Assistant Director International Student Engagement

Feb 22, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Description Summary: The Assistant Director of Student Activities for International Student Engagement is an integral part of the daily operation of the Office of Student Activities, as well as the Division of Student Life. Under the supervision of the Associate Director of Student Activities for Diversity Engagement, the Assistant Director provides leadership and support for the programs and services related to the University's undergraduate international student population. The Assistant Director supports the University community by understanding and responding to the unique needs of international students, and serving as a liaison with academic and administrative units. The University is committed to diversity and has a long-term strategic goal to increase the enrollment of international students. Additionally, the Assistant Director will collaborate with colleagues in the Office of Student Activities to further its strategic initiatives related to diversity & inclusion, new student orientation, programming, student government, student center operations, and student organizations. In so doing, the Assistant Director will support the mission of Student Activities to create a vibrant campus in which students enjoy a broad experience within a close-knit community. Finally, the Assistant Director will support the learning outcomes of the Division of Student Life. Furman University is committed to educating the whole student, encouraging academic and emotional growth while also providing the practical skills necessary to succeed in an ever-changing world. At the core of the University is a dynamic engaged learning philosophy that's grounded in the liberal arts and sciences. Students are taught by top-notch professors whose chief priorities are teaching and guiding undergraduate students;all within a close-knit campus community where ideas and perspectives are valued and encouraged. The Furman Advantage promises all students an education that delivers value by preparing them for successful, meaningful lives. Guided by a community of mentors and supported by institutes and centers, students chart personalized four-year pathways that are made meaningful through guaranteed engaged learning experiences. Our institutes and centers ensure there is a connection between the resources of Furman and the communities that we serve and strengthen. The Richard Riley Institute is a nonpartisan public policy think tank that promotes discussion and analysis of issues critical to South Carolina's future. The David E. Shi Center for Sustainability acts as a research hub and action center where students, educators and community leaders work together to explore sustainability challenges and generate scalable solutions. The Institute for the Advancement of Community Health serves as a convener of programs, educational initiatives, ideas and resources working collectively to bridge the population health gap of the Greenville community and beyond. The student experience at Furman includes NCAA Division I Athletics, a vibrant student life culture encouraged by a 100 percent residential community, and a campus that is internationally recognized for its beauty. Founded in 1826, the private university is located in the award-winning city of Greenville, South Carolina. Modern, sophisticated academic buildings are complemented by comprehensive athletics, recreational, and social facilities. Student housing ranges from traditional residence halls to apartments. The 750-acre campus features an Asian garden, a replica of Henry David Thoreau's cabin, a Florentine bell tower, a spring-fed lake, 13 miles of paved trails through the woodlands for hiking and biking, and an 18-hole golf course. Furman University is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. The University aspires to create a community of people representing a multiplicity of identities including, but not limited to, gender, race, religion, spiritual belief, sexual orientation, geographic origin, socioeconomic background, ideology, world view, and varied abilities. More information about Furman University More information about Greenville, SC

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree required. 1-3 years of professional experience in the development and implementation of international student services-related programs in higher education. Understanding of student development and identity development theories and practical applications is essential. Demonstrated interest in diversity, equity, and inclusion issues and intercultural intelligence/cultural humility work is required. Demonstrated ability to research, comprehend, analyze, and apply immigration regulations is required. Must meet federal eligibility requirements to be a DSO, including US citizenship and permanent residence. Must have excellent organizational skills and strong communication skills. Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks. Customer service oriented. Ability to interact with a diverse population and maintain a positive attitude in time of crisis.

Preferred Qualifications: Master's degree in International Education, Cultural Studies, Student Affairs, Higher Education Administration, Counseling or other related field highly preferred. Experience working, living, or studying abroad, as well as fluency in one or more languages other than English is preferred. Knowledge of F-1, including Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVIS) reporting requirements and awareness of Department of Homeland Security, as well as Department of State, regulations is preferred. Experience as a DSO is preferred. Experience with student organization advising is preferred. Understanding of the importance of student learning outcomes and assessment preferred.

Salary Grade: Level 13 Salary commensurate with education and experience.

Special Instructions: Full Time