Iowa State University — Director, International Students and Scholars Office

Iowa State University strives to be 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 among the top public universities by U.S. News & World Report and a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), ISU offers a student experience rich in social and academic diversity. Approximately 35,000 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 126 countries converge on one of the nation’s 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, as well as the largest university in the state of Iowa, and the ISU class of 2022 has the highest-ever average high school GPA for an incoming Iowa State class. The campus is located in Ames, a community of 60,000 situated approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and was recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation and among the top 10 best places to live in America. 

Reporting to the Associate Vice President and Dean of Students, the Director of the International Students and Scholars Office provides leadership and management for a dynamic department that delivers 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. The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) 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 3,764 international students enrolled at Iowa State in fall 2018, comprising approximately 11 percent of the total enrollment. The ISSO Director leads a talented staff of 12 professionals, 2 clerical, and 10 graduate students and is responsible for an annual budget of more than $1.9 million.

The Director of ISSO 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 ISSO 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 international students and scholars – enrollment, academic, and social success; retention; lawful status; personal well-being; employment; and travel. 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 be a committed and experienced educator with expertise in international education; show a demonstrated history of successful higher education leadership and a commitment to the holistic development of diverse student populations; a thoughtful and confident spokesperson, with demonstrated effectiveness in staff and program leadership within a college or university; an innovator capable of bringing creativity and imagination for relating academic and student life into an integrated and comprehensive student experience; and demonstrate flexibility and be forward-looking, committed to data-driven continuous improvement and exhibit technological competence and a willingness to embrace new technology.

Bachelor’s degree and eight years of related experience, or a Master’s degree and six years of related experience, or a PhD (or other professional degree) and three years of related experience are required. Experience must be at a comparable level and include higher education with progressive leadership responsibilities working with international students and student programs. Preferred qualifications include a PhD and a degree in higher education or a closely-related field.

Review of applications will begin March 22, 2019, 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 J. Scott Derrick 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 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.