The mission of California Lutheran University is to educate leaders for a global society who are strong in character and judgment, confident in their identity and vocation, and committed to service and justice. Founded in 1959 in beautiful Ventura County, the university has an enrollment of about 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students who come from across the nation and around the world from a diversity of backgrounds, cultures and faiths. As a federally recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution, Cal Lutheran is looking for candidates with a dedication to and success in working in diverse communities. The university is committed to an inclusive learning and work environment that values individual differences and respects each person’s dignity.
The Director of the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) at California Lutheran University is responsible for providing results-oriented leadership and forward-thinking vision for international students and scholars at California Lutheran University. The Director of OISS is a key member of the Center for Global Engagement leadership team supporting campus internationalization and global strategy for the University. The Director will be committed to supporting student success and actively advancing global initiatives with a justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion lens, in keeping with Cal Lutheran’s strategic plan and best practices in international education.
The OISS Director is responsible for managing the F-1 and J-1 programs for the University including immigration certification, reporting, administration, and advising, as well as the development and delivery of support services for international students and scholars. The OISS Director is also responsible for the management of H1-B process with support from Cal Lutheran legal counsel.
Lead in the collection, security, maintenance, updating and reporting of data related to international students and scholars in accordance with Homeland Security, the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, and Department of State E
Serve as lead F-1 student advisor (PDSO), lead J-1 scholar advisor (A/RO), and backup J-1 student advisor E
Provide management oversight and consultation in partnership with legal counsel regarding H1-B matters E
Manage in-bound J-1 faculty program providing departmental support, scholar advising, and resources E
Support the Associate Provost with the assessment of student learning outcomes (using qualitative and quantitative measures) and data management (e.g., report generation, benchmark data, etc.) E
As the Primary Designated School Official (PDSO), provide ongoing training for the DSO campus team; serve as the main contact person for the Cal Lutheran SEVP Liaison; monitor regulatory updates/best practices for communication/implementation; and engage with the local LA-PIER advisor community. E
Develops and nurtures collaborations with faculty, other departments and community organizations.
Advocate for and serve the primary spokesperson for International Students and Scholars at campus presentations and events, while also including support for third-country-individuals, US citizens living abroad studying at Cal Lutheran, and other visa-type holders. E
In collaboration with the CGE-OISS Assistant Director, support the development and implementation of orientation programs, including the creation of online platforms, to strengthen alignment with traditional undergraduate and graduate orientation programs E
Partner with the CGE-OISS Assistant Director with educational programming and student support initiatives, as well as student-development programming (e.g., Peer Mentors, Clubs & Orgs, cultural events, etc.) E
Implement and/or supervise and assist efforts in OISS/CGE educational, cultural, social, and leadership development programming with a focus on international-student support areas (e.g., immigration advising, taxes, career support, health & wellness, cultural adjustment, etc.). E
Collaborate on initiatives to advance internationalization, including through partnerships with the other Center for Global Engagement units: the Office of Education Abroad, and Office of International Students and Scholars, and International Admission. E
Maintain ethical and transparent fiscal responsibility of any assigned financial tasks E
Represent Cal Lutheran at relevant professional conferences or associations, and serve on university and national committees as appropriate E
Perform other duties as assigned or requested E
Knowledge of DHS, USCIS, DOS and Department of Labor regulations governing non-immigrant students, faculty, researchers and professionals (F-1, J-1).
Knowledge of current issues in higher education, international education and immigration, as it impacts international students and scholars. Best practices and standards related to the field of international education
Rules, regulations, policies, and procedures of an office of international students and scholars
Health, safety and risk management issues for international services
International Students/Scholar program development and budget management
Technology systems specific to international services (e.g., Terra Dotta)
Interpersonal and communication skills (oral and writing) and the ability to work in cooperative ways with diverse populations of faculty, students, staff, parents, and international partners
Diversity, equity, and inclusion model practices in international services
Highly developed organizational and leadership skills
Effective advising and intercultural communication techniques
Methods and techniques of student advising
Supervisory principles, practices, and methods
Principles of service learning and experiential education
Event planning and organization concepts
University mission, goals and objectives
Effectively handle multiple projects and tasks independently with consistent follow-through.
Set goals and objectives, develop quantifiable measurements, provide sound recommendations regarding work processes and organizational structures, motivate and manage others and prioritize workload to meet strict deadlines and requirements.
Work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.
Collaborate with university colleagues in the creation, growth, support, and management of OISS programs.
Attend professional conferences and potentially conduct some international travel as assigned.
