Assistant Director of International Student Life

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Department: Intercultural & International Life
Position Type: Staff Full-time
Categories: Intercultural Life Office

Benefits Eligible: Yes
Pay Classification: Exempt (Salaried)
Position FTE: 1.0
Pay Grade: Exempt - Grade 10

Position Overview:

The Office of International Student Life (ISL) employs a Director and an Assistant Director, who are responsible for working with student staff for the continued implementation of comprehensive student life programs and services on immigration, travel, U.S. logistics, global diversity, cross-cultural programming, cultural sensitivity, and other current Higher Ed.

This role focuses on campus programming targeted to increased awareness and understanding of topics related to international students and cultural understanding.

The Office of International Student Life (ISL) advocates for the promotion of a diverse and nondiscriminatory campus community, while guiding international students through the intricacies of U.S. systems. ISL’s primary focus is enhancing the overall quality of life for international students and global nomads at Carleton through finding equitable opportunities, visa assistance, cultural programming, and community building. ISL programming is open to all students to help spread appreciation for our amazing international students.

Essential Job Functions - Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the supervision of student employees, including the International Peer Leaders; Develop and manage intentional cultural and social programs for international and domestic students to increase interaction among students of different cultures.
  • Assist with the creation and implementation of International Student Orientation and International Fest.
  • Collaborate with international student organizations, departments, and other offices to further create global citizens on campus.
  • Assess the efficacy of International Student Life programming and adapt programming based on the current needs of students.
  • Provide cultural, personal, and regulatory advising to a diverse set of international students with attention to problem-solving, crisis management, and resolving student issues.
  • Advise international students on matters of housing, transportation, employment, taxes, insurance, health, banking, driver’s license, SSN, and other cultural matters.
  • Support compliance with the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), helping with advising, data maintenance, and document storage.
  • Serve on campus and divisional committees to advocate for international students and third culture kids living abroad.
  • Help maintain the ISL website and social media accounts.
  • Support the UWC scholar program, including assistance with grant reporting; Process reimbursements for Named International Scholars.
  • Serve as the back-up for the Director of International Life and will perform other related work duties as assigned with occasional evening and weekend hours.

General Responsibilities:

  • Possess proven experience in event planning and activities management from start to finish.
  • Welcome, value, and nurture people of all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, as well as support and promote an environment that accepts differences.
  • Be a self-motivated, enthusiastic, energetic, and creative individual with the ability to meet and interact effectively and courteously with international visitors, students, college personnel, and members of the community.
  • Possess strong human relations skills. Essential to be able to demonstrate a clear appreciation for diverse nationalities.
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage multiple projects under frequent deadlines.
  • Read, understand, and express oneself clearly and effectively in oral and written form. Possess a working knowledge of personal computers and databases.
  • Demonstrate the ability to navigate policy and regulatory nuance


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with minimum of 2 years of directly related experience.
  • Demonstrated success working with traditionally underrepresented student populations, and diversity-training skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree and/or 5 years of relevant programming experience.
  • Experience working with F-1 and/or J-1 students.
  • Budget planning experience.
  • Intercultural experience living in or working in another country Proficiency in a foreign language.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability to work independently and effectively with students, faculty, and staff.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

As per the Carleton Upward Mobility Program, priority consideration for internal applications will be given to those who apply by the end of day Friday, August 26, 2022. Pending the review of those internal applications, external applications will be considered at that time. External applications are welcome at any time.

Salary and Benefits:

This is an exempt level position. The selected finalist’s salary will be based on the candidate’s qualifications, internal pay structure, and our overall compensation package. Carleton offers a generous benefits package, including comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance, 403(b) retirement plans with a 10% employer contribution with immediate vesting, a health savings account with college contribution, a generous paid time off, as well as access to many other campus amenities.

Carleton College is a AA/EEO employer. We are committed to developing our staff to better reflect the diversity of our student body and American society. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

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