The Director for International Student Programs (ISP) reports to the President. The Director is responsible for the design, development and implementation of the Kennedy Catholic mission regarding international education. The Director works in collaboration with the President’s Cabinet to ensure that students and staff members of International Student Programs are integrated into campus and community programs.
Supervision and Team Development (25%)
Supervise all aspects of ISP office services and development including international recruiting and marketing, international admission, registration, advising, international student retention, Study Abroad, Short Term Programs, office operations, and international events and activities.
Supervise, evaluate and train full-time and part-time ISP staff, including the admissions director, coordinator of extraordinary experiences and student advisor liaison, coordinator of homestay and dorm placements and administrative assistant.
Conduct weekly ISP staff meetings.
Develop and manage the ISP budget and monitor Services and Activities Fee budget for international student programming.
Hire, supervise and evaluate contractors for short-term programs, and overseas Kennedy Catholic representatives. This includes agent relations, both vetting and maintaining.
Leadership and Program Development (25%)
Develop, negotiate, and direct services for international students such as international scholarships, international mentor program, and international student volunteer programs.
Oversee and assist in coordinating annual student orientation efforts.
Develop, negotiate, and direct various international short-term programs in collaboration with Extended Learning, Kaplan International, and community organizations such as the City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation, Kent Sister City Association, and Japanese Community Service.
Initiate and negotiate the college’s institutional partnership with international higher education institutions and work closely with the President’s Cabinet to implement institutional partnership programs.
Develop and maintain on active international student alumni network. This would be in concert with the Alumni Manager.
Develop virtual Kennedy Catholic ISP service centers throughout the world (Asia, South America, Middle East, and Europe).
Research the market for ESL programs and study options for providing ESL services.
International Recruiting & Marketing (20%)
Work with the admissions team and office of the president to develop, implement and assess an annual international student recruiting and marketing plan using a data driven approach consistent with Kennedy Catholic’s enrollment management plan. This will fully engage the Country Report Card initiative.
Determine the admissibility of prospective students, evaluate academic credentials from educational systems around the world.
Attend overseas recruiting fairs and visit selective agencies to establish strong partnerships.
Present seminars and presentations (both domestic & international) about Kennedy Catholic High School.
Expand the network of articulation programs with ESL institutions throughout the U.S. as well as other English speaking countries such as Canada and Australia.
Develop and manage an efficient and effective marketing plan (e.g. include Kaplan and Central Washington University, improve the ISP website, utilize e-marketing, develop attractive marketing materials at a cost-effective price, placing Kennedy Catholic ISP service centers overseas, etc.)
Maintain a social media presence that addresses internal and external messaging locally and internationally.
Meets with the office of the president and admissions director to develop an annual work plan that includes admissions and retention numbers, consistent with Kennedy Catholic’s 5 year financial plan.
Is familiar with School Admin and or other software that improves efficiency and provides the analytics necessary to achieve both short and long term objectives.
Public Relations (10%)
Serve as the official institutional representative to US and foreign government agencies to ensure that legal responsibilities are implemented and maintained.
Represent the college in local, state, and national professional organizations related to international education.
Participate in volunteer activities locally and within the Kennedy Catholic community.
Advising & Student Services (10%)
Hold daily office hours and advise international students.
Find solutions for issues related to international students and ISP.
Assist with international student registration.
Participate in international student orientation and the mandatory quarterly check-in meetings.
Participate in international students events and activities.
Serve as the Designated School Official and Alternate Responsible Officer in capacities dealing with immigration advising, processing, and reporting in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).
Supervise i1440 SEVIS US Immigration Database maintenance and user training.
Assure compliance with any Federal, State and high school and college policies as it relates to high school completion and college and university preparation (Higher Education Compliance Board).
Professional Development (5%)
Attend conferences, workshops, and meetings of professional organizations such as Association of Washington International Student Advisors, NAFSA (Association of International Educators), Study Washington, Association of Washington State community and technical colleges.
Present seminars and workshops regarding International Education, International Marketing, and comparative culture.
Training on software necessary to implement annual work plan in areas such as admission and prospect research and data entry.
Campus Community (5%)
Serve as a resource to the campus community and the local community for international understanding.
Represent ISP or in conjunction in various on-campus meetings such as dorm supervisors, home stay parents, Administrative Cabinet meeting, etc.
Attend campus-wide events, annual retreats, and staff development workshops.
Credential in education administration and or program administration.
Minimum of five (5) years of experience in international education including international recruitment, international admissions and orientation.
Experience with federal regulations and legal advising.
Experience counseling and advising international students.
Experience working in an on-call capacity dealing with special, complex situations.
Experience effectively supervising and motivating staff within a school reporting structure.
Is able to effectively interact with all departments within the organizational structure.
Seven (7) or more years of experience in international education including international recruitment, international admissions and orientation.
Master’s degree or equivalent experiences
Experience in transition activities from high school to higher education, understanding and demonstrating the ability to prepare Kennedy Catholic graduates for post-high school success.