Director of International Affairs

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Director of International Affairs

Brooklyn, NY
Open Date:
Nov 9, 2018

Pratt Institute is seeking a Director to lead the staff and daily operations of the Office of International Affairs, serving over 30% of the Pratt student body. He/she will manage all services and programs for over 1700 undergraduate and graduate international students, Language Training students, visiting scholars and exchange program participants for all Pratt Institute campuses (Brooklyn, Manhattan, Munson William Proctor). The Director will manage a team of four full- time administrators, along with student support.


  • Manage and oversee the operational procedures of the International Affairs department, implementing best practices.

  • Recruit, hire, supervise and evaluate full time professional staff and part time student staff.

  • Serve as the Principal Designated School Official (PDSO) authorized by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with responsibilities including maintenance and re-certification of Form I-17, re-designation application of the Exchange Visitor Program, International student check-in, and Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) registration.

  • Keep up-to-date and abreast of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s and Department of State (DOS)’s rules and regulations.

  • Supervise legal aspects of institutional SEVIS compliance.

  • Ensure that the office provides excellent customer service to prospective, accepted, and enrolled students as well as all exchange visitors.

  • Counsel students on immigration, academic, financial and cross-cultural issues.

  • Foster greater campus-wide understanding and sensitivity to international students.

  • Establish and implement policies affecting international students and scholars.

  • Establish and utilize relationships with local, state, regional and national agencies and organizations, both public and private, such as Fulbright, IIE, NAFSA, State Department, One-to-World, Education USA, and foreign government agencies

  • Ensure that workshops are provided for students and alumni, i.e. Optional Practical Training (OPT), Curricular Practical Training (CPT), presentation by immigration attorneys for H1B, O, Permanent Residency, and tax preparation.

  • Ensure that students and scholars have access to web-based tax information in order for them to file taxes in accordance with the Federal Regulations.

  • Work with VPs, Deans, Chairs, academic advisors, administrative offices and academic departments regarding the enrollment, retention, and employment of international students.

  • Partner with internal administrative staff to ensure proper implementation of orientation events for international students.

  • Manage and oversee the office operating budget.

  • Manage and oversee the technology updates and programs for all applications used by OIA to ensure consistency and efficiency.

  • Manage and oversee the updates for SEVIS batch process.

  • Compile enrollment statistics and reports for outside organizations (IIE/Open Doors) and for the Institute, i.e. Administrative Summary, reports from Colleague (comparative student reports such as retention rates, student population, etc).

  • Supervise and plan the development, implementation, and management of intercultural programs on and off campus, i.e. International Welcome day activities, the Annual International Food Fair, International Education Week, the Korean BBQ and Moon Festival, etc.

  • Ensure that high quality support services are provided to assist international students and scholars as they adapt to a new cultural and academic environment.

  • Serve on various internal and external committees, such as search committees, and non-profit boards (ex: One-To-World).

  • Support the Institute’s mission to partner with internal and external stakeholders to create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for all students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

  • Master’s degree required in higher education administration, counseling, international education, or related field.

  • Per Federal Government regulations, must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident.

  • Eight (8) plus years’ of responsible administrative experience in international student advising and/or administration of international education programs required.

  • Expert understanding of Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, and Internal Revenue Service regulations and requirements as applied to international students and visiting scholars including F-1/F-2, J-1/J-2, B-1/B-2, H-1/H-4 visas and other non-immigrant categories required.

  • Experience with Exchange Programs and/or Study Abroad programs preferred.

  • Expertise in developing policy and procedure to support non-immigrant students.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, both oral and written with cross cultural sensitivity.

  • International work and/or study experience and second language fluency preferred.

  • Ability to work efficiently and independently in a high-paced environment with attention to detail and accuracy.

  • Ability to work effectively as a team and promote team building.

  • Strong computer skills including proficiency in immigration software (SEVIS), Colleague, Docuware. Experience with Terra Dotta a plus.

  • Chief advocate for International Education.

About Pratt Institute

Founded in 1887, Pratt Institute is a global leader in higher education dedicated to preparing its 4,600 undergraduate and graduate students for successful careers in art, design, architecture, information and library science, and liberal arts and sciences. Located in a cultural hub with historic campuses in Brooklyn and Manhattan, as well as a campus in Utica, New York (PrattMWP College of Art and Design), Pratt has an esteemed faculty of accomplished professionals and scholars who challenge their talented students to transform their passion into meaningful expression.

The mission of Pratt Institute is to educate artists and creative professionals to be responsible contributors to society. Pratt seeks to instill in all graduates aesthetic judgment, professional knowledge, collaborative skills, and technical expertise. With a firm grounding in the liberal arts and sciences, a Pratt education blends theory with creative application in preparing graduates to become leaders in their professions. Pratt enrolls a diverse group of highly talented and dedicated students, challenging them to achieve their full potential.

Application Instructions:

Please submit your cover letter and resume. If you are selected for an interview, please be prepared to provide at least 5 References via our on-line reference tool system. At least 2 of your References must be, or have been, your direct managers.




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Posted: 12/30/2018
Application Due: 4/24/2019
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