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Student Life International Student Specialist

LaGuardia Community College
New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Dec 10, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Counseling, Minority & Multicultural Affairs
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Title:                   Student Life International Student Specialist

Job ID:                       23202

Location:                   LaGuardia Community College

Full/Part Time:         Full-Time

Regular/Temporary:   Regular




Founded in 1971 in Long Island City, Queens, LaGuardia Community College is one of seven community colleges of the City University of New York/CUNY.  In 2019, LaGuardia served over 30,000 students in pre-college, associate degree, and continuing education programs.  Major areas of study include Health Sciences, STEM, Business and Technology, and Liberal Arts.  Consistent with the diversity of Queens, 56 percent of LaGuardia students are born outside of the United States.  More than half are first-generation college students.  Sixty-nine percent live in Queens; the rest come from Brooklyn and beyond.  Virtually all LaGuardia students are ethnic minorities (88 percent), 58 percent are women, and 31 percent are over the age of 25.  Forty-eight percent of LaGuardia students are Hispanic, making the college a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI).  Sixty-six percent of LaGuardia students receive financial aid.  Slightly less than half attend part-time, often because they need to work to support their families.  LaGuardia ranked fifth among U.S. community colleges in economic mobility – moving low-income students into the middle class and beyond – in a 2017 Stanford University study.  For more information about LaGuardia please visit

Reporting to the Director, the International Student Specialist provides immigration, cross-cultural, and academic counseling to foreign students, organize outreach efforts to targeted international student groups, plan orientation sessions for new and continuing international students, manage and update all ISS databases, and compile comparative statistical reports from campus and internal International Student Services (ISS) databases at the request of the Director. The International Student Specialist will also be responsible for, but not limited to, the following:

• Complete immigration procedures and documents on behalf of the college and the student body;
• Evaluate 1-20 applications, approve student financial documents, semester-based student academic progress checks for early alert purposes;
• Act as a liaison for foreign student matters;
• Work in collaboration with ISS director to make ISS procedures and services known to the campus community by identifying all campus offices that come in contact with international students, insuring that each department is aware of ISS services and international student needs by composing relevant literature and holding informational sessions;
• Plan, organize and execute orientations, workshops and outreach programs for new and continuing international students;
• Compose informational letters, plan and outreach efforts designed to increase retention of continuing students;
• Assist with the management of all ISS databases;
• Ensure that international students are properly coded in CUNYfirst;
• Monitor student alert list on SEVIS and insure full compliance with CUNYfirst SEVIS reporting requirements;
• Produce reports from CUNYfirst SEVIS based data
• Integrate CUNYfirst, SEVIS and FSO database insuring data integrity between databases;
• Employ SEVIS, CUNYfirst and FSO to produce integrated statistical reports
• Create accurate and comprehensive data keeping procedures to insure accurate tracking of all relevant international student information;
• Participate in on- and off-campus meetings, professional development programs, as assigned.



Bachelor's degree and four years' related experience required.

• Experience with CUNYfirst/Peoplesoft.
• Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills.
• Proficiency with Microsoft office Suite including Excel, Word and PowerPoint.



Organizes and administers programs to support the success of international students.

- Coordinates international student recruitment and enrollment services
- Collects, evaluates, and reports information on a number of international student success factors
- Works with campus departments on programs which promote the success of international students
- Creates and implements communications strategies, workshops/events, and other special resources to support the international student community
- Monitors compliance activities at the campus (e.g., visas, SEVIS and other reports) and stays current on regulations and other developments
- Performs related duties as assigned.




Higher Education Assistant






Salary commensurate with education and experience.

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development.  We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off.  Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.



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December 29, 2021



CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional



CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.  At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups.  Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

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