Director of International Scholars and Global Learning
August 10, 2018
About Mills College: Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a liberal arts college for women and gender non-binary students, with graduate programs for all genders. Consistently ranked one of the top master's universities and one of the best value colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills also has been named one of the Best Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The Mills experience is distinguished by small, interactive classes, one-on-one attention from exceptional faculty, a culture of creative experimentation, and cutting-edge interdisciplinary learning opportunities which empower students to make a statement in their careers and communities. As one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, we have a strong record of academic success with first-generation students, students of color, Latinx students, LGBTQ students, and other underrepresented students. Mills College has recently become a Hispanic Serving Institution. Applicants with expertise and experience in supporting and promoting success for Latina/o students are encouraged to apply.
Mills College encourages diversity in hiring and particularly welcomes applications and nominations from women, gender non-binary individuals, and minorities. Mills College seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice and our desire to maintain the excellence of our faculty. In so doing, we offer our students not only the opportunity to learn about varied disciplines but to engage with diverse perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. For more information, please visit https://www.mills.edu/
ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS: Reports to: Assistant Dean of Students, Advising, Careers and Global Learning Supervises: Student workers
Summary of Position: Reporting to the Assistant Dean of Students, the Director of International Scholars and Global Learning, is responsible for leading in the support and engagement for international students and visiting faculty, students interested in participating in a study abroad/away experiences, and to assist in navigating the legal and administrative processes of immigration and other related policies. The Director will provide leadership in the Division of Student Life (DSL) and across the College with both faculty and staff in order to create strategies that assist Mills students and visiting faculty in being successful.
Essential Job Functions: Study Abroad, Study Away, and Alternative Breaks
Assist with the development and implementation of advising materials, student information sessions, study abroad fairs and faculty workshops.
Serve as the National Student Exchange (NSE) coordinator.
Serve as a contact for faculty interested in community engaged learning initiatives that include an international component.
Monitor and analyze changes in external regulations, legislation, and policies for impact on study abroad programs.
Conduct post-implementation analysis to determine the need for further enhancements, finer distinctions and/or additional process/policy components.
Responsible for overseeing academic-year, summer programs, study tours, and internships abroad in various regions across the world.
Advise applicants to the program; evaluate applications and personal essays.
Implement pre-departure orientation sessions for outbound students and co-curricular events for returning students.
Advise students about visa requirements and application procedures.
Implement and improve a returned student programming.
In collaboration with the Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) and Responsible Officer (RO), make site visits abroad to evaluate existing programs and develop new ones.
Work closely with faculty and staff on Mills directed programs including preparation of faculty proposals, budgets, and planning materials.
Serve as a member and provides administrative support for the Study Abroad Committee; provide strategic planning and academic review of all programs.
Proposes, leads and/or participates on policy and planning committees and working groups.
International Student and Visiting Faculty Support
Serve as a Designated School Official (DSO) for F-1 Students and Assistant Responsible Officer (ARO) for J-1 students and visiting faculty.
Maintain student records in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).
Advise international students on complex U.S. immigration regulations and procedures related to employment, travel, change of status and reporting.
Coordinate and plan programs that support the social and academic integration of F-1 students to enhance student retention.
Assist with orientation programming, open houses, outreach events, International Education Week planning and other events to support sense of belonging for international students and faculty.
Advise the International Student Alliance.
Provide advising and support for students with issues related to immigration status.
Administer the Mills DACA renewal support fund.
Provide referrals to off campus legal counsel to support immigration related concerns.
Stay up to date and admins the Dean of Students on state and federal policies and legal updates that may impact immigration.
Advising and Careers
Provide basic career & academic advising and support for students in a team role as part of Advising, Careers and Global Learning.
Provide event support in a team role as part of Advising, Careers and Global Learning.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Knowledge of:
Intersectionality in terms of all aspects of diversity including diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of College students.
Student affairs profession, particularly in a liberal arts college and/or womens college context.
Legal and compliance issues involving international students, international travel, and experiences away from campus.
Computer skills involving databases, spreadsheets, word processing, web based interactive communication, social media and/or other applications utilizing software applicable to the function.
Safety policies, practices, procedures and requirements of the department, College and Illness & Injury Prevention Plan.
Strong interpersonal, communication, presentation, listening, and cross-cultural communication skills.
Ability to advise individuals of diverse backgrounds with various levels of English proficiency.
Effective oral and written communication skills and public speaking capabilities.
Ability to take appropriate steps to promote and sustain effective working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment and understand the needs of a diverse population.
Ability to manage a budget, track student payments and make budgeting predictions.
Experience living, working, or studying abroad.
Experience serving as the Primary Designated School Official (PDSO).
U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, as mandated by federal regulations for F-1 DSO/J-1 RO eligibility.
Passing a background check as required by federal regulations for F-1 DSO/J-1 RO eligibility.
Physical, Mental, and Environmental Demands:
Work requires weekend and evening availability.
At times, the incumbent will be sitting for long hours and using computers.
Hearing and speaking are required for communication.
Work requires flexibility in terms of time, and physical demands.
Work occasionally requires physical exertion such as lifting heavy objects over 50 pounds.
Interruptions and meeting with a variety of people will be required on a regular basis.
There are a number of deadlines and multiple requirements associated with this position, which may cause significant stress.
This position description is not intended to contain a comprehensive list of activities, duties, or responsibilities. Additional duties may be assigned based on business operational needs.
This is an exempt, full-time position with an FTE of 1.0. Salary is commensurate with experience and includes an excellent benefits package including medical/dental/vision/life/LTD insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with college matching after 6 month qualifying period, 10 days of vacation for year one, 15 days of vacation for years 2-10, and 22 days of vacation years 10+ plus, 12 sick days and 10 paid holidays annually. Staff members also receive free admission to campus events, use of the pool, fitness center, and tennis courts. Tuition remission is also available after an introductory period. Voluntary benefits include: pet insurance, long-term care insurance and legal-assistance insurance.
Mills is an independent liberal arts college for women with graduate programs for women and men. The College educates students to think critically and communicate responsibly and effectively, to accept the challenges of their creative visions, and to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to effect thoughtful changes in a global, multicultural society. Mills encourages openness to experimentation in the context of established academic disciplines. Programs are designed to reflect the importance of global issues, provide an understanding of the natural world, and enhance opportunities for women in their developing roles throughout society. The curriculum combines traditional liberal arts with new educational initiatives that recognize the value of cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity. Inspired by a teaching philosophy that grows out of its longstanding dedication to women?s education, Mills provides a dynamic learning environment that encourages intellectual exploration. The faculty of nationally and internationally respected scholars and artists is dedicated to developing the strengths of every student, preparing them for lifelong intellectual, personal, and professional growth.