Position Description / Details
Peninsula College is seeking a collaborative, thoughtful and innovative International Student Advisor to join our team of dedicated international education specialists focused on monitoring and supporting the academic success and cultural adjustment of international students in the United States.
Located in the northwest corner of the United States, Peninsula College is nestled in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains. The main campus in Port Angeles, Washington, overlooks the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the nearby city of Victoria, British Columbia, and has easy access to the Pacific Ocean, Olympic National Park, and Seattle. It is arguably the most beautiful community college setting in the United States. The region is also home to six Native American tribal reservations, which are dispersed across the North Olympic Peninsula.
As a public comprehensive community college with baccalaureate-granting authority, Peninsula College is highly regarded by businesses, schools, and community partners for its culture of innovation, high academic standards, and strategic vision. The College is part of the 34-college Washington State Community and Technical College System and is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
The College serves more than 4670 students (1400 FTE) through its main campus and Port Townsend and Forks campuses, its correctional facilities, community education, and its online course offerings. The College community is vibrant, engaged, and known for its commitment to serving the diverse needs of the local communities across its 3,600 square mile service district.
The College culture is defined by its Guiding Principles and its shared governance model, which values respect, open and honest communication, integrity and collaboration. The College is a leader in the Guided Pathways work in Washington State, and is deeply engaged in creating institutional change to support this vision. The College is highly regarded as a warm and welcoming place. Click here for a video about Peninsula College.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Develop, implement, and refine effective academic success strategies and programs. Work one-to-one with students on the development of individual academic plans that include degree objectives, major pre-requisites and transfer considerations for destination universities.
- Facilitate the development of skills to enable international students to successfully adjust to the United States and higher education cultures with respect to their academic and personal goals.
- Plan and lead new student orientation program and related ongoing programming to facilitate the integration of international students into the campus community.
- Plan, coordinate and promote special events and activities, i.e.; orientations, cultural events, workshops with other members of staff, departments and associated local entities.
- Serve as the day-to-day primary contact for international students on all related academic and personal adjustment issues.
- Maintain social media for student engagement, advising reminders, and marketing.
- Serve as a liaison with faculty and staff on academic and personal matters related to proper placement, progress, and overall success of international students.
- Participate in the development and implementation of campus-wide Guided Pathways strategic priority.
- Serve as Designated School Official and assist with SEVIS compliance. Communicate with students to ensure compliance of regulations. Monitor student enrollment and ensure students are meeting immigration requirements.
- Track and monitor statistical results on retention, graduation, and student achievement of personal and academic goals.
- Assist with the development of policies and procedures to improve programs and services for international students.
- Serve as study abroad coordinator for domestic students. Promote WCCCSA programs, support program development, recruit and advise students.
- Participate in relevant professional development associations such as NAFSA: Association of International Educators and AWISA (Association of Western Washington International Student Advisors).
- Serve on campus committees and participate in campus events and activities as requested by the Associate Dean of International Programs.
- May teach Freshman Seminar course for international students under a separate contract.
- Perform related duties or assist with special projects as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree is required in communication, education, international studies or closely related field.
- Evidence in working positively and effectively with diverse cultures.
- Ability to successfully collaborate with faculty, staff, community members and students as part of an effective international student success team.
- Evidence of strong organizational, interpersonal, intercultural, and problem-solving skills; demonstrated ability to take initiative and prioritize work.
- Demonstrated commitment to excellent customer service and student success.
- Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
- Computer proficiency in Word, Excel and database applications.
- Master’s degree in international education, student development, or closely related field.
- Fluency in a foreign language (Chinese preferred).
- Higher education experience.
- Experience with transfer advising.
- Experience working, traveling, studying abroad.
- Authorization as a Designated School Official (DSO) or experience with the SEVIS database.
- Teaching experience, particularly in the area of college success courses.
- Annual full time, exempt position.
- Salary: $46,000 - $49,000.
- Excellent benefits package including medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance; paid vacation and sick leave; retirement plan options; optional credit union and tax deferred annuity programs. Peninsula College contributes $916 per month towards the cost of the Washington State employee insurance programs. The college also supports professional development.
- In compliance with the Immigration and Naturalization Act, proof of authorization to work in the United States will be required at the time of hire.
- Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position.
A complete application file will include:
- a college employment application,
- a letter of application addressing specific qualifications of this position,
- a current resume,
- unofficial transcript of terminal degree, and
- three current professional references qualified to assess your experience and ability to perform the duties specified. Please include references’ email addresses and telephone numbers.
Link to: Online Application
Please upload the additional application documents on the last page of your application form prior to submission.
Application materials may be submitted by mail or email to:
1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.
Port Angeles, WA 98362
Phone: (360) 417-6298
Applications submitted electronically will be accepted without signatures.
Peninsula College is an equal opportunity employer.