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Assistant Director, International Student Center

Position Description

Seattle University has an exciting, dynamic opportunity for an Assistant Director to join our
community.

Under the supervision of the Director of the International Student Center (ISC), this position will advise international students regarding their personal, academic, intercultural, and immigration concerns. They will serve as a Designated Student Official (DSO) assisting students in complying with government regulations while managing student records in the SEVIS system. This position will also collaborate with colleagues across the campus to enhance services to international students by designing and implementing educational, cultural, social, and new student programs.

Immigration Advising Responsibilities
* Maintain and manage the Student Exchange and Visitor Information System (SEVIS) database for approximately 800 F visa students in coordination with the United States Department of Homeland Security (USDHS).
* Serve as a Designated School Official (DSO) to assist students and Seattle University in complying with government regulations relating to the student immigration process, including personal, financial, academic, intercultural and social concerns.
* Coordinate and implement student workshops on immigration, such as Curricular Practical Training, employment, banking and travel
* Stay up-to-date with current immigration related policies and developments to best serve the international student population of Seattle University
* Collaborate with colleagues across the campus to enhance services to international students and provide training to different offices for greater awareness of the basic international student requirements
* Maintain accurate records and databases each quarter that centralizes pertinent data about international students studying at Seattle University
* Represent the ISC and Seattle University at various admissions events and to U.S. and international government officials
* Work closely with Academic Advisors to ensure the academic success of international students
* Serve as a liaison with Graduate and Undergraduate Admissions to ensure the visa process goes smoothly for incoming international students

Supervisory Responsibilities
* Support and co-supervise and train the Desk Assistants (front desk) student staff of the Center

Student Programming & Assessment-Related Responsibilities
* With the support of the ISC team and SDA intern, manage the Fukuoka University 2.5 week summer immersion.
* Plan, implement, and help market educational, cultural, and social programs for the Center
* Conduct assessment of office programs and services
* Assist in the writing and dissemination of various office reports
* Assist in the ISC programming of campus-wide activities such as International Education Week, International Dinner and other campus international initiatives
* Serve as a Club Advisor to student clubs and organizations

New Student Welcome Workshop
* Help design and coordinate the quarterly Welcome Workshops for all new students
* Assist with hiring, training, and managing the Welcome Workshop Leaders, Global Ambassadors

Additional Center-Related Responsibilities
* Provide assistance in managing the Center’s website, and general email address, Facebook page, and email listserv
* Assist in the advancement of the university’s strategic priority of Global Engagement
* Serve on a variety of divisional and university committees and assist in representing the Center within the broader Seattle community
* Assist in coordinating various special projects for the Center

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in education, sociology, psychology, liberal arts, or related field plus four years experience working in an educational environment with responsibility for program coordination and international student advising, or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

At least two years working abroad or working in the United States with international student populations.  

Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to interact with diverse individuals and groups. Ability to work effectively in a team-centered environment.  

Detail oriented with attention to accuracy and excellent organizational skills. Must have strong computer skills.  

All candidates must show a demonstrated commitment to diversity and the university’s mission, vision, and values.  

All positions at Seattle University require a criminal history background check.  

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree or Higher Education/Student Affairs background  or experience

Current access to SEVIS as a Designated School Official

Knowledge of USDHS, and US DoS regulations affecting F and J visas. 

Involvement within NAFSA and other international student advising organizations is desired. Foreign language proficiency and overseas living experience are highly desirable.

Seattle University, founded in 1891, is a Jesuit Catholic university located on 50 acres in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. More than 7,400 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within nine schools and colleges. U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges 2017" ranks Seattle University 8th in the West among universities that offer a full range of masters and undergraduate programs. Seattle University is an equal opportunity employer.In support of its pursuit of academic and scholarly excellence, Seattle University is committed to creating a diverse community of students, faculty and staff that is dedicated to the fundamental principles of equal opportunity and treatment in education and employment regardless of age, color, disability, gender identity, national origin, political ideology, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The university encourages applications from, and nominations of, individuals whose differing backgrounds, beliefs, ideas and life experiences will further enrich the diversity of its educational community.

Application Instructions

Applicants are also strongly encouraged to attach an electronic cover letter and resume when applying. Persons who need assistance with the recruitment process may contact the Office of Human Resources at: 206-296-5870.

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Seattle University
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
206-296-6000