Education Abroad, International Student and Scholar Services
Warren Wilson College seeks applicants for a full-time staff position in the Global Engagement Office (GEO). This is an exciting position with growth potential that will help drive the College’s renewed efforts towards further building our international student body, international student support services, and international programming on campus. The position is highly collaborative, dynamic, and offers ample opportunity for creativity in helping to shape our College’s comprehensive internationalization strategy.
Warren Wilson has a deep history of international enrollment, and has long been an institution committed to innovative international programming and rich campus diversity. At our peak in the 1980’s, 30% of our student body was comprised of international students. In 2017 we launched a renewed effort towards rebuilding our international student population, which at present comprises 4% of our overall student body. In addition to coordinating the institution’s efforts to recruit and retain international students, the Global Engagement Office manages the College’s portfolio of uniquely embedded study abroad programs, in which about 50% of our students participate during their undergraduate careers.
We seek an innovative, driven, enthusiastic individual who will help the institution continue to succeed in the realm of reinvigorating our campus internationalism. This position will work under the supervision of the Director of Global Engagement, and will lead our efforts in recruiting, admitting, and providing services to our growing international student population and our international visiting scholars. A strong orientation to detail, organization, and student-centered admissions processes are essential for success in this role. A hunger for data-driven strategy implementation, international travel, and a commitment to cross-cultural diversity and inclusion are also key qualities we seek in candidates for this role. We encourage regional applicants to apply, and the priority deadline for applications is November 8th. Desired start date in early December, but negotiable.
In collaboration with the Director of GEO and the VP of Enrollment, develop an annual international student recruitment strategy.
In keeping with that strategy and the associated budget, plan, coordinate and execute international student recruitment.
Assist in counseling incoming international students with their financial aid, pre-arrival planning, and visa preparations.
Develop and implement an international student communication plan and online marketing activities.
Assist the Director of Global Engagement with international student data management and reporting.
Serve as DSO (Designated School Official) and ARO (Alternate Responsible Officer) to issue initial F-1 and J-1 visa paperwork and other SEVIS duties as assigned.
Build and maintain effective campus relationships with key collaborators including Admissions colleagues, the Financial Aid Office, the Registrar, the Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Academic Support staff, among others.
Assist the director of GEO with ongoing tasks related to the administration of short- and long-term study away programs.
Assist in counseling incoming exchange students and visiting scholars through their admissions applications, pre-arrival planning and visa preparations.
Serve as Crew Supervisor to a 2-3 member student work crew and provide ongoing professional mentoring and work supervision to these students.
Assist in planning, promoting and executing campus events related to global engagement.
Assist in managing timely, accurate and thorough written and verbal communication from GEO.
Engage in and remain committed to broad service to the college, and ongoing professional development.
Other duties as assigned.
B.A. or B.S. in relevant field. Masters degree preferred, or at least three years work experience in a relevant field.
At least one year of experience working in an academic administrative capacity relevant to admissions, study abroad, or international student services required.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required, especially Excel; minimum expectations include spreadsheet development, sorting, filtering, writing of equations, and charts.
Ability to become proficient in new databases and develop literacy in CRM.
Training and experience working with computerized study abroad management systems (TerraDotta/Studio Abroad) preferred.
Demonstrated enthusiasm to travel domestically and internationally. Amount of travel is budget dependent, up to 10 weeks per year.
Experience in sales, customer service, relationship management preferred.
Salesforce database experience highly desired.
Valid driver’s license and US passport required.
Working knowledge of risk management issues and best practices in the field of international education, and the ability to make appropriate decisions in light of professional standards, institutional policies, local, state, federal, and international regulations.
Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to handle multiple tasks with professional demeanor, good judgment, tact and sensitivity.
Friendly, courteous and effective interpersonal skills. Ability to work well with faculty, staff, students, members of the larger community, and with domestic and international program providers and business partners of a variety of cultural backgrounds.
Past work in diverse or multicultural environments; strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and ability to work with diverse groups of students and colleagues.
Interested candidates should apply electronically and should include in their application a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. The cover letter should describe how the position aligns with the candidate's experience and interests and explain how, as a staff member, student mentor, or community member, the candidate would contribute to Warren Wilson College's commitment to diversity and inclusion. Electronic submission is required. Priority review of applications will begin on November 8, 2019 and will continue until the search concludes.
About Warren Wilson College
Warren Wilson College is an independent liberal arts college located on a beautiful 1135-acre campus in the Blue Ridge Mountains on the edge of Asheville, North Carolina. The college’s educational model integrates academics, campus work, and community engagement for a rich, challenging student experience. We seek individuals with a genuine interest in our unique approach to education, and a willingness to fully participate in the life of the college.
We desire a diverse faculty and a community that reflects a global outlook. WWC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, age, marital status, or disability.