Global Education Advisor

Job description

Bucknell University currently sends about 50% of a graduating class off campus and expects this number to grow. The Office of Global and Off-campus Education, which also caters for all domestic off campus programs, is responsible for advising these students on off campus studies options, including "Bucknell in", third-party providers, and exchange programs. Bucknell faculty, staff and students are also involved in a number of service learning, internship and other programs off-campus, both domestic and overseas. As an institution, Bucknell University is committed to enhancing the international character of its community, and strongly supports off-campus studies as one avenue through which students can become tolerant, reflective, global citizens.

The Global Education Advisor has primary responsibility for developing, coordinating and marketing programs/procedures and assisting faculty with short-term Off-campus/Study Abroad programs. This role will work with faculty for recruitment, enrollment and preparation of students for summer off-campus study, as well as assisting with summer program employments, program logistics and expense reconciliations after programs return to campus. The advisor will also be responsible for a portfolio of semester study abroad programs.

This is a full-time, 11 month, benefits eligible position reporting to Associate Director of Global Education.

Job Duties:
Short-term Study Abroad Programs
The Advisor will oversee short-term off-campus and study abroad programs. This will include, but is not limited to:
• Act as the main point of contact and advisor for students regarding program requirements, application guidelines and all procedures for completing applications.
• Provide guidance to faculty and academic and administrative departments in regards to short-term for-credit off-campus and abroad programs.
• Respond to inquiries during the various stages of off-campus program participation including pre-application, pre-departure, on-site, and post-experience.
• Effectively communicate with Bucknell students, staff and faculty to ensure completion of all program applications and required post-acceptance documentation, including required health and safety compliance. Assist students in post acceptance procedures to enhance a safe study abroad experience and smooth transfer of credit.
• Work with faculty for the recruitment, enrollment and preparation of students for short-term off campus study abroad programs.
• Coordinate travel logistics, procurement of tickets, provide assistance with travel documents, and travel insurance coordination for students and accompanying faculty/staff.
• Track expenditures and assist with the financial operations of the short-term programs.
• Promote intercultural learning and student development through the design and delivery of orientation programs, online learning content, presentations, and written educational materials.
• Ensure compliance with Bucknell travel policies and requirements and advise students, faculty and staff on these policies.
• Assist in the review and development of student onsite emergency plan for Bucknell-in summer off campus programs and provide recommendations as appropriate.
• Prepare and maintain a short-term study abroad guidebook for faculty and students.

Advising
The Advisor will have advising responsibilities for a portfolio of study abroad programs, including some faculty-led programs. Specific duties include, but are not limited to:
• Meet with Bucknell students interested in study abroad and advise on program options.
• Work with students to identify the program most suitable to their academic needs, and provide guidance on application procedures.
• Work closely with faculty and administration in designated academic departments to ensure major-specific advising is provided.
• Work closely with program partners to identify targeted programs for students.
• Oversee the course credit transfer form process for designated advisees and post-acceptance material completion, providing workshops, as needed, and liaising with program partners and university offices and academic departments.
• Provide support students in their adjustment and preparation for returning home.
• Work with students to ensure academic records have been properly transferred and to involve them in activities.

Program and Event Co-ordination
• Provide assistance with programming designed to support the Office's complete advising model.

Special Projects and Other Duties
• Perform other assigned special projects /other duties that may include, but are not limited to, planning for domestic and international visitors, generating statistics for campus and public constituents, and visiting partner and/or Bucknell program sites as necessary.

Minimum Qualifications:
• A Bachelor's degree.
• At least 3 years' experience working with diverse constituency groups including students, faculty, external providers, and community members.
• Demonstrated knowledge of health and safety issues in education abroad, advising, program and policy development.
• Excellent written and verbal communication, and interpersonal skills.
• Strong attention to detail, multitasking, time management, and organizational skills including ability to work independently and cooperatively as a team member.
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.
• Ability to use good judgment, discretion, and sensitivity in dealing with confidential matters.
• Experience developing or managing programs or projects.
• Student advising or teaching experience.

Other requirements:
• Some evenings and weekends are required.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Master's degree in a relevant field.
• At least 5 years' of professional experience in higher education.
• Significant experience living, studying, or working abroad.
• Experience working with diverse groups and with college students.
• Demonstrated knowledge of industry standards for education abroad as developed by the FORUM, NAFSA, etc.
• Demonstrated skill in creating, writing, and implementing comprehensive policies, protocols, forms, instructions and handbooks with appropriate technical content, style and grammar, and guiding the approval of such documents through a complex organization.
• Demonstrated knowledge, understanding and application of student development theories, advising models and intercultural communication in the field of international education.
• Active involvement with a professional organization in the field of International Education

About Bucknell


Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 50 majors and 60 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell's 3,600 undergraduate and 100 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors.


Bucknell's beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its students. Residential life is vibrant with about 150 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletic teams, a robust arts culture, and a strong student commitment to community and global service work.


Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Community


Located in central Pennsylvania, Lewisburg features a variety of restaurants, beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), charming shops and boutiques, and the Barnes and Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. About 33,000 residents live in the region.


The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University's main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's state capital. Bucknell is about three hours from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.


The cost of living here is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell's surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and many opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School is consistently ranked among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.


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