Multitask with frequent interruptions.
Work effectively with diverse student populations.
Plan and coordinate international education programming.
Manage applicant files for exchange students using electronic database.
Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others in a team setting
Deliver effective presentations to various-sized groups.
Organize events for students, faculty, staff, and community that promote university-sponsored global engagement programs.
Develop promotional materials for International Students and Scholars programs
Work in various communication applications such as InDesign, Canva, Photoshop, MailChimp, Flickr, Hootsuite, etc.
Operate a computer, copier, fax, camera, and other equipment as assigned.
Any combination equivalent to: Master’s degree in a field directly relevant to international education with preference to international education, international/global studies, international relations, higher education administration/global emphasis, foreign language/culture, intercultural communication, or international business.
Concurrent or distinct years of experience as a (Primary) Designated School Official for at least five (5) years and an (Alternative) Responsible Officer for at least two (2) years.
Demonstrated experience with strategic planning and program evaluation and in international education programming/campus internationalization initiatives.
Six (6) or more years of F-1 advising and support as a DSO with preference as a PDSO
Three (3) or more years of J-1 advising and support as an ARO with preference as a RO
One or more years of H1-B advising and support
Knowledge of Terra Dotta software system for ISS
Reading and speaking knowledge of at least one foreign language in addition to English
Experience living or studying abroad.
About California Lutheran University
California Lutheran University is a diverse scholarly community dedicated to excellence in the liberal arts and professional studies. Rooted in the Lutheran tradition of Christian faith, the university encourages critical inquiry into matters of both faith and reason. The mission of the university is to educate leaders for a global society who are strong in character and judgment, confident in their identity and vocation and committed to service and justice.
California Lutheran University is a selective comprehensive institution offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in the liberal arts and sciences and professional fields. Central to the university’s academic excellence is a dedicated teaching faculty, who come to Cal Lutheran from some of the finest universities in the country.
Cal Lutheran offers undergraduate, graduate and professional programs through the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Management, Graduate School of Education, Graduate School of Psychology and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS).
The university’s highly regarded graduate programs include doctorates in educational leadership, higher educati...on leadership and clinical psychology, and master’s degrees in business administration, computer science, education, psychology, information systems and technology, economics, and public policy and administration. International programs include a full-time MBA for international students and an MBA in Europe. A number of post-graduate credential and certification programs are also offered. Graduate and certification programs are offered at PLTS.
Technology and the Quest for Knowledge
Information Technology and Services (ITS) delivers and supports high quality research and information technology tools for the Cal Lutheran community. The MyCLU portal provides a single gateway to many of the online resources available to students.
The university supports a mixed platform of Mac and PC computers in several labs on campus. In addition to open computer labs, Cal Lutheran provides wired and wireless network access to students free of charge through CLUnet. All residence halls are equipped with WiFi and wired network connections for student use.
CLUWnet provides wireless coverage to all buildings on campus and some outdoor areas. Students can connect their personal computer devices to the wireless network using their personal CLUnet account and password. The Help Desk offers support for CLUnet accounts including scheduling and trouble shooting for wired and wireless hookups.
Pearson Library is an integral part of ITS. The professional staff provides reference assistance as well as information literacy instruction for undergraduate and graduate level courses. One-on-one appointments and virtual one-on-one assistance is available, as well as the usual walk-up research and technology usage assistance. Library reference services that include real-time chat service, e-mail reference, and SMS messaging and mobile initiatives provide students with access to information wherever they are, whenever they need it.
Items not available in the library can be requested through Interlibrary Loan. The library’s online catalog, OCLC's WMS, provides access to library collections via the Internet, offers a powerful discovery and delivery tool, and student-initiated functions like self renewal of books and placing holds on print resources.
For detailed information on ISS and Pearson Library, visit www.callutheran.edu/iss.
Cal Lutheran’s main campus is located in the City of Thousand Oaks, situated midway between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. This convenient location puts students within reach of a variety of cultural and recreational experiences, the beach and mountains, airports and the international business community.
The university’s proximity to the 101 technology corridor provides a highly skilled workforce the opportunity to pursue bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees near their places of employment.
Cal Lutheran has established off-campus centers in Woodland Hills, Westlake Village, Oxnard and Santa Maria to better serve working adults who live in and around Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley, northern Ventura County and the Central Coast. Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary is located in Berkeley.
For several decades, Cal Lutheran has provided the opportunity to complete graduate and teacher preparation course work in locations convenient to the working adult student. Graduate courses that are offered at the off-campus centers are identical to those offered on the main campus, and the various degree program requirements are also the same. A site coordinator is available at each of the off-campus centers to provide support and assistance to students and faculty.
