The Director of Boston University's Study Abroad, Shanghai Program, for AKEAH Inc., Shanghai Representative Office, reports directly to the Executive Director, Study Abroad, and oversees all aspects of the program and office including management and recruitment of staff and instructors, curriculum development/revision, internships, student life and excursions, student emergency response, health and safety, and program budgets. The Director also builds and maintains relationships with institutions and organizations in China that directly relate to program operations. The Director takes an active role in the University's effort to publicize BU Study Abroad and reach enrollment goals for the Shanghai Program.
Working in close collaboration with the Vice President and Associate Provost for Global Programs and other BU colleagues, the Director will, as time permits, support the advancement and profile of Boston University in China by supporting various BU admissions, teaching, and alumni efforts.
The position is based 100% of time in Shanghai with several trips per year required to the U.S.
Key Areas of Responsibility:
Establish the curriculum and recommend the hiring of qualified instructors to the Director of Academic Affairs;
Ensure the academic integrity of the program, enforcing the completion of course and faculty evaluations each semester and the academic success of the students;
Ensure the program is in compliance with all academic policies and procedures of Boston University, working in conjunction with BU Study Abroad and the Director of Academic Affairs;
Report on the academic progress of the program, keeping the Director of Academic Affairs updated on all issues related to grade inflation, student progress, course appropriateness;
Oversee the internship placement process, regularly reviewing and evaluating the placements for students
Student Life, Health and Safety:
Oversee all aspects of health, safety, and student life for the program, including housing, excursions and other cultural activities, potential health and safety concerns with hosting US students in close consultation with the Study Abroad Director of Operations and the Associate Director, Health, Safety and Security on the Global Support team
Plan and lead cultural and academic excursion, orientations, and other extra-curricular activities
Respond to students in crisis and student emergencies and provide appropriate support and resources
Finance and Operations:
Oversee the operating budget for the program and review and approve monthly expense reports submitted to BU Global Support Finance Team
Manage the program's bank account, with signatory authority on the accounts
Manage relationships with local accountant, payroll provider, and auditor and coordinate with Global Support and Study Abroad to ensure proper tax reporting and filings are met
Act as the Representative of the University's legal entity
Keep BU Study Abroad updated on changes in economic and financial policies in the country, as they relate to the program
Oversee the operational needs of the program as they relate to office space, equipment, furniture, etc.
In coordination with Global Support and Study Abroad, ensure the compliance with local laws including registration of the program, employee taxation, property regulations, and any other legal policies and procedures as they affect the program. Keep the Executive Director informed of changes in local legislation and national regulations as they pertain to the program
Represent BU on any appropriate China-based professional organizations
Strategic Planning, Collaborations and Program Development:
Work with the BU Study Abroad Executive Director and staff on the development of new program initiatives
Participate in the strategic planning process and review for the program. Analyze the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of the program from an operational, financial, legal and academic perspective
Update the Executive Director on the presence of other study abroad providers in the area, make recommendations on areas of development
Submit a report at the end of each semester outlining the highlights and issues of the program as well as areas of development
Personnel and Human Resources:
Work with the BU Study Abroad on all staffing change requests and hiring matters
Supervise all staff and instructional staff members of the program;
Supervisory duties include instructing, planning and assigning work, maintaining standards, coordinating activities, acting on employee problems, selecting new employees. Review and evaluate work for effectiveness, accuracy and adherence to department policies.
Recruitment and Marketing:
Participate in and contribute to the University's effort in publicizing BU Study Abroad
Work closely with the Executive Director in branding the program
Act as liaison between Boston University and institutions and organizations on the site
Foster alumni relations with graduates of the program and assist in the efforts of Boston University's Office of Development and Alumni Affairs as needed; assist other University offices as needed
Liaise with Boston University Admissions Office, Development and Alumni Relations Office, and other academic units, to support recruitment and development efforts.
Minimum Master's degree is required, PhD preferred
5-8 Years of professional work experiences in higher education and or international education administration
Experience working with American students traveling abroad and strong understanding of American higher education administrative and academic practices
Fluent in Mandarin and English, both oral and written form
Excellent managerial, communication and organizational skills in a cross-cultural environment, the ability to work cooperatively with senior administrators, faculty, students and staff on-and off- campus, the ability to communicate professionally and clearly in writing and orally; the proven ability to manage people and projects effectively;
Exercise sound judgment and appropriate response in emergency situations involving students
Must manage expectations with diplomacy and manage competing priorities.
Strong, nuanced understanding of US university systems and operations
Minimal Travel within China to support strategic University efforts
Travel to the US for meetings and recruitment
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Mary Thames at email@example.com. Please DO NOT apply via BU HR website.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.
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