Director of Off-Campus Study (10 Months)

Grinnell, Iowa
May 01, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Director of Off-Campus Study (10 Months) - Grinnell College, Institute for Global Engagement

Grinnell College is pleased to invite applications for the position of Director of Off-Campus Study. Grinnell College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college with a strong tradition of global engagement. Grinnell students are from diverse backgrounds and committed to learning about connections to the broader world: a quarter are domestic students of color, a fifth are international students, and over sixty percent participate in some form of learning in other countries.


The Director of Off-Campus Study will lead the College’s Office of Off-Campus Study. Responsibilities include supervision of staff, management of a student fellows program, advising of students in the selection of and application for study away programs, management of relationships with the College’s off-campus provider programs (both international and domestic), oversight and strengthening of health and safety protocols, pre- and post-study abroad preparation for student experiences off campus, and implementation of an OCS assessment plan.

The Office of Off-Campus Study functions as part of the Institute for Global Engagement - a new initiative that resulted from a multi-year process of assessing past international initiatives, deliberating about the meaning and direction of learning and inquiry in an increasingly integrated world, and crafting of strategic goals in this area. The College enjoys an alignment of interest, resources, and buy-in for global connection and engagement. The Off-Campus Study Director will play a pivotal role in leading, shaping, and managing international programming within the Institute.


The College seeks a person who has a global mindset, is aware of differences in how people view and act in the world, and can effectively manage and develop programs to cultivate a similar mindset and sensibility among students, faculty, and staff. The professional who fills this role should be especially attentive to matters of equity in access to study away opportunities.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated skills as an effective and collegial supervisor and team member, advanced skills in written communication and presentation, strong interpersonal and intercultural communications skills, familiarity with best practices in the field of international education, demonstrated knowledge of program assessment tools, a practical knowledge of risk management strategies and regulatory strategies related to study away (including education of students, faculty, and staff in health and safety practices), and the demonstrated ability to work effectively and collegially with faculty, students, staff, and College administrators. Familiarity with and commitment to liberal arts education is preferred.

Formal qualifications include a master’s or higher academic degree in a relevant field and five years of administrative and supervisory experience in international education and/or education abroad fields.


Please visit Grinnell College’s employment to find more details about this leadership role and to submit an application. Candidates will need to upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae or resume, and provide email addresses for three references.

In the letter of application, candidates should discuss in detail how their experience, qualifications, and qualities make them suited for this position. They should also discuss their potential to contribute to a college community that maintains a diversity of people and perspectives as one of its core values. In particular, the candidate should address how they think about integrating domestic and international difference. To be assured of full consideration, all application materials should be received by May 15.   All offers of employment by the College to candidates are provisional, subject to a satisfactory background check.


Since its founding in 1846, Grinnell has become one of the nation's premier liberal arts colleges, enrolling 1,700 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries. Grinnell's rigorous academic program emphasizes excellence in education for students in the liberal arts; the college offers the B.A. degree in a range of departments across the humanities, arts, sciences, and social studies. Grinnell has a strong tradition of social responsibility and action, and self-governance and personal responsibility are key components of campus life. More information about Grinnell College is available at

Grinnell is a positive and forward-thinking community. A vibrant Iowa town of just under 10,000 people located midway between Des Moines and Iowa City on Interstate 80, Grinnell offers the convenience, low cost of living, and amenities of a college town while still being within easy driving distance from urban conveniences. For more information about Grinnell, please visit the Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce web site.

Grinnell College is committed to establishing and maintaining a safe and nondiscriminatory educational environment for all College community members. It is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in matters of admission, employment, and housing, and in access to and participation in its education programs, services, and activities. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, veteran status, religion, disability, creed, or any other protected class.