Global Health & Safety Specialist

George Mason University
  • Location
    Fairfax, Virginia
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Apr 02

Position description

George Mason University Mason Study Abroad invites applications for an Global Health & Safety Specialist. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment. 


The Global Health & Safety Specialist is responsible for developing and managing a travel preparedness and response strategy to promote and protect the well-being of the organization/institution and its students, faculty, and staff engaged in education abroad and student international travel for University-related purposes. The Global Health and Safety Specialist will develop best practices on health, safety, and security management while abroad; consult expert resources; and advise the leadership and staff of the Global Education Office, University Travel Advisory Committee, students, and education abroad program faculty and staff. As part of the advisory role the Global Health & Safety Specialist will be responsible for pre-departure orientation and training of lead faculty. The Global Health and Safety Specialist will also serve as the Global Education Office contact for emergencies related to students participating in study abroad opportunities at the University. The Global Health and Safety Specialist must be available 24/7, except during periods agreed upon in advance, in order to respond to emergency situations as they arise and may be required to report to the university during authorized University closures.


  • B.S. or B.A., or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Demonstrated record of sound judgment and decision-making abilities as reflected in the ability to remain calm in crisis situations, handle matters confidentially, and exercise discretion with sensitive topics
  • Knowledge of international education professional standards and best practices with regards to health, safety, and security
  • Knowledge of expert resources commonly consulted with regards to health, safety, and security in international education
  • Strong social/interpersonal skills including facility for interaction in multicultural and cross-cultural contexts, the ability to work with and lead groups
  • Experience identifying, mitigating, and managing health, safety, and security risks overseas and in the U.S.
  • Experience planning, managing, and evaluating crisis response
  • Experience living and working in another language, culture, or country
  • Knowledge of key regulatory bodies, policies, and protocols, e.g., the Clery Act, VAWA and Title IX
  • Demonstrated ability to work with students, faculty, staff, and overseas partners and demonstrated ability to build relationships across functional areas
  • Experience working with a range of domestic and international organizations, e.g., higher education institutions, government agencies, NGOs, third party providers, and private sector companies
  • Demonstrated knowledge of international affairs
  • Proficient computer skills in Microsoft Excel and Word;
  • Demonstrated administrative or project management skills;
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented;
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize, and manage multiple tasks;
  • Excellent written and verbal skills;

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Master’s degree in international studies, international affairs, education, business, economics, politics, foreign language, or a related field;
  • Administrative experience in an institute of higher education;
  • Experience with student advisement;
  • Cross-cultural skills and an ability to work with people of different cultures; and
  • Experience supervising staff.

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