International Student Advisor
Western Washington University - Bellingham, WA

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The International Student Advisor works within the International Student and Scholar Services office to provide services to the international student population. Under supervision of the Director, the International Student Advisor is responsible for providing advice and guidance to international students on a variety of academic, personal, and cultural concerns. The Advisor is responsible for the development and delivery of cultural and student programming related to the needs of international students. As analternate Designated School Official (DSO) to US Department of Homeland Security and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) to the US Department of State, the Advisor assists the Director in issues related to F-1 and J-1 non-immigrant student status.

About the Department: International Student and Scholar Services

Position Responsibilities:
  • Develop and deliver student programming including a comprehensive orientation program for new international students, ongoing student programming and assessment of programs.
  • Work with relevant WWU campus services to advocate for and provide support to international students.
  • Provide advice and guidance to international students on a variety of academic, personal, and cultural matters.
  • Work with Admissions and the Graduate School to assist with recruitment of and outreach to international students
  • Work with WWU Extended Education to advise ESL students who seek degree-seeking status.
  • Work with International Programs & Exchanges office to maintain student exchange programs.
  • Sponsor student activities, such as the International Student Club, in cooperation with Associated Students, as part of a co-curricular focus on integrating international students into student life.
  • Serve as an alternate Designated School Official (DSO) to US Department of Homeland Security and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) to the US Department of State.
  • Work with staff in Residence Life to assure a smooth transition into on-campus housing for international students.
  • Keep up-to-date on complex federal, state, local and University regulations which impact international students.
  • Assume other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in a field pertinent to international education, such as international education, international relations, or student affairs administration OR bachelor’s degree in another field plus significant professional experience in international education.
  • At least one year experience in program development, and providing student services and activities.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with and relate well to students from diverse cultures who have various levels of English proficiency.
  • Excellent interpersonal, intercultural, oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in or understanding of advising international students in US immigration regulations (F-1/J-1) at a postsecondary institution.
  • Demonstrated experience using or understanding of the SEVIS database and interpretation and communication of complex immigration regulations.
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills.
  • Relevant international experience, such as study, work or volunteering abroad.
  • Microsoft Office proficiency, including: Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, Excel, and Access.
  • Must meet federal requirements to serve as a DSO and ARO .
  • Ability to work on occasional evenings, weekends, and travel as needed.
  • Must have valid Driver License.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience working with computer information systems such as Banner and/or Terra Dotta Software for international student and scholar services.
  • Significant overseas living experience.
  • Second language competence.
  • Master’s degree in a field pertinent to international education.

Academic Emphasis:

Job Location: Western Washington University , Bellingham, WA

Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Union:

Application Instructions and Requested Documents: Please log in below and submit your application via WWU's Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE). Note: You will need to be using Internet Explorer to fully utilize our online application system.

Submit a cover letter specifically addressing how you meet the required and preferred qualifications, a resume, and the names, address and telephone numbers of 3 professional references. You may cut and paste or upload your resume and cover letter as noted on the EASE application.

Other Information: Inquiries may be directed to Richard Bruce, search committee chair, at or 360-650-6517.

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