The Assistant Director of International Community promotes international student wellbeing and cultivates understanding, affinity, and collegiality among and between international and domestic students. This unit within the Office of Global Learning and Community Engagement collaborates with staff and faculty across campus to foster academic success, student persistence, and personal flourishing for international degree-seeking and exchange students. Furthermore, this individual is responsible for advising international students on immigration regulations and cultural adjustment while serving as a Designated School Official for the F visa program in compliance with Federal regulations. They will assist with SEVIS operations, document and application processing, and support general office needs. Additionally, they will interpret rules and university policy and draw conclusions after various possibilities are considered. This position will help coordinate and lead educational programs for students, faculty, and staff and recommend future policy changes and best practices.
Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident as required by federal regulations for certification as a Designated School Official.
1. Advise the international student population, providing guidance on academic, immigration, financial, co-curricular, and socio-cultural matters. (40%
Assist F1 Visa holding students in ensuring compliance with immigration regulations.
Execute institutional actions to maintain compliance with policies and regulations of key federal agencies (USCIS, SEVP, etc.)
Assist international students in identifying barriers, accessing resources, and connecting with campus partners.
Coordinate with campus partners to identify opportunities for involvement, leadership, and meaningful employment appropriate for international students.
Design, implement, and oversee the execution of programming that fosters a community of belonging among international students
Assesses the needs of the international student community and coordinates with campus and community resources to reduce the impact of unmet basic needs.
Identify measures necessary to evaluate progress and ensure appropriate support for students
2. Oversee the implementation of International Student Transition programming in collaboration with key campus partners. (25%)
Develop student learning outcomes, strategies, and sequencing for pre-arrival, arrival, and ongoing transition support.
Design, coordinate, and deliver pre-arrival outreach and preparation sessions
Design, coordinate, and deliver International Student Orientation
Design, coordinate, and deliver ongoing programming for first-year international students that promotes belonging and supports success
Coordinate and execute airport arrival services
Coach students to access and utilize local transportation resources, financial institutions, and communication networks.
Assess the effectiveness of transition programming
3. Facilitate cross-cultural programs and activities (15%)
Collaborate with campus partners to create meaningful opportunities for sharing cultural values, practices, and traditions.
Assist students with the design, coordination, and execution of regular events
Assist existing student organizations by serving as an advisor, co-advisor, or additional resource, as needed.
Assist students with attending or planning cultural events outside the campus community
4. Partners with the Director of Global Learning to implement best practices for comprehensive internationalization, student development, and office management (20%)
Supports the mission and vision of Concordia College and contributes to making global learning fundamental to every Concordia student’s experience.
Identifies solutions to address and resolve common challenges.
Prepares annual International Community budget with the Assistant Director and Director of Global Learning.
Manages payment invoices, purchases, and tracks program expenses.
Supervises, trains, and leads a team of student workers.
Serves as a staff representative for various student organizations and committees on-campus.
This position is eligible for a $1,000 sign-on bonus.
· Bachelor’s Degree
· 1 year of experience working in higher education
· 5 years of relevant professional experience
· Demonstrates experience working with multiple aspects of global learning and/or higher education program administration and development, specializing in finance and delivery system management and team leadership
· Must be a US citizen or legal permanent resident per Federal government requirements for SEVIS access
Skills and Abilities:
· Ability to travel internationally
· Strong interpersonal and intercultural communication skills demonstrated by successful experience in working cooperatively and effectively with the public, faculty, support staff and administrators of various cultural and socio-economic backgrounds in the US and abroad.
· Exceptional professional, collaborative, and supervision skills
· Dependable, organized, and detail-oriented work habits
· Adaptive to variables and changes in the environment (politics, economy, society, college)
· Superior ability to communicate effectively with faculty, staff, administrators, students and parents
· Able to manage complex tasks with multiple stakeholders
· Strong problem resolution and project management skills
· Capacity to make timely, informed, and sound recommendations and decisions
· Generate accurate budget reports and analyses
· Ability to work independently as well as a member of a team
· Proficient skills with Word, Excel, Outlook, Banner
Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., is a liberal arts college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America awarding Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees, as well as a Master of Education in World Language Instruction and a Master of Science in nutrition. The curriculum has more than 50 majors and 12 pre-professional programs offered in 20 academic departments and the Offutt School of Business.