The Executive Director (ED) for Global Initiatives is responsible for managing and directing the activities in the Office of Global Initiatives including but not limited to: orientation, immigration processing and advisement, study abroad programs, and cultural programming. In addition, the ED will spearhead institutional international initiatives and develop a pathway program. The ED will serve as a liaison to all colleges that interact with international students. The ED is also responsible for managing all staff members in the Office of Global Initiatives.
New Jersey Institute of Technology, founded in 1881, is a public research university located in Newark, New Jersey, USA. The university is organized into 16 academic departments within five academic colleges: The Newark College of Engineering, College of Science and Liberal Arts, College of Architecture and Design, the Ying Wu College of Computing, and the Martin Tuchman School of Management, in addition to the Albert Dorman Honors College.
Located in the heart of the New York City metropolitan area, NJIT offers 51 undergraduate (Bachelor of Science/Arts) majors and 79 graduate (Masters and PhD) programs. NJIT is an economic engine for New Jersey and the NYC metropolitan area and offers outstanding return on investment for its graduates. The university is currently in the midst of a strategic hiring initiative which aims to bring the best and brightest faculty and administrators into our diverse community. These investments will continue to propel NJIT towards tomorrow's scientific and technological frontiers.
Responsible for all F-1 and J-1 students’ and visitors’ SEVIS record maintenance; act as the Principal Designated School Official (PDSO) and Responsible Officer (RO)
Oversee the review and process of all immigration paperwork and applications for international scholars and employees, working closely with other units, including the Department of Human Resources, on campus to ensure policies are consistent and in compliance, and that data is entered in appropriate systems
Oversee and manage all communications between the university and external immigration law firms to support the application and processing of J1 exchange visitor requests, H1B petitions, permanent residency applications, and other visa applications, as needed
Develop and adjust policies to ensure that the university remains in compliance with federal regulations at all times
Ensure all processes and policies implemented by the office are in accordance with federal guidelines and consistently applied
Serve as contact and liaison for external agencies including the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. State Department, Student and Exchange Visitor Program, U.S. consulates and embassies abroad, foreign embassies and consulates in the U.S., and the Institute of International Education
Offer workshops throughout the year to keep students updated with changes in policies and immigration requirements Strategic Internationalization Plan
Create and implement an international strategic plan to assist the university with its internationalization efforts
Serve as the point of contact for on-campus visits from international delegations
In conjunction with departments, assist with the development of curricular opportunities for study and internships abroad
Identify and spearhead the development of a network of institutions that could serve as a ‘hub’ for student and faculty exchange
Foster more on- and off-campus opportunities for cross-cultural integration among international and domestic students
Develop a robust cultural program plan to assist with international student transition to the university and U.S. o Sponsor and support programming for intercultural exchange with events on- and off-campus
Facilitate the creation of an international student club to foster more engagement among international and American students; serve as the advisor or co-advisor for the club
Work with other offices on campus (such as Women’s Center, CCAPS, Res Life, etc.) to offer programs targeted to international students, such as cultural shock, mental health issues, and living abroad
Support all aspects of the study abroad program at the university
Develop and continuously review/improve a pre-departure orientation to prepare study abroad students for their program overseas
Develop university-wide policies that are consistent with best practices in the field (e.g., travel policy, risk management, etc.)
Identify faculty and academic advisors who are supportive of study abroad initiatives and leverage their interest to promote study abroad
Work closely with faculty and academic departments to develop faculty-led study abroad programs
Identify, develop, and implement new international partnerships; maintain existing partnerships Pathway Program
Develop and maintain the pathway program:
Develop and maintain a new source of revenue for the university
Work with students to ensure satisfaction with the program and goal attainment
Serve as the university point of contact for all pathway-related issues
Ensure federal compliance for all pathway students’ immigration records and SEVIS reporting
Manage the budget for the program and negotiate rates
Select and hire pathway instructors to teach courses and develop evaluation mechanisms to ensure consistency in teaching methodology
Work with the registrar to ensure space availability and avoid scheduling conflicts
Work with the bursar to ensure timeliness of payments
Work with the retention officer to ensure retention when transitioning to college
Work with academic advisors to ensure full-course load schedules and avoid scheduling conflicts
A minimum of 8 years of management experience in a higher education setting
Demonstrated knowledge of federal regulations pertaining to F-1 and J-1 visas
Must be a US citizen or permanent resident to serve as PDSO and RO
Must have a master’s degree in international education or related field
Demonstrated knowledge of ISSM, SEVIS, and Banner.
Submit at the university's discretion, the education and experience prerequisites may be excepted where the candidate can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the university an equivalent combination of education and experience specifically preparing the candidate for success in the position.
As an EEO employer NJIT is committed to building a diverse and inclusive teaching, research, and working environment and strongly encourages applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women.
Diversity is a core value of NJIT and we are committed to make diversity, equity and inclusion, part of everything we do. We celebrate the diversity of our university community and recognize the cultural and personal differences. We strive to cultivate an inclusive campus culture that promotes excellence among our faculty, staff and students. Building a robust and diverse community is critical to NJIT’s continuing status as a premier institution of higher education and a leading polytechnic university.”