Director of International and Cultural Education

Center for International and Cultural Education

Openings: 1


Gustavus Adolphus College is one of the nation’s leading private liberal arts colleges serving over 2,200 students. The College aspires to be a community of persons from diverse backgrounds who respect and affirm the dignity of all people. Known for its strong science, writing, music, athletics, study-away, and service-learning programs, Gustavus is located on a scenic 340-acre hill in St. Peter, Minnesota only one hour southwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN.

JOB SUMMARY:  The Director of International and Cultural Education (CICE) reports to the Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and is responsible for providing innovative leadership in developing and managing a wide range of dynamic study away (or) off-campus study and exchange programs.


  • Develop and implement long-range/strategic plans for off-campus programs in consultation with the Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, the Provost’s Office, and the staff of the CICE. Work closely with faculty on initiatives to integrate global and cultural perspectives on the Gustavus campus.
  • Coordinate health, safety and liability issues in collaboration with Gustavus Health Service, Gustavus Counseling Center, and the campus risk manager. The director also convenes the Gustavus Travel Safety Committee.
  • Serve on the Equity and Inclusion Division leadership team and advise the Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, especially on issues relevant to international and multilingual students.
  • Preparing annual office operating budget
  • Supervise the staff of the CICE in:
    • Preparing annual budget requests for international and off-campus study.
    • Determining program fees for all programs.
    • Planning, on-going support and evaluation of all international and off-campus programs in cooperation with faculty, program advisors, field supervisors, and relevant faculty members and committees.
    • Coordinating international and off-campus arrangements including bidding and booking transportation and accommodation, visa procurement and other logistical arrangements, correspondence with institutions and individuals at host sites
    • Coordinating on-campus arrangements, including: advising, informational meetings, application and selection process, orientation and re-entry, publications, assessment of programs, communication with off-campus students, faculty and parents, transfer of grades and credits.
    • Providing academic support to domestic and international multilingual students.
    • Coordination of logistics including recruitment, applications, orientation, and on-campus support for International Students and Scholars.
    • Supervise student employees.
  • Develop and implement methods for active promotion of off-campus study both on campus and off campus, continuing efforts to increase access to these opportunities.
  • Facilitate the planning for new off-campus programs and continue to assess the validity of existing programs, including working with the Provost’s Office to integrate January Term assessment into college-wide efforts.
  • Work with faculty to develop, plan, and implement faculty-led programming.
  • Continue and expand efforts to attract and support multicultural students on off-campus programs.
  • Negotiate and maintain agreements with institutions of higher education on behalf of the College.
  • Recommend to the Provost the appointment of faculty as program leaders and advisors and work with them on the promotion and preparation of off-campus study programs.
  • Serve as liaison between the CICE and Administrative offices of the College
  • Assist whenever possible with Gustavus Office of Admissions.
  • Annually review job performance for staff in the CICE.
  • Serve as ex-officio member of campus committees, including the Global Engagement Committee, Curriculum Committee, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.
  • Advise or serve on other college committees as requested by the Provost.
  • Be active in professional off-campus study organizations.
  • Maintain working familiarity with all aspects of the office and programs of the CICE.



  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience 
  • Experience with Terra Dotta
  • Understanding of SEVIS
  • Experience supervising staff and managing a budget


  • Master’s Degree
  • Experience in Higher Education, specifically International Education 
  • Priority given to candidates who have served as a PDSO/DSO or RO/ARO

Gustavus offers competitive and comprehensive benefits which include:

  • Medical, dental, vision, life insurance
  • Short-Term Disability
  • Parental Leave
  • 7% Gustavus Contribution to Retirement Savings Plan after One Year of Employment
  • Free: Parking, exercise classes, use of library and athletic facilities
  • Tuition scholarships for dependents
  • Tuition benefit plan for employees and spouse/domestic partner
  • 13 paid Holidays + generous PTO plan

Application Procedures: Review of candidates will begin immediately. To apply for this position, please continue the process on our website, to complete the online application and submit any supporting documents. 

Gustavus Adolphus College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities.

Click on the following link to learn more about Gustavus's campus-wide commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Doug Thompson | | 507-933-7538

Posted: Fri Dec 9, 2022

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