Study Abroad Advisor and Program Coordinator

Job description

Category:: Staff and Administrators
Department:: 3010 (DOCL-Dean of the College office)
Locations:: Worcester, MA
Posted:: May 1, 2021
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time - Exempt
Ref. No.:: 199206
Position ID:: 130602

About Clark University:

Founded in 1887, Clark was one of the first all-graduate institutions in the United States. Today the University is a highly-ranked, student-centered institution educating approximately 2,350 undergraduate and 1,150 graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort. This commitment to scholarship and inquiry reflects the University's commitment to "challenge convention and change our world" and to address issues of critical importance to society. It is also reflected by Clark's many national and international distinctions, including recognition for its diversity and inclusion efforts, innovation, community engagement and impact, as a top green campus, and for having a distinguished geography and international development program. Clark has also been included in the groundbreaking Colleges that Change Lives guide since it was first published in 1996.

Clark is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, a dynamic, diverse city "on the rise." The second largest city in New England, Worcester is home to 11 institutions of higher learning and is increasingly recognized for its growing healthcare and biotechnology communities, its thriving cultural scene, and as a vibrant food hub

Job Description:

The Study Abroad Advisor and Program Coordinator will have main oversight of the study abroad and away application and approval process. Advising students on all facets of studying abroad or away, including pre-departure, while on site and upon return. Additionally, this position will oversee and execute on-campus programming and events related to study abroad and away.

The Study Abroad Advisor will work with the Director to accomplish these goals and to work in support of University goals to guide students in the development of their personal and professional goals to ensure appropriate readiness for post-baccalaureate opportunities. Other duties as assigned.

Advising (~60%)

  • Primary advisor for prospective, current, and returned study abroad participants on topics ranging from program or course selection, requirements, application process, cultural integration and more.
  • Engages in holistic advising, drawing from: academic advising, career counseling, and student development theories; Clark University academic requirements; Clark University resources; and national best practices.
  • Corresponds with external partners, students and their families, staff and faculty in person or via e-mail, mail and/or phone;

Programming: (~20%)

  • Leads development and execution of events, information sessions, pre-departure and re-entry workshops, International Education Week and annual study abroad and away fair (in person and/or virtual).
  • Oversee bi-annual photo contest and other social media initiatives as needed.
  • Assists the director with presentations at on-campus events such as Family Weekend, Admitted Student Open Houses, and presentations to faculty as required (in person or virtual).

Operations: (~20%)

  • Oversees study abroad student workers and returned student Ambassador program, including advertising, recruiting and supervising.
  • Solicits and tracks student evaluations.
  • Compiles annual statistics on study abroad participation and programs for internal and external audiences.
  • Assists in advertising and coordination of study abroad scholarships.
  • Assists with the development and delivery of student services in the Dean of the College; attends and participates in all Dean of the College staff meetings and trainings; assist with the planning and coordination of Dean of the College events,
  • Apprises the director of trends, strategic issues, and concerns.
  • Participates in professional development activities and organizations as necessary to remain abreast of trends and best practices in the field.
  • Some travel to conferences or to site visits may be required.
  • Manages office in absence of the director.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree
  • 2-3 years of experience in study abroad, international students office, or related field
  • Experience living, studying, and/or working abroad and knowledge of foreign language preferred
  • Ability to analyze and address the education, personal, and professional needs of students
  • Familiarity with academic advising, career counseling, and/or student development theories
  • Demonstrated experience with database-related software and student information systems, including Terra Dotta, strongly preferred
  • Must be self-directed with the ability to work independently yet have the ability to work collaboratively with other staff as well as members of the Clark community
  • Ability to manage confidential information and sensitive situations
  • Excellent written, oral, interpersonal and intercultural communication skills
  • Ability to organize, analyze, prioritize, and problem-solve within a dynamic, student facing office environment with frequent interruptions
  • Available to work some nights and weekends; some travel may be required

This is a Full-time position with excellent benefits, which include employee and family tuition benefits, 4 weeks' vacation, generous retirement plan, free use of campus fitness center and many more.

Additional Information:

Clark University embraces equal opportunity and affirmative action as core values: we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. This commitment applies to every aspect of education, services, and employment policies and practices at Clark. Our commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. All positions at Clark share in the responsibility for building a community that values diversity and the uniqueness of others by exhibiting integrity and respect in interacting with all members of the Clark community to create an atmosphere of fairness and belonging. We strongly encourage members from historically underrepresented communities, inclusive of all women, to apply.

Application Instructions:

To be considered for this position, you must submit your credentials online. Create a Clark University Careers Account by clicking on the APPLY NOW button below. You will be able to upload the following documents, which are required for consideration:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter

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Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Salary will be commensurate with skills and experience.




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Posted: 5/2/2021
Application Due: 7/1/2021
Work Type: Full Time