Assistant Director for the Office of International Programs

LINE AND STAFF RELATIONSHIPS

Directly responsible to the Vice President for Enrollment Management 

GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY

Under the general supervision of the Vice President for Enrollment Management, the Assistant Director for the Office of International Programs provides strategic leadership to the Office of the Office of International Programs. This position requires extensive knowledge of all facets of International services and programs including: supervision of employee, immigration management, visa compliance, academic interface, study abroad, international recruitment, and marketing. The Assistant Director for the Office of International Programs is expected to develop relationships with prospective students, high school guidance counselors, teachers, schools, and community-based organizations, and evaluates applications in conjunction with the Office of Admissions from students attending institutions primarily based outside of the United States. The position is responsible for ensuring that admission policies and communications remain current and in compliance relative to international students enrolling in the U.S.

The individual in this position must function in accordance with the philosophy and mission of the College.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES, RESPONSIBILITIES AND AUTHORITY

  • Provide a clear vision for the Office of International Programs and appropriate leadership in a comprehensive strategic plan to meet the ongoing challenges of educating students in today’s global competitive environment and current regulatory atmosphere
  • Compliance: serve as the PDSO (Primary Designated School Official) or DSOs to ensure compliance with all government regulations regarding international students; This position maintains knowledge of both SEVP policies concerning academic programs and F-1 student visas regulations; Advise prospective, new and continuing international students regarding student visa process, maintaining F-1 status, J1 visas, work authorization and other related topics; Use SEVIS to create and maintain student immigration records
  • Budgeting: responsible for preparing, auditing, and maintaining budgets for OIP and advocating for the OIP during the institutional budgetary process; coordinate with Student Accounts to oversee the process for prompt payment of International Student tuition
  • Strategic Internationalization: Work with Academic Affairs and other BC departments and administrators to promote strategic campus internationalization Collaborate with Academic Affairs in providing vision, direction, and support for the development of internationalization on campus and abroad, and in cultivating and maintaining positive relationships with institutions and agents abroad in an effort to recruit international students and supervise the compensation of agents
  • Marketing & Recruitment: oversee the marketing, recruitment, enrollment, and retention of international students. 
  • Orientation & Onboarding: supervise OIP new student orientation and oversee/coordinate arrival details of incoming OIP students to include airport pick-up, housing, banking needs, health insurance, TB testing, driver’s licenses, shopping trips, etc. Supervise the planning, development, and implementation of OIP activities and support services.
  • Implement improvements for existing programs as needed; Work toward development of programs in new regions and/or new areas ensuring all academic majors are represented; Work with faculty to develop, implement, recruit, evaluate, and assess faculty-led programs.
  • Conduct annual review of approved programs list and evaluate if adjustments are needed. Serve as primary liaison to partner institutions and affiliate organizations; Problem solve challenges with partner institutions while building long-term relationships;
  • Guide students to select appropriate study abroad programs; review applications, interview applicants, and make acceptance decisions;
  • Coordinate design and publication of promotional materials; Promote study abroad at campus events; Provide overall direction for the study abroad website;
  • Perform other duties as assigned

REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Master’s degree required, doctorate preferred; and professional experience abroad
  • At least three years’ directly related experience with international student populations and student services required
  • Specific knowledge of F and J Student Immigration issues and related compliance
  • Extensive knowledge of international marketing procedures and agent contracting
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure and professionally handle multiple/competing priorities
  • Comfortable in a college environment working with students, faculty, and staff from multiple backgrounds and nationalities
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • Experience managing/supervising employees
  • Experience managing a budget
  • Ability to travel internationally as needed

APPLICATION PROCESS: 

Submit a completed Benedict College application and mail to:  Benedict College, Human Resources, 1600 Harden Street, Columbia, SC 29204 with a resume’, transcript, and three letters of reference.

Position is open until filled.

To apply for this job please visit www.benedict.edu.

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