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International Student Advisor

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Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Academic Advising/Support, Administrative/Professional, Business Administration/Management, International Affairs

Department: Office of International Affairs
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $40,600 - $45,000 per year
Compensation Band: OS-OA05-Fiscal Year 2017-2018
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins
April 20, 2018; open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
The following documents are required and may be uploaded with your online application:

(1) Cover letter summarizing your qualifications and interest in the position;
(2) Current resume or vita, which includes dates of employment; and
(3) Response to the following supplemental question:

1. Please describe how you meet the minimum qualification, "Demonstrated high proficiency in written and oral Arabic or Mandarin".

2. The Office of International Affairs is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion and to promoting cross-cultural understanding in a global context. If you are selected for this position, how would you contribute to this objective?

NOTE: References should include at least one person who has served as your supervisor. Candidates will be notified prior to reference checks being conducted.

Department Summary
The Office of International Affairs (OIA) works to make the University of Oregon a more global university. In 21st century higher education, international engagement is not an optional extra; as noted in UO's Academic Plan, it is a core mission, essential to a thriving, socially salient, intellectually robust, academic community. It is part of the normal functioning of every school, college, department, and center. OIA works to support and integrate the wide range of international engagements, global-scale projects, and transnational partnerships launched and maintained in our many academic units. Units within OIA consist of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), Global Education Oregon (GEO), Global Studies Institute (GSI), and the Mills International Center. More information is available on UO’s International Affairs website at intl.uoregon.edu.

The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) unit of OIA provides a wide array of advising services and programs to more than 3,000 international students regarding visa and immigration matters, academic support and success, and social and cultural adjustment. Primary services include pre-arrival programming; a comprehensive on-campus orientation attended by more than 1,000 students each year; academic writing support and tutoring services offered in collaboration with the Teaching and Learning Center; ExplOregon, a social and cultural adjustment program that organizes more than 50 local and statewide events and field trips each year; and a peer mentor program connecting newly-arrived international students with returning students. In addition, ISSS is a partner of the Friendship Foundation for International Students (FFIS), a local community organization that coordinates short-term home stays, cultural conversations, and friendship programs. ISSS also administers over $1.5 million in scholarship programs for international students, and provides immigration advising and document services to over 250 international faculty, visiting scholars, and researchers.

Position Summary
This International Student Advisor is a full-time position that reports to the Director of the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and is part of a team of advisors, support staff, graduate assistants, volunteers, interns, and student employees who assist international students and scholars. The International Student Advisors work collaboratively to address the varied and numerous matters for which international students and scholars need support. This position serves as a general advisor in addition to being responsible for specific programming as determined by the Director of ISSS.

Minimum Requirements
• Bachelor’s degree.
• Demonstrated high proficiency in written and oral Arabic or Mandarin.
• Two years of full time employment experience (or part-time equivalent) that demonstrates experience with international education; student support services; advising, mentorship and training; OR international/inter-cultural program development or program management.
• U.S. citizenship or permanent residence, as mandated by federal regulations for DSO/ARO responsibilities.

Professional Competencies
• Demonstrated commitment to international education and the promotion of cross-cultural understanding.
• Demonstrated experience with communication and interpersonal skills to positively engage people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
• Must be very organized, detail-oriented, a self-starter and have strong time management skills as well as show creativity, innovation, and the ability to create and maintain important collegial relationships.
• Proficiency with standard office computer applications, including Word, Excel, FileMaker, and Outlook or similar software.
• Ability to work well on a team as well as individually.

Preferred Qualifications
• Master’s degree in international education, counseling, higher education administration, or related field.
• Program and activity coordination and program management experience.
• Experience advising international students.
• Familiarity with U.S. immigration regulations.
• Experience working in an institution of higher education.
• Experience managing personnel and budgets.
• International travel, employment, residence, or study experience.

FLSA Exempt: Yes


All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA.  The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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