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International Student Advisor (academic focus)

Categories: Pacific Region 9


International Programs


Green River College  

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Position Description
Please note the closing date of 8/9/2015 - this is a newly added position, and the goal is to have the new hire join our dynamic advising team in time for fall quarter orientation (September). The International Programs office at Green River College serves approximately 1700 international students from more than 50 different countries. It ranks eighth in the U.S. for community college international student enrollment according to the 2014 Open Doors report, and was a winner of the Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Campus Internationalization in 2013. The majority of international students are enrolled in academic classes, with the intent to transfer and pursue a four-year degree. Green River is a leader in nationwide university transfer, and our students have transferred to top universities including: University of Washington, UC Berkeley, UCLA, University of Michigan and many other schools. About 400 students are served in our Intensive English as a Second Language Program. Students usually live in Campus Corner Apartments, our on-campus housing facility, or with host families, in shared housing, or in apartments near the school. This position’s primary function is to provide all aspects of advising to international students to support recruitment and retention in order to meet the enrollment goals of the college. This position reports to the Director of International Student Advising.

Position Responsibilities:
Provide personal, relationship-based care and advising for international students in areas including: cultural, academic, university transfer, personal, immigration, employment, and health
Serve as lead advisor for designated caseload
Assist students in creating customized degree plans in order to help students achieve their educational and academic goals
Provide orientation sessions for international students
Work collaboratively with the IP marketing team and other areas of IPEL to continuously improve International Program’s outstanding and competitive advising program with a focus on nationwide university transfer
Market and promote Green River's educational programs and services to students, international agents and organizations
Develop and implement advising and retention strategies in collaboration with the advising team, marketing team, and other areas of IPEL
Some evening and weekend work required
Occasional domestic and international travel required
Execute other related responsibilities as assigned

Application Process
Applyh on Green River website

Institution Information
Located 45 minutes south of Seattle and 20 minutes north of Tacoma in the beautiful Puget Sound region of Washington State, Green River College is a public college (primarily two-year) where students from all over the world come together to learn, grow and enrich their lives. Green River’s main campus, founded in Auburn’s Lea Hill neighborhood in 1965, stretches over 180 acres of beautifully forested land.

Additional Information
Washington State offers one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation. We understand that your life revolves around more than just your career and that your priority is making sure that you and your family will maintain health and financial security. That's why choice is a key component of our benefits package, “including an excellent state benefits package (health and dental plans, option of participating in the State Board Retirement Plan (TIAA-CREF) or in the Washington state Department of Retirement Systems’ PERS 3 Plan. There may be other retirement options available under limited circumstances. We offer 24 vacation days per year, 11 paid holidays per year, 12 days of paid sick leave per year, as well as one paid personal holiday. Other fringe benefits include the ability to participate in a tuition-waiver program, option to participate in WA state’s Voluntary Deferred Compensation Program, as well as a supplemental retirement program through TIAA-CREF, We also offer a convenient daycare and on-campus fitness center.Health Benefits: Medical, dental, life and long term disability insurance benefits are provided as currently administered under the Public Employees Benefits Board.

Contact Information
Sandra Spadoni


Required Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree
Excellent customer service skillsAttention to detail and good follow through
Passion for international education
Demonstrated ability to develop and build relationships
Demonstrated intercultural competencyAbility to interpret academic degree requirements, academic policies and procedures to facilitate student academic progress
Ability to work collaboratively with other college divisions/departments
Ability to work in a market-driven, innovative, fast-paced environment
Flexible, self-motivated and ability to take initiativeAbility to travel internationally 1-2 weeks per year
Demonstrated ability to use and learn appropriate technology including MS Office and social media
Strong attention to detail
Excellent interpersonal skills
SPECIAL CERTIFICATION: Must meet the requirements for registration as a Designated School Official (DSO) with the Department of Homeland Security; DSO and Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) training required within three months of hire.

Preferred Qualifications
Masters' degree
Experience working in higher education
Experience in academic advising and/or in F-1 student advising
Experience living and/or working abroadFluency in a language other than English
The successful candidate will have experience and demonstrated success in the following areas:
Making a positive difference in the lives of students and contributing to measurable growth, achievement, and success of students
Contributing to cultural understanding and international education
Developing and nurturing productive and collaborative relationships with students, parents, educational partners, faculty, and staff
Creative and positive approach to problem solving
Excellent teamwork