Senior International Student Advisor - Enrollment & Retention - 13804 - INTERNAL POSTING


The Division of Enrollment and Retention seeks an International Student Advisor.


The Senior International Student Advisor is a 12-month, full-time position that reports to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment and Retention. The individual will work as a team member in a fast-paced workplace focused on customer service providing support to students.

The Senior International Student Advisor (ISA) will serve as Principal Designated School Official (PDSO) and Responsible Officer (RO) for the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater and, in that capacity, will be a liaison to the Department of Homeland Security, Department of State and other federal agencies and offices as deemed appropriate through SEVIS or other reporting methods. The Senior ISA will work with campus departments (iCIT and Admissions) to ensure technology is sufficient to reporting to SEVIS.

The Senior ISA will serve as the liaison to state-run programs (i.e. Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission). The Senior ISA will work to develop new programs (i.e. International Scholars, UMEA), will add new programs on the I-17 listing, and screen new agreements with agents, agencies, or campuses and provide appropriate feedback within the university.

The Senior ISA will work closely with other staff to provide support and advising to international students by assisting with intercultural programming (orientation, cultural and other trips). The Senior ISA will assist with recruitment and admission of international students, both degree-seeking and Intensive English Program students. The Senior ISA will serve as a resource for international students and liaison for students and scholars to student affairs units to help solve problems.


Required Qualifications:

  • Earned Bachelor’s degree.
  • Minimum of one year working in International Student Affairs or related areas.
  • Ability to relate well to individuals from diverse cultural, social, and educational backgrounds.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and communication skills including strong writing ability, presentation skills, and ability to communicate with non-native speakers of English.
  • Experience using databases.
  • Prior work developing and managing programs.
  • U.S. Citizen or lawful permanent resident as required by federal regulations for those fulfilling the DSO and ARO duties.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Fluency in one or more second languages.
  • Three or more years full-time experience in international admissions and/or international student services.
  • Familiarity with student information systems, particularly PeopleSoft.
  • Demonstrated cultural competency, especially the ability to communicate in a culturally appropriate manner.

The following examples of duties and responsibilities illustrate the general range of tasks assigned to the position, but are not intended to define the limits of required duties. Other essential duties may be assigned consistent with the general scope of the position.
  1. Serve in the role of the Principal Designated School Official (PDSO) and Responsible Officer (RO) for the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. Serve as a liaison to the Department of Homeland Security, Department of State and other federal agencies and offices.
  2. Submit appropriate paperwork to SEVIS in a timely and accurate manner by working with campus departments (iCIT and Admissions) to ensure technology is sufficient to report.
  3. Add new programs on I-17 listings.
  4. Serve as the liaison to state-run programs (i.e. Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission, Brazil Scientific Mobility Program, etc).
  5. Review new agreements with agents, agencies, or campuses and provide appropriate feedback within the university.
  6. Develop new programs (i.e. International Scholars, UMEA, interns, etc).
  7. Assist with incoming student orientation for new international students.
  8. Assist with and participate in regional cultural trips and on-campus events for international students.
  9. Serve as a campus resource and advisor to enrolled international students.
  10. Participate in professional organizations, conferences and workshops when appropriate.
  11. Additional duties as assigned.

UW-Whitewater (http://www.uww.edu) is the largest regional comprehensive university within the UW System and enjoys a reputation as a high quality residential campus located near the scenic Kettle Moraine State Forest in southeastern Wisconsin. UW-W is situated on 400 acres of land and has an annual budget of more than $219 million. UW-W is located in the community of Whitewater, which has 14,622 residents and is within convenient driving distance to the metropolitan areas of Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago. The university enrolls more than 12,000 students in 50 majors housed within four academic colleges. UW-Whitewater also offers 16 master’s degrees and a Doctorate in Business Administration. The university’s strategic plan can be found at: http://www.uww.edu/strategic-plan. It has a special mission within the UW System to serve students with disabilities and, as such, embraces the principles of university design and is one of the most accessible campuses in the state. UW-Whitewater is a Division III NCAA university and member of WIAC (http://wiacsports.com). The campus has over 200 student organizations and is a vital economic engine for southeastern Wisconsin.

UW-W is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, building a diverse faculty and staff with expertise and interest in serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive and understanding ways. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 26-campus University of Wisconsin System (https://www.wisconsin.edu).

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment.

The University of Wisconsin - Whitewater requires that all employees be active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.

For UW-W Campus safety information and crime statistics/annual Security Report, see http://www.uww.edu/asfr. If you would like a paper copy of the report please contact the UW-Whitewater Police at 262-472-4660.


UW-Whitewater embraces AAC&U’s LEAP principles (http://www.uww.edu/leap) and emphasizes student, staff and faculty participation in High-Impact Practices (https://www.aacu.org/resources/high-impact-practices). The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (http://www.uww.edu/orsp) provides support for faculty scholarly and creative activities as well as other opportunities to apply for reassigned time and/or other resources to support research activities. UW-Whitewater faculty and staff also have access to technology transfer and research resources provided by WiSys (https://www.wisys.org).


Applications received by December 21, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. Application materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment, or if you are not able to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at 262-472-1024 or hrstudent@uww.edu.

For questions regarding the position please contact:

Matt Aschenbrener
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment and Retention


Only complete application packages will be considered. A complete application includes online submission of the following documents:
  • A letter of application addressing the qualifications for the position
  • a resume
  • contact information for 3 - 5 references.
To Apply and submit these documents please visit www.uww.edu. Click on the Employment link located at the bottom of the page, then click on the UW-Whitewater Careers link at the top of the next page.

This Job ID is 13804.