International Admissions Counselor
Job Location: Fort Wayne Campus - Fort Wayne, IN
Position Type: Full Time
Education Level: Graduate Degree Preferred
Travel Percentage: Travel Required
Job Category: Admissions/Recruiting
Indiana Tech is a thriving, independent, teaching-oriented institution with a focus on career-oriented programs in business, engineering, information technology and computer science, criminal justice, life sciences, human services and many other concentrations. Indiana Tech enrolls nearly 1,500 students in its traditional undergraduate programs on its picturesque main campus and nearly 5,000 students in its College of Professional Studies programs online and onsite at 15 regional locations. Degrees are offered at the associate, bachelor, master's, and doctoral levels.
Over 41% of our students are either globally or domestically diverse; this contributes to our unique vibrant and inclusive campus community. All academic programs are designed to provide students with relevant and practical experiences, including an emphasis on internships. The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Indiana Institute of Technology embraces diversity and equal opportunity intentionally. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We believe that diversity and inclusion among our employees is critical to our success with respect to educating our students to become global citizens. Indiana Tech is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Indiana Tech has big plans for its future. Learn more at Indiana Tech Strategic Plan.
This position will be responsible for recruiting, advising, processing, and evaluating international student applications. This will include students enrolling in undergraduate and graduate degrees but primarily focused on graduate applications. The International Admissions Counselor will counsel students throughout the recruitment cycle, from inquiry to enrollment status, and will also help students when they arrive in the U.S. for the first time to pick them up from the airport and get them settled into their dorms or residences. Having the ability to be proactive, to communicate promptly with students, make admissions decisions, assist students with financial documentation, meet with students and families and work closely with partnership programs is a necessity. The International Admissions Counselor will be responsible to manage recruitment strategies to meet the international enrollment goals while complying with state and federal accreditations, university and federal immigration policies and regulations.
This position will require traveling locally, regionally, nationally, and overseas, as needed. This position will also serve as the Designated School Official (DSO) through the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Applicant must have U.S. citizenship or permanent residency status.
Principal Duties & Responsibilities:
Build relationships to grow incoming international student enrollment
Recruit international students and process international admission applications, advise applicants of program options and admission requirements
Process student files, conduct credential evaluation and GPA calculations, and issue Acceptance/Denial decisions
Promptly and courteously, respond to phone calls, emails, and other requests from students
Be the main point of contact and processor for the hybrid graduate program for international students
Some weekend hours might be required during hybrid residency weekends
Collaborate with co-workers regarding new recruitment strategies, make suggestions on new strategies to increase marketing opportunities for international recruitment
Serve as one of the DSOs for Indiana Tech
Process immigration documents in compliance with Homeland Security Regulations
Travel abroad for international student recruitment and represent Indiana Tech in the international higher education community when needed
Stay up-to-date on government/legislative changes pertaining to international higher education
Utilize recruitment tools such as social media platforms, personal contacts, international educational fairs, presentations, etc.
Maintain and update international student files with the assistance of admission reports.
Assist in the development and execution of the international recruitment plan and the international orientations
Advise and assist current international students to maintain their F1 immigration status when needed
Collaborate with other departments to assist in recruitment and enrollment efforts
Work with international partners institutions on collaborative projects
Sit on campus-wide committees as requested/required
Support the mission, vision, and strategic plan of Indiana Institute of Technology
Perform other duties as requested by the Director
Bachelors degree required
Two to five years of experience working in an international admissions or international programs office, preferred
General understanding of international recruitment and education systems, preferred
Strong communication skills, creativity, the ability to work in a results-oriented group, strong interpersonal skills, in-depth understanding of diverse cultures, and the ability to learn independently
Experience in working with partner institutions and government-sponsored international students, preferred
Basic knowledge of the F-1 student visa processing, preferred
Minimum of one year experience with SEVIS as a DSO in international admissions or an international programs office preferred
Must have U.S. citizenship or Legal Permanent Residency as per U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) guidelines for DSO and ARO.
Must have an interest in building a rapport with prospective and current international student populations at the university.
Sensitivity to, and understanding of, the needs and concerns of a diverse international population and respectful of different cultures
Must have a valid US drivers license and be insurable for driving company vehicles.
Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment with occasional domestic and international travel required. Extended travel may be required during the recruitment season.
A resume and cover letter are required in the application process. Applicants must be prepared to write a written response to the mission and diversity statement of Indiana Tech. For preferential review of materials please apply by 6/15/22.
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