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Assistant Director, Advising
University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland
Date Posted 05/20/2022
Admin-Academic Advising
Employment Type Exempt Regular
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Number:



Assistant Director

Functional Title:

Assistant Director, Advising

Category Status:

33-Exempt Regular

Applicant Search Category:


University Authorized FTE:



SVPAAP-OIA-Education Abroad

Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Background Checks

Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. Information reported by the background check will not automatically disqualify you from employment.

Vaccine Protocol

The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMD, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at return.umd.edu and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment. Failure to provide proof of vaccination or to obtain approval for a medical or religious exemption will result in the offer of employment being rescinded.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The Assistant Director is responsible for advising, program administration and enrollment management services for Education Abroad (EA), to ensure a high-impact student experience throughout the study abroad process supporting a portfolio of 225 programs serving over 1200 students annually. The Assistant Director ensures the timely and efficient delivery of EA advising services, by overseeing all aspects of advising materials and processes, relevant policies and procedures, applicant admissions, enrollment management, pre-departure resources, orientations as well as providing on-site student support.

The Assistant Director plays a key role in the articulation of EA services, programs, and initiatives with the broader OIA goal of universal global learning, in alignment with UMD’s key strategic commitments. This requires a particular emphasis on the generation of resources and advising services, overseeing the engagement of EA advising staff in related efforts. He/she/they will work closely with the Senior Associate Director to incubate new program ideas and coordinate the logistical and administrative details to launch new and diverse programs.

The Assistant Director trains and supervises the EA advising staff team, assesses core advising and program administration processes and handles escalated cases. He/she/they liaise with the campus advising community to inform campus advisors about study abroad issues and to ensure campus advisors have timely, comprehensive responses to requests for information, input, and guidance regarding study abroad. He/she/they also coordinates with EA’s affiliate partners to ensure flow of communication, assess which offerings to be included in the active program directory, and implement any shared initiatives.

The Assistant Director also manages a caseload of advisees, providing expert guidance and outstanding professional service for the selection of academically appropriate overseas programs in the designated region/discipline. This caseload corresponds with program administration responsibilities which include admissions, enrollment, nominations, materials management and collection, delivering pre-departure orientation, visa guidance and on-site support.

The Assistant Director ensures advising, resources and programming align with UMD’s strategic plan and guiding principles, particularly Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), and applies those principles to the field of international education and to all aspects of the work.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • 4-6 years experience in international education
  • Experience advising study abroad students
  • Experience with study abroad program administration
  • Experience advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion

Knowledge, skills, and abilities
  • Knowledge of study abroad programming and practices
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices in academic and study abroad advising
  • Excellent communication, organizational, and cross-cultural skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to lead and/or supervise staff
  • Ability to handle multiple/competing priorities and provide excellent outcomes within required time frames


  • Master’s degree
  • Supervisory experience
  • Experience with Terra Dotta software, Google platform, Microsoft Excel and/or other relevant software platforms
  • Experience at a public higher education institution
  • Participation and leadership in regional, national and international conferences and organizations.

Additional Information:

Salary is in the low $80k’s.

Job Risks

Not Applicable to This Position

Physical Demands

Work is performed in an office environment and requires the ability to operate standard office equipment and keyboards. Must have the ability to lift and carry small parcels, packages and other items, and to walk short distances.

Posting Date:


Open Until Filled


Best Consideration Date


Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.
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