Iowa State University — Director, International Students & Scholars

Iowa State University is the most student-centered public research university in the nation. It is a place where adventurous minds are encouraged to accomplish amazing things. As a major international university ranked in the top 50 among public universities by U.S. News & World Report and a member of the Association of American Universities, Iowa State offers a student experience rich in social and academic diversity. Over 36,650 students choose from 100 majors, study with world-class scholars, and hone their leadership skills in more than 800 student organizations. Students from all 50 states and more than 120 countries converge on one of the nation’s top 25 most beautiful campuses. Big 12 sports and a tradition of cultural and popular performances make campus life fun and memorable. Iowa State is a land-grant university, has set enrollment records the past nine years, and is the largest university in the state of Iowa. Iowa State is located in Ames, a community of 60,000 ranked as the second-best college town (under 250,000 population) and among the top 10 best places to live in America.

Reporting to the Associate Vice President and Dean of Students, the Director of International Students & Scholars provides leadership and management for a dynamic department that provides comprehensive services to Iowa State University’s international students and scholars. The Director is a key member of the Student Affairs leadership team and will be committed to supporting student success and actively advancing student affairs best practices. International Student & Scholars (ISS) supports students and scholars from abroad to achieve their academic goals and enrich the campus community with opportunities for growth through cross-cultural interaction. A total of 4,131 international students enrolled at Iowa State in fall 2016, comprising over 11 percent of the total enrollment. The ISS Director leads a talented staff of 12 professionals plus seven graduate students and is responsible for an annual budget of more than $1.1 million.

The Director of ISS provides leadership on department policies and procedures and administers an office that is committed to courteous, accurate and timely service as well as creative programming to recruit and retain the best students, faculty and staff from across the globe. The ISS department holistically advises and assists international students and scholars with their academic, cultural, and social transition to Iowa State University and to the United States. The Director will manage a full range of activities that support the enrollment, academic and social success, retention, lawful status, personal well-being, employment, and travel of international students and scholars. The Director will collaborate with campus partners to develop policy, processes, services, and programs that address unique situations affecting international students; serve as a primary resource for students and staff involved in the internationalization of Iowa State’s campus; create and champion initiatives that foster respectful communication, learning, and a spirit of cooperation; and promote a collaborative climate that recognizes, celebrates, and rewards diversity.

The successful candidate will have a broad understanding of international relations, comparative education, social sciences, foreign language, and/or humanities and must demonstrate a solid understanding of the international student experience. A detailed knowledge of United States visa laws, rules, and regulations is necessary.

The successful candidate must possess a bachelor’s degree and eight years of related experience, or a master’s degree and six years of related experience or a Ph.D. or other professional degree and three years of experience. Education must be in higher education or a closely related field and experience must be at a comparable level and include higher education with progressive leadership responsibilities working with international students and student programs. A doctorate is preferred, along with experience which demonstrates a comprehensive knowledge of United States visa laws, rules, and regulations; experience using data to drive continuous improvement, and a demonstrated commitment to the holistic development of diverse student populations.

Review of applications will begin November 16, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via Spelman Johnson at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Heather Larabee at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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Iowa State University – Director, International Students & Scholars
Heather J. Larabee, Search Associate

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Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against.