Director of International Student and Scholar Services
Winona State University
Location: Winona, Minnesota
Internal Number: 2177
Location: Winona, MN
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Employment Condition: Probationary
1. Department Operations. Direct the overall operation of the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office, including programs, budgets, and staff; international student, faculty, and staff support services; and development of strategic plans, policies, and procedures for the office.
2. Recruitment, Admissions and Retention. Direct international student recruitment and retention initiatives. Interface with the Admissions Office and Graduate Office for admission decisions and concerns. Engage in critical analysis regarding recruitment strategy to maintain an international population at WSU. Analysis involves understanding embassy restrictions, nuances and in-country policies including understanding of other educational systems around the world and incorporating a wide variety of possibilities including budget, costs, and strategic planning.
3. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Compliance. Oversee DHS mandates including SEVIS compliance and serve as the institutional PDSO. Provide leadership for institutional efforts to comply with the law by educating, interpreting, and applying laws and government policies pertaining to F-1 international students. Supervise issuance and integrity of I-20 forms, updating of SEVIS, and assistance with all immigration matters dealing with F- 1 visa holders. Monitor and puts in place the proper record keeping requirements as outlined by DHS and the proper reporting duties under SEVIS. Supervise interactions with various campus entities including international students about their rights and obligations under immigration law.
4. Collaboration. Collaborate with Colleges, academic departments, faculty, and campus units to support and integrate international students and scholars, including providing intercultural training as needed. Oversee and articulate the vision for and implementation of the International Services innovative Cross Cultural Outreach scholarship program which provides teaching and learning opportunities of a cultural nature for the WSU campus as well as citizens of the WSU service region. Collaborate with faculty who utilize the program as well as with elementary and secondary teachers in the service region.
5. Assessment. Design and administer ongoing assessment using multiple methods to gather data on international student satisfaction, progress, program effectiveness, etc. Analyze data and information from a variety of sources concerning mobility trends of international populations around the world and makes strategic decisions regarding which areas of the world are appropriate for campus visitations, attendance at international university fairs, presentations to overseas advisors, visits to IIE offices, Fulbright centers, international high schools, and other opportunities.
6. Perform other duties as assigned to ensure the smooth functioning of the department and maintain the reputation of Winona State University. Including but not limited to participating in external outreach, networking, conferences, and professional engagement activities.
Some evening or weekend assignments.
Must be able to load, unload, carry and set up materials at various event sites.
Light work. Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.
Four (4) years of experience in management of international student and scholar services within an institution of higher education in the United States, knowledge of DHS regulations and ability to serve as PDSO, and experience recruiting international students.
Must be a permanent resident or U.S. citizen based on PDSO requirements.
Proficiency in a second language.
International experience (studying, living, or working abroad).
Experience in program marketing, recruitment, and assessment.
Expert knowledge of current immigration regulations.
Multicultural and cross-cultural sensitivity and a firm grasp of world geography.
Ability to create and maintain positive relationships with a wide range of constituents, including faculty, students, colleagues, administrators, parents, and institutional partners.
Ability to serve international students with their various needs and be culturally sensitive and globally competent.
Creative expertise necessary for continued development of campus internationalization through cultural outreach events and activities.
Strong organizational skills. Proven ability to organize work effectively, conceptualize and prioritize objectives, and exercise independent judgment based on an understanding of organizational policies and activities.
Flexibility, ability to work independently, and eagerness to work in a team environment in a fast-paced office.
A complete online application will include: 1. A cover letter which addresses the qualifications listed previously;
2. Curriculum Vitae/ Resume;
3. Transcripts (undergraduate and graduate);
4. A statement explaining your personal or professional experiences in working with diverse populations (such as persons from differing race / ethnic background, sexual orientation, age, gender, or mental and physical ability) as well as how the applicant would contribute toward a diverse and inclusive academic and employment culture and community at Winona State University. Statements should be 1 page or less;
5. Contact Information for at least 3 references, with addresses and telephone numbers.
About Winona State University: Founded in 1858, Winona State University (WSU) is the oldest member of the Minnesota State System of colleges and universities. Today WSU serves approximately 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students across two campuses in Winona and Rochester, Minnesota (MN). Winona State was named the second-best public institution in Minnesota by U.S. News & World Report's
Founded in 1858, Winona State University is a comprehensive public university with close to 8,900 students. The oldest member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, Winona State offers 80 undergraduate, pre-professional, licensure, graduate, and doctorate programs on its three campuses: the original Main Campus in Winona, the West Campus in Winona, and Winona State University-Rochester.