The Coordinator of International Student Services advises F-1 and J-1 international students on matters of immigration and personal adjustment, and coordinates programs and activities. Reporting to the Class Dean, this individual serves as a Principal Designated School Official (PDSO) and Responsible Officer (RO) in the area of international student services within the Department of Student Affairs.


  • A Bachelor's degree and experience working with international students in higher education. A master's degree with similar experience is preferred.
  • Frequent evening and weekend hours are required.
  • Familiarity with SEVIS, Terra Dotta, student visas, and Department of Homeland Security immigration regulations.
  • Strong interpersonal and intercultural communication skills, both oral and written.
  • The ability to speak a second language is preferred.


  • Advise international students on a variety of matters including immigration and visa regulations, cultural adjustment, personal matters, financial concerns, and university procedures. Conduct individual conferences with students.
  • Help international students with visa-related documents including travel signatures, extensions, reduced course loads, CPT and OPT among others.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident in order to serve as a Designated School Official (PDSO) and a Responsible Officer (RO) as required by federal regulations.
  • Plan, conduct, and evaluate orientation programs and workshops for international students.
  • Coordinate cultural programs and activities to enhance global understanding on campus.
  • Work with the International Peer Mentors to organize activities for new international students.
  • Advise and coach international students struggling academically.
  • Member of committees relating to multicultural, international, and student affairs issues as assigned.
  • Prepare and distribute periodic communication media for international students. Update International Services Office portal pages.
  • Work with faculty to bring in J-1 scholars for teaching and research purposes.

We offer exceptional benefits including, but not limited to the following:

  • Generous Vacation, Sick and Personal Time
  • Winter Recess Break in Addition to Paid Holidays
  • Healthcare, Dental, and Vision Insurance (Flexible Spending and Dependent Care Accounts)
  • Free On-Campus Fitness Facility Access and Discounts for On-Campus Wellness Programs
  • Employee Scholarships toward Certifications, Seminars, Training and Professional Development
  • Pre and Post Tax participation in a 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • Salary Continuation Program in the event of Disability
  • Tuition Assistance Program for Employee, Spouse and/or Dependents

Note: All new hires of Union College are subject to a thorough education, work experience, and criminal history background check.

Union College

Officially chartered in 1795, Union College is the fifth oldest liberal arts college in the country. Located in the Capital District of New York State, Union is a highly selective residential and undergraduate college, home to 2,200 students and 220 faculty, and offering 44 majors. Union was the first liberal arts college to rethink the traditional liberal arts education and adopt an engineering curriculum. That pioneering approach continues today with an education that encourages students to work beyond the limits of disciplinary boundaries, allowing them to think globally and lead innovatively in a world where problem solving requires breadth across humanities, arts, social sciences, science, and engineering.

Diversity at Union College

Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Increasing diversity on campus is a critical priority for Union, one that is integral to our mission of preparing students for a globally interconnected world. Union provides a blend of intellectual, social and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social and personal development of a diverse community. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin and veteran status. Union College is committed to providing access and will provide reasonable accommodation in its application process to individuals with disabilities that request such accommodations.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Union College will not discriminate in the recruitment or selection of faculty and employees, or in any other area of employment, on the basis of age, sex, race, national origin, religion, religious belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and veteran status. In this regard, opportunities for advancement will be made available without bias. The College is also subject to state and federal laws, supports efforts to attract and retain fully qualified women and other minority group members for faculty and other positions. Union College will comply with the letter and intent of all State and Federal laws and applicable orders pursuant to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action.

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