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Assistant Director for ISL

The University of Georgia
Athens Area
Closing date
Jun 25, 2021

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Assistant Director for ISL


VPSA-International Stdent Life

About the University of Georgia:

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

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Benefits Eligible

Full/Part time:

Full Time

Additional Schedule Information:

Monday – Friday 8:00am-5:00pm with occasional evenings/weekends.

Advertised Salary:

Commensurate with Experience

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Open until filled:


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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled.

Location of Vacancy:

Athens Area

EEO Policy Statement:

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

Classification Title:

Student Services Professional



Job Family:

Student Services



Minimum Qualifications:

Requires at least a baccalaureate degree in the field. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred Qualifications:

· Master’s degree in education, college student affairs administration, counseling, adult education, international education (or related field of study).

· Minimum of two years of experience in supervision, budget management, student advising and program development.

· Prior experience with budget management and reporting.

· Experience with event/program management.

Position Summary:

The Assistant Director for International Student Life reports to the Director of International Student Life and is responsible for supervising certain ISL staff members, developing programs and services established by the department, and assisting the Director in managing fiscal, human capital, and other resources. The Assistant Director oversees and facilitates the development, advising, implementation and evaluation of a variety of cross-cultural and international programs that ensure developmental and academic growth, promote the success and retention of UGA’s undergraduate and graduate international student population, and educate the larger campus and community.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

•Considerable knowledge regarding the concerns and issues of international students (both undergraduate and graduate), including knowledge and understanding of multiple identities.
•Extensive background in multiculturalism, international education, and service-oriented initiatives.
•Understanding, and engagement with, issues that affect underrepresented student populations and their academic and personal success.
•Demonstrated knowledge to develop and enhance programmatic efforts through assessment, fundraising, and the use of best practices.
•Showing attention to detail as it relates to documents, budget management, internal and external communications, and office resource management.
•Multitasking while maintaining a high level of work quality and adhering to deadlines.
•Display strong interpersonal skills to engage effectively with a broad range of stakeholders and build consensus.
•Strong organizational and computer skills as well as excellent written and oral communication.
•Demonstrated knowledge to work effectively within a team, with individuals as well as with groups with various identities, cultures, and backgrounds.
•Strong interpersonal and creative problem-solving skills as well as a positive, collaborative approach to working with students and colleagues.
•Flexibility and high self-motivation.
•Navigating and managing a large, complex public university.

Physical Demands:

-Lift up to 25 lbs as needed and climb multiple flights of stairs
-Drive 7-12-passenger vans.
-Work occasionally in the evenings and on weekends.

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Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?:


Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications):


Credit and P-Card policy:

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


Programming and Student Organization Advising:
Ensure the development, implementation, and evaluation of major department-lead programming such as International Student Orientation, International Coffee Hour, International Education Month, International Street Festival, and other campus-wide programs and services. Provides leadership development, support, and oversight for the department’s advised international student organizations, World Leaders, International Coffee Hour, and other programs/services determined by the Director.

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Administrative tasks & assessment:
Work closely with the Director to set the vision and fulfill the goals for the department and staff. Assist the Director in ensuring the work of the department aligns with the strategic plans of the Division of Student Affairs and the University. Assist in development of ISL strategic plan and annual reports. Perform needs assessments, evaluate and analyze ISL’s effectiveness, develop recommendations and initiate appropriate action to ensure implementation. Ensure programming efforts are enhanced through utilizing assessment data and relevant scholarship. Coordinate the development and distribution of various publications to keep international students, as well as others, aware of programs and services related to diversity, internationalization, and intercultural competency development.

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Supervision and Training:
Recruit, supervise, train, and evaluate one graduate assistant, two undergraduate communication interns, and other temporary staff positions as needed. In the absence of the Director, supervise the operations and staff of ISL.

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Student advising & support:
Offer counsel to students, as necessary, regarding a variety of personal, developmental, and academic concerns, and make referrals to appropriate campus services. Provide autonomous leadership and support to students, staff, faculty and the local community on topics related to international students and internationalization efforts. Serve as a resource to faculty, staff and students working with international student programs/issues.

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Budgets and Finance:
Participate in fiscal management and solvency of the department. Develop and manage various programming budgets, and provide oversight to approximately 15 ISL student organization budgets. Ensure that supervisees and students are following all University policies and procedures regarding the use of departmental and department-controlled funds. Assist the Director to continuously seek alternative funding sources for ISL programs and services and with the fundraising, development, and stewardship efforts of the department.

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Collaboration and University Service:
Actively engage in service to the University community through participating in various committees and developing and maintaining collaborative working relationships with colleagues. Serve as a liaison to various campus departments, including the Office of Global Engagement, New Student Orientation, and the Department of Engagement, Leadership, and Service, to facilitate opportunities for collaboration and coordination that advances the work of the department. Facilitate collaborative partnerships with a variety of departments and organizations for the implementation and coordination of programs/services. Participate fully in division-wide leadership and professional development initiatives. Other duties as assigned.

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The University of Georgia, a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state's oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education. It is the birthplace of the American system of public higher education.

university_of_georgia2.jpgToday, UGA enrolls more than 36,000 students. The main campus has 460 buildings on 765 acres of land. The total acreage of UGA in 30 Georgia counties is 41,539. UGA has 17 colleges and schools, which include Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Business, Ecology, Education, Engineering, Environment and Design, Family and Consumer Sciences, Forestry and Natural Resources, Graduate School, Journalism and Mass Communication, Law, Pharmacy, Public Health, Public and International Affairs, Social Work and Veterinary Medicine. It offers 25 baccalaureate degrees in more than 140 fields; 34 master’s degrees in 130 fields; 18 educational specialist degrees; four doctoral degrees in 98 areas; professional degrees in law, pharmacy and veterinary medicine; and more than 170 study-abroad and exchange programs. UGA Libraries rank among the top third of the nation’s best research libraries and contain a total of 4.7 million volumes and one of nation’s largest map collections. The university has had 21 recipients of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. In 2008, UGA was the only public university in America to have two recipients of the Rhodes Scholarship. UGA is home of the Peabody Awards, presented annually for distinguished achievement and meritorious public service by television and radio stations, networks, producing organizations, individuals and the World Wide Web. It also is home of Georgia’s State Botanical Garden, state Museum of Art and State Museum of Natural History. Additionally, UGA has one of the largest and most comprehensive public service and outreach programs conducted by an American educational institution.


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