University of Wisconsin-Madison — Assistant Dean of Students / Director of International Student Services

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is a major land-grant university committed to excellence in teaching, research, and public service. As the flagship campus of the University of Wisconsin system, UW-Madison boasts $2.9 billion in revenues, a cross-disciplinary and collaborative approach to research, about 43,000 students, and approximately 22,000 faculty and staff. The university ranks 24th nationally for the number of international students on campus. In 2015–2016, the university saw its international enrollment increase by 7.7 percent to 6,440 students.

Reporting to the chief of staff/associate dean of students, the assistant dean of students/director of international student services (ISS) is responsible for delivering an array of cutting-edge programs and services to a dynamic international population. This position is charged with advocating for and enhancing a vibrant and holistic international student experience throughout the larger university environment. As the representative for international students through the Division of Student Life, the assistant dean/director is expected to be an extremely visible, strong collaborator with an openness and willingness to try new ideas and approaches to benefit students and address their needs. The assistant dean/director will provide the vision, leadership, long-term strategic planning, and assessment to advance department, division, and institutional goals. The position has institutional responsibility for mandatory federal reporting, immigration advising for international students, and coordinating record and data management systems compliant with federal DHS immigration regulations. The assistant dean/director should have the desire and ability to elevate the department’s contributions to the field of international student services/education and establish effective working partnerships with peers locally, regionally, nationally, and globally. The assistant dean/director oversees a talented staff of 12 professionals and is responsible for an annual budget in excess of $1 million.

An exciting facet of this position is the role as an assistant dean for the Division of Student Life. Working with eight peers, the assistant dean is responsible for contributing to the overall strategic development of student life through divisional and university committee work, initiatives, and effective collaborations throughout the institution. The assistant dean will be called upon to represent the office of the vice provost and dean of students to the larger university community.

Qualifications Required

  • A master’s degree and a minimum of six years of professional and progressively more responsible experience in the field of higher education international student services, international education, or a similar experience
  • At least three years’ experience supervising full-time professional staff
  • Budget and finance management experience
  • U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residence

Qualifications Desired

  • Demonstrated knowledge of federal immigration regulations and procedures, including experience working with and advising F and J non-immigrant student visa holders
  • Prior experience as a Designated School Official (DSO) or a Principal Designated School Official (PDSO)
  • An ability to thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic environment
  • A highly collaborative and student-centered approach
  • An exceptional ability to coalesce groups of people around a progressive mission, vision, and initiatives
  • An understanding of large research-intensive higher education settings with strong shared-governance orientation

Review of applications will begin March 1, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanandjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Heather Larabee at hjl@sjgsearch.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Spelman Johnson
University of Wisconsin-Madison – Assistant Dean of Students/Director of International Student Services
Heather J. Larabee, Search Associate

Visit the University of Wisconsin-Madison website at www.wisc.edu 

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