Located in Hartford, Connecticut, Trinity College is a highly selective, residential, liberal arts college with a tudent population of approximately 2200 undergraduates. Approximately 8% of the student body is nternational, representing more than 50 countries; close to a third of the
students come from outside the Northeast; 22% are students of color; 49% are women.
Reporting to the Dean of Students Office as a part of the Student Life team, the international student advisor will assume responsibility for international students and scholars at Trinity College with oversight for all full-time matriculated international students and all visiting international students and faculty under the F1 and J1 government visa programs. The successful candidate will appreciate the many ways in which cultural differences enrich our academic community, will
understand the complexities of transition and integration into a liberal arts curriculum in the American education system in a residential college, will promote outreach to and interaction between various groups, will collaborate effectively within a department that encourages student development and resourcefulness, will recognize the larger context of the College and
surrounding community, and will be well organized and attentive to detail.
Responsibilities for F1 and J1 students fall into four general areas:
(1) Assisting students during admission, orientation, and transition to residential college life (planning, arrival, logistics, paperwork, guidance, networking, etc),
(2) Serving as general academic advisor to international students including course registration, monitoring academic progress, advising regarding international regulations pertaining to internships and work, and assisting students in optimizing faculty advisors and other
(3) Promoting student growth and leadership, and assisting students with social and academic programming,
(4) Meeting all regulatory reporting requirements (e.g. serve as DSO, advising students on
F-1 and J-1 visa regulations and maintaining the contact information as required by the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State), and working effectively with campus and external resources regarding post-graduation planning and processing.
The international student advisor will work closely with the international house and other cultural houses, faculty, and the Multicultural Office, Dean of Students Office, Admissions, Office of Campus Life and Student Activities, Community Service and Civic Engagement, etc. to ensure that international students are successfully integrated into academic and social life at Trinity. We envision that the successful candidate will develop a vibrant host program for international students to deepen their support system and foster connection to the wider community.
The international student advisor will conduct regular workshops on a variety of topics relating to international students, such as maintaining status, working on campus, applying to work off-campus, etc., and will be responsible for updating the Trinity College website as well as all manuals, brochures, instructions, etc., for international students on a regular basis.
—Bachelor’s degree required in any liberal arts field.
—Two years of experience as a Designated School Official/Alternate Responsible
Officer; U.S. citizen or permanent resident legally able to perform as Trinity
College Principal Designated School Official and Responsible Officer. Experience in SEVIS
(Student & Exchange Visitor Information System) and the immigration laws,
regulations and processes contained in the Federal Register strongly preferred.
—Experience in student life or activities programming in a higher education
—Strong written, oral, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
—Strong computer skills.
—Experience advising international students.
—Experience living abroad.
—Proficiency in a second language.
—Awareness of retention and success issues as they pertain to international students in this environment.
Salary is commensurate with education, training, and experience. On-campus housing is negotiable. This position includes evening and weekend commitments, particularly at peak periods. Periods between semesters involve active planning, handling logistics of arrivals and departures, and programming. Applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis until the appointment has been made.
Trinity College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Applicants with disabilities should request, in advance, any needed accommodation in order to participate in the application process.