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Assistant Director of International Student Programs

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Position Details

Classification Details

FLSA Status Exempt

Position Information

Position Title Assistant Director of International Student Programs
Position Type Staff
Employee Group Administrative
Time Status Full-Time
Time Category Full Time (1560-2080 hours)
Annual Hours 2080
# of Months 12
Hours Per Week 40
Work Dates

July 1- June 30

Campus Grantham

Position Description

Position Summary

The Assistant Director of International Student Programs advises international students (F -1 visas) and scholars about U.S. government regulations, issues related to cultural adjustment, and general orientation to Messiah College and U.S. higher education. The Assistant Director of International Students coordinates student support services and teaches a 1-credit course. In addition, the Assistant Director of International Student Programs works as a member of a team in the Intercultural Office and works with several aspects of international student programming in the office and division of student affairs.

Education Required

Bachelor’s degree

Education Preferred

Master’s degree in education, college student personnel, international affairs, or a related field

Experience Required

This position requires a minimum of 1-2 years of administrative experience, ideally including F Visa and SEVIS advising, working with international student and scholar programs and services,and mentoring transcultural students.

Experience Preferred

Experience studying and/or living abroad

Skills, Characteristics Required for Position

• Strong intercultural competency, including an ability to relate well to people from diverse cultural backgrounds
• Strong interpersonal, collaborative, oral and written communication skills
• Ability to prioritize, plan, and implement educational programs and activities
• Proven ability to work efficiently and independently in a fast-pace environment with attention to detail and accuracy
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team
• Excellent Public Relations skills
• Ability to manage budgets

Special Working Conditions

This position requires the Assistant Director to work flexible hours including some weekends and evenings as needed.

Driving Requirements


Essential Employee N/A
Primary Duties

1. Work closely with Admissions office as new international and transcultural students are accepted to the College.
2. Supervise Immigration Advisor and consult with campus Designated School Officials (DSOs) to help students maintain their status in SEVIS.
3. Maintain understanding of changes in immigration rules and regulations and communicate these changes to students.
4. Serve as primary retention officer for international, missionary and third culture students.
5. Schedule and organize prioritized events throughout the year such as orientation for new students, workshops, and programs for current students.
6. Address the developmental needs of international and transcultural students through individual mentoring, advising and appropriate referrals. Ensure every student has a personal evacuation plan on file.
7. Serve as a resource to the community of educators and administrative staff regarding international and transcultural students.
8. Communicate with other members of the office. Assist in any of the activities of the office as needed, including the possibility of study abroad programming.
9. Serve as an advisor to ISA/MuKappa and Rafiki House.
10. Coordinate the Friendship Family.
11. Be involved in campus activities such as Open House days.
12. Prepare and manage the annual budget for International Student Programs.
13. Provide assessment of all educational programs and services delivered by International Student Programs.
14. Teach one 1-credit course, Adaptation to American Education, each fall semester.
15. Serve as liaison between Intercultural Office and Academic English Program (AEP)
16. Maintain consistent and reliable attendance.

Secondary Duties

1. Serve on assigned campus committees as needed.
2. Attend appropriate conferences for purposes of professional development.
3. Oversee ISA/MuKappa’s summer programming for on-campus international and transcultural students.
4. Other duties as assigned.

Supervises: # of Administrative 0
Supervises: # of Staff 1
Supervises: # of Student 1
Posting Date 03/07/2017
Open Until Filled Yes
Application Deadline

Posting Specific Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Interest
  2. Resume
  3. Personal Statement - Faith
Optional Documents