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Associate Director of Advising and International Student Support

Macalester College
Saint Paul, MN
Closing date
Oct 4, 2022

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Position Type
Associate Director
Employment Type
Internship / Student
Organization Type
College / University
The Department of International Student Program (ISP) at Macalester College seeks to hire a full-time ISP Associate Director of Advising and International Student Support. This position reports to the ISP Director and ensures that international students studying at Macalester in non-immigrant visa statuses are provided the individualized social, cultural, academic, personal, and immigration/regulatory advising support necessary to be successful, engaged members of the Macalester community. Works collaboratively in ISP's execution of initial I-20s, visa eligibility, and CPT/OPT work authorizations. Plans and implements programs that ensure international student success. Works in collaboration with other units and departments to create a culturally inclusive campus.

About the Department of International Student Programs:

ISP serves the educational, regulatory, and personal development needs of Macalester’s international students through helping them integrate, participate, and apply their learning to their own lives and cultural contexts.


Regulatory advising and compliance:

Serves as a Designated School Official (DSO)

Advises international students on immigration regulations, policies, and procedures

Evaluates visa eligibility, produce I-20 immigration documents, and communicate pre-arrival and arrival procedures to incoming international students

Interacts with all relevant governmental agencies as needed, including, but not limited to, SEVP, USCIS, ICE, CBP, SSA, IRS, MNDOR, etc.

Issues CPT work authorization and assists students in petitioning for OPT work authorization

Updates SEVIS database with current student information

Plans and executes various immigration workshops, including CPT, OPT, and International Students and Study Away

Remains current on developments in international education, including immigration legislation, interpretation, and practice

Administration, supervision, and interdepartmental collaboration:

Selects mentors (peer leaders) through application and mentor simulation process

Co-trains 24 mentors with ISP professional staff colleagues

Meets with eight mentors weekly to discuss academic, social and cultural adjustment of their mentees

Collaborates across departments to ensure there is equitable support for international students and to promote an understanding of the international student experience

Reviews institutional and departmental policies and procedures to ensure compatibility with immigration regulations

Represents International Student Programs department on campus-wide committees, including Case Management

Works with colleagues in other departments to support students in crisis

Serves as liaison and advocate with faculty/staff regarding student needs

Collaborates on projects with staff supporting study away students

Supports the Director in the implementation of strategic planning, including updating and improving immigration-related policies and procedures

Other international student support:

Works with the Director to envision, plan, implement, and/or supervise programs and services that enhance international student success, satisfaction, and retention

Meets individually with approximately 1/3 of first-year international students/Ametrica participants/exchange students during Fall semester to provide personal, academic, and immigration-related support

Co-plans and executes Pre-Orientation for International Students

Conducts midterm meetings with international students who have one or more D or below, or two or more grades of C- or below

Meets with students of concern as identified by campus partners or ISP staff

Provides individual support for students in crisis

Serves as the point person for exchange student support

Works collaboratively with partners such as Career Exploration, MAX Center (academic support), Study Away, and Academic Affairs


5-8 years working with diverse cultures and U.S. immigration/government regulations as a Designated School Official (DSO) plus counseling experience

Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s Degree preferred in counseling, international education, higher education, cultural studies, ESL or similar

U.S. citizenship or permanent resident as mandated by federal regulations in order to be a DSO

Manages the process of Curricular Practical Training (CPT), Optional Practical Training (OPT), Pre-Orientation for International Students (PO4IS), taxes, training, host family, and mentoring

Understanding of Google Workspace, Microsoft Office, SEVIS (Student & Exchange Visitor Information System), Non-Resident Alien tax software, and database management

Patience and general understanding of intercultural communication

Skills in event coordination and planning

Ability to interpret, enforce, and provide reasonable exceptions to governmental and institutional policies and general procedures

Understanding of student development and the unique needs of today’s college students

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively across teams, and independently in a team-based setting


For best consideration, please submit your cover letter and resume as one PDF through the Macalester Employment Opportunities webpage by Friday, August 26, 2022. Applications received by Friday, August 19, 2022 will receive priority. All inquiries about this position should be directed to:

Jaclyn Howard

Talent Acquisition Manager

Macalester is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from everyone who would add richness to our community, including people of color, individuals with disabilities, women and LGBTQIA+ individuals.

Since its founding in 1874, Macalester has provided students with the inspiration, insight, and experience to become successful and ethical leaders. Located in St. Paul, Minnesota, Macalester enrolls nearly 2,100 students who come from virtually every state and 91 countries. Macalester is committed to being a preeminent liberal arts college known for its high standards of scholarship and its special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society.

Macalester is proud of its longstanding commitment to social justice and creating a safe environment for all people regardless of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, gender, religion, age, or ability. Macalester is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from everyone who would add richness to our community, including people of color, individuals with disabilities and women.


Macalester employees enjoy a fantastic benefits package and working environment that is second to none. This is a full-time, exempt position with a salary range of $55,000 - $60,000 and is accompanied by Macalester’s Benefits Package as a part of its total compensation package.

Our Commitment to Safety in response to COVID-19:

For the safety of our community, Macalester requires all employees to have received a COVID-19 vaccine regimen. Should a newly hired employee be unable to receive the vaccination for either medical or religious reasons we offer accommodations and assistance.

Questions or concerns about this process should be directed to Employment Services, at

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