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Governors State University invites applications for a full-time
Associate Director of International Services. The Office of
International Services oversees international student recruitment,
admissions, and immigration advising for approximately 350 enrolled
F-1 and J-1 students and 200 OPT participants. The office also
coordinates all study abroad opportunities, international
partnerships, and cultural programming.
This position will advise international students on
immigration-related matters, assist with Federal immigration
regulation compliance, oversee study abroad initiatives, and serve
as the primary point of contact for our international partner
universities. The Associate Director will assist with Office of
International Services communications and outreach, spearhead
cultural programming on campus, and will provide support to
international recruitment, admissions, and student services
initiatives. This position will supervise the International Student
Advisors and student staff (including student workers, interns, and
Additionally, the position will serve as a Designated School Office
( DSO ) and an Alternate Responsible Officer ( ARO ) with signing
authority as approved by the Department of Homeland Security and
the Department of State and will be authorized to access the
Student and Exchange Visitor Information System ( SEVIS ).
25% Assist Director of International Services with administration
and management of daily office, including office accounts and
budget. Ensure compliance with Federal Regulations governing
international student and study abroad programs. Supervise
International Student Advisors. Hire, train, and supervise graduate
assistants, student workers, and interns.
25% Advise students and scholars on a variety of matters, including
immigration and visa regulations, cultural adjustment, personal
matters, financial concerns, and university procedures. Serve as
primary contact and advisor for study abroad programs. Facilitate
and process immigration document requests from university
departments, staff, scholars, and students by serving as Designated
School Official ( DSO ) for the Governors State University F-1/F-2
program and Alternate Responsible Officer ( ARO ) for the Governors
State University J-1/J-2 program.
15% Design, coordinate and implement programs and events to support
the mission of the Office of International Services, including both
social and educational programming. Serve as staff advisor to the
International Cultural Organization.
15% Responsible for Office of International Services communications
and outreach related to the admissions process and yield
activities, student services, study abroad, cultural programming,
international partnerships, and alumni relations. Create and
maintain effective communications plans for the various groups
served by the Office of International Services.
10% Initiate, manage and renew all Governors State University’s
Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs), including Exchange Agreements,
with international partners. Serve as primary contact for special
group programs, such as faculty groups visiting from partner
universities for professional development programming.
10% Serve as liaison with campus units and community groups to help
fulfill the mission of the Office of International Services.
Participate in and/or chair university or Office of International
Services committees, including search committees, to represent the
interests and concerns of the Office of International Services,
study abroad students, and international students and
About Governors State University
Governors State University is the only regional, public,
comprehensive university in Chicago’s south suburban area, serving
approximately 5,000 students annually. GSU provides accessible,
high value undergraduate and graduate education to culturally and
economically diverse students. GSU’s diverse and multicultural
atmosphere fosters the global ideas and real-world solutions that
make the university such an extraordinary place to broaden the
educational, social, and cultural experiences of the
The exceptionally beautiful campus is conveniently located within
easy reach by road and rail to Chicago and surrounding communities
that have a wealth of cultural and natural attractions. The highly
diverse region GSU serves has a number of high performing schools
and engaged communities as well as struggling urban, suburban, and
rural communities. GSU serves as a public square, working to foster
educational opportunities for all populations.
• Bachelor’s degree
• Minimum of two (2) years’ experience in international student or
scholar advising or programming.
• Three (3) years’ experience in higher education international
• Detailed knowledge of immigration, visa, and university academic
and administrative policies and procedures, ability to synthesize
those areas of knowledge to effectively advise others.
• Demonstrated accuracy and attention to detail in creation and
production of immigration documents.
• Familiarity with the Student and Exchange Visitor Information
System ( SEVIS ).
• Knowledge of SEVIS procedures and processes.
• Excellent interpersonal communication skills, both oral and
• Ability to work effectively with individuals from varied
administrative, academic, cultural, religious, national, ethnic,
and linguistic backgrounds.
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team
• Master’s degree in a related field.
• Knowledge of Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act ( FERPA
• Experience living, working, or studying abroad.
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Special Instructions to Applicants
Interested individuals are invited to complete an application,
submit a letter of interest, a resume, unofficial transcripts, and
list of three references for consideration.
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
- * Do you have U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident as
required by federal law to serve as Designated School Official
(DSO) for the F-1 student program?
- Cover Letter
- Certification/Professional License
- List of Three Professional References