In alignment with the academic year, this position is on a partial year schedule (PYS) anticipating approximately two months off during the summer semester.
The Study Abroad Advisor (PYS) will contribute to the university's mission of educating the leaders of tomorrow by advising and preparing undergraduate students for intensive overseas experiences. The Vanderbilt Study Abroad Advisor (PYS) is a member of a talented, high-functioning team of nine. The position will report to the Director of the Global Education Office. It will also work with students, their family members, faculty, staff, overseas partners, and the broader communities to realize our goals. Some of the things the incumbent will be expected to accomplish in this role include:
Master the details of a range of study abroad programs and become an expert in a personal portfolio of programs
Prepare students to succeed in their overseas studies through one-on-one advising and larger events, as well as through personal learning and training
Help students plan and realize intensive, individual Immersion Vanderbilt projects abroad
Serve as coordinator for the unit's outreach efforts, participate in the diversity/inclusion committee, collaborate with our marketing coordinator, and develop programming and approaches to ensure that all students are represented in, and have access to, study abroad
Oversee our peer advising team of part-time undergraduate students, coordinating their schedules, assigning and reviewing tasks, and mentoring them as they work to inform their peers about study abroad programming
Collaborate with the team to create new outreach and other programming, as well as develop best practices in advising, data gathering, and more
Work with multiple stakeholders to establish relationships, realize goals, and effectively resolve novel situations
In this position, the incumbent will continue to develop their leadership skills, presentation abilities, data analysis skills, student advising, and event-planning capabilities. The incumbent will also have the opportunity to observe, participate in, and understand student development, and, through collaboration with international and US partners as well as other Vanderbilt offices, to increase their knowledge of a variety of organizational structures and cultures. Through international and domestic travel, as well as engagement with Vanderbilt's diverse campus community and the wider international field, the incumbent will be able to improve their cross-cultural competencies and awareness. In the open, collaborative environment of the Global Education Office, this person will also have the opportunity to develop strategic thinking skills as they work to expand and innovate our office's capacities. Opportunities for professional development are flexible and responsive to individual interests.
The Global Education Office (GEO) is committed to preparing global citizens by providing innovative and high-quality international learning experiences that build on Vanderbilt University's commitment to academic excellence, global engagement and community service.
Duties and Responsibilities
Advise students on all aspects of study abroad.
Advise students on Immersion Vanderbilt opportunities abroad.
Coordinate and manage logistics of study abroad program portfolio, including applications, admissions, and more.
Serve as coordinator for the unit's outreach efforts, work closely with our marketing coordinator, and participate in the inclusion/diversity committee, scheduling events and working collaboratively to ensure the Global Education Office's on-campus outreach is both effective and inclusive.
Oversee the scheduling, tasking, and performance of undergraduate student workers.
Work to further Vanderbilt University's commitment to diversity and inclusion in GEO programming, access, and staffing.
Serve as liaison to study abroad providers, institutions, and exchange partners.
Serve as liaison to Vanderbilt faculty, staff, and administration on study abroad program management and initiatives.
Collaborate with the university's Office of Global Safety to prepare students for study abroad, and to help resolve situations that might arise for students on-site.
Plan and develop programs and related events to educate students about study abroad.
Review and evaluate study abroad programs.
Participate in data collection, analysis, and presentation of outcomes.
Other duties as assigned.
A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education is necessary.
A master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education is preferred.
Three years of relevant work experience or the equivalent is necessary.
Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with students of all backgrounds are necessary.
Self-motivation, with a positive and problem-solving attitude is necessary.
The ability to work independently and as part of a team is necessary.
Strong organizational and planning skills are necessary.
Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, and meet deadlines is necessary.
Demonstrated interest in international study, international affairs, and/or intercultural issues is preferred.
Ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community is preferred.
Ability to travel occasionally, overseas and domestically is preferred.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office software tools (including Excel, Word, PowerPoint), and other software tools for communication, analysis, and office operations is preferred.
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.
Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.
Internal Number: 10000709
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