EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS
The University of Texas at Tyler seeks an energetic and experienced individual to lead the Office of International Programs in support of the mission of the University by overseeing the recruitment, services and engagement strategies for international students as well as international partnerships and cooperative agreements, faculty and student exchanges, international travel and study abroad, oversight of the Intensive English Language Institute, and by serving as the primary point of contact for international students, including all matters pertaining to Visas.
Leadership, Management and Planning: Reporting to the Provost, work closely with various units on campus with a coordinated international recruitment strategy, leverage faculty and staff international travel to expand university partnerships in the forms of dual degree or feeder programs, liaise with campus partners to streamline and coordinate the structure and services of international student-facing programs and study abroad programs, manage a team of professional staff and student assistants, and effectively manage the budget for the Office of International Programs.
Study Abroad: Promote and support the development of study abroad among faculty and students in cooperation with the Study Abroad Committee, secure approval by the International Oversight Committee, establish study abroad calendar, provide pre-trip orientation, process appropriate applications to global partner institutions or organizations, coordinate safety and insurance requirements as designated by UT System and the Department of Homeland Security, and conduct post-trip surveys of faculty and students to improve the experience and the impact of study abroad.
International Faculty, Staff and Students: Serve as Designated School Official (DSO) and maintain Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and all certification requirements for related visas under the guidelines of the Department of Homeland Security, track student immigration status, advise students on immigration petitions and applications (e.g., work permits, reinstatement, reduced course load authorizations, change of status, medical leave and economic hardship employment authorization), facilitate TB screening for international students from high burden countries, serve as the Department of State Responsible Officer (RO) for J-1 Exchange Visitor Program and as Principal Designated School Official (PDSO) for Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP), collaborate with HR to ensure compliance with H-1B regulatory requirements for foreign workers, and help develop a cross-cultural student experience for international students.
Intensive English Language Institute (IELI): Provide oversight for the TOEFL IBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language, Internet Based Test) and IELTS (International English Language Testing System), including student recruitment, development and assessment of training programs, and teacher recruitment and assessment.
Required: (a) Master's degree. (b) Three to five years of experience working with International students in a higher education environment. (c) Experience with SEVIS and F-1/J-1 regulations, procedures, and reporting requirements as ARO/DSO, and possess an understanding of Department of State and Department of Homeland Security regulations and procedures. (d) A proven track record of excellent communication and supervisory skills; understanding of budgeting; ability to systematically approach and solve complex interpersonal issues and provide constructive solutions.
Preferred: (e) Five years of experience as international advisor, and three as supervisor. (f) Strong working knowledge of immigration laws, regulations and procedures. (g) Experience directing or teaching for an Intensive English Language Institute.
About the University: With a national reputation in high-demand fields such as Business and Nursing, The University of Texas at Tyler is an emerging force in Texas higher education. The University’s 10,000 students attend classes on a tree-laden campus nestled around twin lakes while gaining the knowledge and expertise needed to build successful careers. With new leadership and an innovative strategic plan, The University of Texas at Tyler is poised to continue on its path as one of the fastest-growing universities in Texas. The city around the University is also expanding, with strong economic and population growth. Tyler’s museums, fine-arts venues, and prevalence of dining options serve both the Tyler metropolitan area (population 220,000) and the entire East Texas region (population 800,000+). Tyler is located an hour and a half from the Dallas and Shreveport metropolitan areas, and three hours from Houston.
Appointment and Application Information: Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Nominations are welcome. For best consideration, please submit your application by November 30, 2017. Review of candidates will continue until the position is filled. Qualified candidates may apply at https://www.uttyler.edu/human-resources/prospective-employees/employment-application.php. Qualified candidates will need to combine a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references into a single file and upload the file as a resume. For assistance in this process, please call Human Resources at (903) 566-7234.
This position is security-sensitive and subject to Texas Education Code Section 51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information. Women and Minorities are Strongly Encouraged to Apply.
The University of Texas at Tyler is an Equal Opportunity Employer.