International Admissions Counselor

Cullowhee, North Carolina
Approximately $40,000 per year + benefits
Oct 04, 2022
Nov 03, 2022
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College / University

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The Office of Global Engagement at Western Carolina University is seeking an International Admissions Counselor. The primary role of this position is to work closely with undergraduate admissions and graduate admissions to process international degree-seeking and exchange student applications. This position reports directly to the Associate Director of Global Engagement.

  • Position Summary

    1. Admissions
    Serve as the primary liaison with University graduate school and undergraduate admissions office. Collect, review and process international undergraduate and graduate applications. Inform prospective students, families, internal and external offices regarding international admission requirements, academic programs, scholarships, and other international student related information. Inform admitted students regarding pre-arrival logistics, such as process for obtaining student visa at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate, seeking housing on/off campus. Compile and update international admission data. Serve as a DSO and ARO to create and manage initial and continuing I-20s and DS-2019s.
    2. International Student Recruitment
    Develop and enhance promotion materials for international student recruitment, including but not limited to, promotional brochures, flyers, videos, photos, and other creative marketing materials. Serve as the secondary contact regarding international recruitment for, and cultivate productive relationship with, EducationUSA and other governmental or non-governmental international education organizations (e.g., IREX, etc.)
    3. International Orientation
    Plan and execute International Student Orientation each semester. Hire, supervise and evaluate Student Orientation Assistants, including arranging for international student arrivals and airport pickup.
    4. Student and Campus Programming
    Assist with major campus programming including International Education Week and International Festival, Going Global Living and Learning Community. Assist with international student programming.
    5. International Student Support
    Serve as primary contact with Student Accounts and Bursar to provide international student lists. Serve as primary contact with Residential Living and Health Services.
    6. Other duties as assigned

    Minimum Qualifications

    1. Bachelor’s degree in any field
    2. Ability to become a DSO and ARO, which requires a U.S. permanent resident or citizen status
    3. Strong knowledge of Excel, Word and other Microsoft programs
    4. Knowledge of social media management and usage for professional purposes.
    5. Excellent interpersonal and writing skills
    6. Ability to communicate effectively and engage those from other cultural backgrounds.
    7. Strong organizational and analytical skills
    8. Flexible, creative, energetic and positive personality
    9. Ability to set goals and to prioritize tasks
    10. Demonstrated ability to work as a productive team member.

    Preferred Qualifications

    1. Master’s degree in any field.
    2. Experience in working in a higher education setting.
    3. Proficiency in a second language.
    4. Experience in studying or working abroad.

As the westernmost institution in the University of North Carolina System, Western Carolina University (founded in 1889) attracts students from around the globe for its nationally ranked programs, affordability through NC Promise and exceptional student support. Recognized as a top adventure college and surrounded by the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains, students, faculty, and staff can explore the region's vast natural diversity through unrivaled experiential learning and recreational activities. WCU enrolls approximately 12,000 students and is supported by over 600 faculty and over 900 staff on its main campus, situated 50 miles west of Asheville where it also maintains an instructional site at Biltmore Park. The university is adjacent to the Qualla Boundary, home of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and within a 150-mile radius of Atlanta, Knoxville, and Charlotte.

Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of the University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmation action program. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at