This position includes responsibilities that are critically important to the educational mission and both strategic and daily operations of international student and scholar services at a highly-selective, globally focused liberal arts college. This position also serves a critical role in the College’s strategic plan to institutionalize inclusivity. The Assistant Director (AD) will help to foster a positive, inclusive culture on campus in a variety of ways including supporting efforts to build intercultural skills across our campus community. The AD serves as the campus Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) ensuring that the college and the international population are maintaining compliance with laws and regulations from the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State. As part of the Center for Global Study & Engagement (CGSE) leadership team, the AD works closely with faculty and administrative offices across campus to develop, provide, and sustain high-quality services and programming for over 300 international students as well exchange students, scholars and international visitors.
Oversee SEVIS and other federally required reporting to Departments of State and Homeland Security including J-1 Annual Report, F-1 Re-certification, and all updates to Form I-17 for institutional compliance and lead both F-1 and J-1 documentation issuance and advising services. Serve as DSO and ARO.
Coordinate with and be in regular communication with various offices across campus in support of international students and scholars, including: Admissions, Office of Equity and Inclusivity, Student Life, Academic Advising, Multi-lingual Writing Center, Wellness Center, Human Resources, Financial Operations, Registrar, and various other administrative offices and academic departments.
Participate in Strategic Planning efforts for CGSE including institutional-wide inclusivity and campus internationalization efforts
Lead, participate in, and assess the value of educational presentations, surveys, workshops, programs, and activities related to new student orientation, immigration regulations, cultural adjustment, and intercultural competency
Develop resources and practices to improve advising and communications with students and scholars on academic support resources, adjustment issues, personal and family concerns and compliance issues.
Supervise Coordinator/Advisor providing management, on-going training and oversight of professional development.
Administer international/exchange student and scholar specific tasks such as budget management, exchange balances, transportation, housing (for scholars and visitors) and US related requirements (e.g. Social Security Number, state ID card, driver’s license, etc.)
excellent communication skills, ability to tolerate ambiguity and demonstrated empathy
experience facilitating intercultural and/or inclusivity workshops and trainings
ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team
experience working with under-represented or marginalized student populations
Internal Number: S00931
About Dickinson College
Chartered in 1783 (the first college chartered in the newly recognized United States), Dickinson is a highly selective, private liberal-arts college with around 2,300 full-time undergraduate students. Founded in Carlisle, Pa., by Benjamin Rush and named for John Dickinson, its mission is to offer students a useful education in the arts and sciences that will prepare them for lives as engaged citizens and leaders. The 180-acre campus of Dickinson College is located in the heart of historic Carlisle, Pa. Dickinson has an international student population of 13% and over 60% of students study abroad. Dickinson is the only institution to win the prestigious NAFSA Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization twice in 2019 and 2003.
Dickinson College is an intellectual and social community that values justice, free inquiry, diversity, and equal opportunity. It is a fundamental policy of the college to respect pluralism, civility and mutual understanding within its community. The college does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation or any other protected class.