Executive Director of International Education

  • Director
  • San Mateo, CA
  • August 5, 2024

Website San Mateo County Community College District

Executive Director of International Education

San Mateo County Community College District

Posting Number: 20141787S

Department: International Affairs

Location: District Office

Position Number: 1A0044

Percentage of Full Time: 100%

FLSA: Exempt (does not accrue overtime)

Months per Year: 12

Salary Range: Min Salary: $196,236 (annual) – Max Salary: $249,948 (annual)

Position Type: Administrative/Supervisory Positions

Who We Are:

The San Mateo County Community College District is committed to achieving educational equity for all students. As outlined in the District’s Strategic Plan, “success, equity, and social justice for our students are longstanding goals.” The District’s https://smccd.edu/strategicplan/ is focused on “Student Success, Equity and Social Justice.” We provide students with a rich and dynamic learning experience that embraces differences — emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become global citizens and socially responsible leaders. When you join our San Mateo County Community College District team, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty and classified staff, administration, students and community partners.

The College and the District:

The San Mateo County Community College District is home to Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College. All three of our colleges are designated as Hispanic Serving Institutions enrolling approximately 20,000 students each academic year. San Mateo County Community College District has a diverse student population that is a reflection of the communities that it serves. Detailed information about the student population, including data related to student success, can be found on the https://www.smccd.edu/factbook

Who We Want:

We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners who are also committed to closing equity gaps. The San Mateo County Community District seeks employees who value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals.

The Position:

The Executive Director, reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Educational Services and Planning has overall responsibility for the coordination of outreach, recruitment, instruction, and student services as it relates to international students. The Executive Director is also responsible for the leadership of the International Education Division of the District Office and coordination of the College International Student Program Offices to support a robust international education program in the SMCCCD. The Executive Director will provide leadership for the strategic planning, development, and implementation of international affairs and global strategies, as well as promote and support international programs, students, and initiatives.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The duties below are representative of the duties of the classification and are not intended to cover all of the duties performed by the incumbent(s) of any particular position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to this classification.

• Promotes a long-term vision and strategic plan for the development of international education in the District

• Oversees and coordinates all international education programs, affairs, services, and operations across the District

• Provides leadership in promoting a global community and learning environment for students across the District

• Responsible for the strategic development of global markets for outreach and recruitment of international students

• Develops and manages ongoing relationships with the District’s colleges and key stakeholders at each campus

• Develops and manages ongoing relationships with partner institutions, firms, agencies, agents, scholarship organizations, and foreign embassies

• Leads the District and colleges in developing partnerships around the globe

• Establishes and maintains a comprehensive international marketing, outreach, and recruitment plan

• Provides management and oversight of in-country representatives

• Plans and participates in international recruitment activities

• Establishes and maintains University Transfer Agreements with four-year institutions across the U.S

• Serves as an advisor on international enrollment issues

• Develops and manages the budget of the District International Education program

• Recommends to the Vice Chancellor, and others as appropriate, changes in organization and operating policies and procedures that affect District international education

• Reviews legislation affecting international students and international programs of the District and advises the Vice Chancellor

• Attends meetings of the Board of Trustees and serves on District committees as needed and/or directed

• Serves as liaison with District-wide student services and instructional committees on issues related to international education

• Performs other duties as assigned by the Vice Chancellor

Minimum Qualifications:

• Possession of a Master’s degree or above or equivalent. Applicants may apply for an Equivalence to Minimum Qualifications as part of the application process

• At least five years of full-time, high-level managerial experience relating to people, budget, and operational matters in international affairs

• Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to, and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, neurodivergent, and LGBTQIA+ backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff

Physical Requirements:

This classification requires data analysis and comparison; attention to detail; interactions with a variety of people simultaneously; accurate work under deadline pressure; persuasive communication, tact, patience, visual comparison; confrontation; flexibility, adaptability; alternating sitting, standing; traveling; and driving a motor vehicle to off-campus sites, to perform the essential functions.

