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Executive Director, International Student Programs

Foothill-De Anza Community College District
Los Altos Hills, CA

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Academic Affairs, International Programs, Institutional & Business Affairs, Program Administration
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Community College
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Job Details

Initial Review Date: 10/27/21**

**Any complete applications received after the review date will only be forwarded to the hiring committee at their request. 

Full Salary Range: $135,187.36 - $190,222.19 annually*

*Actual placement is based on applicant’s verified education and experience (Customary Hiring Range:  $135,187.36 - $149,044.06 annually). In addition, candidates with verified educational units beyond the minimum qualification may qualify for additional pay, up to $564 per contract month.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District is currently accepting applications for the management position above.

Foothill – De Anza Community College District Mission Statement:

The mission of the Foothill–De Anza Community College District is student success. We are driven by an equity agenda and guided by core values of excellence, inclusion, and sustainability. Every member of our district contributes to a dynamic learning environment that fosters student engagement, equal opportunity, and innovation in meeting the various educational and career goals of our diverse students. We are committed to providing an accessible, quality undergraduate education dedicated to developing a broadly educated and socially responsible community that supports an equitable and just future for California.


Reporting to the Chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, and working directly with the senior leadership of both Foothill and De Anza Colleges, the Executive Director:  Provides strategic and operational oversight of international student marketing and recruitment for both colleges; Advocates for and communicates international program needs and goals to Foothill College and De Anza College and district constituency groups; Develops relationships with both internal and external partners in support of the District Mission and Educational Master Plan; Represents the District and College in international national venues.


This position is responsible to lead the district ISP program in developing, implementing, and administering the District’s recruitment and marketing vision in collaboration with both colleges, developing and administering budgets; developing international programs, policies and procedures in collaboration with related ISP offices at each college, and leading the district’s international engagement concerning the issues of international students and their families.


The following duties and responsibilities are typical but not limited to the following:

1.       Provide creativity, leadership, and vision to develop the strategic and program development plans for the District's ISP program, including marketing, recruitment, and engagement strategies. Conduct ongoing evaluation of and improvement towards achieving program goals and objectives.

2.       Working jointly with ISP administrators, manage and conduct the international marketing and recruitment efforts of the District, including the development and maintenance of external relationships with institutions and partner agencies.

3.       Oversee and conduct overseas student recruitment activities for the District.

4.       Develop and maintain domestic and international visibility and relationships for the District as a whole, and the Colleges individually in the area of international education.

5.       Provide liaison to appropriate diplomatic offices representing international students across the District.

6.       Maintain current knowledge on changing US Immigration laws and regulations as they apply to the international students and international education programs; ensure compliance and reporting with all related SEVIS and Department of Homeland Security, regulations, and reporting requirements.

7.       May construct American culture incentive programs, while developing and maintaining relationships with sister schools.

8.       Serve as a resource to staff across the District on issues and policies relating to international students.

9.       Collaborate with external entities to develop, enhance, and promote International Programs.

10.   Collaborate with each college's related international student admissions and immigration support programs, including the development and implementation of policies and procedures in support of effective recruitment strategies.

11.   Develop and administer the District's ISP marketing, recruitment, and engagement budget, in collaboration with both colleges.

12.   Support, implement, and promote compliance with the District's Diversity and Equal Opportunity Plan in all aspects of employment and education; encourage cultural and ethnic diversity in staffing, curriculum, programs, and services.

13.   Assure compliance with the District's Injury and Illness Prevention Program by providing motivation, incentives, and discipline to assigned staff; maintain a safe work environment, enforcing safe work practices, reporting and investigating accidents, maintaining necessary documentation, and requiring employees to receive mandated training.

14.   Perform related duties as required.



1.       Education Code, Title 5, and OSHA regulations.

2.       US Immigration and Naturalization laws and regulations.

3.       Methods of international recruiting.

4.       Admissions, program development and support services.

5.       Budget development, personnel selection and program evaluation.

6.       FHDA governance policies.

7.       District Mission and Values.

8.       Quality principles of trust, teamwork, and collaboration.

9.       Principles and practices of higher education organizations and structures.

10.   Principles of leadership, management, and supervision.

11.   Concepts and principles of student learning.

12.   Relevant software programs and applications.

Skills and Abilities:

1.       Understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff.

2.       Communicate effectively both orally and in writing, including complex proposals and presentations.

3.       Cultural and Linguistic facility in international and diverse settings.

4.       Proven leadership management.

5.       Handle difficult and sensitive issues and problems and resolve conflicts.


1.       Understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff.

2.       Bachelor's Degree.

3.       1 Year of administrative experience.

