Director for International Student Life

The University of Georgia
Athens Area
Closing date
Oct 22, 2021

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Director for International Student Life


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 15 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 18 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

Advertised Salary:

Commensurate with Experience

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicant screening will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. Candidates are encouraged to submit their materials by August 16, 2021. The application packet should include a cover letter detailing how the applicant’s credentials and experience meet the needs, responsibilities, and qualifications stated in the job posting; a current resume/CV; and contact information for three references (who will not be contacted without further correspondence with the applicant). All applicants must apply online. Please see the job posting at

Location of Vacancy:

Athens Area

EEO 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:

Director, Subdivision/Unit AD

Faculty Rank:

Administrative Faculty

Contract Type:

Fiscal (12 mo.)

Tenure Status:

Non-Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications:

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

Position Summary:

The Director of International Student Life reports to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and serves as the departmental leader responsible for supervising the ISL staff, developing the vision for programs and services established by the office, and managing all fiscal, human capital and other resources. The 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/multinational student population, and educate the larger campus and community.

The Director for International Student Life is considered a position of trust and will be appointed as a non-tenure track Administrative A faculty

The Director will be expected to work on weeknights and weekends, as needed.

Additional Requirements:

At least five years post-master’s progressive experience in international education, student life, diversity, equity, and inclusion, or directly related work experience.

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification:

  • Doctoral degree in higher education, college student affairs administration, counseling, adult education, international education (or related field of study) is preferred.
  • Eight or more years of progressive experience in student life, international education, and/or in a related field with a successful track record in strategic program development, supervision, budgets, program management, and a commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Proven history of managing a dynamic portfolio of programs and services and demonstrated leadership coordinating university-wide programs and events.
  • Minimum of five years of experience in supervision, budget management, student advising and program development.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

  • Considerable knowledge regarding the concerns and issues of international students including knowledge and understanding of multiple identities.
  • Display strong interpersonal skills to engage effectively with a broad range of stakeholders and build consensus.
  • Strong organizational and fiscal management skills as well as excellent written and oral communication.
  • Demonstrated ability 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.
  • Ability to navigate a large and complex public land-grant university and work with diverse campus constituencies to achieve shared outcomes for students.
  • Understanding, and engagement with, issues that affect underrepresented student populations and their academic and personal success.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and enhance programmatic efforts through assessment, fundraising, and the use of best practices.
  • Ability to multitask while maintaining a high level of work quality and adhering to deadlines.

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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.


Leadership and Programming: Provide strategic vision, leadership, and support for robust initiatives to empower and support campus-wide international student support efforts and resources. 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 for the continual development of an international student community that encourages interaction and cooperation among all international and U.S. students. Provide leadership, support, and oversight for supervised staff who work with international student organizations, World Leaders, International Coffee Hour, Global Buddies, and all other department-led programming. Coordinate the development and distribution of various publications to keep international students and others aware of programs/issues related to diversity, internationalization, and intercultural competency development on campus.

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Finances and Budgets: Responsible for all aspects of fiscal management and solvency of the department. Develop and manage programming budgets and provide oversight to approximately 15 student organizations’ budgets advised by ISL staff. Review expenditures for compliance with university policies and procedures and/or activity fee guidelines. Ensure supervisees and students follow all University policies and procedures regarding the use of funds. Lead and seek alternative funding sources for ISL programs and services, including development and stewardship efforts of the

department. Work with the Student Affairs Director of Development to identify and enhance relationships with donors and alumni.

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Supervision of staff: Directly supervise, train, and evaluate one Assistant Director, one Programming Coordinator, and one Administrative Coordinator and provide indirect supervision and support of one Graduate Assistant, two undergraduate student Communications Interns, five undergraduate student Office Assistants, and any other undergraduate or graduate student interns.

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Student advising & support: Provide counsel to students, as necessary, regarding a variety of personal, developmental, and academic concerns, making referrals to appropriate campus services. Serve as a resource to faculty, staff and students working with international student programs/services.

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Assessment: Set the vision and work to fulfill the goals of the department and ensure work aligns with the Division of Student Affairs and the University strategic plans. Establish a comprehensive assessment plan and utilize appropriate techniques to determine the effectiveness of programs and services. Establish and implement learning outcomes and key performance indicators for all departmental initiatives and services.

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Other duties & leadership: Serve as an active and contributing member on the Student Affairs Leadership Team and assists with Division-wide initiatives and goals. Represent ISL 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. Participate fully in division-wide leadership and professional development initiatives and actively engage in service to the University community through participating in various committees. 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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