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Assistant Director of the International Center

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: San Luis Obispo
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Full Time, Student Services
Position Description

Job Summary

Under the general direction of the Assistant Vice Provost for International Programs, the Assistant Director for the International Center manages the administrative and programmatic operations of the Study Abroad area of the Cal Poly International Center as well as the international travel of students on non-credit programs. The position performs a broad range of professional and analytical duties including developing, recommending, and implementing short- and long-term strategies, programs, and objectives to further the mission of the International Center, and is responsible for the operations of the International Center in the absence of the Assistant Vice Provost.

This position will be a 2- year temporary with an option to ultimately make it permanent, budget permitting, and is eligible for full benefits, including medical, dental, vision, and CalPERS retirement.

Department Summary

The primary mission of the Cal Poly International Center is to provide leadership and coordination for international activities and programs and to serve as a catalyst for internationalization efforts at Cal Poly. The IC maintains administrative authority and university-wide oversight of international engagement and initiatives supported by the campus. We are committed to providing equity and access to services and programs for the populations we serve, including for students studying abroad and international students and scholars at Cal Poly. We provide support to campus efforts in internationalizing the curriculum and in creating global partnerships.  For more information, visit the International Center

Key Qualifications

  • Strong supervision/leadership skills and ability to apply modern management/administrative techniques to coordinate and manage staff.
  • Demonstrated critical thinking and interpretive skills to analyze situations, define problems, develop, interpret and apply policies, identify concerns, and develop and implement solutions.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate formative assessment plans for departmental programs.
  • Ability to establish and maintain highly effective, professional working relationships with campus and CSU administrators, auxiliaries, faculty, staff, students, and members of the general public.
  • Demonstrated high standards of conduct, ethics, sensitivity, and confidentiality in dealing with various internal and external constituencies.

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree AND five (5) years of progressively responsible professional student services work, International Programs, or related fields.

Salary and Benefits

Salary commensurate with the background and experience of the individual selected.

Cal Poly offers a best-in-class benefits program, including health, dental and vision insurance, retirement participation in the Public Employees' Retirement System, and educational benefits for eligible employees. See our benefits website for additional information. 

Cal Poly

Cal Poly is a nationally-ranked public university located in San Luis Obispo, California, and is known for its Learn by Doing philosophy. Cal Poly’s vision is to be the nation’s premier comprehensive polytechnic university, an innovative institution that develops and inspires whole-system thinkers to serve California and help solve global challenges.  

Each year more than 20,000 top-tier students come to San Luis Obispo to put knowledge into action, taking their learning outside the classroom as they prepare for careers in engineering, agriculture, science, business, humanities, and the built environment. Cal Poly’s hands-on philosophy, small class sizes, and close student-faculty mentorships result in graduates ready from day one to impact their communities, California, and the world. 

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Diversity Statement

At Cal Poly, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees, and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences, and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.

Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring, and retention. Cal Poly is an equal opportunity employer. 

Supplemental Information

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

This position may be "Designated" under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter.

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo is not a sponsoring agency for staff positions (i.e. H-1B visas).

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