Assistant / Associate Director of International Student Compliance

  • Northfield, Minnesota, United States, 55057
  • Staff

About the Role:

Do you enjoy working with college students from different places around the globe? Are you organized and detail orientated? The Taylor Center for Equity and Inclusion provides a necessary gateway to global engagement and serves as a strategic partner in creating an internationally progressive learning environment at St. Olaf.

The Assistant Director of International Student Compliance position will provide student support to international students from all over the world to ensure they have the services needed to succeed. You will also serve as the college’s Principal Designated School Officials (PDSO) and Responsible Officers (RO) for F-1 and J-1 student immigration compliance and advising.

What You’ll Do:

This position is to serve as the principal compliance officer for students studying on an F-1 or J-1 visa. Another part of this role is working directly with students, serving as an advisor, assisting with post-graduate plans, and serving as a student advocate. This includes orientations, training, and other needed programming for students. Also, you’ll select, train, support, monitor, and coordinate campus Designated School Officials (DSOs) and Alternate Responsible Officers (AROs).

Who You Are:

You’re a great fit if you have:

• A Bachelor’s Degree
• Maintain a valid driver’s license and meet St. Olaf College driver authorization criteria with a satisfactory driving record
• 3 + years of professional experience within a higher education setting, or relevant experience
• Experience working with diverse and/or international students, developing programs and events, cross-cultural, and/or multi-cultural experience
• PDSO/RO experience and/or training working with SEVIS -- U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency status is required to serve as PDSO and RO

A helpful background includes:

• A Master’s Degree in higher education, student personnel, international education or equivalent
• 5+ years of demonstrated experience in a higher education setting working with international student life programs and services
• 2+ years of DSO/PDSO and ARO/RO experience and understanding of immigration regulations (F1/J1 visas, CPT/OPT, DACA)

Skills and attributes we are looking for:

• You work productively as an individual and collaborate well with a diverse range of people.
• You are able to problem-solve a variety of situations and remain calm during difficult situations.
• You are able to pay attention to detail in the context of the bigger picture and be creative by proposing ideas and finding new and better ways of doing things.
• You have the ability and willingness to support, respect, and commit to embracing the diverse backgrounds, values, and points of view to build a strong and inclusive community including faculty, staff, students, and constituents.

Please review the job description here:


Who We Are:

Founded in 1874, St. Olaf College is a residential, coeducational liberal arts college with approximately 3,000 students and 800 faculty and staff employees. The college is located on a picturesque 300-acre campus in Northfield, Minnesota, a vibrant, restored, historic river town of 20,000 located 45 minutes south of culturally rich and diverse Minneapolis and St. Paul. 

The college offers an academically rigorous, nationally ranked liberal arts education that fosters the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit and emphasizes learning in an inclusive and globally engaged community. We encourage applications from candidates committed to multicultural understanding and the enrichment of our diverse community.

The college offers a comprehensive benefits package including a 9% company retirement match, company monthly contributions to a retirement healthcare account, company contributions to eligible employee’s health savings account, significant tuition discount (up to 80% off) at ACM and ELCA colleges and universities for employee’s children, and generous paid time off. For a full review of benefit offerings, see the summary of the benefits program here:

To provide a safe and secure educational environment, St. Olaf College verifies the accuracy of all credentials presented by applicants and conducts a criminal background check on every new hire.


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St. Olaf College requires all employees to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccination, as defined by the CDC. You may request an accommodation. Compliance with St. Olaf's COVID-19 policy is a condition of employment. Under current guidelines, "up to date" means one updated (bivalent) booster, which became available on September 7, 2022. If and when this guidance changes, employees will be required to get additional boosters as indicated by CDC guidelines.


St. Olaf College is an equal employment opportunity and voluntary affirmative action employer.  The College is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our community.  With regard to its hiring and employment practices, the College prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment based upon an individual’s legally protected status including race, color, creed, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, marital status, veteran status, or status with regard to public assistance.


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Title IX Contact Information:
Pamela McDowell, Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator
1520 St. Olaf Avenue, Tomson Hall 180
Northfield, MN 55057

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