Assistant Director of International Student and Scholar
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 $57,000- $71,300 per
Application review will begin after August 22
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
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
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
Represents ISSS to internal administrators and departments and
external audiences, and serves on institutional committees, as
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree in higher education,
international education, or a relevant field preferred.
5 or more years of directly related experience in international
education, higher education, or related field. At least 3 years as
an international student or scholar advisor (or a position
involving direct experience with visa and immigration regulations
Competency or familiarity with a foreign language and culture
expected. Experience living, working, or studying abroad
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of the policies, practices, laws and regulations of the
Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of State, U.S.
Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), and the Student
& Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Program that
impact international students.
Direct experience with SEVIS Real-Time Interactive (RTI), and
experience with case management software highly valued. Working
knowledge of F visa regulations and procedures. Expertise with
J-visa regulations and procedures, particularly Short-Term Scholars
and Professors, and knowledge of H-1B, TN and other visa categories
is a plus.
Strong management, organizational, and leadership skills required.
Proven record of successful project management as well as
demonstrated evidence of taking initiative and
Commitment to high quality and efficient customer service to
internal and external audiences.
Ability to be diplomatic, composed, and proactive in various types
Evidence of the ability to work independently, and as a
constructive, collaborative member of team efforts.
Knowledge of and sensitivity to diversity issues, and ability to
work well with people from a variety of cultural backgrounds/life
Effective interpersonal and advising skills appropriate for a
multilingual, international community.
Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills,
including demonstrated ability to communicate technical details in
an effective way.
Rigorous attention to detail and keen problem-solving skills highly
Effectively prioritize and manage multiple competing tasks in a
fast-paced, high-volume, environment.
Willingness and ability to adapt to new technologies and systems.
Computer literacy to include word processing, database management
and use of integrated campus software systems. Demonstrated
experience with SCT/BANNER as well as Perceptive/Content 7 (or
later versions), PowerBI and Argos reports, and Oracle is a
Must handle confidential information in a discreet manner. Interest
in and commitment to professional development required. Active
involvement with NAFSA and/or other appropriate professional
associations is a plus.
Must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Legal Permanent Resident per federal
regulations governing who can serve as a Designated School Official
(DSO) or Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO).
The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
maintains a smoke-free workplace and complies with the Federal
Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act and Drug-Free Workplace
Essential job functions require ability to sit for extended time.
Also requires fine dexterity and ability to grasp, i.e. for writing
and word processing/data entry. Must be able to work at the
computer for long periods. Also requires fine dexterity and ability
to grasp, i.e. for writing and word processing/data entry. Must be
able to work at the computer for long periods.
As an employee of Middlebury College, you will enjoy being part of
a vibrant supportive community.
Middlebury offers its employees
excellent compensation and competitive health, dental, life,
disability, generous retirement matching, and vision benefits,
Middlebury offers a generous time-away program - up to 34 days per
year during the first two years of service, increasing as the term
of service lengthens. Middlebury employees are eligible for robust
educational assistance programs. The result is a very high
quality-of-life in a gorgeous setting. Come join us and be a part
of our team!
Excellent Health Benefits choose between an Low Deductible PPO or a
HDHP with employer HSA contributions up to $2,000 dollars a
Flexibile Spending Accounts (Dependent Care and Healthcare)
Core Life and AD&D
Short Term Disability
Long Term Disability
Combined Time Off (CTO): 26 days of paid time off a year for
vacation or sick days in the first two years; 31 days of CTO after
Holidays: Floating Holidays throughout the year as well as Paid
Holiday from Christmas through New Year's Day
Professional Development Funds,Continuing Education Benefits for
Employees and Tuition Benefits for their dependents.
To apply: https://apply.workable.com/middleburycollege/j/79F0746235/