Location: Highline College 2400 S. 240th Street Des Moines
Internal Number: 3747425
Reporting directly to the Assistant Director of International Student Programs, this position will:
Advising and Administrative Support: (40%) Provide academic advising to international special program students including, but not limited to Short Term Program students, Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM) students, and Papua Cohort Program students. Advising responsibilities include:
Assisting students in selecting appropriate courses based upon placement results, student's interest area, and faculty recommendation;
Assisting students and staff in the department with course enrollment;
Planning an individualized education plan that fulfills all program requirements.
Provide administrative support to special program students by:
Processing application and acceptance packets;
Communicating with partner institutions, agents, and students on pre-departure information;
Designing and implementing quarterly on-arrival orientation and involvement in new student Welcome Week;
Monitoring academic progress and collaborate with faculty in designing interventions as needed;
Assisting students with internship placement in collaboration with faculty;
Assessing student satisfaction with the program;
Supporting students through cultural adjustments issues, student life choices, and making referrals to other campus resources as appropriate;
Acting as primary contact for assigned overseas university partners.
Provide immigration advising to short term students including:
Advising students on maintaining F-1 visa status;
Reviewing visa regulations as they pertain to F-1 visa holders.
Essential Tasks: Orientation coordinator (15%) As the primary coordinator of ISP Orientation, this person:
Develops a schedule of workshops and activities for each quarter's international student orientation, including a detailed agenda of presentations and activities;
Supervises a team of student employees who help plan and facilitate each orientation;
Develops and controls a budget to cover all orientation costs using only dedicated fees;
Works with campus services to reserve rooms, equipment, and catering for all workshops;
Works with purchasing office to organize off-campus excursions, including admission, transportation, food, and gratuity costs;
Coordinates with staff from other departments for guest presentations and campus tour activities;
Manages completion and filing of consent forms for off-campus travel and events;
Chaperones, or identifies chaperone for, all off-campus events;
Tracks attendance for all orientation events;
Collaborates with the Explore Highline New Student Orientation (NSO) group;
Organizes and facilitate make-up orientation each quarter.
Essential Tasks: Activity coordinator (15%)
Plan and organize activities for international students, including both in-person and virtual activities;
Coordinate with the Center for Leadership and Service's programming to plan some joint activities/events;
Develop and maintain the activities budget;
Assess success of activities and events;
Facilitate Conversation Friends or similar program.
Essential Tasks: Social Media/Marketing Software (30%)
Market and promote Highline College through social media, video & illustrative content, blogs and other digital media channels;
Connect with current Highline students and alumni to generate student testimonials in video and written form;
Supervise ISP student workers and volunteers;
Assist with virtual marketing events and expos to an overseas audience;
Recruit and onboard student ambassadors to our peer-to-peer marketing software program;
Manage content on international.highline.edu website and ensure information is accurate and up to date.
Serve on committees as assigned;
As needed, provide general advising support to all international students as requested by the Assistant Director of International Student Programs.
COMPETENCIES: Ability to:
Work with international students in a college setting;
Provide educational planning to international students;
Communicate effectively in cross-cultural situations;
Proficient use of the Microsoft Office Suite;
Partner with internal and external customers;
Develop and present program information;
Work effectively with people of various ethnic, cultural, educational and socio-economic backgrounds;
Work collaboratively as a member of a team;
Lead and direct others;
Provide excellent customer service.
F-1 Visa regulations and requirements;
The SEVIS system;
Academic courses and program requirements;
Cultural differences and adjustment issues for international students;
Project management skills.
Bachelor's Degree in Education, Student Development, Educational Counseling, or related field; ; AND
Two years of student advising experience at an institution of higher learning.
Highline College prides itself on its commitment to diversity and equity, its institutional culture of collegiality and innovation, its globalization of curricula and its inclusion of the community in its programming. Founded in 1961, Highline College is situated in a diverse community just 15minutes south of Seattle. The college annually serves more than 16,500 students – a student population of over 70% students of color, representing 35 nations and more than 100 languages.