Assistant/Associate Director of International Student Services

Portland, Oregon
Commensurate with experience
Dec 02, 2022
Jan 01, 2023
Employment Type
Organization Type
College / University

The Assistant/Associate Director of International Students & Scholars will work with the Assistant/Associate Dean/Director in all efforts in coordinating and providing  the orientation & ongoing advising of international students. This position impacts many parts of campus. The Assistant/Associate Director will collaborate with a broad variety of campus partners, including Campus Living, Student Health & Wellness, the Student Support Network, the Advising Center, the Career Center, the Registrar, Admissions & Financial aid, Academic English Studies, Overseas & Off Campus Programs, as well as stakeholders at the graduate and law schools to provide academic and personal advising, assistance with housing and employment, compliance with student & exchange visitor visa regulations, and opportunities for community involvement. The Assistant/Associate Director will partner with the Director of Global Recruitment to recruit and admit international students. The Assistant/Associate Director will also substitute for the Associate Dean & Director as required.



International Student & Student Groups Advising (20% of the time)

  • Advise international students on academic, immigration, intercultural and personal issues

  • Provide individual advising, group advising, and follow-up on Student Support Network reports

  • Independently serve as staff adviser to International Students of Lewis & Clark (ISLC) student group


Admissions & Financial Aid (20% of the time)

  • Evaluate international student applications for admission, with the Director of Global Recruitment

  • Plan and execute ISS yield communication strategy for international students & TCKs

  • Limited travel to international schools and admissions fairs to represent may be included


Immigration Compliance (20% of the time)

  • Serve as Designated School Official (DSO) for F-1 visas and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) for J-1 visas

  • Issue I-20 & DS-2019 forms for student visas

  • Assist students with immigration regulation compliance

  • Oversee practical training/employment authorization for graduating international students

  • Manage confidential financial records and immigration data that support student & exchange visitor eligibility


Programming (20% of the time)

  • Coordinate signature events including International Student/TCK Orientation, Annual International Fair, President's Reception for International Students, and Annual Davis Scholars event. Duties may include, but are not limited to, event logistics, liaising with various departments that support the event, advising students how to plan and provide logistical support, and delivering content as a speaker

  • Lead workshops for international students on financial aid & overseas programs, post-graduation career planning, and OPT employment authorization


Administration (20% of the time)

  • Assist the Director with the administrative responsibilities of the office, international orientation, ongoing programs, projects, and student support services as assigned

  • Independently facilitate the annual Mary Dimond Scholarship selection process

  • Represent ISS on campus-wide committees such as the Student Support Network, the Senior Experience, or the Sustainability Council

  • Independently manage the international transportation arrangements for our Davis Scholar population (approximately 80 students per year)

  • Substitute for the director when necessary



  • Master’s degree

  • 2 years overseas living experience

  • 2 years teaching or related work experience with international students OR 3 years of other relevant experience

  • 2 years of co-curricular programming experience OR 3 years of relevant experience

  • US citizenship or permanent residency due to Department of Homeland Security eligibility requirements for F-1 designated school official and J-1 responsible office roles



  • 5 years of work experience in higher education or related organizational experience

  • 3+ years of overseas living experience

  • 3+ years teaching or related work experience with international students

  • 3+ years of co-curricular programming experience at the post-secondary level

  • 2+ years of marketing or other public communication experience

  • Any previous direct experience using the Dept. of Homeland Security’s SEVIS system as a DSO and/or RO


  • Full time, 1.0 FTE

  • Benefits Eligible: Yes



  • Requires some travel