Director for Learning Abroad

The University of Utah and the Office of Global Engagement (OGE) seek an energetic, ambitious, entrepreneurial, and visionary leader to head the university’s Learning Abroad Office. The Director for Learning Abroad will be a pivotal thought leader for global education at one of the nation’s premier public flagship universities. This is an exciting and highly unique opportunity for a strategic thinker to reimagine, implement, and grow programs that are an integral part of a University of Utah education.

Key Responsibilities:

This position, reporting to the Associate Chief Global Officer, is responsible for providing leadership for the Learning Abroad Office with a team of nine staff members and serving on the leadership team for OGE. The Director for Learning Abroad serves as the campus advocate and ambassador for academic programs abroad. In this role, the incumbent ensures that the office applies national standards, best practices, and innovative ideas in developing programs of excellence, providing the highest standard of support services to students and faculty, increasing access for students from all backgrounds to participate in learning abroad, and facilitating collaboration with academic and student support units on campus.

  • Works closely with members of the academic community to promote, develop, and improve learning abroad programs and activities.
  • Oversees policy development and liaises with other University offices in student and academic affairs. Ensures that policies are consistent with best practices in the field and University policies.
  • Ensures that students and partners have confidence in the Learning Abroad team’s expertise and understand processes and policies.
  • Works closely with Colleges and Departments to promote learning abroad, the Office for Global Engagement, and the University’s international initiatives.
  • Builds and maintains relationships to advance learning abroad programming and establish resources and partnerships that advance the Office for Global Engagement’s mission.
  • Provides stakeholders with the tools and knowledge necessary for successful learning abroad experiences which students will be able to integrate into personal, professional, and academic goals.
  • Develops a strong understanding of University resources and provides referrals to other offices and individuals when necessary.
  • Clearly and transparently communicates with all stakeholders in a timely manner.
  • Ensures preparation and maintenance of applicant/student records in accordance with University and Office policy.
  • Supervises office personnel, sets expectations, and evaluates the performance of team members, and ensures team members have access to appropriate professional development opportunities.
  • Oversees reporting for external entities, accreditation, grant proposals, and departmental requests.
  • Manages office budget, forecasts revenues and expenditures, sets pricing for services, and negotiates contracts and discounts.
  • Develops new resources and revenue for Learning Abroad in collaboration with the development officer in the Office for Global Engagement.
  • Provides support for emergency response protocols in collaboration with the Director for Global Risk Management.
  • Leads and coordinates curriculum integration efforts across all colleges in collaboration with the Learning Abroad team and Office for Global Engagement.
  • Serves as office liaison with University Counsel regarding legal issues, contracts, mitigating liability, and monitoring the legal environment with respect to learning abroad programming.

The ideal candidate should possess a combination of the following qualifications:

  • Advanced degree and a minimum of five years of progressively responsible managerial experience in international higher education/education abroad.
  • A successful track record of leading teams to develop a strategy to achieve a set of identified goals.
  • In-depth understanding of the scholarship and practice of education abroad.
  • Experience with a variety of international program and partnership models.
  • Knowledge of best practices in education abroad programming, related support services for students and faculty, marketing education abroad to students, program assessment, and administrative processes to streamline services.
  • Commitment to enriching the quality and diversity of learning abroad experiences and making these experiences accessible to all students.
  • Proven ability to collaborate successfully with a wide range of diverse stakeholders.
  • Experience in a large research university or comparable organization.
  • Experience in leading, managing and developing professional staff.
  • Experience in program development, international operations and budget management.
  • Proven ability to interact effectively with students, parents, faculty, learning abroad program providers, and oversees partners.
  • Solid analytical, decision-making, and problem-solving skills.
  • Experience with Terra Dotta and other technology in education abroad programming.
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal and intercultural communication skills.
  • Experience living, working, or studying abroad and at least basic proficiency in a language other than English.

The Setting:

OGE is a comprehensive international education office reporting to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. The office serves as the University of Utah’s hub for global programs and connects, informs, and supports the university’s international initiatives. OGE comprises 55 staff members, including six directors, and is home to:

  • International Student and Scholar Services – providing support services for the university’s international students and scholars and maintaining compliance with immigration regulations.
  • Learning Abroad – providing promotion of opportunities, advising, and support for students to participate in international academic experiences abroad and support for faculty to lead programs abroad.
  • Global Learning Initiatives – providing professional development, funding, and advising for faculty to integrate global learning in the curriculum via the development of global and intercultural learning outcomes and an assessment process.
  • Global Campuses – providing oversight for the University of Utah Asia Campus in South Korea and coordinating international recruiting programs with undergraduate studies and admissions.
  • Global Risk Management – providing support services to faculty and students addressing the health and safety risks associated with international travel.
  • Global Programs – promoting the development of revenue-generating customized training programs for international students, educators, and professionals with a focus on the academic strengths of the University of Utah and the expansion of cross-cultural relationships for the university.

The University of Utah is the state’s flagship institution of higher education, with 18 schools and colleges, more than 100 undergraduate and 90 graduate degree programs, and an enrollment of more than 32,000 students. In 2019, the university joined the Association of American Universities, an invitation-only, prestigious group of 65 leading research institutions marked by excellence in academic expertise and research impact, student success, and securing resources in support of core missions.

A key mission of the university is to build an inclusive community that fosters a sense of belonging and well-being in which every student can thrive. The university is committed to removing barriers that have been traditionally encountered by individuals from underrepresented groups; strives to recruit faculty and staff who will further enhance our diversity; and makes every attempt to support their success while they are here.

The main campus is located in Salt Lake City, a vibrant metropolitan area with a diverse population, offering exciting urban and cultural experiences as well as access to spectacular outdoor recreation. Combined with the region’s strong economy and dynamic growth, Salt Lake City offers a high quality of life. 

This position is based in Salt Lake City with the possibility of a hybrid work schedule.

To Apply for the Position:

To apply, please access the University of Utah application portal: https://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/121700 (PRN27683B) where you submit your CV/resume, a letter of application detailing how you meet the qualifications for the position, and the contact information for three professional references. Applications should be submitted by October 17, 2021.  For questions regarding the position, contact: Sovanna Behrmann at sovanna.behrmann@utah.edu (please do not send the application documents to this email address, but apply via the University of Utah job application portal.