International Student Advisor - Cultural Engagement
California College of the Arts
The International Student Affairs and Programs (ISAP) Office, created in Fall 2006, provides
immigration counseling, orientation, assistance, information, and referrals regarding financial, personal, cultural, and academic concerns to a burgeoning international and visiting exchange student population. It also handles promotion and advising for outgoing international exchange/study abroad programs. The ISAP office is an integral part of a dynamic Student Affairs division and works closely with Enrollment Services, Academic Affairs, and other partners. With the growth of our international student population, ISAP looks to increase programs on campus aimed at building community and awareness of international
The International Student Advisor for Cultural Engagement helps international students to construct networks of support and facilitates students' transition from orientation pre-arrival through academic acculturation, adjustment to CCA's distinct culture, understanding of American workplace expectations, and ultimately, preparation for lives as thriving artist/designer alumni. The Advisor also assists in preparing students to maximize their experience through study abroad and engages in the work of the Student Affairs division as a whole.
International Student Support :
Serve as a liaison to the International Admissions office in all matters pertaining to the pre-arrival and initial enrollment of international students to allow students a smooth transition to the Bay Area and CCA. Includes communication with deposit-paid students through e-newsletters, Skype chats, etc. to assist students with preparation for arrival.
Serve as lead organizer for multiple New International Student Orientation programs throughout the year (Fall semester, Spring semester, numerous Summer mini-sessions), including communication to incoming students, budgetary oversight of all Orientation expenses and college wide logistics for each session. ·
Represent ISAP on campus wide committees to advocate for the international student population and their retention needs. Committees include the Orientation Planning Committee, the First Year Experience Task Force, and the International Student Committee.
Collaborate with the Office of Special Programs staff to assist English Language Learners participating in summer remedial classes with transition to the Bay Area and the CCA community.
Provide assistance to newly-arrived F-1 international students through individual and group meetings on a variety of topics including cultural adjustment, transition to US classroom culture, academic requirements, and ways to strengthen English proficiency.
Specific Designated School Official (DSO) responsibilities / F-1 student advising as assigned (estimated 15% of support role)
Work collaboratively with the Learning Resource Center (LRC) to develop and promote programs for international student English Language Learners.International Student Support
Serve as lead organizer of all ISAP programming events such as the annual International Student Exhibition, International Education week, cultural celebrations, etc. ·
Explore and implement new ways for international students to serve as a resource to the campuses and CCA community for cultural diversity and awareness of global issues.
Organize and support student retention focused events and networks on and off campus to engage international students in the CCA community and encourage them to stay connected through graduation and beyond.
New Initiatives / Partnerships:
Partner with Career Development staff to bolster career preparedness for international students. Duties include assist the CCA international student population to develop facility with American-style job interview skills, workplace expectations and etiquette, professional communication, work authorization-relatedconversations/negotiations, etc. in order to enhance preparedness for internships and full-time work in the art and design community.
Serve as lead ISAP staff member on new endeavors with Career Development and Alumni Relations staff to develop a stronger international alumni pool , building on the strength of international student leaders to assist in their growth into active alumni who can help cultivate an international career community for CCA.
Collaborate with the assistant director for employer relations to develop strategies and programs to engage employers about the value of hiring international students and alumni
Supervision / Mentorship:
Supervision / Mentorship · Provide leadership and oversight to the ISAP Ambassador program. Responsibilities include: managing budgetary responsibilities for the program, deciding authority on communications for the team, and serving as lead organizer for large scale events
Mentorship and supervision of seven to ten student staff per academic year 20% of time Responsibilities
Provide semi-annual intercultural awareness training to student leaders (Chimera Leaders, Resident Advisors, ISAP Ambassadors) and to departmental staff upon request
Exchange Program Administration:
Act as Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO). Advise international students and scholars on immigration matters and maintaining J-1 nonimmigrant status; assist departments, faculty, and staff with issues concerning J-1 visa regulations for non-degree exchange students.
Organize and serve as lead staff member for all Study Abroad & Exchange Information sessions.
Serve as lead organizer of Student Exchange Program. Duties include file review and admissions decisions for non-degree students seeking to come to CCA for a short term study abroad, advising and approval for CCA students applying for an exchange semester, and lead contact with Academic departments for Exchange program promotion.
Implement Exchange "Re-Entry" Orientation program for students returning from an exchange semester abroad and gather data to aid exchange program assessment.
Prepare returning students to speak to the value of their exchange experience in job interviews.
Develop an "exchange student alumni" database for linkages with outbound exchange and current international students.
Student Affairs General:
Provide referrals to and linkages with CCA departments, events, and programs (undergraduate exhibitions, multicultural events, Housing and Residence Life programs, etc). When desired services are not available on campus, help students to connect to organizations/communities in the Bay Area.
Assist with data collection to support retention (surveys, e-newsletters, focus groups).
Assist with campus-wide Student Affairs events, including New Student Orientation, Chimeratopia, Holiday Art and Major Resource fairs, Commencement, and other events.
Develop programs and policies that support CCA's efforts to cultivate diversity and promote cross-cultural awareness campus-wide.
Follow student affairs emergency protocols and manage response to mild to moderate risk-level student emergencies (missing students, physical health issues, victims of certain crimes) as determined by the ISAP Director. Respond to more serious student emergencies under the guidance of the Director or Student Affairs senior leadership.
Take an increasing role in preventing and responding to incidents of harassment, discrimination, and misconduct as determined by student affairs senior leadership; this may include becoming a conduct officer or intake officer. Assist international students to adjust to an American culture that is probably diverse in different ways than their home cultures. Help establish a student culture in which diversity is encouraged and where students learn to respect differences, take responsibility for their actions, and exercise leadership. Work to support a college-wide learning environment that acknowledges diversity and utilizes diverse tools and thought to raise awareness for how and what we learned.
Job Requirements and Skills:
Bachelor's degree required. Previous experience in postsecondary student affairs or related field; experience ideally should give evidence of competence in co-curricular program development or an international program-related area. Demonstrated experience with the development, planning and implementation of orientations, workshops, and acculturation programs for international/multicultural students in an academic setting is strongly preferred. Previous experience in living/studying abroad preferred.
Effective verbal/written/interpersonal communication skills are required. Ability to: take initiative and be resourceful in planning work assignments and in implementing long-range program improvements; collect, compile, analyze, and evaluate data and make verbal/written presentations based on these data; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with faculty, administrators, student organizations, private/public agencies and others in committee work and student advising contacts; acquire knowledge of the overall operation, functions, and programs of the campus. Ability to work effectively with faculty, staff and students and to plan and coordinate activities/events for large and small groups. Familiarity with and ability to apply technological innovations to Student Affairs office operations. Experience using and supporting Datatel Colleague or similar ERP software preferred.
Applicants are required to attach a cover letter and resume, as well as state salary history and requirements. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Recommended document file formats are Word or PDF. If there are multiple attachments, we recommend compressing/zipping your files into a zip format file. There is also a place in the application for you to provide a link to large documents. Please submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions.
For staff positions, screening begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.
As an educational and cultural institution, California College of the Arts has a responsibility to provide access and opportunities for all people, with special attention to supporting groups historically underrepresented in higher education.
We believe that a culturally diverse campus is integral to academic excellence, and our student, faculty, staff, and trustee bodies should reflect the diverse world in which we live, with attention to race, ethnicity, religious creed, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and ability.
California College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.
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