Director, Office of International Engagement

Director, Office of International Engagement

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The University of Alabama in Huntsville invites applications for a full-time Director of the Office of International Engagement.  Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Director will provide vision and leadership of the newly created Office of International Engagement.  A central focus for the Director will be the implementation of UAHuntsville’s commitment to expanding the international student population and enhancing their overall experience at UAHuntsville.  The Director will assist in the development and coordination of a broad range of both new and existing global collaborations and partnerships to enhance the educational opportunities at the University. 

The primary duties of the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing and implementing a strategic plan for the office that identifies strategic directions and initiatives focusing on international student success, recruitment and retention
  • Managing processes associated with the recruitment and matriculation of international undergraduate and graduate students
  • Developing and directing a student-centered office that supports the needs and promotes the retention of international students
  • Assuring institutional compliance with government regulations and policies, including record keeping and reporting responsibilities; providing advisement to students;  monitoring, interpreting, and implementing regulatory developments and changes
  • Assisting in advancing the University’s efforts to develop a rich variety of study abroad opportunities for its students, and to direct marketing and communication efforts for the Office
  • Developing appropriate risk management policies and procedures

The Director will serve as the Primary Designated School Official (PDSO), with signing authority as approved by the Department of Homeland Security and Department of State and will be authorized to access the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS); therefore, the selected candidate must be a US citizen or permanent resident.

The University of Alabama in Huntsville is a public, co-educational, research intensive university serving one of the most technologically rich cities in the United States and located in the picturesque foothills of the Appalachians. With a total enrollment of about 7800, including approximately 1500 graduate students, UAHuntsville offers 62 degree-granting programs that meet the highest standards of excellence, including 31 bachelor's degree programs, 18 master's degree programs, and 13 doctoral programs through its five colleges. 

For more information, contact Ingrid W. Hayes at 256.824.6752 or

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UAHuntsville is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution. 

Minimum qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in appropriate discipline
  • 5-7 years of progressively responsible leadership experience working with international student populations with effective intercultural communication skills
  • US Citizen or permanent resident, as required by Department of Homeland Security, to serve as a primary designated school official (PDSO) including knowledge/experience enabling oversight and responsibility for all obligations as related to SEVIS records and documents
  • Detail oriented, proactive individual with excellent written and verbal communication skills, and demonstrated ability to lead and effectively supervise others
  • Demonstrated work experience or knowledge of cultures, international relations, and/or international study, and the ability to build and maintain relationships with a culturally diverse student-body, faculty, staff and community
  • Demonstrated ability to develop key performance indicators and conduct statistical and other analysis to assess international student and program success and to recommend enhancement based on these

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge and experience supervising student and faculty applications for non-immigrant visas.
  • Proficiency in use of the Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)
  • Demonstrated leadership in developing & maintaining collaborative working relationships with faculty and staff to support the successful academic and co-curricular experiences of international students
  • Experience in cross-cultural advising and programming
  • Experience with study abroad programming, including risk management
  • Willingness to travel abroad as needed