The Assistant Director provides leadership to the Office of International Student Admissions and Programs (ISAP) as the Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) for Georgia Southern, ensuring Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) compliance. Based on the Statesboro campus, the Assistant Director guides in the analysis, interpretation and implementation of state and federal policies related to F-1 international students, supervising International Student Advisors on the Statesboro and Savannah campuses. This position also serves as the primary department liaison to the College of Graduate Studies, international graduate student prospects and newly admitted graduate students.
Perform related duties as assigned to support the mission of the University
Plans, develops and conducts programs and workshops to support international student success.
Serves as the liaison for international graduate prospects and newly admitted graduate students and for issues related to health insurance and taxes for all international students.
Serves as a primary international student advocate/resource on for the Statesboro and Savannah campuses.
Maintain the university's compliance with visa regulations. Serves as the senior F-1 compliance officer as the Primary Designated School Official (PDSO), while maintaining University SEVIS compliance
Leads in the development, implementation, and assessment of efficient daily office immigration-related processes, procedures, and policies.
Oversees data management of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and implements internal technology improvements to maximize efficiency and service.
Supervises International Student Advisors on the Statesboro and Savannah campuses and provides office-wide leadership.
Oversees the I-20 process, communication, and support services for newly admitted international students.
Works within the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and Terra Dotta Software.
Advises students and university departments, presents options, and recommends solutions related to immigration status.
Monitors compliance with federal regulations and institutional policies to support student success - providing reports as needed, including the annual IIE Open Doors report.
Three or more years of related work experience
One or more years of experience as DSO
Additional Preferred Qualifications
Familiarity with F-1 federal immigration regulations
Intercultural communication and presentation skills
Preferred Educational Qualifications
Three or more years of experience as DSO or PDSO
International student recruitment or related work experience
Experience creating and implementing programs for international students
Experience with Banner and Terra Dotta software
About Georgia Southern University, International Student Admissions & Programs
Georgia Southern is a dynamic university with three vibrant campuses in Hinesville, Savannah and Statesboro serving the communities in Southeast Georgia. As a Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution, our world-class scholars instruct about 26,000 students in associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level degree programs. Whether you are seeking the charm of a small town, the traditions of a historical/urban destination near the beach or supporting our military service members and their families, Georgia Southern offers its faculty and staff the best of all worlds!
Beyond an ideal location, there is a place for you to work in an exciting environment abounding with opportunities for personal and professional growth. We are steeped in tradition and devoted to academic distinction in teaching, scholarship and service. In 2018 Forbes Magazine listed Georgia Southern, along with 10 other Georgia companies or institutions, as one of America’s Best Midsize Employers. Georgia Southern University is passionate about serving our region while preparing our students to be lifelong scholars, leaders, and responsible stewards of their communities and the world.