Study Abroad Coordinator, International Education Office

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November 12, 2021

The Office of International Education at Truman State University seeks a motivated and organized Study Abroad Coordinator to manage all administrative aspects of semester, summer and faculty-led programs, including advising students, working collaboratively with faculty, administration and partnering institutions, developing website content, planning promotional events and materials, providing risk management for students and assessing overseas programs. The coordinator provides a high level of service and support for students participating in Truman semester, summer and faculty-led programs by helping to create relevant policies, procedures and tools to enhance enrollment in these programs through simple, uniform, and sustainable practices. 

The coordinator reports to the Executive Director of International Education.

Responsibilities: The Study Abroad Coordinator, in collaboration with fellow staff, contributes to the accomplishment of the following duties:

Student Advising and Promotion:

  • Meet with students one-on-one to advise on study abroad program options, course selections, and application processes
  • Develop and manage marketing materials, including website content, social media presence, and printed materials
  • Organize Truman State study abroad fairs, orientation and showcase sessions, and event tabling
  • Promote competitive scholarship opportunities for students

Application Administration and Student Support:

  • Collaborate with other Truman departments and partner institutions to administer all aspects of student application process including application, enrollment, financial aid, CISI international health insurance enrollment, and credit transfers and substitutions
  • Support students through pre-departure preparation and organize pre-departure orientations
  • Work with partner institutions and relevant departments at Truman to respond to any study abroad crises in accordance with established risk management procedures and to provide support services to students studying abroad
  • Manage all payments and invoices related to study abroad program, including all charges and payments from students and partners, in coordination with the business office
  • Facilitate the application and selection process for Foundation Scholarships for study abroad

Office Administration:

  • In collaboration with other CIEA staff, engage and supervise student workers and volunteers in assisting with the promotion and administration of study abroad programs
  • Maintain all data and databases related to student participation in study abroad programs to inform policy and decision making for CIEA
  • Monitor and enforce existing CIEA policies and assist in the development of new policies, processes and standards to meet evolving needs

Program Development and Partnerships:

  • Organize calls for proposals and review processes for faculty-led programs and guide faculty to develop and execute high quality faculty-led programming
  • Facilitate and monitor all administrative processes for faculty-led study abroad programs, including approving, budgeting, bidding, marketing, and evaluating programs
  • Foster good working relationships and maintain contract documentation and contact information for all existing international partners and institutions
  • In consultation with international admissions, coordinate all exchange relationships and nominations

Other duties as assigned

This position will be cross-trained on certain aspects of the onboarding of incoming international students.

We seek candidates with the following qualifications:

Qualifications

  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal and intercultural communication skills
  • Excellent written and presentation skills
  • Enthusiasm, flexibility and ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment
  • Willingness to accept responsibility and display initiative
  • Capacity to work independently and as part of a team
  • Experience with website updates, social media and spreadsheets preferred

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Must be a US citizen or lawful permanent resident and must be able to pass a background check

Compensation: Truman State University offers a competitive benefits package that includes life, health, and disability insurance, retirement contributions.

Programs: The Office of International Education encompasses the Center for International Education Abroad and the Center for International Students. The Center for International Education Abroad facilitates short-term and semester study abroad experiences for Truman students. The Center for International Students functions as both the international recruitment and admissions office and the center for international student advising and support. Both offices are located on the first floor of Truman’s historic Baldwin Hall, along with the University’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion, a prayer room, and other interculturally-themed educational spaces.

The University: Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 4,000 students who make up its student body are well prepared for the academic rigors of a highly selective university. More than 20 percent engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience and nearly half go on to graduate or professional school within a year of earning a degree.

Founded in 1867, Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research, and study abroad opportunities. Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among the state’s public colleges and universities. For more than 25 years, Truman has been recognized as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category by U.S. News & World ReportWashington Monthly has included Truman in the top five of its master’s university rankings in each of the past five years. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgements, visit truman.edu/about.

The Community: Located in Northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to Truman, Kirksville is the birthplace of osteopathic medicine and has a medical school, dental school, and community college. The Kirksville School District is consistently recognized for academic excellence, and the community takes pride in several annual events including the Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival, the NEMO Triathlon, and the Red, White, and Blue Festival. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forest Lake. Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville Regional Airport to St. Louis provide quick access to one of the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas. More information about Kirksville can be found at kirksvillechamber.com.

To apply submit a letter of application, resume, academic transcripts, and contact information for at least three references to https://secure.truman.edu/postionlistng-s/staff.asp or mailed to:

Truman State University
Human Resources MC 101
100 E Normal Ave
Kirksville, MO  63501

Review of applications will begin December 3, 2021, and continue until the position is filled. Expected start date of January 2022.

Questions about this position may be directed to Tim Urbonya, Executive Director of International Education, at urbonya@truman.edu or 660-785-7618. Questions may also be referred to the Office of Human Resources at hrstaff@truman.edu or 660-785-4031.

Truman State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff.  Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.  In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, Truman State does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its program or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs.  Inquiries may be directed to the Institutional Compliance Officer, 660-785-4354 and titleix@truman.edu.

Truman State is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.  To request this document in an alternate form or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources, McClain Hall 101,  100 E. Normal, Kirksville, MO  63501, 660-785-4031 or hrstaff@truman.edu.

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