Director of International Office

 

The Director of the International Office oversees all aspects of the study abroad program and supports ISSS staff in international student advising and international student/scholar services (ISSS). The Director maintains expertise in student advising best practice, resource stewardship, internal database systems, and study abroad engagement, outreach, and equitable access; and, if appropriate for level of experience, serves as PDSO/RO for the University’s F and J visa programs, liaises with University-retained counsel for H-I and PERM applications, and acts as primary contact with officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of State (DOS) and related agencies (SEVP, USCIS).  The Director  is required to stay current on changing regulations and federal policies affecting international services and supervise ISSS staff.  This position may be required to travel to conduct periodic site visits and to attend, facilitate, and/or present at meetings or conferences domestically and internationally. Some evening and weekend hours to lead events will be required. Per federal regulations, the candidate must be a US citizen or US lawful permanent resident. This is a full time, on-campus position.  Generous benefits include health, retirement, considerable time off and tuition assistance.

Responsibilities:

  • Study abroad advising: advise students on options and work with them through application; review and process IWU study abroad applications and complete required forms for affiliated applications; prepare and deliver online and in-person pre-departure orientations; coordinate review of study abroad scholarship applications with Advisory Committee; design and implement marketing campaigns for study abroad
  • Administer study abroad programs: administer IWU’s semester abroad programs; support May Term Travel and IWU Freeman Asia; liaise with affiliated partners and custom program providers including student support and academic content; coordinate information with campus offices; monitor risk, safety abroad (USDOS, CDC, OSAC, NAFSA, AlertTraveler)
  • Manage International Office: oversee office budget and balanced spending between study abroad and international students/scholars; establish and review policies relating to study abroad and international student compliance; manage and update the Terra Dotta SaaS, ensuring affiliated program information is up to date; support non-study abroad international travel (e.g., athletic teams)
  • Oversee and support international student/scholar services, including international faculty: supervise ISS advisor; and, if appropriate with level of experience, serve as PDSO/RO in University’s SEVIS program and liaise with university-retained counsel for H-1 and PERM applications

 

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s required, Master’s preferred; studying, working, living abroad and/or experience in college student advising may substitute for some education requirement
  • 5 years of professional experience in higher education preferred
  • Knowledge in program creation and advising techniques for study abroad programs in a higher education setting
  • Commitment to international education and the promotion of cross-cultural understanding
  • Strong oral and written communication to engage people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, administer affirmative action policies effectively, and supervise a culturally diverse workforce
  • Ability to work well in a team and to work well with a variety of constituencies (students, faculty, parents, staff)
  • Strong time management and prioritization skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and responsibilities at once with an ability to strategize, prioritize, and multitask to meet goals and deadlines
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Previous experience studying abroad at the undergraduate level or time living abroad
  • Experience with Terra Dotta and/or other SaaS study abroad Systems preferred
  • Experience as DSO/ARO in SEVIS or evidence of training in those areas through NAFSA preferred
  • Per U.S. immigration regulations, must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. lawful Permanent Resident. 

 

Application Information:

To apply, please download the application at www.iwu.edu/human-resources/Positions.html.  In addition, please provide the following:

  • A cover letter outlining your interest in the position, your experience and skills, and include a clear statement describing your understanding of inclusion and how your experiences have prepared you to contribute to the IWU commitment of building a diverse and inclusive environment
  • A resume
  • Contact information for three professional references 

 

Review of complete applicant materials will begin immediately; position is open until filled.  

 

Illinois Wesleyan University
Human Resources, Holmes 209
1312 N. Park Street
Bloomington, IL  61701 

Email:  hr@iwu.edu
Fax:  309-556-1710 (please use cover sheet)

 

The final candidate will pass a pre-employment background investigation.

 

Illinois Wesleyan University does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term.

Illinois Wesleyan University is strongly committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse, inclusive, and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students. We seek candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to supporting and further building our community in these dimensions.  Illinois Wesleyan University’s sexual misconduct policy may be accessed at  www.iwu.edu/human-resources/SexualMisconductPolicy.html.  Illinois Wesleyan University is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusive excellence; details at www.iwu.edu/diversity.