Assistant Director, Global Education Office California State University California State University 1,087 reviews

Position Summary


The Global Education Office (GEO) Assistant Director works under the general supervision of the Director and is directly responsible for independently overseeing the GEO team and daily office operations. This position is responsible for designing, developing, implementing and evaluating a full range of support services and programs which meet the international objectives of the university and the special needs of prospective, current and former students seeking, or engaged in, educational pursuits in other countries. In addition to other strategic priorities, this position is highly involved in supporting underrepresented students and place bound students in receiving a global education without the need to travel abroad.

The ideal candidate for this position will be a natural leader with optimism and creativity to solve complex problems in order to open doors for SDSU students to begin their global education journey. This person will have the ability to lead others, to bring people together, to collaborate, advocate, and to work with students, parents, administrators and international partners. They will have a deep understanding of study abroad, the field of international education and international risk management. The ideal candidate will embrace inclusive ideals and pursue strategies that promote equity and inclusion, embrace other cultures and perspectives, understand the importance of learning foreign languages, and the value of diverse perspectives. They will have a deep desire to share their excitement and interest in global learning with students.

This is a full-time (1.0 time-base) benefits eligible, permanent (probationary) position. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs.

Education and Experience

Experience: Possession of these knowledge and abilities is typically demonstrated through the equivalent to four years of progressively responsible professional student services work experience which includes experience in advising students individually and in groups, and in analysis and resolution of complex student services problems. A master’s degree in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Social Work or a job‑related field may be substituted for one year of professional experience. A doctorate degree and the appropriate internship or clinical training in counseling, guidance or a job‑related field may be substituted for two years of the required professional experience for positions with a major responsibility for professional, personal or career counseling.

Education: Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university in a related field plus upper division or graduate course work in counseling techniques, interviewing and conflict resolution where such are job related.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in an internationally related field highly desirable
Minimum three years’ experience in study abroad leadership and/or advising at tertiary level
Second language proficiency highly desirable
Excellent communication and intrapersonal skills, proven track record as an effective collaborator
Ability to manage a diverse range of professional partnerships and to navigate challenging interpersonal situations
Previous study abroad or international living experience highly desirable
Strong, demonstrable skills in motivating students to participate in international learning programs and activities
Extensive knowledge of the issues related to education abroad, including knowledge of comparative system of international education, international credit transfer, pre-departure orientation experience, financial aids, risk management, and other issues related to study abroad.
Extensive knowledge and understanding of organizational behavior, student personnel administration, group dynamics, public relations, and student development theory
Extensive knowledge of cultural factors influencing student attitudes and behaviors
Specialized Skills

Strong, demonstrable skills in oral and written communication, critical thinking, problem solving, program planning and program evaluation
Strong, demonstrable skills in designing training programs and conducting workshops for a variety of training objectives
Strong, demonstrable skills in designing study abroad marketing plans and implementing successful strategies to meet specific goals
Strong, demonstrable skills in intercultural communications and cross-cultural relations
Strong interpersonal communication skills particularly related to advising undergraduate students and interacting with faculty, administrative staff, and parents
Ability to relate easily, effectively and equitably with students from diverse cultural backgrounds
Ability to collaborate with other staff in program design and production
Compensation and Benefits

Starting salary upon appointment not expected to exceed $6,250 per month. CSU Classification Salary Range: $5,351 – $7,633 per month. Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department’s fiscal resources.

San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For more information regarding SDSU benefits, please click here.

Supplemental Information

Initial review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on February 17, 2021. To receive full consideration, apply by February 16, 2021.

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click here.

SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

Applicants with disabilities and applicants who require assistance completing an application may contact Casie Martinez at [email protected]

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