The School of Management offers master's degree programs at the Oxnard, Woodland Hills and Westlake centers as well as online. The Graduate School of Psychology offers master's degrees in counseling and clinical psychology and a doctorate in clinical psychology at the Oxnard Center. The Graduate School of Education offers master's degrees and credential programs at the centers in Oxnard, Woodland Hills and Santa Maria. PLTS offers master's degrees in divinity and theological studies, certification programs in theological studies and theological education for emerging ministries, and doctoral programs through Graduate Theological Union.
Woodland Hills Center
5925 Desoto Ave.
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
31416 Agoura Road #110
Westlake Village, CA 91361
2201 Outlet Center Drive, Suite 600
Oxnard, CA 93036
Santa Maria Center
708 S. Miller St.
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
2000 Center Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
(800) 235-7587 • (510) 524-5264
For information regarding offerings at these centers, please consult the Graduate Schedule of Classes published each semester, email [email protected] or visit www.callutheran.edu/graduate.
The Thousand Oaks Campus
The main campus spans 225 acres set against scenic Mount Clef Ridge in the city of Thousand Oaks. At the heart of the beautifully landscaped campus is Kingsmen Park, surrounded by the university’s academic and residential facilities.
Since the turn of the century, the university has added 13 major facilities on the main campus including the Spies-Bornemann Center for Education and Technology in 2002 and the Swenson Center for the Social and Behavioral Sciences in 2010, Cal Lutheran’s first LEED-certified structure.
The athletics complex on the north side of campus continues to grow with venues for intercollegiate and intramural sports, exercise science classrooms and laboratories, and athletic and fitness areas. William Rolland Stadium opened in fall 2011 as a venue for football, soccer and intramural matches. The 16,000-square-foot facility also houses the William Rolland Gallery of Fine art.
The LEED-certified Ullman Commons, completed in fall 2014, transforms the heart of the campus. The $15 million, 20,000-square-foot environmentally friendly two-level dining commons with adjoining Starbucks coffee bar provides a gathering place for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff and visitors.
A new Student Union Building is slated to open by the end of 2015 on the site of the old Dining Commons. The 18,000-square-foot facility will house student life, student government and experiential learning, and expanded areas for student recreation.
Cal Lutheran’s strategic plan envisions new facilities for the creative arts, new and renovated science facilities, and new housing for the School of Management. The university focuses on environmental sustainability and responsible building practices in all facilities and operations.
In 1959 the Pederson Ranch, nestled against the rolling hills of the Conejo Valley, began its transformation to today’s dynamic learning community of California Lutheran University.
Richard Pederson, the son of Norwegian immigrants, donated his scenic ranch to be used “to cultivate a new crop of fertile, inquiring minds.” The ranch now forms the heart of the Thousand Oaks campus.
California Lutheran College welcomed its first students in 1961. The young college’s early commitment to excellence led to its being granted accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) during its first academic year.
In 1986 the name was changed from California Lutheran College to California Lutheran University to better reflect its breadth of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs.
As a comprehensive university rooted in the Lutheran tradition, California Lutheran University views liberal learning, professional preparation, and character development as mutually supportive pillars of its educational excellence.
The liberal arts establish the essential foundations for defining challenges, integrating perspectives and articulating solutions, all of which comprise the cornerstone of lifelong learning. Professional programs provide the theoretical and practical framework for students to excel in specialized careers. Finally, a Cal Lutheran education must instill in students both the habits of heart and the convictions that will lead them to use their knowledge for service in their immediate communities and in society.
With varying degrees of emphasis, these basic elements undergird all of Cal Lutheran’s educational activities. They are delivered to students through academic and co-curricular programs, but also through pedagogical practices and the culture that permeates the campus.
The success of our academic and co-curricular programs will ultimately be measured not only by what our students learn in the classroom but also by their success in realizing and pursuing their individual passions. The distinction of a Cal Lutheran education is that its graduates are exceptionally well prepared for meaningful lives directed by a sense of vocation, leadership and service.
California Lutheran University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
The Graduate School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the university is authorized by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to offer credentials. Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools.
The university is a member of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) and Council of Independent Colleges (CIC). Cal Lutheran’s program in Financial Planning has been registered with the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Board of Standards Inc.
Cal Lutheran is also a member of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), the Lutheran Educational Conference of North America (LECNA) and the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).
California Lutheran University is one of 26 colleges and universities affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).