Western Washington University, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department
Extended Education at Western Washington University expands and diversifies Western’s offerings throughout Puget Sound, the state of Washington, and globally to provide learning options for the contemporary student.
Extended Education connects learners of all ages to the Western Experience through collaboration with colleges, departments and the community, linking university resources with educational needs and opportunities both on and off campus.
Extended Education supports Western's mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
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Western Washington University emphasizes excellence in undergraduate education and graduate programs. The third-largest university in the state, WWU offers degrees in more than 160 programs through its seven colleges. More than 15,000 students attend Western, which U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked as the top public master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest. Western serves the local community, state and region through partnerships, innovative research, mentoring, and community service activities
About the Position
As an active member of Extended Education’s Language and Culture Programs’ team, you will support adult international students with academic, personal, and cultural advising. You will play a critical role in the success of Western’s international programs through developing New Student Orientation sessions, recruiting and training student employees, and maintaining regular communication with international students, in collaboration with members of the Language and Culture Programs department and colleagues across Western’s campus.
As our International Student Advisor, you will be responsible for providing wraparound programmatic, advising, and immigration support. You will coordinate, manage, and lead student activities, events, and excursions, which will include driving. You will also maintain and update statistical records and databases, and prepare reports for program evaluation, planning and strategic recruitment efforts. You will coordinate with outside vendors on securing charter bus and van reservations, city park facilities, and catered meals. In addition, you will maintain a detailed activities calendar, ensuring that strict deadlines are met. You will supervise a bilingual assistant and a team of student front desk and support staff, mentoring them in student services practices and managing their workflow. In this position, you are also one of the three primary contacts for students and prospective students for the Language and Culture Programs, which includes on and off-campus partners. This position reports directly to the Senior Director of Language and Culture Program for Extended Education.
One year experience in international students services, international student advising or closely related field
Demonstrated experience to work effectively with international and/or diverse student populations
Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills
Ability to organize and multi-task daily work while maintaining a high attention to detail
Demonstrated experience with student advisement regarding academic, personal and cultural issues
Competency in the use of Microsoft Office, including: Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, and Excel, and familiarity working with databases
Valid Driver’s License, five years of safe driving experience and ability to drive a 12-passenger van on excursions to Vancouver, Canada.
Ability to work some nights and weekends
Service as a Designated School Official (DSO) or demonstrated experience working with F-1 Visa process and/or Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) records
Professional experience in higher education
Second Language Proficiency – Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, or Korean preferred
Experience working with university level language and culture programs
Experience developing and using Social Media modules for International Student Outreach
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification
Successful completion of NAFSA's F1 visa workshops (beginner & intermediate)
Food Handler's Permit
NAFSA and/or TESOL membership, or membership in another national or regional organization related to international student services
Commensurate with experience and qualifications
A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications. Please include in your letter your experience with working effectively with international and/or diverse student populations.
Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.
Closing Date Notes
Application review begins January 11, 2018; position is open until filled.
Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); firstname.lastname@example.org
WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).
All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.
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With 15,000 students, 160 academic programs, and an energized campus community, Western offers the focus on students and the faculty access of a smaller college and the academic choice, resources, multicultural diversity, and room to grow of a large university. Western is located in beautiful Bellingham, a scenic coastal city of approximately 80,000 situated between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. With easy access to both the Cascade mountain range and the Pacific coast, the region is rich in cultural events and attractions as well as many recreational activities. Western is known nationally for its successes, including being named the top public master’s granting university in the Pacific Northwest by U. S. News and World Report and one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by the Chronicle of Higher Education.