Program Coordinator - International Activities & Events
Seattle Community Colleges - Seattle, WA

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The Program Coordinator – International Activities & Events is a full-time, classified position at South Seattle Community College (SSCC), reporting to the Manager of International Programs. The position supports international student retention through delivery of activities programming that enhance international students’ awareness of and involvement in campus and Seattle life. The Coordinator provides assistance in finding housing for students. This programming support is provided for IEP, academic and technical program students as well as short-term and contract groups. C ontinuation of this position in upcoming years is contingent upon future funding.
Seattle Community Colleges are committed to recruiting dedicated faculty and staff who together create a welcoming academic climate that reflects the diverse backgrounds of our community, including ethnicity, national origin, religion, race, gender, gender identity, age, status as a veteran or disabled veteran, disability, political status, and sexual orientation.
Given the financial challenges the State of Washington has been facing, employees currently in, or hired into, classified positions making $2500/month or more, represented by the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) will take a one year 3% cut in salary effective July 1, 2012 through June 29, 2013. Rate posted above represents the 3% reduction.

Essential Functions:
  • This position supports the functions of the International Programs Office.
  • Logistical planning and implementation of New International Student Orientation and Welcome Week every quarter (including Summer quarter): Including logistical coordination, communication, and presenting on various topics.
  • Create pre-arrival information and materials for incoming students.
  • Maintain an active calendar of events by preparing and hosting activities (including but not limited to: co-curricular, cultural, social, volunteer opportunities, campus visits) multiple times per month.
  • Implement, direct, and supervise Student Ambassador program.
  • Coordinate with student-led clubs and other campus departments to deliver co-sponsored activities.
  • Arrange for new students to be picked up at the airport when they arrive.
  • Act as housing liaison to homestay agencies, updating and searching for alternative housing and relating the information to the students when needed.
  • Maintain activities budget, including handling receipts, credit card check-out, and handling all paperwork assigned with making purchases, reserving rooms for activities at the school, or renting the school vehicles.
  • Coordinate and implement the Conversation Partner Program.
  • Create and implement campus-wide programming in celebration of International Education Week (once per year).
  • Provide event-related, coordination, and logistical support for short- term contract groups.
  • Coordinate and implement IEP graduation each quarter.
  • Plan graduation reception for graduating International students each spring.
  • Continuously maintain and update social media site: Facebook, blog, etc.
  • Provide backup coverage for front desk and contribute to a positive and welcoming environment for students.

Required Education, Experience & Abilities:
  • Associate’s Degree.
  • One (1) year experience with campus programming and event planning.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness working as part of a team.
  • Available for occasional evening and weekend hours.
  • Demonstrated experience working with people of diverse racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Ability to work with computers and programs, such as MS Office applications and student database.
  • Effective interpersonal and project management skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with little downtime.
  • A Washington State Driver’s License and willingness to drive for events is required.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • One (1) year or more professional experience in international education, student services or related field.
  • Knowledge of cross-cultural communications, work and/or living experience abroad and foreign language skills.
  • Experience as a Designated School Official (DSO).
  • Experience working in a community college.
  • Demonstrated Data base experience.