emergency situations; oversees emergency response 24 hours a day
• Faculty-Led Program Support: Conducts training for faculty program leaders; facilitates operations between faculty leaders, logistics providers, overseas partners, university contracts, university financial affairs, and others; manages program proposal process and recruits faculty leaders
• Operations: Uses sound financial decision-making; responsibly tracks budgets; efficiently deploys office resources; leads the review/improvement of education abroad policies and operations; oversees education abroad contracts with Terra Dotta, Cultural Insurance Services International and others; actively monitors safety and security situation abroad; serves as university’s primary representative to the Overseas Security Advisory Council
• Management: hires, trains, supervises, evaluates, and mentors education abroad office staff (currently an advisor, a passport agent, an administrative support position, and several student assistants); resolves issues for unique situations encountered in consultation with the SVP/SIO
• Passport Services: responsible for all facets of Passport Acceptance Facility at UAB; liaises with U.S. Department of State; ensures compliance with policies and audit requirements; serves as backup acceptance agent
Bachelor's degree in a related field and three (3) years of related experience required. A master's degree in international education, higher education administration, geography, international studies, area studies, Spanish, French, or a related field is highly preferred. Work experience may NOT substitute for education requirement. Additionally, applicants must have studied or lived abroad for at least one semester.
Candidates with a doctoral degree and/or extensive experience in international education/related academic administration will be preferred. Also desired are professional work experience in a university education abroad office/study abroad program provider, completion of Forum on Education Abroad or NAFSA education abroad training, and/or experience using Terra Dotta.