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Director of International Programs

Dean of the Faculty Office


Reed College is seeking a Director of International Programs to join the Office of the Dean of the Faculty. This position’s primary responsibilities will be to lead the college's study abroad and language scholar programs. The college’s eight language scholars report to this position. The Director of International Programs reports to the Dean of Faculty.

This is a full-time, exempt role with typical working hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Starting annual salary for this position is $65,000. Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package, including comprehensive medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution (after one year of service), 22 days of paid vacation, paid holidays, half-day Fridays in the summer, and many other campus amenities.

Who You Are

  • You have a master’s degree in liberal arts, education or a related field and at least three years’ experience working in a role that supports international education or study abroad at the college level, or an equivalent combination of experience and education.
  • You are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in your workplace. You have had the experience of advancing equity through your lived experience, your work, or your volunteer work. You are committed to providing study abroad opportunities to underrepresented minority groups.
  • You have direct experience working with college students and you enjoy interacting with students at this stage in their development.
  • You have direct experience working with faculty and establishing mutually respectful relationships with faculty comes easy to you. You have experience working on committees with staff and faculty.
  • You understand the importance of collaborative decision making.
  • Ideally, you have at least three years’ experience leading direct reports, either as staff, domestic students, or international students. Either you already know that you like management and having direct reports, or you are excited to take this on in your next role.
  • You understand immigration law as it pertains to students and faculty. Ideally, you have experience managing applications for non-immigrant and immigrant status.
  • You pay close attention to small details. You are careful to get things right the first time.
  • You are an exceptional communicator, in person, in writing, and online. You always follow up when people reach out to you.
  • You are a self-starter and are capable of setting priorities and work plans for yourself, and sharing them with your supervisor and other collaborators.
  • Ideally, you have studied abroad or lived abroad, yourself and can speak about your experience in a way that excites others.
  • You are proficient in a second language.
  • You are able to travel domestically and internationally to evaluate programs.

What You’ll Do

  • Lead the college’s overseas study and exchange programs for enrolled Reed students, as well as domestic study and exchange at  U.S. institutions for enrolled Reed students.
  • In consultation with faculty, identify domestic and foreign off campus study opportunities. Represent the college and negotiate formal associations with these. Manage the college’s 70+ formal associations that already exist.
  • Coordinate advising, application, institutional nomination, and placement of Reed students to off campus study. Maintain connection and communication with students studying in these programs, and address student or parent concerns. Conduct periodic site evaluations and host these organizations and institutions in visiting Reed. Oversee annual program billing (revenues in excess of $1.5 million). Partner closely with the chair of the Off Campus Studies Committee.
  • Lead the college’s language scholars program. Each spring and summer, hire (the currently) eight foreign language scholars who live on campus in the language houses. Serve as mentor, trainer, and supervisor for the language scholars. Work collaboratively with the Office of Residence Life to ensure that language scholars are providing effective programming to enhance language house residents’ learning of language and culture.
  • Represent Reed as “primary school official” in dealings with the State Department, Department of Labor, State Department, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Provide periodic reports to these, as required to support our programs. Each year, obtain work authorization for those who teach or assist in the academic program, including OPT, H and J visas.
  • Work collaboratively with the Office of International Student Support on immigration and other matters related to supporting Reed’s international students.
  • With the dean of faculty and the staff-faculty “Off-Campus Study Committee,” evaluate our current study abroad program and develop a long range plan for study abroad at Reed.
  • It is estimated that this role spends its time and efforts in the following proportions:  50% for off-campus study, 20% for international students and language scholar programs, 20% for on campus programs, and 10% for various other tasks.

Click below to apply. You will be directed to Interfolio to create a free account and begin your application. A resume and cover letter are required. You can submit these documents in any format, but pdf works best. In your cover letter please address the following:

  • How would this position contribute to the pursuit of your long term professional goals?
  • Which professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

As you apply online, you will also be expected to provide an answer to the following: 

  • If you were selected for this position, how would you use your skills and experience to contribute to equity, inclusion and community growth at Reed?

Applications will be considered as they are submitted so you are encouraged to apply early. Initial review of applications will begin on October 1, 2020 and applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Reed College replies to every candidate. We will confirm that your application is received, and if you are not selected, we will let you know as soon as possible.

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Reed College values cultural diversity and intellectual pluralism as critical components of academic excellence. We welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, persons who have served in the military and others who would bring additional dimensions of experience to our community.