4.       2 Years of related experience (International Student Programs).

Preferred Qualifications:

1.       Master’s degree or equivalent.

2.       Five (5) years administrative experience working with international education.

3.       International experience outside the United States.

4.       Fluency in a language in addition to English.

5.       Experience working with partner agencies and foreign institution, including drafting agreements.

6.       Experience living and/or working outside the United States.



1.       Typical office environment.

2.       Frequent national and international travel in support of International Student Programs.

Physical Abilities:

1.       Hearing and speaking to exchange information in person and on the telephone and make presentations.

2.       Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard.

3.       Vision sufficient to read various materials.

4.       Sitting for extending periods of time.

5.       Bending at the waist.

6.       Lifting and carrying objects up to 20 lbs.


1.       A District on-line application on *In the application, you will provide information, which demonstrates your understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff. Additionally, you will be asked to explain how your life experiences, studies or work have influenced your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. 

2.       A cover letter addressing your qualifications for the position. 

3.       A current resume of all work experience, formal education and training.

If any required application materials are omitted, the committee will not review your application.  Items not required (including reference letters) will not be accepted.  For full-consideration, all application packets must be received by 11:59 pm on the closing date. 

Please allow yourself ample time to complete your application and resolve any technical difficulties that may arise with your submission.  We do not guarantee a response to application questions within 48 hours of the closing date. 


Position: Full-Time, Contract, 12-months per year

Starting date:  As soon as possible upon completion of the search process.

Annual salary plus benefits; excellent benefits package which includes coverage for employee and eligible dependents, dental, vision care, employee assistance program, long term disability, retirement benefits and basic life insurance.

For information on our benefits package that includes medical for employees and dependents, visit our web site:

Persons with disabilities who require reasonable accommodation to complete the employment process must notify Employment Services no later than the closing date of the announcement.

The successful applicant will be required to provide proof of authorization to work in the U.S.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District does not reimburse applicants for travel, lodging or any other costs incurred by applicant to attend interviews.  All interviewing costs incurred will be the responsibility of the applicant.

For more information about our application process contact:

Employment Services

Foothill-De Anza Community College District

12345 El Monte Road

Los Altos Hills, California 94022

(650) 949-6217

Email: [email protected]



Working at Foothill-De Anza Community College District

For more than 50 years, Foothill-De Anza has demonstrated excellence and innovation in academic programs and student services. As one of the largest community college districts in the United States, Foothill-De Anza provides credit classes for about 43,000 students per quarter. The colleges are active members of the League for Innovation in the Community College, a national consortium of leading two-year institutions.

The mission of the Foothill – De Anza Community College District is student success. We accomplish this by providing access to a dynamic learning environment that fosters excellence, opportunity and innovation in meeting the diverse educational and career goals of our students and communities.

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Foothill-De Anza serves the communities of Cupertino, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Stanford, Sunnyvale, and portions of San Jose.

Foothill College

Foothill College envisions itself as a community of scholars where a diverse population of students, faculty and staff intersect and are engaged in the search for truth and meaning. We recognize that by necessity this search must be informed by a multiplicity of disciplinary modes of inquiry. In order to ensure that every student has the opportunity to share in this vision, Foothill College commits itself to providing students with the necessary student support services, outstanding instruction, and opportunities for leadership both within and outside the classroom. By enacting this vision, the college ensures that it remains the distinctive and innovative institution it has been since its inception.

De Anza College

Two words—"excellence" and "innovation" — have captured the essence of De Anza College for nearly four decades. Although each carries importance, together they're a winning combination that has established De Anza in the forefront of community colleges nationwide.   De Anza provides outstanding general education and vocational courses as well as interdisciplinary studies, community service opportunities, on-the-job-training, internships, collaborative programs with businesses and industries, and online and television classes.     

Employment with Foothill - De Anza

Foothill - De Anza Community College District is one of the largest community college districts in the U.S. that has distinguished itself as a leader among California Community Colleges.

We currently employ approximately 1,200 full-time employees and 1,900 part-time employees. It is the policy of the District to provide an educational and employment environment which is committed to high quality, equal opportunity and diversity.

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