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The Office of Global Affairs (OGA) works collaboratively to foster cultural humility and build globally-interconnected communities by promoting global learning opportunities on and off-campus, building international partnerships, and supporting international students, scholars, and research at the University of Washington Tacoma.
The Office of Global Affairs at UW Tacoma is committed to the following values:
We promote diversity, equity, and inclusion through programming that recognizes, explores, and honors the cultural assets, histories, and lived experiences of our campus communities.
We practice cultural humility by acknowledging and celebrating differences, engaging in critical self-reflection, and redressing power inequities.
We extend equitable access to global education for all of our students with experiences such as international exchanges and study abroad programs.
We aspire to be actively anti-racist in our practices, policies, and programs.
We strive to provide exceptional services and programs that empower students, faculty, and staff to achieve their goals.
We approach our partners with respect and prioritize mutually beneficial collaborations with partners across the university, our local communities, and internationally.
The Office of Global Affairs at the University of Washington Tacoma has an opportunity for an International Student Advisor. The International Student Advisor reports to the Director of International Student and Scholar Services and serves as a member of the staff of the Office of Global Affairs. This position has primary focus on providing direct advising of international students as well as responsibility across three areas related to international students and campus internationalization: F-1 & J-1 student advising and support; campus programming and student outreach; and supervisory and administrative duties.
International Student Advising and Support:
Serve as Designated School Official (DSO) for F-1 students and as Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) for the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program.
Provide F-1 and J-1 nonimmigrant advising to degree-seeking undergraduate, graduate, and non-matriculated students.
Make referrals to and work cooperatively with other campus- and community-based resources.
Serve as a liaison between international students and Washington State and U.S. federal agencies.
Ensure the reliability of critical information related to international students and promptly disseminate information and make it easily accessible.
Programming and Outreach:
Design, deliver, and assess comprehensive pre-arrival and orientation services for incoming international students in collaboration with campus and community-based partners.
Design, implement, and assess events that promote the development and practice of intercultural exchange, cultural humility, and academic success.
Develop, implement, and assess workshops and other programming that enhances international students’ lives outside of the classroom.
International Student and Scholar Services Administration:
Hire, train, assign tasks to, and supervise Global Affairs Fellows (student employees).
Develop and maintain working manuals for DSOs and Global Affairs Fellows.
Develop, analyze, maintain, and disseminate reports related to incoming and enrolled international student data.
Maintain relevant records in SEVIS and in University of Washington databases.
Review and maintain Office of Global Affairs website, webforms, and other informational materials.
Collaborate with Office of Global Affairs staff and other colleagues to ensure office efficiency and the completion of strategic goals.
Participate in Office of Global Affairs meetings, interoffice committees, and professional development opportunities.
Develop and maintain healthy and productive working relationships.
Other duties as assigned.
This position requires a proactive, highly organized, flexible, and creative self-starter with effective communication and problem-solving skills, as well as a commitment to cultural humility, equity, inclusion, and antiracist practices. The individual must possess excellent attention to detail, the ability to work both collaboratively and without close supervision, and a demonstrated commitment to OGA’s mission and values.
A bachelor’s degree and at least two years of experience working with international students in a higher education setting.
At least two years of experience developing and coordinating programming in support of international student success.
The ability to understand, apply, and communicate complex immigration regulations and university policy.
Excellent written and oral communication skills, including experience with public speaking and the ability to present information in a clear and positive way to students with a variety of cultural and language backgrounds.
The ability to work effectively and cooperatively with the public, students, faculty, and community members including those from various cultural and socio-economic groups.
A demonstrated history of fostering a climate of multicultural understanding and appreciation.
Sensitivity to and understanding of cultural differences and a demonstrated history of success working with and across difference.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
The ability to work some evening and weekend hours for programming, as needed.
U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident status (as required by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of State to serve as a Designated School Official and Alternate Responsible Officer respectively).
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