Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

TITLE: Study Abroad Coordinator

CLASS: Academic Professional




The Study Abroad Coordinator will oversee the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of efforts to address the College needs related to student and faculty mobility during studies abroad as well as reciprocal student exchange programs.  Plans, develops, and coordinates Study Abroad programs and assists the College with Internationalization efforts in curricular and co-curricular experience.  Develops an effective strategic plan for possible risks, including the following:  emergency, evacuation, repatriation, natural disasters, and housing and transportation. 

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES (Includes some or all of the following)

  1. Coordinates with faculty, staff, administration, and external constituencies in the development of new PCC study abroad programs and the on-going evaluation of existing programs.  Collaboratively works with faculty, deans, and other academics leading the planning and coordination of faculty led trips.
  2. Develops short- and long-range goals and policies for the Study Abroad office to promote strategic planning for study abroad at PCC.  Works with departments and offices across campuses to promote study abroad, facilitates procedures for study abroad and exchange students and addresses issues that arise on study abroad and exchange programs.  Coordinates as needed with other on-campus units such as admissions and enrollment, student accounts, registration, financial aid and academic advising and counseling.
  3. Prepares reports regarding site visits and program operations abroad as well as student evaluation for ongoing programs.  Works with the Program Directors of International Education and Dean of Instructional Support to review appropriate articulation agreements and contracts.  Provides leadership in the creation, revision, and assessment of program/course outcomes. 
  4. Advises students who wish to participate in Study Abroad Programs, including advice on program selection, applications, financial aid, credit transfer, scholarship applications, college policies, health and safety, cross-cultural adjustments and other academic and non-academic issues.
  5. Develops annual budget requests for Study Abroad and International Faculty Development Program.  Markets program to faculty, staff, deans, and students and updates the Study Abroad website.
  6. Establishes and maintains professional networks with related local, state, and national and international organizations and agencies.


Work is performed in an office environment. 


Physical exertion is not a normal requirement of this position.


Master's degree in Social Science, ESOL, Humanity, International Studies, or related field. 

Demonstrated experience in intercultural communication and working in a post-secondary environment advising students. Experience living, studying, or working abroad.


Knowledge of Study Abroad programs curriculum and program developments as well as assessment strategies.

Knowledge of curriculum design, development, and assessment.

Knowledge of community resources for appropriate referrals.

Ability to interact effectively with faculty, staff, students, parents and overseas partners.

Ability to effectively work with students of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Ability to defuse an emotional or tense situation and offer viable solutions.

Ability to operate a variety of office equipment.

Ability to effectively communicate in oral and written form.

New: 9/11