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International Student Advisor, Special Populations

Highline Community College Inc
Des Moines, WA
Closing date
Jun 18, 2024

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Student & Scholar Services
Position Type
Adviser / Advisor
Employment Type
Organization Type
Community College, Provider
General Summary

Posting will remain open until filled. Priority consideration for applications received by May 12, 2024.

The International Student Advisor, Special Populations is a full-time exempt position that reports to the Assistant Director of International Student Programs. This position works as part of the International Student Programs team to provide intake services, advising, and internship guidance, for International Students with an emphasis on Special Population students. The position also includes coordinating orientation, and quarterly activities, as well as coordinating social media.

This position is an exempt salaried overtime-eligible, at-will, full-time position. Hours of work will include M-F hours as well as some evening, weekend hours and will include travel.

Essential Tasks

Reporting directly to the Assistant Director of International Student Programs, this position will:

Advising and Administrative Support: (45%) ~Flexible

Provide academic advising to international Special Population students including, but not limited to Short Term Program students, Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM) students, and other Cohort Program students. Advising responsibilities include:
  • Assisting students in selecting appropriate courses based upon placement results, student's interest area, and faculty recommendation;
  • Assisting students and staff in the department with course enrollment;
  • Planning an individualized education plan that fulfills all program requirements;
  • Weekly special populations meetings with students or international/local representatives.

Provide administrative support to special population students by:
  • Communicating with partner institutions, agents, and students on pre-departure information;
  • Designing and implementing quarterly on-campus orientation and involvement in New Student Welcome Week;
  • Monitoring academic progress and collaborating with faculty in designing interventions as needed;
  • Assisting students with volunteer internship placement;
  • Assessing student satisfaction with the program. (Quantitative and Qualitative creating program assessment) I.e. surveys;
  • Supporting students through cultural adjustments issues, student life choices, and making referrals to other campus resources as appropriate;
  • Acting as primary contact for assigned overseas university partners.

Provide immigration advising to special program students including:
  • Serving as one of the DSOs (Designated School Official) for the ISP office, working with I-20s as needed;
  • Advising students on maintaining F-1 visa status;
  • Reviewing visa regulations as they pertain to F-1 visa holders.

Orientation coordinator (20%) ~Flexible

As the primary coordinator of ISP Orientation, this person:
  • Develops a schedule of workshops and activities for in advance of each quarter's international student orientation, including a detailed agenda of presentations and activities;
  • Supervises a team of student employees & volunteers who help plan and facilitate each orientation;
  • Develops and controls a budget to cover all orientation costs using only dedicated fees;
  • Works with campus services to reserve rooms, equipment, and catering for all workshops;
  • Works with purchasing office to organize off-campus excursions, including admission, transportation, food, and gratuity costs;
  • Coordinates with staff from other departments for guest presentations and campus tour activities;
  • Manages completion and filing of consent forms for off-campus travel and events;
  • Chaperones, or identifies chaperone for, all off-campus events;
  • Tracks attendance for all orientation events;
  • Organizes and facilitates make-up orientation each quarter;
  • Supervise ISP Student workers and volunteers with orientation and activities;
  • Works with Highline's (Center for Leadership and Services) regarding ISP Events/Activities in coordination with the International Engagement Leadership Advisor.

Activity coordinator (20%) ~Flexible
  • Plan and organize activities for international students, including both off-campus and on-campus activities;
  • Coordinate with the Center for Leadership and Service's programming to plan some joint activities/events;
  • Develop and maintain the activities budget, including submission of required paperwork;
  • Assess success of activities and events;
  • Facilitate annual international student end-of-year celebration;
  • Drive campus vans to designated student activity sites;
  • Coordinate, with the help of other ISP staff, the quarterly scholarship reception;

Social Media (15%) ~Flexible
  • Promote Highline College activities through social media, printed materials, and emailing;
  • Connect with current Highline students and alumni to generate student testimonials in video and written form in conjunction with Global Program Manager, in conjunction with the college's social media manager.

Additional responsibilities:
  • Serve on committees as assigned;
  • As needed, provide general backup advising support when necessary to all international students as requested by the Assistant Director of International Student Programs;
  • Coordinate yearly graduation ceremony for ISP.


Ability to:
  • Work with international students in a college setting;
  • Provide educational planning to international students;
  • Communicate effectively in cross-cultural situations;
  • Use Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Partner with internal and external customers;
  • Develop and present program information;
  • Work effectively with people of various ethnic, cultural, educational and socio-economic backgrounds;
  • Work collaboratively as a member of a team;
  • Lead and direct student workers;
  • Provide excellent customer service.

Knowledge of:
  • F-1 Visa regulations and requirements by the SEVIS system;
  • Academic courses and program requirements;
  • Cultural differences and adjustment issues for international students;
  • Project management skills.


  • Bachelor's degree in education, Student Development, Educational Counseling, or related field; AND
  • Two years of student advising experience at an institution of higher learning.

Supplemental Information

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.


Highline College prides itself on its commitment to diversity and equity, its institutional culture of collegiality and innovation, its globalization of curricula and its inclusion of the community in its programming. Founded in 1961, Highline College is situated in a diverse community just 15minutes south of Seattle. The college annually serves more than 16,500 students -- a student population of over 70% students of color, representing 35 nations and more than 100 languages. The college embraces equity, inclusion and social justice, with core goals of student attainment, diversity, community Engagement and sustainability. The student body at Highline College is made up of Transfer students, Running Start students, Professional- Technical students, International students, Comprehensive Transition Program for students with intellectual disabilities, Adult Basic Education and English Language Learners. In addition, we offer six bachelor of applied science, four-year degrees.


As an essential part of ourmission and vision, diversity, equity and inclusion are promoted and fostered in all aspects of college life.


Your online application must include the following to be considered complete:
  • A detailed resume that addresses the MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS of the position;
  • A letter of application/cover letter (two-page maximum, recommended) that addresses your ability to meet the QUALIFICATIONS, and KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES for the

  • position;
  • A one-page response to the Supplemental Question.

    • National Criminal Background Check may be required.



    Should you have any difficulties uploading your documents or navigating the application process, please contact NEOGOV Technical Support at 1-855-524- 5627, Monday - Friday 6:00 AM to 6:00PM Pacific Time.


    Highline College is an equal opportunity employer. The College is committed to enhancing the diversity of our faculty and staff, as well as our student population. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientations, and gender identity diversity. We strongly encourage applicants to apply without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legal protected status.


    The College complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Applicants needing accommodations in the application process in an alternative format may contact the Human Resources office at (206) 592-3812. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may dial 711 to place a call through Washington Relay, the state's free telecommunication access service.


    Highline College complies with Title IX regulations. For details on our policies, see our website

    The College appointing authorities reserve the right and may exercise the option to make an employment decision prior to the conclusion of the recruitment process.

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