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Eastern Illinois University
Director of International Students and Scholars
 Announcement and Job Description

Eastern Illinois University invites applications for the position of Director of International Students and Scholars.  This position oversees a vibrant and growing international student population, and represents a major growth area for Eastern Illinois University. The Director reports to the Dean of the Graduate School and serves as the executive officer of the Office of International Students and  Scholars with overall administration and leadership responsibility for recruitment, matriculation, and policies regarding international students and visiting international scholars.  The position requires an undergraduate degree in a field related to international education; Master’s degree preferred. In addition, the successful candidate must have progressive experience in the administration of international education including significant experience with the recruitment and orientation of international students, university communities, and campus leadership.  Experience with creating dual and joint degrees is desired.  Demonstrated commitment to diversity and experience with promoting inclusive excellence is required. A comprehensive position description is located below.

A complete application includes a letter of application, a resume, the names, addresses and contact information of five references, and an unofficial transcript(s). Applications must be submitted electronically to http://apply.interfolio.com/39852. Questions about the search may be directed to Dr. Kurt Olausen, search committee chair, at krolausen@eiu.edu . Review of applications begins immediately, and will continue until campus interviews are scheduled.  The preferred start date is April 1, 2017.  


Eastern Illinois University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer committed to achieving a diverse community.


 Title of Position:        Director of the Office of International Students and Scholars    

Function of the Position

 The Director of the Office of International Students and Scholars reports to the Dean of the Graduate School and International Students and Scholars has primary responsibility for leading EIU’s international mission.  The Director provides leadership for the recruitment and matriculation of international students and for integration and external outreach related to international students, alumni, and scholars. 

 Recruitment and Matriculation Duties

  •  Provides administrative leadership and decision authority related the recruitment of international students and scholars to Eastern Illinois University in order to insure the University’s international diversity. Facilitates and promotes partnerships with international institutions in order to increase the number of international students considering study at EIU.
  • Provides leadership to ensure superior services for international students and scholars including orientation services, arrival assistance, special housing needs, counseling/advising related to federal and state compliance issues, financial and tax matters, academic policies, optional practical training and curricular practical training, secondary signature authority for the Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and I-20 forms for students needing to travel, and personal issues related to adjustment to American society and educational systems.  Provides English support services as appropriate to the mission of the University.  Oversees special registration of students from federally-identified countries. 
  •  Supervises and evaluates support staff in the Office of International Students and Scholars and promotes a climate in which excellence, creativity, and future direction are fostered among the staff.  Creates effective collaborations with the Study Abroad Office as appropriate for advancing the international mission.
  • Develops and maintains effective communication with international students to provide updates on regulation changes and any other information related to enrollment and matriculation.  Oversees the Association for International Students and serves as a liaison in partnership with the International Education Council and maintains communication with campus leaders regarding international issues and services.  Has budget authority for the international student fee and other accounts that support international education.
  • Serves as a representative, advocate, or spokesperson for international students dealing with U.S. and foreign government agencies, other campus offices and departments, and community members.   Assists the staff with the preparation and dissemination of information via newsletters, handouts, and related print or electronic materials for students, faculty, and staff.  Handles emergencies involving international students.
  • Provides guidance and assistance to international students and scholars and develops programs and opportunities for international students to learn more about U.S. culture and also develops programs and activities to integrate knowledge of international cultures and ideas into the curriculum and campus life to link the campus and the community. 
  • Represents EIU through participation in NAFSA national and state organizations and keeps the university informed of issues related to international education and recommends policies and procedures to ensure the most effective services for international students.
  • Oversees the International Alumni Advisory Board and Global Ambassadors programs and those events that foster strong alumni and philanthropic ties with the international community.  Seeks grant resources or other external funding as appropriate to the administration of the office.
  • Develops and maintains strong relationships with other EIU offices that provide student services including the Counseling Center, Housing and Dining Services, Academic Advisement, Bursar’s Office, Financial Aid, and related campus services. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Dean including representing international students and scholars at campus functions, completion of reports, summaries or related documents or services to committees and taskforces that will focus on matters important to international education.