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Director of International Student Programs

Lower Columbia College

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Apply online at: https://www.schooljobs.com/careers/lowercolumbia/jobs/4337240/director-of-international-student-programs?visitor=e398c44a-7445-499c-bf5c-ebaa57903010&session=043c051a-2502-4916-9e4a-e41a79de940c

At a Glance! The Director of International Programs is responsible for the leadership, management, supervision, and vision of the International Programs department, which includes directing and implementing the recruitment of international students, international admissions, international student support, short-term programs, study abroad, international partnerships, and campus internationalization efforts. Reporting to the Vice President for Student Services, the Director is responsible for maintaining high quality customer service and coordination through collaborative efforts across the division and the campus while building a welcoming and inclusive campus community for LCC’s diverse student population. The successful candidate must be organized, flexible, analytical, creative, a self-starter, and be willing to work as a team member within a collaborative, student-first environment.


About the Team. The Director of International Programs is an active participant of LCC’s Student Services Leadership Team, focused on collaboration and coordination of holistic student support across a student’s educational journey. Acting as a liaison from the International Programs department, the Director must build and maintain highly collaborative relationships with Instruction, Registration, Finance, Advising, and Student Programs and Student Housing, along with all student services areas to assure excellent service and support to international students. The director also supervises a team composed of classified, part-time and student workers, and builds and maintains relationships with the Washington Community College Consortium for Study Abroad (WCCCSA).


DEI at LCC. The Director provides culturally competent leadership to engage in campus internationalization efforts, including bringing diversity of thought and a global perspective to the campus and encouraging cross-cultural collaboration and learning. The Director also uses an equity framework for assessment, evaluation, recommendations and processes.

The Director position is 40 hours per week. The typical schedule is Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. This position is primarily on campus, but there may be some opportunity to work remotely. This position is exempt under FLSA and reports to the Vice President of Student Services.

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Examples of Duties & Responsibilities

  • Direct administrative operations, including but not limited to, budgets, grants, assessments, staffing and training, records retention, reporting, and compliance with local, state, and federal laws related to international programs
  • Oversee international student admissions, including but not limited to, policies, procedures, regulations, forms and documentation, data collection, and file management
  • Serve as Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) for the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) and utilize the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) as a management tool for tracking international students
  • Support international student development and retention
  • Develop and maintain initiatives to support campus internationalization and meaningful cross-cultural interactions across the campus community
  • Direct new student orientations and arrival process for new international students
  • Serve as the international student advisor and coordinate with faculty advisors to effectively provide academic and F-1 student advising for incoming and enrolled international students serve as contact for external J-1 sponsored programs, including the CBYX and YEAR program.
  • Establish and implement international recruitment plan and goals
  • Participate in international recruitment efforts, including international travel (fairs, events, e-resources, etc.).
  • Oversee the Program Specialist and the development and implementation of all aspects of Short Term Programs for international students including host family recruitment, budgeting, hiring faculty, emergency management, and event planning.
  • Facilitate the establishment of international partnerships, including custom programs with foreign institutions, educational agents, and domestic organizations with international ties
  • Serve as first point of contact for international student emergencies and carrying an emergency phone
  • Oversee hiring, training, coaching, supervision and evaluation of International Programs staff, including classified, part-time hourly and work-study positions in accordance with agreements, laws, and college policies and procedures.
  • Promote and enhance a data-informed practice under a continuous improvement model
  • Use an equity framework for assessment, evaluation, recommendations and processes
  • Participate in and regularly integrate learning from professional international education organizations (local, state, national)
  • Perform other duties as assigned

This description is not intended and should not be construed to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, effort, work conditions, and benefits associated with the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Typical Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum three years of progressively responsible experience in international admissions, international recruitment, and/or international advising or related field
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills with an ability to work both independently and collaboratively across departments
  • Self-starter with a high degree of motivation, energy, flexibility, integrity and willingness to innovate
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills, attention to detail, and problem-solving abilities with a service-oriented approach
  • Ability and willingness to ensure compliance with Federal F-1 program regulations and serve as a Designated School Official (DSO)


Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a related field from an accredited institution
  • Experience supervising and training employees
  • Experience working in a higher education setting
  • Ability to effectively lead and manage change
  • Awareness of the complex needs of a diverse student population attending community college
  • Bilingual

The minimum qualifications may seem specific and limiting, but we do consider candidates with relatable education, experience, and skills. We encourage you to apply even if you don't meet exactly what's listed. With questions about qualifications, feel free to reach out to our HR team.


Supplemental Information

Equal Employment Opportunity

Lower Columbia College provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, age, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal. All Inquiries regarding compliance with access, equal opportunity and/or grievance procedures should be directed to Vice President of Foundation, HR & Legal Affairs, 1600 Maple Street, PO Box 3010, Longview, WA 98632, Phone number, (360) 442-2120, Phone number/TTY (800) 833-6388. Learn more on our Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment page.

  • The college is compliant with Title IX best practices. For more information, visit About Title IX.
  • The college encourages qualified members of protected classes to apply.


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

LCC celebrates and embraces diversity of all kinds, including differing beliefs, cultures, people, and experiences. We commit to institutional and individual changes that recognize, understand, and challenge patterns of social inequity and systemic disparities within our ever-changing world. For more information, see Diversity & Equity.


Jeanne Clery Statement: Notice of Availability of Annual Security and Fire Safety Report:

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act of 1998, and as a part of the College's commitment to safety and security on campus, Lower Columbia College reports the mandated information about current campus policies concerning safety and security issues, the required statistics, and other related information for the past three (3) calendar years. Lower Columbia College's Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at lowercolumbia.edu/CleryASFR.


Declaration Regarding Sexual Misconduct

Pursuant to RCW 28B.112.080, applicants must declare whether they are the subject of any substantiated findings of sexual misconduct in any current or former employment or professional association or is currently being investigated for, or have left a position during an investigation into, a violation of any sexual misconduct policy at the applicant’s current or past employers or professional association. By law, post-secondary education institutions cannot hire an applicant who does not complete this form.


Mission, Vision & Values

Our Mission, Vision & Values define our reason for being, and provide the framework for planning and improvement efforts at LCC. For details on LCC's Mission, Vision & Values, see our Strategic Plan.


Application Procedure and Requirements

An online application must be completed for consideration. Paper submissions or emailed materials will not be accepted. A complete application must also include the following documents (attached or in the online application itself):

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter (Letter of Interest)
  • Unofficial transcripts

Upon request, accommodations are available for persons with disabilities for the Lower Columbia College hiring process. Please contact Human Resources to request an accommodation. The Human Resources Office is accessible to persons with disabilities.


Conditions of Employment

  • If you are hired, you will need to provide proof of identity and documentation of U.S. citizenship or appropriate legal authorization to work for the duration of this position as required by the Immigration Reform Control Act of 1995.
  • 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.
  • The College is committed to maintain an environment for teaching and learning which is free of drugs and alcohol.

Lower Columbia College Human Resources

For any questions regarding this job advertisement and/or department or campus culture, please call our Human Resources office at (360) 442-2120, or email us directly at hr@lowercolumbia.edu.


Job Type: Full-time


Pay: $80,000.00 - $85,000.00 per year



  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan



  • Monday to Friday

Ability to Relocate:

  • Longview, WA 98632: Relocate before starting work (Required)

Work Location: In person

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