The Assistant Director of International Student and Scholar
Services (ISSS) manages advising and operational
for International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) at
the Middlebury Institute in Monterey, CA. The Assistant
assesses nuanced situations, applies regulatory and policy
guidance, advises international students, completes complex
detailed actions to ensure institutional and student/scholar
compliance with federal immigration-related regulations,
continually improves and delivers high quality immigration
services and support programs to our international
This position is located in Monterey California at the
Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
This is considered a full time benefits eligible
position. The starting salary range for the position is $57,100-
$71,300 per year.
Learn more about our Compensation structure at this link.
• Serve 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. Assist Director with federal
requirements and program management for SEVIS and our F-1 and J-1
Exchange Visitor programs to ensure compliance.
• Responsible for comprehensive immigration and visa-related
services for ourinternational community. Provide accurate,
well-informed, and timely U.S. immigration and visa-related
advising, programs, and services to the Middlebury
Institute'sinternational population, especially F-1 and J-1
students (including recent alumni whoremain under our sponsorship)
and may handle similar work for other Middlebury programs. Educate
constituents about federal regulations and related procedures
anddeliver information in a clear and caring way.
• Identify action items, troubleshoot issues that arise, and
initiate responses independently. Collaborate with Director and
institutional partners, as needed.Partner with Director to create
and implement policy and procedures, communications strategies, and
support programs to help our internationalcommunity achieve their
goals and to further Middlebury's internationalization
• Initiate and help establish and institute immigration and
visa-related policy and related workflow processes as well as
procedures documentation with the Director and ISSSteam members.
Create and present recommendations to improve effectiveness and
efficiency of ISSS.
• Monitor SEVIS alerts and address issues directly or in
conjunction with ISSS teammembers. (Note: ISSS currently uses SEVIS
RTI—Real Time Interactive and hopes to be moving to a case
management system in the future.) Assist Director with SEVIS
recertification and redesignation processes, as needed.
• Design and implement, improve, and maintain new and existing
support programs for international students based on institutional
or student needs. Design and implementin-person and online training
workshops on topics of interest to international students,or that
fill institutional communication needs. Organize, establish, and
lead internationalstudent orientation sessions. Educate
international students and the campuscommunity about requirements
for employment authorization. Process studentapplications for
practical (curricular and optional) and academic training
employment authorization and collaborate with academic and career
services colleagues to deliver appropriate support. Create and
maintain ISSS web content.
• Lead and maintain day-to-day operations for ISSS in Monterey.
Offer in-personsupport, travel signatures, and assistance to our
international community—faculty, staff, scholars, and dependents,
as needed. Serve as an on-the- ground, in-person presence for
student and scholar check-ins.
• Responsible for life cycle recruitment and supervision of
graduate intern/assistant, when applicable. Assist Director with
ISSS team meeting content and ISSS planning/staff development
- Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree in higher
education, international education, or a relevant field
- Must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Legal Permanent Resident per
federal regulations governing who can serve as aSEVIS Designated
School Official (DSO) or Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO).
- Expected: 3 years of directly related experience in
international or higher education, or related field. Prefer at
least 2 years as DSO or ARO or an international student or
scholaradvisor (or a position involving direct experience with visa
and immigration regulations andadvising).
- Knowledge of the policies, practices, laws and regulations of
the Department of HomelandSecurity, 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 engagement 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.
- Effective management, organization, and leadership skills along
with careful attention todetail and keen problem-solving skills.
Proven record of successful project management aswell as
demonstrated evidence of taking initiative and responsibility and
achieving desired outcomes. Commitment to high quality and
efficient customer service to internal and external audiences.
Effectively prioritize and carry out multiple competing tasks in a
fast-paced, high-volume environment. Willingness and ability to
adapt to new technologies and systems.
- Effectively communicate in various modes with a diverse
audience of constituents and colleagues and maintain confidential
information with discretion. Ability to be diplomatic,composed, and
proactive. Excellent written and oral communication and people
skills, including demonstrated ability to communicate technical
details in an effective way.
- Evidence of the ability to work independently, and as a
constructive, collaborative member of team efforts. Knowledge of
and professional experience with diversity, equity, inclusion
andbelonging principles and with social justice and student
advocacy. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with people from
a variety of cultural backgrounds/life experiences required.
Competency or familiarity with languages and/or non-U.S. cultures
expected. Experience living,working, or studying abroad
- Interest in and commitment to professional development
required. Active involvement with NAFSA and/or other appropriate
professional associations is a plus.
Physical Demands & Working Conditions:
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
- Criminal Background Check.
- Must be able to work at the computer for extended periods.
- Essential job functions require the ability to sit or stand for
- Requires fine dexterity, i.e for writing and word
- Occasional work on weekends/evenings..
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 visit https://apply.workable.com/middleburycollege/j/80998AFEB4/