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Assistant Director, International Student and Scholar Services

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Work type: Staff Full-time
Location: UMBC Campus
Categories: Administrative/Professional, International Education Services


The Center for Global Engagement facilitates education abroad, immigration services, intensive English instruction, international partnerships and related functions that empower UMBC to extend beyond borders. 

Position Overview:

The Assistant Director of International Student and Scholar Services serves in an important leadership role within the Center for Global Engagement’s Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) team. The position helps to manage the delivery of comprehensive and effective support services for international students, scholars, employees and their dependents. In collaboration with the Director of OISS, this position will develop and facilitate orientation and other programming designed to support the successful adjustment, retention and success of international students, scholars and their dependents.

Why Work at UMBC?

UMBC offers competitive compensation. This role starts at $66,000 and has over 4 weeks of vacation for regular full time roles. Tuition remission is also available.

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A hybrid telework schedule may be available. 


Specific responsibilities include:

  • Serves as Designated School Official (DSO) of UMBC's F-1 international student program. Ensure university compliance with F-1 regulations and manage the day-to-day advising immigration support services provided to F-1 students and their dependents
  • Supervises a team of international student advisors and ensures that team is providing accurate, consistent and appropriate advising services across all areas of the international student and scholar experience including, but not limited to: F-1 immigration regulations and other personal, financial, academic, cultural, social and legal concerns. 
  • Provides advising and immigration services to J-1 Exchange Visitors, H-1B and other employment-based immigration categories. Liaises with UMBC departments and outside legal counsel on permanent residency cases as needed. Stays up-to-date with best practices and changes to regulatory rules and processes that impact J-1 Exchange Visitors, H-1B employees and other relevant employment-based immigration categories.
  • In coordination with the Director of OISS, develops, communicates and applies policies and procedures related to international students, scholars, and their dependents that ensure compliance with all applicable local, state, and federal laws while also supporting the personal, professional, and academic success of international students, scholars and their dependents.
  • Organizes and implements a variety of programming in collaboration with campus and community partners designed to ensure a successful transition to UMBC and support retention of international students and scholars. This includes, but is not limited to International Student Orientation, International Career Conference and other programs.
  • Maintains the OISS website and communication platforms as an indispensable source of information for international students and scholars as well as other members of the UMBC community.
  • Serves on various campus committees and working groups.
  • Assists the Director of OISS with strategic initiatives, special projects and reporting both within the OISS team and the Center for Global Engagement.
  • This position may be required to travel within the U.S. and abroad. Must be able to work some nontraditional hours, including evenings and weekends.
Required Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree 
  • Three years of experience working in international student and scholar services at a college or university
  • Substantive experience living, working or studying outside of the United States
  • Eligibility to receive approval from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to serve as Principal Designated School Official (requires U.S. citizenship or US legal permanent residence). Eligibility to receive approval from the U.S. Department of State to serve as an Alternate Responsible Officer (requires U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residence)
Preferred Qualifications: 
  • Master's Degree 
  • Experience directly supervising the work of professional staff preferred
Background Screening Statement:

A background check will be required.  

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Upload a cover letter and a resume.  

Closing Date: For best consideration, please apply by April 26th, 2024. This position will remain open until filled.

UMBC offers a rich benefits package.

Regular and grant funded regular positions (Full benefits summary click here):

Generous Leave which includes accruing:

  • 22 Days of Annual Leave  
  • 15 Days of Sick Leave  
  • 15 Holidays
  • 3 Personal Days

Tuition Remission:

  • 8 credit hours per semester
  • Tuition remission at UMBC for eligible dependents after two years of FT employment

Additional Benefits:

  • Life and disability insurance
  • Retirement plans (including the choice of joining the pension plan)
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Wellness opportunities
  • & Much more

Contingent II positions may include some benefits

Benefits offered align with type (Regular, Contingent II, etc.) of position. 

Salary: Salary starts at $66,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Hours: Full-time
Type: Regular
FLSA Status: Exempt
 Equal Opportunity Statement: UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, minority group members, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Title IX: As an institution that receives federal financial assistance, UMBC adheres to Title IX and does not discriminate on the basis of sex. For more information about Title IX and contact information for Title IX Coordinator click here.   


If you require a reasonable accommodation for a disability for any part of the employment process, please contact the Human Resources Department at 410-455-2337 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Work Authorization:  As required by the 1986 Immigration Act, be prepared to present acceptable documentation upon hire showing your identity and that you are a U.S. citizen or an alien who is authorized to work.

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Applications close: Open Until Filled

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