Director of International Affairs
The Director provides leadership, management and direction for the Office for International Affairs. The Director will serve as a liaison to all campus entities that interact with international students. The Director serves as the Designated School Official (DSO) to fulfill the obligations for compliance with federal regulations related to the enrollment of international students and employment of international faculty. This position leads a wide range of educational and cultural programs, immigration advising, and other support services for international students. This role will provide strategic supervision of a highly functional team to support the international student experience at Louisiana College. The Director is responsible for advising international students and scholars, overseeing student support processes for international students, maintaining and updating student records through SEVIS and campus databases, managing external and internal communications with students, planning programs and events, and liaising with other departments on campus to offer comprehensive support for the international population
Duties and Responsibilities
Serve as Designated School Official (DSO) for F-1 students:
- Stay abreast of DHS/ASEVIS/DOS statutes, regulatory, policy, and practice changes through participation in NAFSA through meetings, lists-serves, webinars, etc.
- Submit the annual report to the Department of State
- Collaborate on the issuance of Certificates of Eligibility for F-1 students (I-20s)
- Consistently manage student registration and student updates in the SEVIS system (employment, CPT/OPT, address changes, program dates, travel verification, etc.)
- Maintain accurate records (in print and electronically) for international students
- Ensure the reliability of critical information related to international students and promptly disseminate information and make it easily accessible.
Oversee student support services and advise international students on academics, SEVIS regulations, travel, and a variety of other needs:
- Manage the pre-arrival communication process for newly admitted international students
- Assist with planning and implementing a comprehensive International Student Orientation each August and possibly January
- Assist with planning first-year international student programming to assist with acculturation
- Connect international students with local church members as approved by the College to “adopt” a student during their time at LC
- Plan tax training workshops, enroll in tax software assistance, and communicate the mandatory necessity for tax filing for international students each year
- Assist students as needed with a range of support services: Social Security numbers, Driver’s Licenses, transportation, student needs during campus breaks
- Serve as a resource for and work closely with departments across campus, including Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Student Support Services, English Language Program, Business Office, Admissions Office, and Residence Life and Student Engagement.
- Provide crisis management support for international students
- Administer an office budget for international services and develop budget proposals as needed
- Design, implement, and assess events that promote the development and practice of intercultural exchange
- Assist the Office of Marketing with developing a webpage and a social media account, particularly as they pertain to international students
- Spearhead assessment initiatives as needed and use data to drive decision-making and program enhancement
- Supervise work-study students
- Teach College Connection 100 (CC 100) each year
Skills and Expertise
- Significant supervision and management experience
- Ability to work with diverse populations
- Excellent communication skills (written and oral)
- Demonstrated ability to direct programs and activities of assisting foreign students, faculty, staff and employees in complying with governmental regulations related to immigration and other governmental form
- Ability to problem solve and remain calm in crisis
- Excellent organization and administrative ability
- Analytical skills and comfort with data systems and inclination towards data-driven decision making
- Advanced project management skills
- Ability to streamline processes and work well under pressure with limited supervision
- Ability to work with team members on projects
Preferred: Master’s degree in management or a related field and experience in higher education in a decision-making role in student affairs with international affairs.
Required: Bachelor’s degree in business or a related field and experience in higher education in a decision-making role in student affairs.
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