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Director of International and Off-Campus Programs

Augustana College
Rock Island, Illinois
Competitive within Synod Guidelines

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Augustana College welcomes applications and nominations for the position of Director of International and Off-Campus Programs. 

The Director of International and Off-Campus Programs provides strategic leadership that implements innovative strategies to support, improve, and strengthen the Office of International and Off-Campus Programs (IOP). This position has primary responsibility for the finances and safety of off-campus academic programs. The Director of IOP  will meet with members of the faculty and administration to create a robust offering of off-campus programs to meet the needs of the campus community. This position works directly with faculty led study away programs and extracurricular programs, oversees the work of the Assistant Director of IOP during coordination of semester abroad and summer away initiatives; and coordinates administrative functions with the CORE Administrative Assistant. Coordinates recruitment, application, and implementation for these programs with academic units across campus. 

We are a private, selective, residential college with an enrollment of 2,400 students including 18 percent first generation college students, 22 percent Pell Grant students, 23 percent students of color, and 13 percent international students. Our beautiful, residential 115-acre campus is located in Rock Island, Illinois, part of the diverse Quad-Cities metropolitan area (population 400,000) along the Mississippi River, 165 miles west of Chicago.

Job Description:

Status:  Exempt full-time position 12-month work schedule

Wage Grade:  760

Reports To:  Assistant Vice President of CORE & Community-Engaged Learning

Primary Duties:

  1. Works with faculty members and other interested parties to create off-campus offerings that are of interest to students and meet the learning outcomes of the college. 
  2. Shares information with prospective and current students, faculty, and other campus community members about Study Away programs. 
  3. Develops and coordinates execution of effective recruitment strategies for Study Away programs (short term, semester abroad, internships, and extracurricular). 
  4. Coordinates the application process for Study Away programs including pre-departure forms and other required materials with both U.S. domestic and international student participation in mind. Coordinates payments and ensures that offerings stay within designated budget. 
  5. Conducts pre-departure training for faculty members participating in or leading Study Away programs to prepare them for safety, emergency, medical, Title IX, and other issues. 
  6. Oversees the work of the Assistant Director for International and Off Campus Programs providing feedback regularly and managing performance to meet the high expectations of the college. 
  7. Oversees the work of administrative staff who have part-time responsibilities for international and off-campus programs. 
  8. Meets with individual and groups of students, faculty members, and others to provide support, advice, and guidance regarding Study Away programming. 
  9. Serves as the on-call emergency contact for all off-campus programs, with direct responsibility for Study Away programs and with supervisory responsibility for semester and summer study away offerings. Involves other campus members as necessary for effective resolution of emergencies as outlined in the emergency plan. 
  10. Revises and updates the course catalog with information on Study Away program offerings. 
  11. Serves as the budget manager for the area, ensuring all offerings are within budget, reconciling accounts as appropriate, and providing necessary documentation of current year expenditures and any budget variances. Submits proposed budgets for future offerings. 
  12. Serves as the chair of the International and Off-Campus Program committee (IOPC). Brings appropriate items of concern to the group for advice. 
  13. Prepares the Open Doors report annually which tracks the number of students studying abroad. 
  14. Coordinates with other units across CORE seeking to promote the role of experiential learning across the curriculum.
  15. Coordinates with academic units across campus to ensure Study Away initiatives are integrated with the strategic vision of the College and strengthens global competencies among students.
  16. Assesses impact of Study Away programs.
  17. If qualified and in collaboration with the relevant academic department, may teach one academic course a year, if both the director and their supervisor agree it is in their and college's best interest.

Additional Duties:

  1. Attends conferences and meetings to stay current on trends and emerging issues in the field. 
  2. Participates in initiatives within CORE and/or other areas on campus as needed. 
  3. Ensures that IOP is represented at admission and new student information sessions.
  4. Other duties as assigned. 


Skills and Experience:

  • 3-5 years of demonstrated experience leading and/or managing programs within a higher education environment or similar educational setting.
  • Ability to plan, organize and execute projects and study away experiences. 
  • Appreciation of languages and cultures and their importance in enriching the lives of our students, faculty and campus community. 
  • Experience in marketing, negotiation and planning.
  • Ability to develop positive working relationships with a highly diverse constituency of campus leaders, students, faculty and members of the campus community. 
  • Ability to perform and oversee multiple tasks with attention to detail. 
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite and ability to quickly learn study away and other software. 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with little supervision.


  • M.A. in a related field OR terminal degree in an academic discipline required

Travel: This position requires occasional travel to conferences or industry related meetings and some international travel related to Study Away locations and programs.

Supervisory Responsibility: Oversees the work of the Assistant Director for International and Off Campus Programs providing feedback regularly and managing performance to meet the high expectations of the college. Helps to oversee the work of CORE administrative staff with part-time responsibilities for international and off-campus programs. Is responsible for the oversight of IOP student workers and interns.   

Work Environment:  This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing this job an employee must be able to lift 25 pounds on an occasional basis.  Also required is the ability to listen, hear, speak, read, climb stairs, bend, stoop, and stand for intermittently long periods of time.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Must be able to use a computer to accomplish a variety of job tasks.

Application Instructions:

For consideration, interested applicants should submit the following:

  • Cover letter and resume or curriculum vitae
  • Contact information for three professional references

Additional Information:  Augustana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Augustana College provides equal opportunity to all qualified employees and applicants without regard to race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status, and any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.

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