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Candidates should submit the following as one document:

1. Cover letter which effectively demonstrates the candidate's motivation, qualifications, and professional goals related to the position. 

2. Resume including contact information for two (2) professional references. 

3. A one-page statement that describes a situation where the candidate navigated difference, what was learned from this experience, and what the candidate did with what they learned.

Job Summary

The Office of Global Activities leads the School of Social Work’s international engagement. This includes connecting Masters in Social Work (MSW) students to international social work opportunities through funding, special programs, academic resources, internationalized curriculum, and arranging faculty and student exchanges at partner institutions. The office reports to the Associate Dean for Educational  Programs and is led by the Director of the Office of Global Activities. The office staff also includes 1-2 graduate student staff. The Office of Global Activities' current initiatives includes student and faculty exchanges, global field placements, independent study funding, conference travel grants, a faculty-led program, and an exchange visitor program.

The Global Opportunity Coordinator is responsible for advising social work students on global activities, supporting exchange visitors to the School, and assisting with general operations of the office. The Global Opportunity Coordinator will advise prospective and current MSW students about the various global education opportunities and will assist them in all stages of their experience. Additionally, this position will provide the primary support for all international exchange visitors coming to the School of Social Work including visiting students and faculty. This position reports to the Office of Global Activities Director.


30% Program Administration and Advising 
Function as the main contact for MSW students interested in or currently completing a global experience. 

  • Manage all aspects of the Global Independent Study grant including advising students on how to design and integrate a global experience into their MSW program 
  • Assist with the management and advising for the Global Activities Scholars Program and Peace Corps Masters International programs 
  • Meet with students during walk-in hours and scheduled meetings 
  • Create relevant program resource, marketing materials, and manage web content 
  • Organize information sessions on the various opportunities and application processes 
  • Manage the application and admissions processes including communicating with students, scheduling interviews, creating and maintaining administrative excel sheets, managing the online application management system, and collecting missing application components if necessary 
  • Organize and run the annual pre-departure orientation, and coordinate the accompanying community engagement session 
  • Ensure compliance with UM health and safety policies and requirements listed in the Standard Practice Guides 
  • Develop and implement evaluation plans used to initiate process and program improvements 

35% International Student, Scholar, and Faculty Support

  • Manage the H1B, Permanent Residency, and other visa processes for faculty and staff hires in coordination with the School of Social Work Human Resources staff
  • Provide logistical support as needed to all international visitors to the School including exchange students, visiting research students, and visiting scholars 
  • Manage the DS-2019 request process for all exchange students, visiting research students, visiting scholars, and their families on J1 and J2 visa in collaboration with the UM Shared Service Center and the International Center 
  • Work with the office of the Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs to manage the request and application process for visiting research students and visiting scholars 
  • Work with the Office of Student Services to manage the application process for exchange students from partner institutions 
  • Provide logistical support for exchange students from partner institutions while they prepare for and complete a field placement in Ann Arbor 
  • Support degree-seeking international students 
  • Organize and lead the annual international student orientation 

35% Office Administration 

  • Assist with daily office operations 
  • Provide administrative support to Director to run all programs and events
  • Use various online systems to update student data, monitor programs, and create reports 
  • Attend events and meetings as a representative of the Office of Global Activities (e.g. International Education Network) 
  • Assist with event planning and implementation 
  • Provide day-to-day task supervision and support for work-study students in conjunction with the Director of the Office of Global Activities

Physical Demands/Work Environment 

  • Routinely communicate with students about programs, events, and activities 
  • Routinely presents information at events 
  • Occasionally moves through the buildings to attend meetings/events and access files or information May move materials weighing up to 20 pounds throughout the School or to other University venues for presentations or meetings 
  • May require work during early mornings, nights, and/or weekends 
  • The statements included in this description are intended to reflect the general nature and level of work assigned to this classification and should not be interpreted as all inclusive. 

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree  
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing issues and projects related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access 
  • Committed to delivering top quality, transformative global experiences to students and exchange visitors 
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills working with diverse colleagues, faculty, staff, students, and visitors 
  • Flexibility and the ability to work both independently and as a team member 
  • Ability to function productively in an ever changing, fast-paced environment 
  • Ability to set priorities, exercise initiative, work on numerous projects simultaneously, and meet/negotiate deadlines on a daily basis 
  • Ability to identify and implement process improvements to enhance office efficiencies and productivity 
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) 

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience living, studying, and/or working either abroad or in culturally diverse settings
  • 1-2 years work experience in higher education and/or international education settings

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.