Assistant Director - Spencer Center for Civic and Global Engagement

Staunton, Virginia
Jun 01, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Mary Baldwin University, a liberal arts institution founded in 1842 in Staunton, Virginia, is accepting applications for the Assistant Director of the Spencer Center for Civic and Global Engagement. We are seeking a professional with related experience who is dedicated to working with students, faculty members, staff persons and community partners to facilitate civic and global engagement.

Reporting to the Spencer Center Director, the Assistant Director supports all programs and services of the Spencer Center. Primary duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • University global engagement
  • Design and implement creative educational workshops, events and programs to broaden student awareness and knowledge of global cultures and issues as part of our institutional commitment to global engagement
  • Contribute to globalization of the institution, including residential, online and graduate programs
  • Promote participation in Global Passport recognition program
  • Collaborate with key faculty, academic departments and offices on campus and with community members and groups involved in global issues and cultures
  • Study abroad participation
  • Promote study abroad across campus, creatively seeking ways to educate students about opportunities
  • Develop and oversee study abroad information sessions and ensure all interested students attend
  • Advise students from all campus constituencies about all matters related to study abroad including Mary Baldwin initiated and affiliate programs
  • Serve as liaison to campus departments about program application, course registration, billing and other  procedures related to May term courses abroad
  • Serve as main point of contact to international exchange partners, update exchange agreements in consultation with the Spencer Center Director, possibly conduct site visits
  • Coordinate scholarship application, evaluation, and award process
  • Advise about risk management procedures and policies
  • Prepare students prior to departure, encourage reflection during and after study abroad,  conduct re-entry workshops as possible post-trip as well as opportunities to integrate learning into campus life
  • Seek ways to tap experiences of both international students and study abroad students in global workshops and events
  • Oversee study abroad resource library
  • Track study abroad participation
  • International student arrival and orientation
  • Communicate with exchange partners regarding travel plans of international exchange students and coordinate their arrival
  • Support students during fall orientation program including schedule and materials
  • Recruit, train and oversee MBU student ambassadors during orientation
  • Provide back-up support for international student advisor
  • Serve as Designated School Official (“DSO”) for international students; provide guidance to F-1 international students regarding immigration regulations
  • Student Employee Supervision
  • Supervise Spencer Center student employees who support campus globalization and study abroad
  • Spencer Center mission
  • Collaborate with Spencer Center staff and Faculty Fellows to support activities related to overall office mission of enhancing civic and global engagement at Mary Baldwin University.


  • A Bachelor’s degree plus at least one year of experience working in a higher education setting
  • Experience studying, working or teaching abroad
  • Knowledge and understanding of global engagement literature and best practices
  • Experience working in or with diverse constituencies
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with the ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of people
  • Collaboration skills and the ability to anticipate and solve problems thoughtfully and resourcefully
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel) and email software


  • Master’s degree in student affairs, international education or related field
  • Experience working in international education setting
  • Fluency in or familiarity with a second language
  • Experience as a participant or facilitator of diversity training or intergroup dialogue
  • Knowledge of social media tools and resources

This is a 10 month, benefits-eligible position.  Salary is commensurate with education and experience and includes a comprehensive benefits package.  In keeping with its commitment to further diversify its employees, Mary Baldwin University particularly encourages minorities and women to apply. Mary Baldwin is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

A letter of application, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references should be submitted by e-mail attachment to  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with priority consideration given to those arriving by June 15, 2017.   An August 15, 2017 start date is proposed. 

Mary Baldwin University
Mary Baldwin University (MBU) is a deliberately small, private, coeducational university enrolling 1,761 undergraduate and graduate students with a full-time faculty of 89 and regional centers throughout the Commonwealth.  Located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, the main campus sits on 58 hilltop acres in downtown Staunton, Virginia.

Still setting the standard for innovation with a purpose, Mary Baldwin has developed into an exceptionally diverse institution with a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs for both women and men in locations throughout Virginia.  Mary Baldwin continues to educate both women and men and is one of the most diverse private universities in the country.  MBU is recognized for its entrepreneurial spirit and for the transformative power of the education it provides.  Our newest programs include a Master of Business Administration and four undergraduate fast-track living learning programs in addition to the Master of Health Sciences.

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