Executive Director, Office for International Students and Scholars - Student Affairs - 50596

Updated: 5 months ago
Location: Seattle, WASHINGTON
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: The position may have been removed or expired!

Job Type/Schedule

This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.  Position hours are generally Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.. 

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Office for International Students and Scholars in the Division of Student Affairs.  The position is housed in the Danforth University Center on the Danforth Campus. 

Essential Functions


The Executive Director provides leadership, management and direction for the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS).  The Executive Director will serve as a liaison to all colleges that interact with international students and scholars. Serves as the Principal Designated School Official (PDSO) and Responsible Officer (RO) to fulfill the obligations for compliance with federal regulations related to the enrollment of international students and employment of international scholars. This position leads a wide range of educational and cultural programs, immigration advising, and other support services for international students, international exchange students, and international alumni.  In addition, this position supports efforts to recruit and retain the most promising scholars from around the world including faculty members, research associates, postdoctoral research fellows, visiting scholars and physicians. This role will provide strategic supervision of a highly functional team to support the international student and scholar experience at Washington University.


  • Leads and supervises professional staff that serve in leadership and/or compliance roles. This includes recruitment, training, evaluation, and performance management of staff.
  • Oversees the development, implementation, and maintenance of policies and procedures that are based on best practices and industry standards.
  • Partners with entities on campus and in the community to enhance services and programs to students and staff. Represents OISS and/or Division in university-wide initiatives.
  • Manages and oversees implementation of high-impact initiatives, programs, and events relevant to students and scholars.
  • Develops communications related to unit’s strategic efforts, including the unit’s online presence.
  • Develops comprehensive assessment plans for unit in consultation with senior leadership.

  • Required Qualifications

    Master’s degree in a relevant field and seven years of relevant professional experience in a setting which provides exposure to complex compliance and/or regulatory functions, with immigration and visa related functions in an academic, medical center, or university environment.

    Preferred Qualifications

    A terminal degree and at least 10 years of experience in higher education or student affairs administration in a senior decision-making role for international students and/or scholars.


    • Significant supervision and management experience.
    • Ability to work with diverse populations.
    • Excellent communication skills (written and oral).
    • Demonstrated ability to direct programs and activities of assisting foreign students, faculty, staff and employees in complying with governmental regulations related to immigration and other governmental forms.

    Salary Range

    Base pay commensurate with experience.

    Pre-Employment Screening

    All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.

    Department Summary

    The Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) supports both international students and scholars. Services include immigration advising, orientation to WashU and the St. Louis community, and other programming intended to help students thrive academically and socially. The OISS also supports international scholars including faculty members, research associates, postdoctoral research fellows, visiting scholars, and/or physicians. 


    This position is eligible for full-time benefits.  Please click the following link to view a summary of benefits:  https://wustl.box.com/s/8wkhs25yssf0775x9d6nd6vqa7obpth7 .

    Applicant Special Instructions

    Washington University in St. Louis will be transitioning to Workday in the summer of 2021. Depending on the timing of an offer, application in Workday may be required. Application review will begin no later than March 26th.

    EOE Statement

    Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

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