Director, Office of International Services

United States, North America
May 26, 2016

Department: International Services

Position Summary: Governors State University invites applications for a full-time Director of International Services. The Director of International Services will lead and direct all aspects of GSUa€™s international programs. This position reports directly to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Director provides leadership and direction to the International Services team in addition to the administrative and functional management of the programa€™s activities and staff. The Office of International Services is responsible for processing international admissions applications, I-20s and other visa needs for international students, scholars, faculty and staff. The Director is responsible for understanding, developing, implementing and monitoring university policies and procedures as well as US government regulations and requirements. The Director works collaboratively with the Executive Director of Continuing Education and the Intensive ESL Program Director. The Director acts as a liaison to the academic colleges, library, student affairs, and business office. This position is also responsible for representing the university externally with governmental agencies, prospective funding agencies, partner institutions, and other relevant constituencies. Governors State University is the only regional, public, comprehensive university in Chicago's south suburban area, serving approximately 7,750 students annually. GSU provides accessible, high value undergraduate and graduate education to culturally and economically diverse students. GSUa€™s diverse and multicultural atmosphere fosters the global ideas and real-world solutions that make our university such an extraordinary place to broaden the educational, social, and cultural experiences of all of our students. With the lowest undergraduate tuition in Illinois, GSU offers accredited programs that have earned high praise from national accrediting agencies. The university has an ambitious five-year Academic Master Plan, greatly expanding current programs. GSU has a state-of-the art General Education program and is working to greatly expand student academic and support services to foster student and community engagement. New faculty and staff at GSU must demonstrate enthusiasm and ability to work with students at all levels, from first-year to graduate. Through its Strategy 2020, GSU emphasizes excellence, access, and innovation. Students benefit from the university's high academic quality, range of convenient class times, increasing hybrid and online offerings, and outstanding educational value. GSU seeks to become a national leader in successful transfer of community college students to universities, and is leading through the Kresge-supported Dual Degree Program, with features such as tuition lock-in at GSU for academically eligible community college students who commit to earn an Associate Degree and attend college full-time. GSU offers several applied doctoral degrees in health, counseling fields and Interdisciplinary Leadership. The exceptionally beautiful campus is conveniently located within easy reach by road and rail to Chicago and surrounding communities that have a wealth of cultural and natural attractions. The highly diverse region GSU serves has a number of high performing schools and engaged communities as well as struggling urban, suburban, and rural communities. GSU serves as a public square, working to foster educational opportunities for all populations.

Minimum Qualifications: a€¢U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status as required by federal law to serve as Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) for the F-1 student program and Responsible Officer (RO) for the J-1 exchange visitor program. a€¢Bachelor's degree in Education, International Studies/Business or related field from an accredited institution. a€¢Minimum of 5 years relevant experience in international education with experience as a Designated School Official (DSO) a€¢Knowledge of F-1 and J-1 visa requirements, SEVIS, FERPA, and international student support services. a€¢Leadership of operations management, strategic planning capability and experience with international cultural exchange. a€¢Demonstrated experience working with domestic and international students, faculty, university and college staff. a€¢Strong organizational skills. a€¢Strong written and oral communication skills. a€¢Excellent time management, organizational, and communication skills; ability to complete multiple tasks and high volume of work; mature, professional attitude and appearance; openness to continuing learning and upgrading of skills. a€¢Capacity to effectively collaborate and engage students, faculty, staff and administrators. a€¢Ability to use data/student outcomes for informed decision making. a€¢Proficiency in the SEVIS system, Colleague/Banner system (or similar transferable skill), Microsoft applications, databases, and other relevant software to carry out position duties.

Preferred Qualifications: a€¢Master's degree in Education, International Studies, International Business or related field from an accredited institution. a€¢Experience traveling or living abroad a€¢Use of social media and web for student engagement

Work Schedule: This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are typically Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a 60 minute (unpaid) lunch. This position will have scheduled evening hours for programs/advising throughout the year as well as periodic Saturday and Sunday obligations depending on international student, scholar and visitor needs.

Type of Position Being Requested: Administrative Appointment

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Collective Bargaining Status of Position: Non-Unionized

FLSA Status: Exempt

Posting Number: AP0048P

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