• Study Abroad Advisor, Office of Study Abroad

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(10/1/2018 10:13 AM)
    Number of Openings
    Closing Date
    Type of Search
    Who May Apply
    This position is open to all qualified applicants.
    Position Number
    St Paul
    Office of Study Abroad
    FLSA Status
    Employment Type
    Full-Time Staff
    Assigned Months per Year
    Benefits Eligible

    The University of St. Thomas invites qualified candidates to apply for a Study Abroad Advisor within the Office of Study Abroad.

    Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good. A successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission statement.

    The University of St. Thomas offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program, which includes:

    • Up to 100% tuition remission for employees, spouses, and dependents upon eligibility
    • A generous Employer retirement contribution of 9.4% of annual salary upon eligibility
    • Medical, dental, and vision options
    • Employer-paid disability, life, and AD&D benefits


    This position serves students by advising undergraduate and graduate students, including program and course selection, credit transfer, financial aid, scholarships/fellowships/grants, visas, safety and security, intercultural competence, health, and integration of experience back on home campus and reviews and approves applications. S/he also supervises undergraduate peer advisor student employees and plans and manages pre-departure student orientations and outreach events.


    The Office of Study Abroad (OSA) of Global Learning and Strategy is the University of St. Thomas’s comprehensive resource for global education programs, and whose broad mission is to provide integrated academic and intercultural off-campus learning experiences. OSA staff work with over 2,000 undergraduate and graduate St. Thomas students planning to, studying on and returning from credit-granting programs around the world annually. The OSA also manages multiple advising and enrollment cycles simultaneously from prospective student to alumni status, and develops and facilitates short-term and semester programs in collaboration with program directors, academic and administrative departments and external national and international organizations. While its core responsibility is for credit-granting programs, OSA staff also facilitate the risk, liability, health and safety of all university student, faculty, and staff off-campus travel activity.



    • Along with the Associate Director, advise and approve students on St. Thomas and “Other Approved Programs” programs. This includes multiple interactions to facilitate successful admission to, on-site experience and return; specifically program choice and academic advising, application process, academic credit transfer, financial aid and billing, immigration regulations, health, safety and intercultural development.
    • Along with the Associate Director, lead, plan and manage a portfolio of Approved Partner Organizations.
      • Collaborate with academic departments to identify new abroad opportunities that are appropriate in terms of curriculum, destination, reputation, rigor, and on-site support logistics and services.
      • Develop advising resources for both faculty and students. Liaison with partner representatives.
      • Provide emergency/crisis response as required and share 24-hour on-call responsibilities.
    • Plan and manage pre-departure student orientations, including updating and revising presentation content and agendas, volunteer recruitment, student hiring/training, scheduling speakers and sessions, information dissemination and general management. Plan and manage Study Abroad Fairs and J-term Open House.
    • Manage all course equivalences and approval processes for off-campus programs and students.
      • Liaise with academic units to establish course equivalences.
      • Manage tracking and archive records.
    • Hire, train and supervise undergraduate Peer Advisors (returned UST students who promote study abroad and offer front-line advising). Maintain Study Abroad Resource Library.
    • Participate in external outreach, networking, and professional engagement activities. Attend local, regional and national conferences. Keep up-to-date on current knowledge and trends in the field of education abroad.


    Minimum Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
    • Three years of professional advising or counseling experience

    Preferred Qualifications 

    • Master’s degree in a relevant field
    • Experience working in an education abroad office
    • Experience either studying or traveling internationally
    • Knowledge of student development and intercultural communication theories, adjustment processes, and practices for facilitating intercultural development, competence and sensitivity

    On the University of St. Thomas Jobs page, follow the instructions to complete an online application which includes uploading a resume and copy/pasting a job specific cover letter.

    In light of its commitment to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, employment with the University of St. Thomas requires consent and successful completion of a background screening.

    The University of St. Thomas, Minnesota Human Resources Department advertises the official job listing on its website at www.stthomas.edu/jobs.

    The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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