The Office of International Student Services (OISS) provides advice and counsel on every aspect of an international student’s adjustment to life at Wesleyan—social, cultural, academic, personal, financial, and immigration.
The office organizes International Student Orientation, on-going programs on issues of particular interest to international students and also coordinates support for undergraduate international students who choose to remain on campus during official university breaks.
Reporting to the Director of the Resource Center the Director, International Student Services (OISS) provides a wide range of assistance and support to promote the transition and success of Wesleyan’s international student population.
Provide mentoring and advice to support international students in making successful academic, cultural, and social progress from their matriculation through their graduation.
Serve as an advisor to various relevant organizations and program housing.
Develop and implement international student orientation to educate students and assist in their transition to the academic and cultural expectations of Wesleyan and Middletown, and to the American culture more generally.
Coordinate and initiate relevant transitional programming and retention initiatives, as well as campus-wide cultural awareness events.
Collaborate with student organizations, the Resource Center, and the Fries Center for Global Studies to design and execute programs and activities that bridge the international student experience and the domestic student experience.
Create programs, workshops, and conversations that support international students in making informed decisions about their work options after graduation in collaboration with the Gordon Career Center.
Oversee and supervise the International Student Services staff.
Supervise student interns working specifically with OISS and co-supervise student interns working with the Resource Center.
Develop and oversee implementation of effective administrative, data management, and communication procedures, including management of the OISS’s operating budget and program reports.
Assist with foreign credentials evaluation and conversion to US equivalents.
Maintain website and provide updates as related to the international student population.
Other related duties as required.
Monitor the interface between the University system and SEVIS including data input and student information updates.
Monitor the SEVIS alerts, lists, and run SEVIS reports.
Follow up with international students and scholars to make all necessary updates and corrections which are vital to maintain immigration status and university compliance.
Keep track of all technical changes of SEVIS II.
Other related duties as required.
LIAISON Serve as a liaison for the campus community on international student issues.
Communicate with prospective students and their families as needed Chair the International Student Advisory Board.
Bachelor’s degree and at least five years of experience in international student advising, international education, student affairs, admissions, or a closely related field or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Knowledge of SEVIS regulations and experience working with the SEVISdatabase.
Prior experience in programming and providing retention benefits to incoming International students.
Effective communication skills with cross-cultural sensitivity.
Demonstrated leadership skills and experience in crisis management.
Demonstrated ability to work independently, and pay attention to detail and accuracy.
Ability to work some evening and weekends as needed.
Demonstrated commitment to work within a diverse environment and interact openly with individuals of different backgrounds.
Master’s degree in a relevant area. Proficiency in a second language.
About Wesleyan University
Wesleyan University is known for the excellence of its academic and co-curricular programs. Students from around the world pursue their studies in the liberal arts and sciences, research projects, and other interests in ways that are demanding and intensely rewarding. On a beautiful campus overlooking the Connecticut River, students work closely with faculty to do productive and innovative work that makes a positive difference in the world.