The Center for International Student Access at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA is seeking an Assistant Director/Student Development Coordinator to support the growing number of international freshmen and first-year graduate students enrolling in the ACCESS & BRIDGE programs, which grant “provisional” admission for one academic year. This position will focus on coordinating professional student advising mechanisms and procedures, monitoring student academic progress using technological resources, designing student development resources especially designed for international students, organizing transition course instructional resources and assessment, and teaching one section of each course. The assistant director will also act as the center’s senior student success advisor by counseling international students one-on-one and in groups, participating in co-curricular programming and activities, and mentoring other student success advisors.
In general, this position will regularly interface with faculty, staff, administrators and collaborators across the university. Other responsibilities include: overseeing and participating in many special projects as part of the overall continued growth and development of the center’s exciting programs. Due to the student-centered nature of the position, evening and weekend activities will frequently occur.
Anticipated start date: June 1, 2012.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s Degree required, preferably in College Student Personnel, Higher Education, Counseling. Significant teaching and academic advising experience, achievement in student success program management, as well as strong intercultural communication skills are also required. Special consideration will be given to individuals with a TESL certification and/or experience teaching international students in higher education settings. Successful applicants will demonstrate the following:
- Strong organizational, structural, planning, and leadership skills;
- High quality academic, lesson planning, and curriculum development skills;
- Learning outcomes assessment and course evaluation experience;
- A proficiency with computer applications and ability to use technology effectively to enhance the student experience;
- Experience teaching first-year experience courses or offering developmental academic advising and;
- Cultural expertise, ability to fluently speak at least one language other than English and/or experience abroad;
- An ability to function independently and as a member of a team in a constantly changing environment; and
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
ABOUT THE CENTER: The Center for International Student Access endeavors to be a resource and advocate for international student academic needs. The Center will accomplish this by providing developmental support and acculturation to Western educational styles in a manner that both respects and celebrates individual student culture and epistemology and prepares students for personal and academic success. Working in close partnership with Mason’s academic departments and the English Language Institute, the Center’s mission is to combine the best elements of teaching excellence in the areas of prescriptive English academic language support, customized general education courses and programming, and specialized student support services to create distinctive programs for students with international backgrounds.
TO APPLY: For full consideration, applicants must apply online at http://jobs.gmu.edu for position #: FA84Bz; complete the faculty application; and upload a cover letter, C.V. or resume, and a list of three references with their contact information.