Full-Time International Student Admissions Counselor and Advisor
Location: Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
Type: Full Time
Preferred Education: Masters
Summary of Responsibilities: The International Admissions Counselor and Advisor (IACA) supports the enrollment management strategies of the College by recruiting international students through the development and implementation of recruitment plans for international markets. In addition, the IACA will mentor these students so that they are supported and retained and assist them in maintaining non-immigrant status.
Essential Responsibilities: (These essential responsibilities are those the individual must be able to perform unaided or with the assistance of reasonable accommodation.)
Meet Recruitment Targets
Recruit targeted prospective students including international (F-1) students as well as Missionary Kids (MKs) and American students living abroad. The annual recruiting goal is fifteen (15) new-to-Geneva international (F-1) students to enroll in the traditional undergraduate program each academic year.
Retain international students. The retention goal is that 80% of first year international students will enroll for a second year of study.
Continuation of this position is dependent on attaining recruitment and retention targets.
Develop and maintain contacts among secondary schools, colleges, alumni, churches, and overseas advising centers.
Advertise and market to targeted prospective students and families using a variety of media and work with the Director of Crossroads, the Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing, and the Director of Marketing and Public Relations to consider opportunities for advertising. Keep the webpages related to the College’s global initiatives updated.
Assist with planning and implementation of on-campus events that relate to the College’s global interests.
Administration and Communication
Maintain continual communication with prospective students throughout the recruitment cycle, to the point of their enrollment at the College.
Regularly communicate with the Admissions Office and attend the weekly admissions counselor’s meeting.
Maintain communication, record-keeping, and run reports relating to recruitment, marketing, and retention efforts as requested by the Director of Crossroads as well as other campus leaders.
Coordinate and evaluate all required admission credentials relevant to the admission application and evaluate the students’ applications, making recommendations regarding admission to the College.
Assist with Crossroads office coverage as needed.
Participate in monthly Crossroads staff meetings.
Communicate with and coordinate services for incoming international students.
Explain College and federal policies and procedures.
Provide support for adjustment to American and academic culture.
Be an advocate for international students on campus.
Act as a liaison for the College’s global student population to faculty, staff, and other departments.
Facilitate the acquisition of language assistance.
Serve as one of the College’s Designated School Officials (DSO).
Help ensure that students maintain legal status.
International Club Advising
Organize and assist with socials and events for global students.
Exhibits behavior that is consistent with and supportive of Geneva’s mission, vision, core values and standards of conduct:
Geneva Mission Statement: Geneva College is a Christ-centered academic community that provides a comprehensive education to equip students for faithful and fruitful service to God and neighbor.
Vision Statement: Geneva College will inspire students to integrate faith in Christ into all aspects of life in the real world, and to serve faithfully within their callings for Christ and Country.
Serve with grace
Pursue Godly wisdom
Foster academic strength
Engage culture faithfully
Inspire vibrant hospitality
Honor one another
Standards of Conduct: Employees of Geneva College will affirm upon hire, and annually thereafter, their promise to abide by the College’s Standard of Conduct Policy. All employees must conduct their personal affairs so there can be no opportunity for unfavorable reflections upon the Christian beliefs and mission of the College, either expressed or implied. It is expected that employees will conduct themselves in a manner consistent with biblical standards, values, and character. These standards of personal conduct do not apply to family members and/or friends of the employee.
Job Requirements - Administrative
General: Individuals must possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed or are able to explain and demonstrate that they can perform the essential responsibilities of the job, with or without reasonable accommodations in order to safely perform the essential responsibilities of the job.
Physical: Must be able to perform the following: talking, hearing, and seeing. Must have sufficient manual dexterity to be able to operate all office equipment including, but not limited to: computers, fax machines, copy machines, modems, and telephones.
Confidentiality: Individuals must recognize that management of data, including personal information, grades, budgets, programs and policies is necessary to the operation of the College. Such information must be kept private and confidential for the protection of the College and to obey Federal and/or State laws. Should there be doubt as to whether a certain matter is to be protected, it should be discussed with your supervisor before making a disclosure.
Mental: Must be able to reason, analyze, prioritize, conceptualize, make judgments, and solve problems.
Education/Certification: Bachelor’s Degree in a related field.
Experience: One year experience working with international students.
Knowledge of college level policies and procedures.
Effectively communicate the value of a Christian liberal arts education.
Work effectively under the pressure of deadlines.
Citizen of the U.S. or lawful permanent resident (necessary to meet federal requirements to serve as a Designated School Official).
Availability and willingness to work evenings and weekends and travel abroad as needed.
Knowledge of foreign educational systems.
Self-motivated to set and attain goals.
Demonstrate high level of customer service, attention to detail, and organizational and problem-solving ability.
Ability to write and communicate clearly and present information effectively.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office products.
Experience using social media effectively.
Christian Commitment: eligible candidates must be a thoughtful and articulate Christian and an active member of a Protestant evangelical Christian church. Preference will be given to candidates who support and have an articulate understanding of the Reformed faith. The individual must understand and support the College’s “Foundational Concepts of Christian Education” by expressing an evangelical Christian profession of faith and demonstrate the ability to integrate a Christian perspective in their work.
Education/Certification: Master’s Degree in a related field.
Experience: One semester or more living abroad and more than two years working with global students
Skill/Abilities: Second language (Asian languages preferred).
Experience using social media for marketing and public relations.
Geneva College is a challenging Christian college that prepares students to challenge the world and succeed.
We provide an academically rigorous education comprised of distinctive and innovative courses. Geneva offers over 40 undergraduate majors and seven master’s degree programs, with the most popular including business, engineering, education, biology, communication, psychology, student ministry and human services. And our liberal arts core fosters a breadth of knowledge through the study of humanities, the social and natural sciences, biblical studies, and experiential learning. Founded by the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, Geneva helps students meet the challenge of becoming everything God means them to be.
Our 55-acre campus is located in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, about 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. Geneva College is a founding member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).