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Program Coordinator - Semester Study Abroad

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Program Coordinator - Semester Study Abroad

Position Summary:

The Program Coordinator for Semester Study Abroad supports the department by assisting the Director for Semester Study Abroad & Cultural Orientation with executing programs and events in support of the recruitment, retention, orientation and reentry of semester study abroad students. The Program Coordinator is a member of the Gordon-Zeto Center for Global Education team tasked with providing opportunities and available resources for Spelman faculty and students so they can engage with the many cultures of the world.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities :

  • Conducts information sessions and respond to questions and concerns (in-person/virtual/email) from both students and parents, on Spelman approved programs offerings, requirements, costs, billing, scholarships and deadlines for semester study abroad.
  • Works with Director to prepare and develop targeted marketing, social media communications and resources for events, activities and outreach campaigns for students, faculty and staff.
  • Provides strong logistical (in-person and virtual) support for Student Abroad activities and semester- based events calendar including information sessions and workshops, open office hours, Fall/Spring orientation, internal and external scholarships, etc. using software tools for scheduling, collaboration and work management. Intensive student contact and follow-up are required to ensure student notification and participation.
  • Coordinates in-person and virtual visits of Study Abroad providers, consortium institutions and guest presenters for events, meetings, orientations.
  • Processes students’ applications and other paperwork and documentation and keep students informed by online, in-person and/or via social media of necessary information to remain registered as a study abroad participant, informed of housing, pre-departure, in-country and returning student matters, billing, orientation etc.
  • Develops systems/database to maintain all records for semester/year study abroad students, including but not limited to Spelman Study Abroad and Scholarship applications, health, safety and insurance forms and documents, external scholarships, transcripts, passports, release & waiver agreements, code of conduct etc.
  • Provides yearly summary list of students, majors and programs for Institute for International Education’s Open Doors Report.
  • Updates Study Abroad forms, policy/procedures and brochures.
  • Monitors budget and expenditures in Banner, prepare departmental and institutional billing statements and invoicing and prepare periodic reports.
  • Works with Student Accounts to prepare billing statements and invoicing and ensure appropriate distribution. This process will require follow-up to determine payment upon confirmation of student’s safe arrival to their host country, handling purchases, check requests, program billing, invoicing and payments.
  • Sends transcripts of Spelman students to Registrar’s Office for posting to students’ transcript Correspond with representatives from various programs (CIEE, IES, IFSA, CAPA, Arcadia, SIT etc.) regarding student transcripts.
  • Creates directory of study abroad program participants for submission to Public Safety each term.
  • Performs various administrative and clerical duties which includes ordering office supplies and program materials, catering food, postal services, preparation of checks and invoices.
  • Manages the Study Abroad Resource Room which includes ensuring its orderly upkeep, ordering and evaluating the need for inventory and displaying current program materials and catalogs for approved programs and student abroad events and activities.
  • Supervises work study/general college students including their training and orientation on the study abroad process for Fall, Spring and Summer students.
  • Provides administrative support for the Faculty Study Abroad Committee throughout the year. Prepare and organize materials for The Spelman College Alumnae, Martin Yanuck, JP Morgan Chase, Merrill, Interstudy, Rick J. & Anna l. Mills, Lady Von, Strickland-Cook, etc. scholarship applications. Schedule and coordinate interviews for scholarship applicants and compile completed applications for Committee review and program provider acceptance.
  • Provides administrative support for the Coordinator of Short-Term Faculty-led Programs and the Vice Provost for Global Education on the Center’s initiatives such as faculty-led programs to Ecuador, Japan, Trinidad, Malaga, Oaxaca, Costa Rica etc.
  • Provides administrative support for the Coordinator of the International Student Services regarding on-boarding of new international students and other Gordon-Zeto Center’s events and programming.

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree and at least two years of experience or a combination of education and experience required. Experience living abroad and/or programming in an academic setting required. Ability to manage complex and multiple tasks with minimal supervision.

This position requires strong student facing experience, communication, and time management skills. Professional demeanor with the ability to interface with internal and external customers with diplomacy and tact is essential. Independent judgment is necessary to plan, prioritize and organize a diversified workload with attention to detail. Work requires fact-finding and compilation skills plus ability to perform a variety of tasks simultaneously, at times with little supervision.

Excellent oral communication skills are required when providing information and responding to questions from students, parents, employees and the general public in one-on-one or group situations. Incumbent must be able to write business correspondence and procedure manuals plus compose memos, letters, and emails. Also, must be able to read, analyze, and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedural manuals. Good proofreading skills are essential.

This work requires the ability to perform intermediate-advanced level computer skills using the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and experience working with software tools for scheduling, collaboration and work management is a plus. In addition to producing correspondence, duties may involve assignments that require creating mail merges, fliers, forms, and spreadsheets using formulas, plus the use of Outlook, Lotus Notes, Banner Financial Module and Internet navigation.

Preferred Qualifications:

Knowledge of the field of Education Abroad and Cross-cultural experience preferred.
Knowledge of study abroad software preferred, e.g. Terra Dotta.

