Director, International Students & Scholars

Reporting to the Associate Vice President and Dean of Students, the Director of International Students & Scholars provides leadership and management for a dynamic department that provides 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. International Student & Scholars (ISS) 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 4,131 international students enrolled at Iowa State in fall 2016, comprising over 11% of the total enrollment. The ISS Director leads a talented staff of 12 professionals plus seven graduate students and is responsible for an annual budget of more than $1.1 million. The Director of ISS 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 ISS department 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 the enrollment, academic and social success, retention, lawful status, personal well-being, employment, and travel of international students and scholars. 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 have a broad understanding of international relations, comparative education, social sciences, foreign language, and/or humanities and must demonstrate a solid understanding of the international student experience. A detailed knowledge of United States visa laws, rules, and regulations is necessary.

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