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International Student Program Specialist (One or More Positions)


Mission Viejo, California 92692
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Saddleback College


International Student Program Specialist (One or More Positions)

Pay Range: 129- starting salary at $4,806 per month


Classification Benefits:

The District offers a comprehensive package of insurance benefits to eligible employees, which includes medical and dental insurance, a vision-care plan, life insurance and dependent life coverage, accidental death and dismemberment coverage, and a long-term disability income-protection plan. All premiums are fully paid by the District. Mandatory retirement incentive is with California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).


PLEASE NOTE: In order to be considered for this opening, you must apply through the District website at https://jobs.socccd.edu


Summary Description:

Under direction from assigned supervisory or management staff, performs a full range of administrative, programmatic, and technical duties in support of the International Student Program at an assigned College including duties related to the recruitment and admission of international students; processes, reviews, and approves international student admissions applications; maintains and updates student records and reports; provides information and assistance to international students; provides highly complex staff assistance to College administrators regarding laws, policies, and procedures related to international students; investigates and resolves a wide range of problems; and coordinates the daily activities and operations of the International Students Program Office.


Knowledge of:

• Operational characteristics, services, and activities of the functions, programs, and operations of the International Student Office. 

• Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations including immigration rules, regulations, procedures, policies, and codes related to foreign entry student visas. 

• District policy regarding admissions and records, evaluations, residency, transference of credit units, grievances, and general education requirements. 

• Diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students. 

• English proficiency testing requirements and application procedures. 

• Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases. 

• Work organization and office management principles and practices. 

• Processes, procedures, and practices of budget preparation and administration. 

• Principles, practices and procedures of complex fiscal, statistical, and administrative research and report preparation. 

• Principles, practices, and procedures of business letter writing. 

• Principles and procedures used in complex, inter-related record keeping. 

• Principles and practices used to establish and maintain files and information retrieval systems. 

• Principles and techniques used in public relations. 

• Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy. 

• Principles and practices of providing training, work direction, and guidance to lower-level office staff and student workers. 

• English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary.


Ability to:

• Coordinate and oversee the daily operations and activities of the International Student Program Office.

• Provide lead supervision and training to assigned staff.

• Understand the organization and operation of the International Student Program Office as necessary to assume assigned responsibilities.

• Understand, interpret, and apply administrative and office policies and procedures as well as pertinent laws, regulations, and ordinances.

• Maintain current knowledge of program rules, regulations, requirements and restrictions.

• Perform responsible and difficult programmatic and administrative duties involving the use of independent judgment and personal initiative.

• Evaluate student transcripts and other admissions documents according to established procedures.

• Provide information and assistance to international students on a variety of topics; advise students in compliance with federal regulations.

• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.

• Exercise good judgment and discretion in analyzing and resolving confidential, difficult, and sensitive situations.

• Respond to requests and inquiries from students, staff, foreign governments, or the public; effectively present information in person or on the telephone to students, staff, or the public.

• Participate in the preparation and administration of assigned budgets.

• Research, compile, analyze, and interpret data and information.

• Prepare a variety of clear and concise administrative and financial reports.

• Implement and maintain filing and record-keeping systems.

• Independently compose and prepare correspondence and memoranda.

• Plan and organize work to meet schedules and changing deadlines.

• Work within the policies, functions, and requirements of area of assignment.

• Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.

• Adapt to changing technologies and learn functionality of new equipment and systems.

• Type or enter data at a speed necessary for successful job performance.

• Use correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary.

• Work under steady pressure with frequent interruptions and a high degree of public contact by phone or in person.

• Work independently and effectively in the absence of supervision

• Work with and exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the varied racial, ethnic, cultural, sexual orientation, academic, socio-economic, and disabled populations of community college students.

• Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


To Apply:

Please visit the District’s Employment Opportunities website at https://jobs.socccd.edu for a detailed job description, to learn more about the District and to complete an on-line application.  


NOTICE TO ALL CANDIDATES FOR EMPLOYMENT: The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Public Law 99-603, requires that employers obtain documentation from every new employee which authorizes that individual to accept employment in this country.  




Education and Experience Guidelines:

• Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.



• Equivalent to two years of college level course work in liberal studies, foreign studies, or a related field.



• Three years of increasingly responsible administrative and programmatic experience that includes experience interpreting and ensuring program compliance with rules and regulations, preferably in an educational environment.


License or Certificate:

Certification from the Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship & Immigration Services to serve as the Designated School Official.

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