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South Dakota State University
International Affairs
South Dakota
Posted: 04/28/2021
International Admissions Coordinator


Brookings, South Dakota


This position is accountable to the Director of International Admissions within the Office of International Affairs. This is a 12-month, full-time, benefits-eligible, non-faculty exempt position.


South Dakota State University (SDSU) is seeking an International Admissions Coordinator to join the International Admissions team within the Office of International Affairs (OIA). The International Admissions Coordinator will be an energetic and nimble professional who thrives in a fast-paced, deadline-driven, and growth-minded work environment. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing a comprehensive communication plan for prospective, applied, and accepted students; evaluating admissibility of international undergraduate applicants and maintaining accurate application files for each applied and accepted student; and being an active and impactful enrollment management team member. Working in conjunction with the Director of International Admissions and a Program Assistant, the International Admissions Coordinator will play a key role in increasing and sustaining SDSU’s international student population.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations, and actively seeks to increase social and intellectual diversity among its faculty and staff. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not available for this position.


· Develop and manage a comprehensive and effective communication plan for prospective, applied, and accepted international students;

· Maintain proactive communication and workflows that support students through each enrollment stage;

· Provide prompt and accurate responses to external constituents and enquiries, including prospective students, their families, recruitment agencies, partner institutions, and the like;

· Manage student files and databases (Banner, ImageNow, CRM, etc.) with high level of organization and attention to detail;

· Evaluate application documents to determine admissibility and eligibility for scholarships;

· Process admissions documents, including financial documents, in accordance with US CFRs for F-1 students with high level of accuracy and efficiency;

· Take part in creating a smooth enrollment and matriculation communication flow and process for incoming international undergraduate students in conjunction with OIA colleagues and key campus offices;

· Collaborate with Director of International Admissions and other colleagues on creating, updating, and distributing marketing materials to external constituents and partners; and,

· Represent the university at recruitment events nationally, internationally, and virtually as assigned.


· Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Public Relations, Communications, International Affairs/Relations, Foreign Language, or a related field;

· At least one year of experience in sales or marketing, student advising or support, education technology sector, or a related area;

· Basic understanding of English proficiency tests and admissions requirements;

· Familiarity with foreign educational systems and credentials;

· Ability to identify resources and opportunities to increase efficiency;

· Demonstrated understanding of student advising principles;

· Effective oral and written communication and interpersonal skills;

· Knowledge of or experience working with CRMs;

· Must be a US citizen or permanent resident as mandated by US federal regulations pertaining to Designated Schools Officials under Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) rules;

· Must possess a valid driver’s license and a valid passport and be able and willing to travel domestically and internationally.


· Master’s degree;

· At least one year of experience working in a comprehensive international education office or in an international admissions unit at a public university;

· Experience working or studying in a foreign country for an extended period of time;

· Experience with student information systems or other business software solutions;

· Basic familiarity with US regulations pertaining to F-1 visas; and,

· NAFSA credential evaluation or similar professional training.


Commensurate with qualifications.


South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.


South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students.

SDSU offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation, and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity, and excellence through continuous improvement.

The Office of International Affairs (OIA) is the comprehensive home for international students and scholars services, international undergraduate admissions, study abroad planning for faculty and students and community connections programs. All services and activities are intended to help enrich the experiences of international students and scholars on campus and to help expand global engagement for students, faculty and staff.

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the university is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.

SDSU was recognized as one of 54 institutions in the United States as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in 2014. The university’s total research expenditures are greater than $60 million. SDSU is the state’s first High Research Activity institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Jackrabbits Athletics competes as an NCAA Division I member with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. rates Brookings as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals, and retirees. It considers Brookings among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.

The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school and a high school.

The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center, and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.


Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by May 19, 2021.


SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.” This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, resume, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.

It is the policy of the University to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14.

For questions on the position, contact Briana Litz, search committee chair, at 605-688-4122 or

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students. Women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and minorities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status, or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Administration 318, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.