International Student Advisor

Location
Grinnell, Poweshiek County / Oakland Acres, Poweshiek County
Posted
Mar 28, 2014
Employment Type
Full Time
As a member of the OISA team, the International Student Advisor helps support international and global nomad students with their successful transition to and engagement at Grinnell College – in and out of the classroom, as well as in the local community. The Advisor is responsible for programming and outreach efforts, individual and group appointments and advising, building relationships with student clients, and collaboration with staff and faculty partners to enhance this 'international student friendly' campus. Grinnell enrolls 200+ international and global nomad students, who comprise nearly 15% of our student body. Master’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Required qualifications include: - excellent interpersonal skills and intuitive customer service adaptation - empathy for others and an openness to learn, grow and adapt to change - excellent oral/written communication skills, computer fluency, detail orientation - ability to handle confidential / sensitive information with discretion - skill at taking initiative, and building partnerships within the office, across campus, and in the local community - an awareness of and sensitivity to diverse cultural communications styles and sojourner adjustment theories - logic to understand, and an interest in receiving, training specific to F-1 regulations, compliance with the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS); and the wide variety of other regulatory issues that impact the international student experience (including but not limited to SSA; IRS; DMV; etc.) - a valid driver’s license Preferred additional qualifications include: - an understanding of the interactive and collaborative nature of successful work in a small, private, residential, undergraduate, liberal arts institution - second language ability and/or experience with populations whose first language is not English - experience living or working abroad, or working with international populations About Grinnell College: Founded in 1846, Grinnell College is a highly selective liberal arts college that enrolls 1500 students who come from every state and 50 countries around the world. The College’s curriculum is founded on a strong advising system and close student-faculty interaction, with few college-wide requirements beyond the completion of a major. Grinnell College is consistently evaluated as among the finest residential liberal arts colleges in the nation. Capitalizing on a student/faculty ratio of 9:1, The College’s curricular and research programs incorporate active learning and collaborative work between students and faculty, a strong, growing commitment to undergraduate research, and an increasing focus on interdisciplinary study. Grinnell College has an attractive campus of 108 acres, with spectacular, well-maintained facilities such as the new Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, a campus center bringing together offices for student affairs and student groups, dining, post office, classrooms, meeting rooms and informal interaction spaces; the Noyce Science Center, including collaborative spaces that have inspired similar designs nationwide; the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, acting as a creative hub between the campus and community; and the John Chrystal Center which houses the offices of the Registrar, Admission, Financial Aid, and Institutional Research. For further information about Grinnell College, see our website at http://www.grinnell.edu/. Application Process: Please submit applications online by visiting our employment website at https://jobs.grinnell.edu/. Applicants must complete the online application form and attach a cover letter, resume and three employment-related references. Please contact the Office of Human Resources at 641.269.4818 with questions. Review of applications will begin immediately; the position will remain open until filled.