Assistant Director of International Student and Scholar Services at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey in Monterey, California

Posted in Other 9 days ago.





Job Description:

The Assistant Director manages responsibilities for International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) at the Middlebury Institute in Monterey, CA. The Assistant Director reports to and provides leadership support to the Associate Dean and Director of International Student & Scholar Services, based in Middlebury, Vermont. The Assistant Director takes actions to ensure institutional and student/scholar compliance with federal immigration-related regulations, advises international students, and provides services and support programs to our international community. The Assistant Director actively supports Middlebury's internationalization efforts and initiatives that are part of our institution's strategic mission.






This position is located in Monterey California.




This is considered a full time benefits eligible, exempt position. The starting salary range for the position is $57,100- $71,300 per year.





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Essential Functions:


Serves as a Designated School Official (DSO) and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) in the U.S. Government's Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) for both Middlebury Institute and Middlebury College. Assists Director with federal requirements and program management for SEVIS and our F-1 and J-1 Exchange Visitor programs to ensure compliance.


In collaboration with ISSS colleagues, the Assistant Director provides comprehensive immigration and visa-related services for our international community. Provides accurate, well-informed, and timely U.S. immigration and visa-related advising, programs, and services to the Middlebury Institute's international population, especially F-1 and J-1 students (including recent alumni who remain under our sponsorship) and may handle similar work for other Middlebury programs. Educates constituents about federal regulations and related procedures.


Ensures smooth day-to-day operations for ISSS in Monterey. Determines action items, troubleshoots issues that arise and handles responses independently, involving the Director and appropriate colleagues, as needed. Works closely with Director to develop policy and procedures, communications strategies, and support programs to help our international community achieve their goals and to further Middlebury's internationalization objectives.


Initiates and helps develop, establish, and institute immigration and visa-related policy and related workflow processes as well as procedures documentation with the Director and ISSS team members. Develops and presents recommendations to improve effectiveness and efficiency of ISSS.


Oversees, maintains, reviews, and improves the process and protocols of issuing visa-related documents for international students enrolled in our degree and non-degree programs.


Advises and assists students with F-1/J-1 procedures. Monitors SEVIS alerts and addresses issues directly or in conjunction with ISSS team members. (Note: ISSS currently uses SEVIS RTI-Real Time Interactive, and hopes to be moving to a case management system in the future.)


Creates and implements, improves, and maintains new and existing support programs for international students based on institutional or student needs. Designs and implements in-person and online training workshops on topics of interest to international students, or that fill institutional communication needs. Leads international student orientation sessions.


Offers in-person support, travel signatures, and assistance to our international community-faculty, staff, scholars, and dependents, as needed. Serves as an on-the-ground, in-person presence for Scholar check-ins.


Represents ISSS to internal administrators and departments and external audiences, and serves on institutional committees, as needed.


Establishes close working relationships with colleagues in all areas of the Institute and other Middlebury entities. Responsible for engaging with accreditation reviewers and government officials who authorize and support our activities.


Communicates with off-campus organizations, employers, and agencies within and beyond the Monterey area to help our international students pursue authorized off-campus opportunities. Educates international students and campus community about requirements for employment authorization.


Educates international students and the campus community about requirements for employment authorization. Processes student applications for practical (curricular and optional) and academic training employment authorization. Collaborates with the Center for Advising & Career Services colleagues to deliver appropriate support.


Provides timely information to prospective students and colleagues to facilitate the enrollment of international students. Handles important data management and analysis that is essential to the enrollment team, including internal tracking of admitted students and their visa application status to help manage enrollment expectations.


Supervises work handled by ISSS staff in Vermont and offers necessary training. Hires, trains, and manages a graduate intern or graduate assistant, when applicable. Assists Director with preparing ISSS team meeting content and ISSS planning/staff development sessions.


Monitors and helps manage ISSS's Institute-related budget allocations and expenditures; responsibly uses Procurement Card and completes statement reviews in a timely way.


Responsible for creating and maintaining content on the ISSS website.


Complies with all federal and state regulations and laws, Middlebury policies and procedures, with the highest standards of professional conduct as outlined in the NAFSA Code of Ethics.


Performs related responsibilities as required.


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