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Director of the Center for International Education

The Director of the Center for International Education reports to the Assistant Dean/Director of the Multicultural Student Center. The Center for International Education (CIE) is part of the Multicultural Student Center which also includes the ALANA Student Center. The CIE supports the international student community and coordinates the study abroad programs on campus. The ALANA Student Center supports students who identify as African American, Latinx, Asian, and Native American while educating the campus community around cultural competency. 

Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree in a related field, e.g. foreign languages, higher education administration, international relations, counseling.
  • Knowledge and experience using the Student & Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)
  • Comfort and sensitivity in interacting with individuals from other cultures.
  • Enthusiasm, passion and commitment to the importance of studying abroad.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to negotiate partnerships abroad.
  • Excellent leadership skills, organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong presentation skills.
  • Experience in university administration or in a cross-cultural setting.
  • Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Familiarity with higher education systems abroad.
  • Experience training and supervising staff including graduate assistants and interns.
  • Familiarity with computer applications and ease and comfort with technology.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS

Study Abroad:

  • Create and maintain comprehensive guides and programs for students and parents that help clearly communicate resources and opportunities related to each component of the study abroad experience. Materials and programs created should address in detail  (1) the initial information concerning study abroad opportunities, to (2) financing study abroad experiences, (3) completion of all aspects of the application process, to (4) preparation for the study abroad experience, to (5) the time during which the student is studying abroad, to (6) the re-entry process.
  • Assist students in the selection of the most appropriate study abroad program
  • Keep informed about visa requirements for each program and assist students with their study abroad visa applications.
  • Provide a pre-departure orientation for each study abroad program
  • Oversee events planned for Canisius students who will be studying abroad to meet current exchange students from our partner schools.
  • Oversee the Study Abroad Ambassador Program

International Partnerships:

  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with all partner schools
  • Develop new relationships with international universities within the framework of overall institutional priorities and work with new partners in creating a memorandum of understanding/exchange agreement
  • Maintain balance of our exchange programs
  • Update, evaluate and renew exchange agreements as necessary.
  • Work closely with US and international Jesuit universities to share resources and collaborate with study abroad endeavors.

International Students:

  • Advise and counsel international students regarding academic programs, English language proficiency, health care, cultural matters and general orientation to life in the United States.
  • Assist international students in complying with U.S. and foreign government regulations upon which their entrance into the U.S. is contingent.
  • Organize and carry out a new student orientation for new international students.
  • Assist in the admissions process of international students by working closely with the Admissions Office.
  • Serve as a Designated School Official (DSO) and manage and coordinate I-20 distribution, and SEVIS registration and updates.

Administrative:

  • Develop and maintain excellent communication and working relationships with faculty and administrative units on campus including Associate/Assistant Deans, Student Records & Financial Services, Controller’s Office, and Student Affairs.
    Hire and supervise graduate assistants from the Canisius University Higher Education & Student Affairs Administration Program.
  • Organize and oversee the selection process each semester for the study abroad applicants in coordination with the Associate/Assistant Deans
  • Provide information regarding the curriculum offered at Canisius study abroad sites to Associate/Assistant Deans and Department Chairs.
  • Meet individually with faculty exploring new program development. Advise faculty on study abroad processes, pre-departure orientation, and timeline for program development.
  • Build and implement a comprehensive assessment calendar and plan to evaluate study abroad programs and inform decision making
  • Plan and project budget progress and needs related to the study abroad program
  • Maintain current records of study abroad participation by Canisius students and inform appropriate offices of those students studying abroad.
  • Make recommendations on policies regarding study abroad in consultation with appropriate Canisius offices and committees.
  • Review the Canisius Study Abroad and Exchange Program Emergency and Crisis Response Plan on a periodic basis, making changes, as necessary, in keeping with professional best practices in risk management and emergency/crisis response.
  • Prepare annual statistical reports regarding international students and countries of origin, financial aid, program summaries and related information

The Office of Human Resources at Canisius University utilizes an online recruitment management system.

Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the ADA in order to participate in the search process should contact the Office of Human Resources at (716) 888-2240.

To apply, go to https://www.canisius.edu/about-canisius/employment-canisius. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Please include your cover letter and resume with your application. 

Canisius University, a Catholic and Jesuit University, has as its foundation the fundamental values of academic excellence, leadership, faith and social justice.  Canisius is committed to educating and preparing men and women to become leaders in their professions and their communities, and in service to humanity.  The university is an equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students.                

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary: $63,700.00 annually 

Please note that the compensation information is a good faith estimate of the base pay for this position. The selected candidate’s actual base pay will be based on job-related, non-discriminatory factors including experience. Information about the total compensation package for this position will be provided during the interview process.

This is a full-time position. Benefits are available the first of the month after the full-time employee’s date of hire and include – health, dental and vision insurance, life and long-term disability insurance, and retirement plan enrollment is available to full-time employees with contribution from the University after one year. Paid holidays, vacation, personal leave, and sick leave.  Tuition benefits are also available for full-time employees and their qualified dependents.

To apply for this job please visit careers.canisius.edu.