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Director of Global Initiatives, R20009

at Bellevue College

Posted: 3/22/2020
Job Reference #: 2721408

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


Under the leadership of the Dean of international Education and Global Initiatives, The Director of Global Initiatives (DGI) is primarily responsible for building a solid foundation for the comprehensive internationalization of Bellevue College. The Director leads the Department of Global Initiatives (GI) and develops accessible, creative, sustainable, and high-impact global initiatives like international professional development opportunities, curriculum internationalization, J-1 Exchange Visitor, study abroad, international partnerships, etc. that are unique to the large public two-and four-year hybrid institution.
The DGI must have thorough understanding of the international education field, excellent communication skills, and demonstrated leadership and management skills to set and articulate the department's mission, goals, directions, and their alignment with the College's plans, and develop partnerships with key stakeholders both internally and externally.
The  DGI reports to the Dean of International Education and Global Initiatives, supervises 3-4 staff members and utilizes their strengths, interests, and capabilities to drive the department forward.

Salary range begins at $75,090. Annual salary will be commensurate with candidate's qualifications and related experience.

We offer comprehensive compensation package with salary and benefits as the main components. Generous benefits package is offered through Washington State plans that includes multiple medical, dental, life and disability coverage choices for employees and dependents; choices of retirement and deferred compensation plans; paid holidays, sick, and vacation plans; transit program, reduced tuition, employee discounts and memberships, etc.

For more details about Bellevue College's excellent employee benefits, please visit Benefits section, next to Description section.

Bellevue College is a diverse student-centered, comprehensive and innovative college, committed to teaching excellence that advances the life-long educational development of its students while strengthening the economic, social and cultural life of its diverse community. Bellevue College is located just 10 miles east of Seattle where we serve a student population of over 44% students of color and over 1,100 international students. The college promotes student success by providing high-quality, flexible, accessible educational programs and services; advancing pluralism, inclusion and global awareness; and acting as a catalyst and collaborator for a vibrant region.

We strive to create a vibrant and inclusive campus community that supports a diverse student body, faculty and staff. As an essential part of our mission and goals, diversity, equity and pluralism are promoted and fostered in all aspects of college life. By enriching student life through leadership opportunities, personal learning and cultural experiences, we are committed to building an inclusive and diverse campus community that fosters creativity, innovation and student success.

The Global Initiatives department is a catalyst in campus wide comprehensive internationalization efforts. Global Initiatives works on instilling a global perspective in our students by exposing them to other countries, cultures and languages; it creates avenues and crafts opportunities for international faculty and staff development and internationalization of curriculum; and fosters strategic partnership building with institutions of higher education around the world. 


Leadership and Management

  • Conducts Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) and environmental scan analyses for the priority initiatives.
  • Develops a department's strategic plan to set priority goals, strategies, measurements, roles, responsibilities, financial needs and resource allocation.
  • Supervises staff members, including selecting, training and development, planning and assignment of work, resolving grievances, scheduling, coaching, and evaluating their performance and taking corrective action, when appropriate.
  • Represents GI in committees, professional conferences, and training sessions; Cultivates professional networks with related local, state, national, and international organizations and agencies.
  • Makes recommendations to the dean of IEGI for the future directions of global initiatives.
Grant funded special programs
  • Actively seeks grant opportunities and participates in grant writing in collaboration with faculty and the Grants Office.
  • Overseas the design and implementation of grant funded special programs
International Faculty/Staff Development and Curriculum Internationalization
  • Conducts ongoing research on international professional development opportunities that are aligned with the College's mission, goals, and interests. 
  • In collaboration with faculty, deans and Academic Affairs develops and implements initiatives, strategies and programs.
  • Provides targeted, well-planned professional development opportunities both on campus and abroad for faculty and staff to enhance their international competence.
  • Works with faculty to promote the integration of international perspectives in the curriculum.
J-1 Exchange Visitor Program
  • Directs and maintains the College's J-1 Exchange Visitor (EV) Programs.
  • Serves as the Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) to work closely with the Responsible Officer (RO) to ensure compliance with federal reporting requirements for all exchange visitors.
  • In collaboration with the dean of IEGI, Office of Instruction, Human Resources, Finance, and other departments, establishes the EV program goals, objectives, strategies, program evaluation, policies, and procedures.
  • Serves as primary point of contact for academic units seeking to establish collaborative exchange relationships involving exchange visitors.
  • Oversees the arrangements for the inbound exchange faculty, scholars, and students.
  • Serves as a liaison with the faculty and instructional units to integrate international experiences into their curricula.
  • Develops initiatives that provide incentives for faculty to participate in study abroad programs.
  • Develops policies and procedures for establishing, approving and managing international partnerships.
  • Pursues effective practices for sustaining partnerships over time.
  • Establishes procedures for reviewing, revising and/or terminating partnerships
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's Degree in International Studies, Education or related field from an accredited institution. Any combination of relevant education and/o experience may be substituted for the educational requirement for a year-for-year basis.
  • Two (2) years of managing the Study Abroad or J-1 Exchange Visitor program as an ARO or RO in higher education.
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate and build constructive relationships with diverse background of faculty, deans, administrators, and students.
  • Demonstrated presentation and writing skills that are clear, concise and inspirational to a variety of audiences. 
  • Experience in studying or working abroad.
  • Supervising and budget management experiences.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident as required by Department of State to serve as an Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO).
  • Master's Degree in International Studies, Education or related field from an accredited institution.
  • Three (3) years of progressively responsible position in international education.  
  • Three (3) years of leadership and management experience.
  • Five (5) years of program development and implementation experience. 
  • One (1) year teaching experience at a college or university.
  • Successful grant writing and management experience.
  • Fluency in another language.


Applications received by 03/16/2020 will be given full consideration. Applications received after that date may be considered until the position is filled. This position is not eligible for relocation allowance.

Background Check:
Prior to start of employment, a background check will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment, but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

How to Apply:
Click on the word Apply at the top right corner of the job announcement.

Individuals interested in this position are encouraged to apply. Your application must include a complete online application and all of the required documents below to be considered complete. Any application that does not provide all requested information will be considered incomplete and will not be screened for the position.
  • Complete an online application (note that stating "See Resume" on any section of the online Application will be deemed incomplete)
  • Attach a Resume
  • Attach a Cover Letter
  • Attach a Diversity Statement that addresses the following: Please provide specific examples of  how your educational and/or professional experiences, background or philosophy demonstrate your commitment to diversity and equity, and how these prepare you to contribute to Bellevue College (min 1 pg, max 2 pgs)