Assistant Director, International Student and Scholar Services
Job no: 497060
Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Other, Student Affairs
The Assistant Director creates and carries out campus programs designed for the support of international students, as well as the integration of these students in the broader campus while strengthening the entire international student and scholar community. This integral staff member maintains excellent rapport with the international campus community and works to creatively design and implement new programs that encourage international student integration, support, engagement and community building. This position also has significant responsibility for immigration management and compliance, including advising international students. The successful candidate for this position will be able to work well independently and in a team environment, will have a passion for working with students from diverse backgrounds, and enjoy creative and collaborative programming. After-hours (night and/or weekend hours) are required. International Student & Scholar Services is situated in the larger pillar of Diversity & Inclusion, within the Division of Student Affairs. Diversity and Inclusion houses International Student & Scholar Services, Lesbian, Gay Bisexual Trans* and Queer Resources, Multicultural Student Services, Religious and Spiritual Life, and the Women’s Resource Center.
I. Programming and Support
1. Creates and carries out new or continuing educational and cultural programs for the greater campus, including marketing and publicizing events using social media, etc.
2. Leads Fremont Scholar program including leadership seminar, placements and ongoing community development.
3. Develops and carries out programming directed specifically toward strengthening and supporting the international community.
a. Provides or coordinates need-based services such as trips to the Department of Motor Vehicles and Social Security Administration.
b. Provides outreach, support, and advises cultural student organizations, communicating about upcoming events and assisting with programming related to ISSS and/or diversity initiatives.
c. Reviews international student retention and success and develops data and solutions to emerging issues.
4. Serves as liaison to Residential Education.
a. Works in consultation with Residential Education staff to communicate break opportunities, storage, and meal accessibility and collaboration/oversight with regard to GC3 and RA training
5. Co-facilitates Global Connections, Cultures & Community (GC3) student leader recruitment, selection, and training, as well as further developing mentorship capacity within this group.
6. Assists in the planning and execution of GC3, including reservations, outreach, and program logistics, assuring an intentional and supportive transition for all participants, with close collaboration among various campus
7. Manages recruitment, pairing, and programming for the International Friendship Program.
II. Advising and Immigration Compliance
1. Serves as a Designated School Official and Alternate Responsible Officer in SEVIS
a. Advises students on immigration, employment, personal & cultural issues
b. Maintains current knowledge of immigration regulations pertinent to F1 status and J1 status.
c. Utilizes TerraDotta software for SEVIS reporting, file notes and case management
d. Issues I-20 and DS-2019 documents; sign documents for travel purposes
e. Serves as primary adviser for student employment applications including CPT, OPT
2. Coordinates international mailings for new student document issuance as needed
3. Supports international students through the use of Sprintax or similar tax software
III. Other Duties and Outreach
1. In extended absence of the Director, act in accordance to maintain office functions
2. May supervise student employees.
3. Maintains professional relationships with Admissions, the Center for Career Advancement, the Office of Global and Off-Campus Education, Financial Aid, Athletics, Housing and Residential Education, other student affairs professionals, and faculty members as collaborators and colleagues.
4. Must be comfortable driving university vehicles, which may include sedans, minivans or 15-passenger omnibuses.
5. Performs other duties as assigned.
IV. Meetings & Professional Development
1. Regular meetings with the Director of International Student & Scholar Services.
2. Attends departmental staff meetings (Diversity & Inclusion area).
3. Attends monthly Division of Student Affairs meetings.
4. Attends other meetings as required.
5. As available, attends one external conference related to the field and attend other on-campus professional development opportunities as appropriate.
-One year of related program coordination and/or advising experience in International Student or Scholar Services or closely related experience working with marginalized college student, immigrant and/or foreign populations
-Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, and Google Suite with the ability and interest to learn other software as needed
-Valid U.S. drivers license, with a clean driving record for a minimum of two years
-Strong intercultural understanding and interest, and excellent interpersonal communication skills
-U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residence required to serve as DSO [Designated School Official] and ARO [Alternate Responsible Officer] as mandated by Department of Homeland Security and Department of State
-The successful candidate must have a desire and ability to work with and communicate effectively with those from other cultures. They must also have an awareness of issues relating to socioeconomic status, gender identity and expression, sexuality, race and ethnicity, ability, national origin, religious and interfaith, and the relationship between power and privilege.
• Master's degree in International or Comparative Education or Higher Education
• Multilingual ability
• Experience having lived, worked, and/or studied overseas
• Trajectory/interest in a career in the field of international education
• Knowledge/experience in SEVIS RTI, TerraDotta Adobe Indesign, Adobe Spark, mailing/newsletter platforms
• Experience advising/supporting faculty & staff scholars, or in scholar immigration compliance
May occasionally lift up to 25 lbs. Generally seated work. At times, significant time spent on computer.
This is a full time, benefits eligible exempt position. After-hours (night and/or weekend hours) are required.
Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 60 majors and 70 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,700 undergraduate and 30 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors on scholarly and artistic projects.
Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its undergraduate students. Student life is vibrant with about 200 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletics teams, a robust arts culture, and a commitment among many of the students to community and global service work.
Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.
Lewisburg (pop. 5,700) is located in central Pennsylvania and features beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), a variety of restaurants, shops and boutiques, and the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. It is the seat of Union County, which has about 44,000 residents.
The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is within a three-hour drive of New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
The cost of living is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and outstanding opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School consistently ranks among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.
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