On-Site Director - Trinity College in Rome, Italy

Trinity College
  • Location
    Hartford, Connecticut
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Mar 02

Position description

Trinity College seeks applications for a dynamic, academic professional for a full-time, 12-month position as On-Site Director of the Trinity College in Rome campus in Rome, Italy. The On-Site Director reports to the Director of the Office of Study Away (OSA) at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. The On-Site Director in Rome works closely with the OSA staff, the Program’s Faculty Director, and the Trinity College in Rome Faculty Steering Committee in Hartford. S/he will also supervise Trinity College in Rome On-Site Administrative staff.

Trinity College in Rome has been in operation since 1970 and is located in the heart of ancient Rome (Aventine Hill). The Trinity College Rome Campus is cosmopolitan, fostering intellectual growth and intercultural competence. In a typical semester, the Rome campus welcomes 50-60 participants, drawn from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and America’s finest colleges and universities. The program operates during regular academic semesters as well as the summer, offering a wide variety of liberal arts courses taught in English and in Italian. Courses are offered in art, architecture, economics, history, international relations, literature, Italian history and language, social sciences, political sciences and more. The courses are designed to engage students in the Roman, Italian and European setting. Trinity College in Rome is distinctive in that it combines a rigorous academic curriculum with rich experiential learning opportunities.

The On-Site Director must have EU citizenship or permanent residency and authorization for full-time employment in Italy, complete fluency in English and Italian, and hold a PhD or its equivalent and a record of teaching experience. She/he should possess an entrepreneurial mindset and must demonstrate strong administrative and managerial skills, including experience with program assessment and reporting. The On-Site Director will oversee course enrollments and ensure that grade reporting is handled in a timely manner.

S/he should have firsthand experience working with or studying at an American institution of higher learning, and have a working knowledge of American undergraduates and study abroad program administration. Additionally, the On-Site Director should be well-versed in both Italian and U.S. educational systems, as well as an understanding of Italian law and the various bureaucratic systems in Italy, especially as they apply to international students, faculty and academic programming.

Academic Responsibilities
The On-Site Director will serve as an instructor and be responsible for the comprehensive academic oversight of the program, faculty development and evaluation, and special programming, including academic excursions. The On-Site Director will coordinate and monitor the academic rigor, content, and quality of courses on-site in consultation with the Rome Faculty Steering Committee in Hartford and the OSA. She/he will be responsible for teaching one course per term in his or her academic discipline, leading one group excursion per term, and serving as a liaison with Trinity’s partner institutions and academic internships or field studies. She/he will provide students with strong ongoing academic, personal, and administrative support needed to complete the program successfully, which includes the implementation of the arrival/orientation program, and oversight of ongoing academic excursions and cultural activities for the program.

Administrative Responsibilities
The On-Site Director will be responsible for comprehensive administrative oversight of the program. S/he will supervise the full time on-site staff (program assistant, librarian/IT support, resident assistant, and an internship coordinator) who aid in the provision of tasks and services. S/he will be responsible for the program budget and finances, ensuring the coordination of payment to vendors, and the timely submission of necessary financial reports and reconciliations to Trinity College, Hartford. The On-Site Director will also work with Trinity in Hartford to provide oversight for the visa process for students and visiting faculty, obtain work permits for visiting faculty, and submit reports to Italian authorities as required by Italian law. The On-Site Director will maintain a high level of professionalism, and abide by FERPA, HIPPA and Title IX policies required by U.S. law. She/he will serve as the in-country risk manager, assisting students with health and safety concerns, liaise with Trinity in Hartford, International SOS insurance, parents, and other appropriate parties.


• Italian citizenship or authorization to work in Italy.
• Oral and written language fluency in Italian and English.
• PhD or equivalent teaching experience in an academic subject that is taught at Trinity College in Rome.
• Experience working with the U.S. system of higher education and living, studying, or working in the U.S. and in Italy.
• Active member of the Association of American College and University Programs in Italy (AACUPI).
• Existing network in academic, cultural organizations and professional groups in Rome.
• Extensive experience working with U.S. undergraduate students.
• High degree of cross-cultural competency and extensive multi-cultural experience.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Excellent people skills and high level of enthusiasm and flexibility.
• Strong organizational and leadership skills and ability to multi-task, successfully problem-solve, and work in cooperative partnerships.
• Strong managerial and supervisory skills.
• Familiarity with the city of Rome and environs.
• Experience with risk management and ability to deal with emergency situations in a highly professional, sensitive, and timely manner.
• Experience with budget management.
• Knowledge of Excel, Word, Publisher, and other basic computer programs.

Application instructions

The anticipated start date for this position is July 2017. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis with an application deadline of March 24, 2017.

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