International Program Coordinator
To advance the college’s mission, vision, principles, values and strategic initiatives through continuous improvement decisions. To advance the mission of Kirkwood Global Learning to foster and grow cross-cultural interactions and cross-cultural understanding.
THIS POSITION IS A GRANT-FUNDED POSITION. CURRENT FUNDING FOR THIS POSITION IS SCHEDULED TO END JUNE 30, 2022. CONTINUATION OF THIS POSITION BEYOND JUNE 30, 2022 IS DEPENDENT ON NEW OR INCREASED GRANT FUNDING.
GENERAL JOB SUMMARY:
Under limited supervision, this position will manage grant programs and short-term exchange students. This position will advise students participating in specific grant programs according to grant and/or program requirements. The individual must exercise a high degree of independent judgment and decision making with the assigned functions, as well as work cooperatively as a team player with the other office staff, students, college personnel and the general public. A knowledge and love for other cultures would be an advantage as well as a positive and helpful attitude with international students. The International Program Coordinator assists the Dean of Global Learning and the International Student Advisor in the creation and implementation of student events and activities that integrate international students and US students and create a global learning environment on campus. The job requires a flexible schedule with the ability to work some weekends and evenings.
UNIVERSAL CORE COMPETENCIES:
- Advocate for Continual Improvement- empowering each other to identify opportunities for excellence.
- Collaborate with Mutual Accountability- working together with a willingness to take ownership and account for our actions.
- Champion Service- anticipating needs and create a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment.
- Perseverance- commitment to excellence even in the face of adversity or delay in achieving success.
- Lead- regardless of title, through positive influence.
- Serve as the Community College Initiative (CCI) Grant Program Leader managing all aspects of the CCI program including selection of students, conducting regular liaison between Kirkwood Community College and Northern Virginia Community College, communicating with cohort of CCI coordinators, developing materials, ensuring all activity reports and deadlines are met, advising and registering CCI students in appropriate coursework, and assessing student success in the program.
- Manage grant budget, expenses, and reports as needed and required by grants office and grant administrators.
- Develop and facilitate delivery of virtual and in-person orientation learning sessions as well as program-long cultural learning sessions. Cross-cultural learning facilitation is a necessary duty.
- Provide cultural, personal as well as academic advising to a diverse set of international students with attention to problem solving, crisis management and resolving student issues.
- Advise international students on matters of housing, transportation, insurance, health, banking, shopping, driver’s license, SSN, postal information and other cultural matters.
- Manage regular CCI check-in meetings and communication streams with relevant deans, faculty and ELA Advisors to ensure that ELA and relevant academic curriculum is in sync with cultural programming and to develop strategies for intervention as student issues or curriculum issues occur.
- Develop and manage cultural and social programs for international students, grant-sponsored international students and international visitors to Kirkwood with special focus on strategies to involve international students, grant students and American students in intentional programming to increase interaction among students of different cultures.
- Lead short-term visiting student programs for international students participating in short-term exchange programs at Kirkwood including program development, international student airport arrival/departure and pick-up, transportation to housing and/or host family as required, transportation to health care visits, events, etc.
- Lead and manage all elements of New Student Orientation program for arriving grant students.
- Perform other related work duties as assigned.
- Welcome, value, and nurture people of all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, as well as support and promote an environment that accepts differences.
- Self-motivated, enthusiastic, energetic and creative individual with the ability to meet and interact effectively and courteously with international visitors, students, college personnel, and members of the community.
- Possess strong human relations skills. Essential to be able to demonstrate a clear appreciation for diverse nationalities.
- Possess proven experience in event planning and activities management.
- Demonstrate the ability to manage multiple projects under frequent deadlines.
- Read, understand, and express oneself clearly and effectively in oral and written form. Ability to work and communicate with non-English speaking persons.
- Possess a working knowledge of personal computers and databases.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES WITH/WITHOUT REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION:
Position involves working in an office setting. Occasional (10-33%) standing, pushing, pulling and grasping. Frequent (34-66%) reaching and viewing a computer and other types of close visual work. Constant (67-100%) sitting, walking, repetitive motion, talking and hearing.
- Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field.
- 2 years of relevant programming experience.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS, LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, OR REGISTRATIONS:
- Preferred Master’s Degree and/or 5 years of relevant programming experience.
- Teaching, counseling and/or training experience.
- Budget planning experience.
- Grants experience.
- Intercultural experience living in or working in another country.
- Foreign language proficiency.
Kirkwood Community College shall not engage in nor allow unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment. This includes all employment practices, hiring practices, and unwelcome harassment of applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information or actual or potential parental, family, marital status or veteran status. If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with the policy, please contact the Vice President of Human Resources at Kirkwood Community College, 313 Kirkwood Hall, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd., SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, Telephone: 319-398-5572, Email: [email protected] or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison St., Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661-7204, Telephone: 312-730-1560, Fax: 312-730-1576, Email: [email protected]