Intercultural Programs Advisor

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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.


The Center for Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS) develops inclusive and accessible educational opportunities around the globe, primarily for LSA undergraduates. Our academically rich programs foster intellectual curiosity and intercultural understanding by encouraging students and faculty to engage with host communities through conscious and responsible participation. CGIS offers over 100 programs in 40 countries, from short-term summer programs to traditional semester- and year-long study abroad. CGIS is committed to furthering diversity within study abroad.

The Intercultural Programs Advisor coordinates a range of services for CGIS programs.  Responsibilities of the position are described below. 

35%   Advising 

Help students identify and select appropriate programs, provide information about financial aid options and the admissions process, serve as primary contact for students participating in these programs, and assist students to prepare and meet program requirements. Respond to student, parent, faculty, and staff inquires via phone, walk-in, and e-mail during the various stages of off-campus program participation including pre-application, pre-departure, on-site, and  once students have returned to U of M.

15%   Application Coordination and Review

Lead the admissions committee for students applying to programs, coordinate the admission and acceptance process. Collect partner application materials for host institutions. Notify students of acceptances and next steps.

10%   Student Sessions

Facilitate informational  and intercultural workshops, orientation sessions (including general pre-departure and program specific orientations), retreats and return sessions. Assist in designing content and materials for such sessions.

35%   Program Coordination

Coordinate services and program logistics with program partners in the U.S. and abroad. Serve as liaison with units who have students going on programs, work with faculty and staff in these units to promote programs. Meet with partners when making visits to the UM campus. Update program supplements, cost sheets, and other materials. Coordinate with faculty, staff, and students regarding program requirements such as submission of forms, meeting health and safety requirements, and understanding program-related policies. Work with faculty on organizing, promoting, and preparing students for short-term faculty-led programs

Other projects as assigned. Participate in after-hours emergency response rotation. Conference travel and site visits as appropriate.

5%   Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

CGIS is committed to the principles of JEDI in all aspects of our programming, and we expect all of our staff, including advisors, to actively advance this philosophy in the following ways. 

Advise students with different social identities in the pre-departure, while abroad and return phases.  Help develop and facilitate identity-based sessions as part of pre-departure orientation and returnee programming.  Partner with units across campus to facilitate programming to ensure underrepresented students are aware of different study abroad opportunities and understand the resources available to them.  Participate in and on occasion facilitate staff sessions that further develop the team’s awareness around unique considerations for people holding different social identities.  Implement practices that make our office a more inclusive space for students, faculty, and staff. 

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor's degree; first hand experience participating in or leading an intercultural program; experience advising, teaching, or mentoring undergraduate/graduate students; ability to handle multiple assignments for varied programs with strong organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, students, and partner institutions from many different backgrounds; demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Desired Qualifications*

Masters or other advanced degree; previous administrative experience in higher education; some knowledge of U of M policies and procedures;  previous experience working in a study abroad office or provider organization; direct experience working with marginalized communities and/or student populations that are underrepresented within study abroad; a knowledge of intercultural learning pedagogy; experience with StudioAbroad software.

Additional Information

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA. 

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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.

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

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