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Michigan State University
International Studies and Programs
East Lansing
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Posted: 06/1/2018
Director, Office for International Students and Scholars

Director, Office for International Students and Scholars

Michigan State University, recognized internationally as one of the world’s major research universities and a leader in global engagement, invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of the Office for International Students and Scholars.

The Office for International Students and Scholars

The Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) provides support to Michigan State University’s more than 8,000 international students, faculty, staff and scholars, as well as their families.

Support services include:

  • Advising on and facilitating compliance with U.S. immigration regulations.

  • Conducting orientations and other special programming that help international students and scholars integrate into and adjust to the academic, cultural and social life of MSU.

  • Serving as a liaison with U.S. government agencies, foreign embassies, sponsors and educational foundations. .

  • Contributing to the internationalization of MSU by providing opportunities for growth through intercultural engagement for students, faculty, staff and the community.

For more information on the office, visit

Position Priorities

Reporting to the Associate Provost and Dean for International Studies and Programs, the Director will lead best practices and initiatives of OISS for all international students, scholars and family members at MSU. Success in the role will be achieved through focus on and achievement of the identified priorities below:

Leadership and Staff Development

The Director will oversee a team of approximately 20 dedicated and talented professionals. The staff will look to the Director for strategic leadership and management of the office, guidance in best practices and advocacy for OISS within MSU and beyond. Working collaboratively with staff and partners across campus, the Director will set clear and measurable priorities and directions for the office. The Director will support the team and division through continued opportunity in professional development and career advancement.

Partnership Development and Campus Advocacy

The Director will serve as a key liaison between the University and the greater mid-Michigan community, state, federal and foreign governments, as well as agencies and educational foundations that sponsor international students. On campus, the Director will assist academic and student service units, University leadership and colleagues across all levels of the University to identify areas of cooperation and opportunities for advancement of international student and scholar success. The Director will collaborate with key stakeholders to create programs and initiatives that best support an interculturally competent and inclusive campus and community environment. The successful candidate will offer a student-centered approach and possess the ability to prioritize and address needs of international students, scholars and families in a personable and tactful manner.

Administration and Regulatory Compliance

The Director will be a globally minded, interculturally competent, entrepreneurial and skilled administrator. They will serve as a campus expert and leading advisor in the facilitation of and compliance with U.S. immigration regulations. The Director will explore and lead the development of technological solutions to aid the flow of information leading to data-informed decisions within the division and across the University. The Director will offer a strategic and analytical approach to the operations of the division and support of campus-wide initiatives surrounding campus internationalization.

Contribution to the Internationalization of MSU

The Director will seek and provide opportunities for growth through continual inter-cultural interactions among all MSU community members. They will research and implement best practices to ensure the transition and success of international students, faculty, staff and scholars as valued contributors to the MSU experience and internationalization of the campus community. The Director will work collaboratively with campus constituents to ensure international students’ academic and personal success and safety as a member of the MSU community. The Director will engage the Academic Advancement Network to facilitate academic success of international faculty, staff, and administrators.



Financial Management

The Director will oversee the management of several budgets (e.g., general funds, scholarships, external program funding and resources earmarked for sponsored students) totaling $1.5 million. In addition, the Director will be an advocate for the office to ensure the fair and equitable distribution of funds to support international student and scholar success at MSU.

Desired Personal and Professional Qualities

The Director will be an innovative leader, with a deep understanding of the legal and compliance issues pertaining to international students, faculty, staff and scholars and demonstrated experience facilitating their success in academic settings. Demonstrating advanced intercultural competence, the Director will have the skills and experience necessary to advance MSU’s standards of excellence in global and intercultural education.

Specific requirements for the position include:

  • Master’s Degree is required, terminal degree appropriate to the candidate’s field preferred.

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in developing and managing university international student/scholar programs.

  • Minimum of 5 years in a leadership position with programmatic and fiscal oversight.

Other desirable personal and professional qualities include:

  • Understanding of planning and management in a complex, decentralized research university.

  • Record of success furthering diversity, inclusion and intercultural understanding.

  • Experience in consensus-building, problem-solving, innovative thinking, and program building skills.

  • Demonstrated commitment to enhancing the international student and scholar experience, inclusion and success.

  • Commitment to collegial decision-making and management, while exemplifying integrity, leadership, accountability, and concern for the collective good.

  • Strong interpersonal, cross-cultural, and communication skills that support effective collaborations across campus and beyond.

  • Strong knowledge of U.S. immigration law, in particular as it relates to students, staff, and visiting scholars.

  • Experience effectively and sensitively managing difficult and crisis situations.

Application Procedures

The position is posted online at MSU’s employment website. Application materials including a curriculum vitae and a cover letter describing your interest in the position with an emphasis on your experience and philosophical approach(es) to international education, diversity, and inclusion must be submitted at posting 508054. Please send all confidential nominations and inquiries to

Susan VanGilder, Partner

Beth McCarthy, Associate

Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LP

University Overview

Founded in 1855, Michigan State University is the nation’s pioneer land‐grant university and one of the nation’s top research universities. MSU is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) and external funding for research totaled $596 million in 2016-2017. Offering nationally ranked academic, residential college, and service learning programs, the University is ranked among the Top 100 Universities in the World (US News and World Report). More than 200 programs of study are offered through 17 colleges to a diverse and inclusive academic community, which in fall 2017 included 38,996 undergraduate, 11,023 graduate and professional graduate and professional students from all 83 counties in Michigan, all 50 states in the United States, and more than 138 other countries. MSU employs 5,666 faculty and academic staff and approximately 7,115 support staff. The 5,200‐acre campus is located in East Lansing, three miles east of Michigan’s capitol in Lansing. The University General Fund Budget for 2017-2018 is $1,343,500,000 and the MSU Endowment at the end of the 2015/16 fiscal year was valued at $2.3 billion. Currently engaged in Empower Extraordinary, The Campaign for Michigan State University, the University surpassed the goal of $1.5 billion in fall 2017.


Michigan State University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.

The University is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity, and actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.