Diversity and international studies coordinator

The Kansas City Art Institute’s admissions department is seeking a full-time diversity and international studies coordinator. 
 
This individual will be responsible for creating and implementing diversity initiatives, programming and procedures to attract and support otherwise under-represented and diverse student populations; development, management and administration of international non-immigrant student recruitment efforts; the development, management and administration of international exchange and study abroad partnerships; and the management and administration of the AICAD Mobility Program. 
 
The position also provides informational and other support for international student recruitment, including visa requirements and government regulations pertaining to international students.
 
KCAI offers an exceptional benefits package to full-time employees including 100 percent employer-paid insurance, a 5 percent retirement match for eligible participants, three weeks of vacation time, more than two weeks of sick time, plus generous holiday time off. 
 
Functional responsibilities include:
  • Review current international exchange and AICAD Mobility agreements and ensure their regular review and updating as well as coordinating KCAI’s participation in such program.
  • Maintain knowledge of I-20, visa, and other regulations pertinent to international students.
  • Develop recruitment and retention based programs and initiatives for under-represented student populations (GLBTQ, international students, students of minority background, etc.)
  • Develop and implement diversity education programs, workshops and lectures, to create a culture of diversity with KCAI staff, students and faculty.
  • Maintain regular contact with the exchange/mobility coordinator at all college and universities with whom KCAI has current international exchange and AICAD Mobility agreements.
  • Work to develop and implement a strategic plan aimed at the development of a comprehensive study abroad program, which includes the expansion of study abroad opportunities, funding opportunities, and scholarships for KCAI students.
  • Assist students coming to KCAI through exchange agreements, both international and domestic.
  • Serve as KCAI’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Study Abroad Advisor and Fulbright Program Advisor.
  • Direct the planning, development, and implementation of an international marketing campaign.
  • Direct the planning, development, and implementation of an international non-immigrant student recruitment effort, in partner with the admissions department's standard operating procedures.
  • Conduct international recruitment-related activities and all necessary follow-up with prospective international students.
  • Counsel, interview and conduct portfolio reviews with prospective students.
  • Meet numerical goals for international applicants and matriculates established by KCAI and admissions department annually.
  • Construct, maintain and update presentations appropriate to international and diversity recruitment needs.
  • Prepare all reports in a timely manner, including travel-related reports.
  • Provide international student services, including advising on immigration and student visa issues, and acculturation issues.
  • Ensure KCAI’s compliance to the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System, Department of Homeland Security and other federal regulations related to the matriculation of international non-immigrant students. Maintain status as either Principal Designated School Official or Designated School Official for SEVIS. 
  • Facilitate academic support for international non-immigrant students by making appropriate referrals to other KCAI staff members as appropriate.
  • Act as advocate for international student population and monitor that students are complying with immigration requirements, assuring institutional compliance with government regulations.
  • Maintain confidentialities as appropriate.
  • Keep professional expertise current in the area of responsibility.
  • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor and/or the president.
 
Required knowledge, skills and qualifications include:
  • Bachelor’s degree in art, education or related field; master’s degree preferred.
  • Knowledge of art disciplines and history and critical aspects of aesthetic judgment.
  • Working experience with study abroad, global education or international student affairs; experience in higher education administration; or student affairs or admissions experience.
  • Ability to interact and work successfully with other KCAI personnel, parents, students, high school and community college teachers and administrators as one works to meet the college mission.
  • Ability to develop positive working relationships with faculty, staff and students.
  • Ability to inspire confidence and positively motivate as a team player.
  • Knowledge of studying or living abroad; knowledge of foreign language preferred.
  • Ability to travel approximately 10 percent of the time, domestic and international.
  • Knowledge of and effective use of organization and time management.
  • Knowledge of and extensive use of the computer and projector.
  • Ability to effectively utilize a contact management database.
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds and transfer short distances.
  • Ability to hear normal audio levels of speaking whether in person or over the phone.
  • Ability to speak and communicate clearly in order to accurately convey information in person or by phone.
  • Strong written and public speaking skills.
  • Pleasant, courteous and professional attitude and presence/appearance.
  • Ability to work under the pressure of deadlines.
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision, to begin projects independently, and to bring projects to conclusion on a timely basis. 
Interested candidates should apply by June 20, 2014. To apply, please send a PDF document containing a cover letter with salary requirements; your resume; a brief personal statement regarding your approach to recruiting and supporting international students; and a list of 3three professional references to DiversityInternational414@kcai.edu.
 
The Kansas City Art Institute is an equal opportunity employer.