Assistant Director, Office of Study Abroad

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 113300 - International Education
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Salary Grade/Salary Minimum:



Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Manages Campus 8 course lists and registration of students in all study abroad programs.
  2. Works with the Office of the Registrar to transfer credit and get credits posted to MSU transcripts when credit is earned on 3rd party and exchange programs and in cooperation with the Office of Financial Aid to ensure application of federal and state financial aid when applicable.
  3. Maintains, updates, and monitors risk management for MSU students and faculty-led programs abroad. This position monitors (24/7/365) global events, assesses risk, and maintains awareness of political distress, natural disasters, and terrorist attacks that may impact students abroad. In the event of an incident abroad, this position would activate the campus’ response.
  4. Maintains awareness of MSU policy impacting study abroad.
  5. Manages cross-campus collaboration with faculty, academic units, and multiple administrative offices related to Study Abroad.
  6. Assists in strategic planning for the Office of Study Abroad within the context of the international Institute and university strategic planning goals for study abroad.
  7. Assists in planning programs and services that impact the future of SA offerings and seeks ways to make study abroad more affordable, accessible to a diverse student body, aligned to MSU curricula, and executed with high standards in order to continue to increase the number of students that study abroad.
  8. Performs program evaluations and makes recommendations for individual programs as well as the portfolio of programs within departments and colleges at the completion of a program cycle.
  9. Administers study abroad scholarships and collaborates with the Office of Admissions and Scholarships and the Office of the Registrar to ensure proper procedures are followed.
  10. Initiates and contributes to external proposals for funding for Study Abroad and promotes high-profile study abroad programs such as Gilman, Boren or Fulbright.
  11. Markets the Office of Study Abroad to different campus and off-campus stakeholders, including student organizations. 


Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in related field,

~ AND ~

3-5 years’ experience in international education, international relations, student affairs, student advising, study abroad or academic advising experience. Student marketing, familiarity with FORUM or NAFSA best practices for study abroad


Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree or 5 years’ progressive experience working with study abroad programming. Supervisory experience. Experience working with Terra Dotta software


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  1. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  2. Exemplary interpersonal communication skills, especially with students/faculty.
  3. Strong attention to detail.
  4. Ability to use a variety of database and spreadsheet programs.
  5. Comfortable with multi-tasking and meeting deadlines.


Working Conditions and Physical Effort:

  1. No unusual physical requirements. Requires limited lifting of files and records and nearly all work is performed in a comfortable indoor facility.
  2. Frequent external imposed deadlines; set and revised beyond one’s control; interruptions influence priorities; difficult to anticipate nature or volume of work with certainty beyond a few days; meeting of deadlines and coordination of unrelated activities are key to position; involves conflict-resolution or similar interactions involving emotional issues or stress on a regular basis.
  3. Job frequently requires walking, sitting, reaching, talking, hearing, handling objects with hands.


Restricted Clause:

This position is contingent upon the availability of funding


Instructions for Applying:

All applicants must apply online at and attach a cover letter, resume, and the complete contact information for at least three professional references.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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