Associate/Assistant Director, Student Development I The Beijing Center
TBC’s Office of Student Development seeks a consummate student affairs professional to provide leadership and direction to all aspects of the Office’s initiatives and services.
Position Vacant: Associate/Assistant Director, Student Development About The Beijing Center Since 1998, The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies (TBC) has offered outstanding immersive semester abroad programs and tailored short-term programs to students from around the world. Our mission is to promote mutual understanding between China and other cultures. What makes TBC unique is its placement in a long and storied tradition of Jesuit education. TBC achieves its mission by offering students a supportive and immersive global environment combined with a rigorous academic curriculum. TBC students come from all over the world while most students are from US colleges/universities. Role TBC’s Office of Student Development seeks a consummate student affairs professional to provide leadership and direction to all aspects of the Office’s initiatives and services. You will be expected to work closely with colleagues to assist in the planning and implementation of a departmental strategy. Responsibilities include human capital management, fiscal oversight, co-curricular engagement, immersion, volunteer and service learning efforts, housing, management and maintenance of physical space and technology, emergency preparedness and response, behavior management, visa procedures, student arrivals and departures, development of the Chinese Roommate and Host Family programs, TBC alumni network development for alumni in China, administration of the UIBE/TBC scholarship program, orientation and reentry efforts, and coordinating student development functions of the two annual academic excursions. The Associate/Assistant Director of Student Development serves as the primary liaison for TBC’s Division of Student Development in interactions with TBC’s school of record, Loyola University Chicago (LUC), and its Chinese host institution, the International School of the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE). You will be well versed in the skills needed to work successfully in a multi-national and multi-cultural environment and will have ideally lived in China for some time and understand the local context, culture and language. You will have a passion for and dedication to higher education and the Jesuit education ethos of TBC, including, ideally, previous work experience in international education. You will enjoy working collaboratively and supportively with students, and will have a commitment to educating and developing young adults. You will have the ability to effectively develop and implement new initiatives, as well as to support existing programs, using sound principles of student development and learning theory. Further, you will have a high emotional intelligence, bringing self-awareness to your role to be an effective student development educator. Responsibilities The Associate/Assistant Director will report to the Executive Director and will have primary responsibility for the following: • Promoting the health, safety, and welfare of TBC students. This includes handling emergencies, planning and providing educational programming for students, facilitating a strong sense of community, and promoting the character development of students. • Advising and providing students with general resources related to academic, financial, personal health/wellness, and cultural adjustment concerns. • Assisting in both the acculturation and repatriation of students through a multi-day on-site arrival orientation and re-entry orientation prior to departure. • Overseeing the 24-hour emergency response program, training staff on emergency response procedures, and managing and responding to student emergencies through participation in the 24- hour duty rotation. • Upholding TBC policies and US Title IX mandates through the oversight of the student conduct process, including confronting violations and conducting educational meetings. • Participating in the semesterly, two-week student excursion, fulfilling all student development functions and responsibilities. • Developing and implementing a comprehensive co-curricular programming model incorporating best practices to meet departmental programming objectives. • Handling operational matters related to the residence hall with the UIBE building management team, including rooming assignments, roommate matching, and related issues. • Managing the recruitment, training, development, and oversight of both the Chinese Roommates and Chinese Tutor programs. • Providing fiscal oversight of the department’s budget and expenditures. • Overseeing all aspects of students’ visa process in collaboration with the recruitment team and the host university. • Maintaining accurate student records in compliance with US legislation. • Promoting diversity and inclusion in all departmental practices and programming. • Working closely with the other TBC staff on location (academic affairs; marketing, communications, and recruitment; short-term programs) and with colleagues based in the US. • Assisting TBC colleagues with event management as required. • Completing special projects as assigned. This position is a live-on position that requires availability onsite every day and on-call availability when offsite. Time off is coordinated with other team members so that at least one full-time Student Development staff person is always available onsite and/or on-call for the safety and welfare of the students, including on weekends. Selection criteria Essential: • Bachelor’s Degree required • Three or more years of experience in student services/affairs • Proven ability to work well with a diverse student body including exceptional cultural competence, counseling, and advising skills, and sensitivity to diverse cultures and politics • High level of emotional intelligence and common sense with the ability to administer the role of a student development educator with high efficacy • Ability to manage emergencies/crises effectively • Native-level English fluency, including excellent written and spoken communication skills • A proven ability to bring creative energy and ideas to an organization and follow through with action • Strong sense of discretion, confidentiality, and tact • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team and to interact effectively with colleagues, administrators, faculty, students, and other affiliates Preferred: • Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration, Counseling, or other relevant field • Five or more years post-graduate experience in student affairs administration among US university/college students • Clear understanding of US law, policy and regulatory compliance in relationship to student affairs practice, especially in regard to ADA, Title IX, and FERPA • Chinese language ability is a strong preference as is experience in China (in particular with higher education or a closely related field) • Familiarity with contemporary Chinese university systems including internal structures and settings, values, and ethics in order to facilitate smooth collaboration and partnership development with host university. • A strong understanding of the international higher education sector and/or a personal study abroad experience Remuneration and Benefits The Associate/Assistant Director role will initially be offered as a 12-month full-time contract position, with remuneration commensurate to experience, and a generous benefits package. The position is live-on, and the incumbent will be provided a one-bedroom apartment on campus as part of the benefits package. The incumbent will be expected to work full-time, based at The Beijing Center office at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. The Beijing Center is an equal opportunity workplace with flexible working practices. The position will involve occasional attendance at out-of-hours events and some travel within China and abroad. How to Apply Send your CV/Resume and a cover letter addressing the selection criteria to: firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject: Student Development – [family name, first name] Enquiries may be directed to Nicholas Poché, Dean of Student Development: email@example.com. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Anticipated start date: July 2017 EEO Statement We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.