International Education Leadership, International Student and Scholar Services, Teaching Learning and Scholarship
Reporting to the Director of the Virginia Tech Language and Culture Institute (VTLCI), the Assistant Director for Student Services advises the Institute’s staff and international students in Blacksburg location, and other locations as needed, on immigration and adjustment matters, provides academic advising and university placement assistance for prospective university students, develops engagement programs interfacing with the greater university and local communities, and organizes and implements student activities. The Assistant Director advises staff and students at all LCI locations on the university admissions process and how to identify universities appropriate to students’ backgrounds and interests. The Assistant Director also serves as a Designated School Official (DSO) with the primary responsibility of ensuring students are compliant with federal regulations governing international students and exchange scholars. Considerable regulatory knowledge is expected. This position liaises with other international offices and professionals on campus and represents the Institute on university committees, meetings, and events. The Assistant Director may travel both nationally and internationally to represent the Institute and/or attend conferences or meetings to maintain and build professional knowledge. S/he is also on-call for evening and weekend emergencies.
- Master’s degree in college student personnel, higher education administration, counseling, international studies or related field - Ability to serve as Designated School Official (DSO) and/or Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) - Working familiarity with F-1 student regulations - Ability to interpret and apply complex student guidelines, rules and regulations - Working understanding of U.S. higher education and the university admissions process - Experience advising students in a higher education environment - Experience programming for a diverse student population - Experience interacting with people from other countries on a frequent basis - Ability to adapt well to unexpected situations and re-prioritize work according to changing circumstances - Effective communication, presentation, organizational, database and time management skills - Willingness and ability to travel to represent Institute and/or to maintain professional knowledge
Fully trained and experienced Designated School Official (DSO) and/or Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) - Fluency in a second language - Extensive experience overseas living or studying abroad
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with Experience
About Virginia Tech Language and Culture Institute
The Virginia Tech Language and Culture Institute (VTLCI) provides language-related programs and services for academic and professional development. Through its work, VTLCI contributes to the university's diversity and intellectual capacity by helping to attract the best and brightest international students, scholars and professionals to our community. Part of the university's Outreach and Internat...ional Affairs division, VTLCI has locations in Blacksburg at the main Virginia Tech campus and in the National Capital Region at the university’s Northern Virginia Center. The institute hosts over 500 students per year from more than 30 countries spanning the globe, served by 50 professional faculty, instructors and staff.