The International Community Coordinator promotes international student well-being 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 regulations 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 student visa holders 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, including effectiveness assessment.
Design, coordinate, and deliver pre-arrival outreach and preparation sessions and the International Student Orientation program upon arrival to campus, including airport arrival services.
Design, coordinate, and deliver ongoing programming for first-year international students that promotes belonging and supports success.
Coach students to access and utilize local transportation resources, financial institutions, and communication networks.
3. Facilitate cross-cultural programs and activities (15%)
Serve as contact for campus and community partners to create meaningful opportunities for sharing of cultural values, practices, and traditions for students, the campus, and the greater community.
Assist students and existing student organizations with the design, coordination, and execution of regular events and serve in an advisor capacity for organizations as needed.
Supports the mission and vision of Concordia College and contributes to making global learning fundamental to every Concordia student’s experience.
4. Collaborate with the Director of Global Learning to promote best practices for comprehensive internationalization, student development, and office management (20%)
Provides projected annual International Community budget to Director of Global Learning and leadership team including tracking of purchases/expenses and handling of invoices as needed
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.
Demonstrates experience working with global learning and/or higher education program development
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
Ability to work independently as well as a member of a team
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.