The Director of International Affairs at UMKC will provide leadership in articulating and implementing the University's vision for globalization and internationalization and will grow, strengthen, and maintain the campus's international initiatives. This will involve coordinating international memorandums of understanding and memorandums of articulation with governments and top-tier institutions of higher education; coordinating services to attract and support international students and faculty; supporting the international involvement of schools, faculty and students; and supporting the creation of innovative programs.
The position reports to the Vice-Provost for International Affairs (VPIA) who leads the development of UMKC's expanding international agenda in teaching, research, service, and globalization. The Director works closely with various committees and task forces, key central administrators and the Deans.
The Director provides assistance to UMKC's leadership through planning, coordinating and administering the University's international activities and programs. This position oversees the campus International Student Affairs Office (ISAO) and International Academic Programs (IAP). Specifically, the Director:
Leads the teams in and manages the finances in International Student Affairs and International Academic Programs
Liaises with the Applied Language Institute (ALI), Student Affairs and Enrollment Management (SAEM), Strategic Marketing and Communication (MCom) and the Academic Units to increase international recruitment and retention
Leads the teams in recruiting international students, orienting new students to the United States and UMKC, and retaining students by creating and sponsoring student activities
Provides immigration advising so that current students as well as the university remain in compliance with federal and state regulations
Tracks students through Optional Practical Training (OPT) as required by federal regulations even after students graduate from UMKC
Acts with the VPIA as liaisons with corporate, federal, state and global partners as well as regional, national and global professional societies related to global and international initiatives
Collaborates with the VPIA to define the UMKC global and internationalization strategic vision and a plan for implementation
Works with the VPIA and the Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations (ACR) to promote development initiatives and opportunities for UMKC relative to its international partners and alumni
Provides leadership and relationship building to enhance international opportunities for faculty, students and staff for study abroad, research, internships, partnerships, and exchanges
Oversees, creates, maintains a database and regularly reviews UMKC's international agreements with UMKC's international partners
Oversees and promotes the international student organizations and their inclusion into UMKC's ethos
Works with the campus to make UMKC an inviting environment for international students to increase UMKC's diversity and cross-cultural exchange between students, faculty and staff
Serves as liaison, at the behest of the VPIA, in matters pertaining to the University of Missouri South Africa Exchange Program Committee (UMSAEP)
Coordinates and assists campus visits of international partners and other international visitors for the university and its schools and colleges
Represents UMKC in local, regional, national and global associations such as the IRC, NAFSA, MAUI and others as approved by the VPIA
Acts as the liaison with Risk Management for Strategic Global Risk Management for students, faculty and staff
Founded in 1929 as the University of Kansas City, UMKC has expanded to three campuses, which house 11 different schools and colleges. We are a great university in one of America’s “smartest cities.” Today, UMKC is Kansas City’s 24th-largest employer, with over 3,500 staff and faculty supporting our more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students.
As a UMKC employee, you’ll b...elong to an engaged, diverse community. You’ll also enjoy many competitive benefits, including health, dental, life and other insurance plans; a comprehensive retirement program; and significant tuition assistance and reimbursement programs for employees and their qualifying dependents. For more information, visit the Benefits page. With career options in numerous fields, both academic and administrative, UMKC could be just the opportunity you’ve been looking for.