Certifications, Licenses, Restrictions :


Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to: sit, walk, use hands to handle office supplies, operate computer and other office equipment, talk, and hear. The employee is frequently required to: reach with hands and arms, and stand. The employee is occasionally required to: stoop, climb, and lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include the ability to adjust focus.



% Travel Required:

1% - 25%

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Work Location/Schedule::

This position requires onsite work and is not eligible for remote work.



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EEO Statement:

Spelman College is an EEO/Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/Title IX Employer and we participate in E-Verify. We are a smoke-free campus.

COVID-19 Vaccination Protocol:

Due to the heightened risk of contracting COVID-19 and the spread of variants, Spelman College requires up to date COVID-19 vaccination of all faculty, staff, and students (collectively “Campus Community”) that have job duties, attend classes, or are otherwise present on campus. You will need to submit proof of up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination: full vaccination and a booster (when eligible) or a single dose of the bivalent vaccine) prior to your first day on campus or you may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement by providing the necessary documentation to: Yemi Brown, PharmD Manager of COVID-19 Operations, at Upon receiving your Spelman Technology log-in credentials, please keep your vaccination or exemptions records up-to-date using Etrieve.


Working at Spelman College

Spelman College is a prestigious, highly selective historically Black college that prepares women to change the world. Spelman’s holistic liberal arts education empowers women to excel intellectually, think creatively, serve wholeheartedly, act globally, and lead boldly. Located in Atlanta, Spelman College’s multifaceted, person-centered learning community creates lasting bonds of sisterhood and support. Providing an educational experience unlike any other, Spelman embraces a long-standing and life-changing commitment to academic rigor, career development, community involvement, and positive social impact.

Spelman is part of the Atlanta University Center, the largest consortium of historically Black institutions of higher learning in the world. Its partner institutions include Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College and Morehouse School of Medicine. Spelman shares cross-registration with its undergraduate partners. The AUC institutions also share the newly renovated Robert W. Woodruff Library.

A historic campus of 32 acres, dating back to 1883, Spelman is five minutes west of downtown Atlanta. There are 25 buildings on the lush, well-manicured campus, including a new, silver LEED- certified green residence hall, The Suites, and The Camille O. Hanks Cosby Academic Center, which houses the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art and the state-of-the-art College Archives.

As a result of its dedicated faculty and staff, Spelman College has gained an excellent national reputation and high rankings in the media’s annual college guides. The College ranks among the top 70 Best Liberal Arts Colleges, consistently ranks as a top producer of Fulbright Fellows and Teach For America candidates, and has the distinction of being the leading producer of Black females who go on to earn doctoral degrees in science and engineering.

Spelman College is also home to SpelBots, the first all-women, African-American robotics team to take part in the international RoboCup competition in 2005, long considered the Olympics of Robotics and artificial intelligence. In addition, the Women’s Research and Resource Center, the WISDOM Center and Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement, as well as the College’s departments of art and drama and dance, are among the many esteemed programs that showcase the College’s strengths in the humanities, arts and service leadership.

Dedicated, talented, and well-qualified faculty members are a hallmark of Spelman College. Home to 183 full-time faculty members, Spelman boasts an 11:1 student/faculty ratio, providing students with greater opportunities to engage with professors across disciplines. The William and Camille Cosby Endowed Professorship Program, for example, supports professorships in the fine arts, humanities and the social sciences. It is a multidisciplinary initiative designed to enhance the intellectual, cultural and creative life of Spelman College and its surrounding community. Previous Cosby Chairs include former Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin; award-winning author and poet Pearl Cleage, C’71; the Rev. Renita Weems; distinguished scholar and economist William Darity, Ph.D.; and Bernice Johnson Reagon, C'70, an internationally known producer, composer and recording artist, and founder of the Grammy Award-nominated a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey and the Rock.

Spelman faculty have a significant impact on the College’s mission to educate students to lead and serve their communities and the world. To this end, Spelman’s iconic representative is the Millenial professor. The College is strengthening its Faculty Development Program to be comprehensive – recruiting and retaining talented individuals who pursue creative, rigorous scholarship and course development within their disciplines and in multidisciplinary ventures. These professors will also lead the way in internationalizing the curriculum.

As part of the College’s strategic plan for 2015, Spelman’s agenda is to strengthen the academic core of the institution. Constituents such as students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumnae, trustees and community partners participate by taking specific actions called GOALS. Spelman’s faculty goals are: global engagement; ongoing professional development; advising students to prepare not only for careers but for lives of success, leadership, and service; leadership through participation in shared governance; and service learning integrated across the curriculum.

The Spelman MILE – My Integrated Learning Experience – forms the foundation of Spelman College’s strategic plan. Symbolizing a transformational journey of learning, the Spelman MILE will ensure key competencies – such as critical thinking, effective communication, quantitative reasoning, and digital literacy – that Millenial students need for personal success. Student GOALS include: global engagement, including at least one meaningful international travel experience; opportunities for undergraduate research and career-related internships; alumnae connections to strengthen our sisterly bonds early on; leadership development focused on individual potential and best practices; and service learning that pairs hands-on community engagement with coursework shared governance.

Each year, the College hosts Research Day in April, as well as Faculty Research Day in October. Both events are designed to showcase excellence in student and faculty research across academic disciplines.

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