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Director of Academic Affairs

The Director of Academic Affairs is the primary academic counselor for the Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) Program. S/he guides current students through the degree program with individual academic counseling, and ensures ongoing academic support and co-curricular programming for students. The Director of Academic Affairs also manages the administrative aspects of the degree program, including course scheduling, registration, and administration of exams. Working closely with the MSFS Director and Associate Director in the development of curriculum and degree requirements, the Director of Academic Affairs has additional duties that include but are not limited to:

Academic Counseling

  • Serves as the primary academic counselor to 200+ MSFS students – including dual-degree students in Public Policy, Law, Business, History, Economics, and BSFS – regarding degree requirements, academic policies/procedures, curriculum structure, registration, financial aid, and students’ individual course plans.
  • Guides students in formulation of various grant, fellowship, and scholarship applications.
  • Provides ongoing academic support to students until graduation and coordinates additional support services as necessary.
  • Coordinates with the Assistant Director of External Affairs on internship placement and the SFS Graduate Career Center on career services for program students.

Academic Program Administration

  • Manages course scheduling in coordination with the Director and Associate Director and ensures necessary offerings and balance of courses each semester.
  • Provides students and faculty with course schedules and course descriptions, and ensures up-to-date course information in various media.
  • Coordinates and manages the registration process for students and faculty, communicating and coordinating with dual-degree academic programs.
  • Coordinates and manages the verbal examination process for ~100 students per year, developing and managing the new student orientation program.
  • Develops and manages co-curricular programming including clinics, simulations, leadership development programs, and mentoring programs.
  • Seeks student feedback relating to the MSFS program, curriculum, and professional development offerings through exit interviews, surveys, and group meetings, using feedback for program implementation and improvement.  
  • Coordinates with OGS on compliance with visa regulations for international students, and ensures program compliance in this area.
  • Fosters relationships and information sharing between SFS/GU academic departments and centers.
  • Maintains student and alumni databases.

Student Leadership Advising

  • Advises MSFS students in the planning of academic, student-run conferences and other initiatives.
  • Supervises and advises multiple MSFS student organizations and clubs.
  • Develops guidelines and enforces policies as necessary.

Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in international affairs, counseling, or closely related field
  • At least 4 years of professional experience in academic advising/counseling and academic program administration in higher education
  • Familiarity with international education systems
  • Exceptional written and interpersonal communication skills