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Coordinator of International Service

Sewanee: The University of the South
Sewanee, TN

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Classification Title:

Coordinator of International Service


Office of the Provost


Office of Civic Engagement

FLSA Status:

Exempt (Overtime exemption status is determined at the time of hire based on the rate of pay)

Career/Pay Band:


Work Schedule:

Full Year

Full Time vs Part Time:

Full Time



Primary Function:

The Coordinator of International Service provides leadership in developing, designing, and implementing short-term international and domestic opportunities for students, faculty, and staff. By following best practices for high-impact, immersive, field-based experiences, these opportunities foster one or more of the following: asset-based community development, service-learning immersion, hands-on engagement through internships or research, academic inquiry, and student identity development including religious and ethical identity. The coordinator works collaboratively with the Office of Civic Engagement, Office of Global Citizenship, All Saints’ Chapel, faculty, staff, and domestic and international community development projects of the Episcopal Church and other international and domestic partner organizations.

Typical Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Lead advancement initiatives for the Center for Global Citizenship and Social Justice to accomplish programmatic fundraising goals
  • Manage the development, organization and implementation of immersive, high impact service-learning alternative spring break trips, both domestically and internationally through which students can integrate their own personal, spiritual and ethical commitments into lives of service.
  • Maintain existing community partnerships (domestically and internationally) and seek opportunities to develop new ones
  • Advise faculty on developing and organizing short-term faculty led programs
  • Lead training initiatives for faculty and staff leaders of international and domestic short-term programs
  • Provide administrative and budgetary leadership for short-term programs, including alternative spring break trips and faculty led programs
  • Design pre-departure sessions and orientation materials for students participating in short-term programs. Sessions and materials should include cultural, religious, and social overviews of the program location, as well as assist students as they explore their own identities and sense of purpose.
  • Spearhead assessment of all short-term programs
  • Develop programmatic connections between short-term programs and academic courses, as well as between short-term programs and semester-long programs
  • Develop international internship opportunities for students
  • Collaborate with All Saints’ Chapel and Dialogue across Difference to create structured opportunities for program participants to explore their own religious and ethical commitments.

Judgment Required:

Judgment and discretion as to the use of established policies are required to perform the essential duties of this position.

Budgetary Responsibility:

Analyzes budgetary data and develops budget proposals.

Machines & Equipment Used:



Bachelor’s degree required with a preference for a Master’s degree in relevant higher education fields, such as international development, community development, student affairs, or equivalent professional experience.


3+ years of experience working with faculty and students in higher education international development programs, study abroad/away programs, or programs that have an essential relation to community development and service-learning.

Job Related Skills:

Collaborative; Ability to relate to multiple constituencies; Sensitivity to and understanding of diverse individuals and cultures; Ability to problem solve and remain calm in crisis; Excellent organization and administrative ability; Cross-cultural communication skills, both oral and written; Ability to streamline processes and work well under pressure with limited supervision; Ability to work with team members on projects; Competence with budget management and donor relations; familiarity with program assessment .

Student Contact:






Supervision Received:

This position receives general supervision. Broad instructions are provided and the staff member uses judgment and experience to carry out assignments. Completed assignments and finished products are reviewed by supervisor after completion.

Positions Directly Supervised:

Student and staff volunteer trip leaders.

Confidential Information:


Working Environment:

The position works closely with both the Office of Civic Engagement and the Office of Global Citizenship, in collaboration with All Saints Chapel. The position is expected to work both within the office and in the field.

Physical Requirements:

Must be able to stand for extended periods of time, Must be able to walk for extended periods of time, Must be able to navigate steep and rough terrain, Must be able to lift up to 10 pounds (Sedentary work), Must be able to carry up to 10 pounds (Sedentary work)

University Information:

The University of the South, commonly known as Sewanee, comprises a nationally ranked residential College of Arts and Sciences and a School of Theology. The University is strongly committed to the values of intellectual inquiry, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and living and serving in community. Situated on 13,000 acres atop Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, Sewanee is known for its stunning natural beauty while providing easy access to Chattanooga, Nashville, and Huntsville. The University is affiliated with the Episcopal Church and seeks to help employees of all backgrounds and identities flourish.

EEO Statement:

The University of the South is an equal opportunity educational institution that is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus environment.

Employment Prescreening:

Eligibility for employment is contingent upon successful prescreening

Non-Discrimination Statement:

The University of the South stands firmly for the principle that its employees, students, and participants of university-sponsored programs and activities have a right to be free from discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, pregnancy and childbirth, and genetic information. As required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the University does not discriminate on the basis of sex or other protected categories in the educational programs or activities which it operates. This requirement of non-discrimination extends to admission to and employment in those programs or activities. The University is committed to sustaining a community in which the dignity of every individual is respected. Key to this value are efforts to nurture an environment of civility and mutual respect and to foster a culture of reporting concerns so that the University can respond promptly and equitably whenever an incident occurs. All employees, students, and participants of university-sponsored programs and activities have the right to be free from harassment and retaliation.

Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be addressed to:

The University’s Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Sylvia Gray, at:

Woods Lab, 138

(931) 598-1420

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]


Working at Sewanee: The University of the South

Known familiarly as “Sewanee” by its students, faculty, staff and friends, The University of the South offers an unmatched educational experience. The university remains purposefully small and dedicated to building a sense of community. All classes are taught by professors, not graduate teaching assistants, and close faculty-student interaction ensures that each student enjoys a rich and personal educational experience. It is not unusual for students and faculty members to work shoulder to shoulder on research projects and journal articles, to meet for coffee at a local eatery, or to serve together as members of the university orchestra, volunteer fire department, and other civic groups.

The result of such individualized education is clear in the academic success of Sewanee students and alumni. The university has had 26 Rhodes Scholars—a number that puts Sewanee in the top four nationally among American liberal arts colleges—as well as 27 NCAA Postgraduate Fellows, 43 Watson Fellows, and dozens of Fulbright Scholars, and has an acceptance rate to graduate and professional schools that far outpaces its peers. The School of Theology has added to its alumni ranks countless bishops, including three of the last four presiding bishops of the Episcopal Church.

Sewanee offers 36 majors, 32 minors, and 15 special programs, along with pre-medicine, pre-nursing, pre-law, and pre-business. More than 40 percent of students participate in study-abroad programs, and a comprehensive endowed program that provides financial support for summer internships has greatly strengthened career development for undergraduates. See more about Sewanee in the "Sewanee Snapshot" here.

In an era of specialization, Sewanee upholds the broad-based ideals of liberal education as a surer means to success. At the University of the South, the adherence to outstanding liberal arts education and enduring traditions of honor, community, and respect have transformed many generations of students, and have earned the abiding loyalty and support of alumni who are enjoying lives of integrity, leadership, and service.

The University is located atop the Cumberland Plateau between Nashville and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Sewanee’s physical environment, which includes the 13,000–acre Domain (as the campus and surrounding area is known), provides a remarkable academic and recreational resource, and an unparalleled place in which to study and reflect. It invites students to engage in both a multitude of outdoor activities and careful study of the natural environment.

As the University celebrated the 150th anniversary of its founding in 2007–2008, it looked back on a rich history and forward to new opportunities for the next generations. “The essence of Sewanee is consistent from generation to generation,” said Vice Chancellor emeritus Joel Cunningham. “We are a university dedicated to liberal education, to time-honored traditions, and to our commitment to serve our students and this nation. We have been successful in advancing our mission, and I believe we have the resources and the will to ensure that Sewanee’s best years are still to come.”

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