Equivalence to Minimum Qualifications:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• Knowledge and experience in international education, global engagement, international student recruitment and market development, strategic planning, and research

• Experience in the use of educational technology to further advance instructional programs and student services

• Familiarity with Title V and other California community college laws, rules, and regulations

• Familiarity with Federal laws, rules, and regulations as they apply to international education and students, including student Visa regulations

• Management-level experience in areas such as policy development, implementation, and interpretation of laws relating to higher education and international education

• Demonstrated skills in written and oral communication, particularly with public and government agencies, and the use of computer software such as word processing and spreadsheets

• Ability to work in an academic environment with an understanding of the traditional processes related to participatory governance

• Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, access, and belonging

Preferred Qualifications:


Benefits include paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. The District pays all or a portion of monthly medical plan premiums (depending on the coverage) and pays all of the monthly dental and vision plan premiums for employees and eligible dependents. Additional paid benefits include life insurance, salary continuance insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program. Academic employees participate in the State Teachers’ Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California (no contributions to Social Security). Optional tax-deferred 403(b) and 457 retirement plans are also available.

Open Date: 05/03/2024

First Review Date: 06/14/2024

Close Date: Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions Summary:

Required Application Materials

All applicants are required to submit:

1. A completed online District application form (go to https://jobs.smccd.edu to complete the application and to apply for this position).

2. A resume that details all relevant education, training, and other work experience.

3. A cover letter of no more than 3 pages that addresses the applicant’s cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, neurodivergent, and LGBTQIA+ backgrounds of community college students, faculty and staff as well as the applicant’s qualifications as they relate to the requirements, knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in this announcement.

Candidates for interview will be selected from among those who most closely meet the requirements and knowledge, skills, and abilities. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview. As part of the interview process, candidates may be asked to demonstrate job-related knowledge and skills.

For questions related to this posting, please contact:

SMCCCD Office of Human Resources

3401 CSM Drive

San Mateo, CA 94402

Tel.: (650) 574-6555

Fax: (650) 574-6574

Email: smccdjobs@smccd.edu

Web Page: https://smccd.edu/humanresources/

Conditions of Employment:

Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following:

1. Submit official transcripts (applies to all faculty or educational administrative positions)

Foreign Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs in order for it to be considered for the satisfaction of minimum qualifications. Foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated by a U.S.-based credentials evaluation service. The District currently accepts evaluations from agencies approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

2. Submit verifications of prior employment

3. Satisfactory references

4. Successfully being cleared for employment through the background checking process

In addition to background checks, the District may review publicly available information about a candidate on the Internet. If a candidate is aware of incorrect or inaccurate information that is available on the Internet, the candidate is welcome to address such an issue with the Office of Human Resources.

5. Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States

6. Approval of your employment by the SMCCCD Board of Trustees

7. Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis exam for initial employment.

8. Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment). Please note that the California Education Code requires, in part, that community college districts shall not employ or retain in employment persons in public school service who have been convicted of certain felonies, a misdemeanor drug charge (including alcohol offenses) or misdemeanor moral turpitude (sexual offense) crime. However, consideration may be given to those whose drug convictions occurred more than five years ago. A conviction for other crimes may not necessarily disqualify you from the job for which you may be applying.

EEO Statement:

The San Mateo County Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ individuals who represent the rich diversity of cultures, language groups, and abilities of its surrounding communities.


Applicants who have disabilities may request that special accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process. Accommodation requests and a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act applicant procedures can be made by completing our: https://smccd-czqfp.formstack.com/workflows/https_smccd_czqfp_formstack_com_forms_san_mateo_county_community_college_district_applicant_reasonable_accommodation_request_form

Annual Security Report:

San Mateo County Community College District’s (SMCCCD) 2022 Annual Security Report (ASR), required by the Clery Act, includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by SMCCCD; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from SMCCCD. Our 2022 Annual Security Report also outlines various campus safety and security policies, such as those concerning crime reporting, prevention and response to sexual and gender violence, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, emergency response and evacuation procedures, and other matters. The 2022 Annual Security Report also includes important tips to help every member of the community remain safe and avoid becoming a victim of crime. The 2022 Security Report is now available. You can also obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Department of Public Safety at the District Office or any of the three Campuses (650) 738-7000. The report includes information about criminal activity on our campuses, emergency procedures and resources.

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