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Study Abroad Adviser - Archive
Office of International Affairs

Posting: 12494
Location: Eugene
Closes: 2012-12-10

Closes:  December 10, 2012
Salary:  $32,000-$35,000 (Annual)

The University of Oregon Office of International Affairs invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Study Abroad Adviser.  This position is responsible for advising for IE3 Global Internships as well as for general study abroad program advising.  This position is a fixed-term appointment for one year with annual renewals.

The Office of International Affairs (OIA) is composed of a central administrative team, four programmatic units (International Student & Scholar Services; Study Abroad Programs; AHA International, and Mills International Center), one direct-reporting research center (Confucius Institute), and a series of coordinating linkages to a wide range of internationally oriented research, teaching, outreach, and programming units across campus.  International Affairs is charged with coordinating University-wide international strategy and programming, offering programs and services for international students and faculty, and administering study abroad programs and exchanges.

Through the efforts of the Study Abroad Programs staff, over 1,000 UO students study or participate in internships abroad annually, joining one of over 170 programs in more than ninety countries.  About 25% of UO undergraduates study abroad sometime during their tenure at the UO.  Staff responsibilities include program and budget development, student advising, orientations, and program evaluations.  Fulbright and other scholarships for study and research abroad are also managed by this unit.

IE3 Global Internship Program

The IE3 Global Internship Program (International Education, Experience and Employment) was created by the Oregon University System to provide university students in the Pacific Northwest with an improved understanding of global issues and equip them with professional experience and international competence.  Students earn UO academic credit while abroad on their internships.  IE3 Global Internships arranges placement and provides pre-departure orientation, international health insurance, learning tools, monitoring and support.

General Description of the Position

This Study Abroad Adviser is responsible for providing support to students considering and participating in study abroad programs and IE3 Global Internships.  The primary duties of this position will be to advise, interview and orient students.  This Adviser will also assist the Study Abroad Program Coordinators with publicity efforts, which require excellent written and verbal communication skills. In addition, this position will be assigned other programmatic tasks required by the unit based on unit needs and the Adviser’s skill set.

Specific Duties:

1. Provide Student Support for Study Abroad Programs (80%)

  • Advise students on study abroad and internship opportunities
  • Conduct interviews and recommend students for program participants
  • Assist students with program and scholarship applications
  • Provide orientations
  • Assist students with resume writing for internship placements
  • Assist Program Coordinators with geographic region program assignments
  • Work closely with the IE3 Global Internship team
  • Work closely with UO faculty for the purposes of assisting students with obtaining credit for IE3 Global Internships

2. Manage Other Programs and Projects as Assigned (such as the peer assistant program, orientations, reentry activities, etc.) (20%)

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree plus one year experience in a higher education setting working with study abroad and /or international internship programs OR Bachelor’s degree plus 30 quarter hours (20 semester hours) graduate level coursework
  • Prior experience in a higher education setting, advising, interviewing and orienting students
  • Study, employment, travel, or residence abroad
  • Ability to relate well to students, faculty, and staff, especially in a team setting
  • Proficiency with contemporary software applications, including but not limited to word processing, spreadsheet, and desktop publishing tools.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in written and oral communication
  • The successful candidate will support and enhance a diverse learning and working environment
  • Ability to successfully complete criminal background check

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in international education, international studies, public administration, or related field
  • Two years' experience in a higher education setting working with study abroad and/or internship programs
  • Proficiency in a second language

Application Procedures:

Please submit the following documents, in the following order:

  • A cover letter outlining your qualifications for this position
  • A detailed resume or curriculum vitae
  • A completed UO Unclassified Employment Application (short form): ups.uoregon.edu/files/ups/EmplAppShort%20rev.pdf
  • If M.A. has not been obtained, transcripts showing 30 quarter hours (20 semester hours) of graduate level coursework
  • A list of two references who are able to evaluate your qualifications for this position (please, no letters of recommendation)
  • Responses to the following supplemental questions (limit 250 words each):

1. The University of Oregon has set a goal of dramatically increasing the number of students studying abroad.  What are your innovative ideas for increasing participation in UO study abroad programs?

2. Describe the approach you would take and the questions you might ask when advising a first-year student who is interested in studying abroad.

Applications must be received by 5:00 PM on December 10, 2012

Electronic submissions are preferred and should be sent be sent via email as one single PDF or Word document (in the order noted above) to Cathy Method at intlaffjobs@uoregon.edu.

Paper applications can be sent to:
Cathy Method
Office of International Affairs
University of Oregon
5209 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403

The University of Oregon has over 20,000 undergraduate students and approximately 4,000 graduate students.  Of these there are 4,296 U.S. students of color and over 2,000 international students.  The university has an institutional commitment to diversity and multiculturalism, and actively supports this goal.  The UO is known for its spirit of cooperation and collaboration, and for its ability to provide a variety of personal and professional opportunities that make a difference.  The University of Oregon is located in Eugene, Oregon, home to more than 155,000 people and Oregon’s third largest city.  Within only a few hours’ drive are the ocean beaches, lakes, rivers, forests, high desert, and the Cascade and Coast mountain ranges.  The Willamette River runs through the heart of the city and joins the McKenzie River north of town.  Mild winters, long growing seasons and few drastic weather changes are characteristic. Eugene has a high percentage of professionals, including doctors, lawyers, architects, and educators, and is home to the Hult Center for the Performing Arts, which regularly hosts the Oregon Bach Festival, the Eugene Symphony, the Eugene Ballet, and the Eugene Opera, among other cultural offerings.

The UO is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.