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Director Oiae Study Abroad Duties

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The person in this position directs the University of Georgia's implementation of policies and procedures related to studies abroad as regulated by the Board of Regents guidelines and steered by national and international standards or "best practices," such as those put forth by the Association of International Educators: NAFSA. This is a position requiring the highest level of expertise and advanced decision-making skills based on knowledge of regulations, assessments, and best-practice guidelines related to all aspects of university-level studies abroad. The person in this position develops goals and objectives for the study abroad service unit in conjunction with the University strategic plan, periodically reviewing policies, goals, and objectives, and presenting recommendations to the administration. The person in this position must be able to initiate, develop, and sustain strong positive relations with UGA faculty program directors and program coordinators/staff as well as academic departments to ensure achievement of the mission and goals of the department and college.

The Director of Study Abroad reports directly to the Associate Provost for International Affairs (AP) and works with the AP in advancing the quality and safety of UGA Study Abroad Programs, both traditional and non-traditional, as well as reciprocal Student Exchanges. The Director oversees the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of efforts to address campus community needs related to student mobility during studies abroad. This includes oversight and coordination of UGA student participation in direct enrollment, international service learning and internships, and alternative programs sponsored by University System of Georgia institutions, other universities and service providers.


Regular duties include, but are not limited to:

Managing daily operations of the Study Abroad office; supervising a staff of study abroad advisors, a graduate assistant, and student workers; organizing and distributing tasks; and controlling leave requests and evaluations.

Ability to coordinate with faculty, staff, administration, and external constituencies in the development of new UGA study abroad programs and the on-going evaluation of existing programs.

Preparing and presenting budget proposals and recommendations, including working with faculty during the new study abroad program approval process for program budget preparation.

Serving as the administrative liaison with affiliated external study abroad programs.

Developing long-range goals and policies for the Study Abroad office to promote strategic planning for study abroad at UGA.

Drafting study abroad reports and statistical updates for the Associate Provost.

Preparing reports regarding site visits and program operations abroad as well as student evaluations for ongoing programs.

Coordinating operation of the Risk Management Board, which includes organizing all the meetings, setting meeting agendas, conducting tri-annual program reviews, and coordinating training sessions.

Managing the FACSA listserv for staff and faculty interested in international education.

Promoting campus outreach and activities in support of study abroad and international education.

Organizing the annual UGA Study Abroad Conference.

Working with departments and offices across campus to promote study abroad, facilitate procedures for study abroad and exchange students, and address issues that arise on study abroad and exchange programs, coordinating as needed with other on-campus units such as Undergraduate Admissions, Graduate School, Student Accounts, Registrar, Financial Aid, Academic Advisors, Minority Services and Programs


Master's degree required, plus minimum three years work experience in international education; Ph.D. plus work experience preferred

Overseas living experience

Proven ability to work with university staff and faculty in an effective, collegial manner; ability to coordinate among many university colleges and/or units.

Strong communication and public speaking skills.

Experience with implementation of study abroad risk management procedures preferred.

Fluency in a foreign language preferred

Prior supervisory roles preferred

Strong computer skills a plus.



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