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2016 International Student Orientation Program (ISOP) Graduate Coordinator Position Application

Multicultural Affairs is looking for a Graduate Student Coordinator for the undergraduate International Student Orientation Program (ISOP). Supporting the Director of Education, Outreach and International Student Support, the Coordinator is responsible for planning, devising, and managing components of ISOP for Summer 2016. This position plays an integral role in managing ISOP logistics, shaping a positive orientation experience for new students and student orientation leaders, and preparing new international students to achieve a successful beginning to their Columbia University career. You must have experience in intercultural learning and a desire to help international students adjust to life on campus and New York City. Experience in higher education and international student support is highly desirable. Applications submitted by 9:00 a.m. on Monday, February 15 will be given priority consideration. The position will be open until filled.

Responsibilities for Coordinators

  • Meet weekly with professional staff during the Spring 2015 semester and summer to manage ISOP logistics.
  • Take lead on components of ISOP operations, such as selecting incoming students for ISOP, organizing activities and schedule for ISOP, managing financial and organizational responsibilities, and other required duties for successful implementation of program.
  • Starting mid-April (start date negotiable), work up to 25 hours a week during the 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. time frame until July 29, 2016 (exclusive of vacation time).
  • Starting August 1, 2016, work full-time (40 hours/week) until August 30, 2016.
  • Plan all required OL (Orientation Leader) training sessions (August 23 & 24, 2016).
  • Work remotely in September to compile ISOP program and learning outcome evaluation data analysis. 
  • Keep accurate records of all ISOP planning and event notes.
  • Assist with ISOP program and learning outcome evaluation data analysis. Attend debrief meetings after ISOP.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Graduate student enrolled in one of the Columbia graduate programs with a special focus in intercultural communication, higher education, international education, TESOL/applied Linguistics, or multicultural counseling. (Graduate students who plan to graduate in May 2016 are not eligible to apply for this position.)
  • Effective intercultural communication skills and sensitivity in working with students from diverse backgrounds
  • Experience in writing diversity training curriculum  
  • Experience in facilitating intercultural dialogues 
  • Ability to proactively solve problems and take initiative to assist professional staff to improve quality of orientation
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member
  • Ability to manage undergraduate team of OLs
  • Ability to videotape and edit videos 
  • Excellent leadership, communication, time management and listening skills
  • Demonstrate good self-awareness and willingness to learn and improve throughout the orientation planning process
  • Ability to exhibit grace under pressure

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior leadership experiences that are related to international education, intercultural communication and social justice education
  • Prior experience with international student support/ESL student support  
  • Extensive experience in writing intercultural communication workshop curriculum
  • Extensive experience in facilitating intercultural dialogues
  • Experience working with high school and undergraduate student population 
  • Proficiency in more than one language
  • Experience living in another culture for more than 6 months
  • Experience assisting professional staff with intercultural learning outcome assessment

Compensation for ISOP Graduate Coordinator

  • A stipend of $4,000 (paid in 4 payments; each payment is $1,000)

The ISOP Graduate Coordinator is eligible to take up to 10 days off during the months of June and July with prior approval.

For questions about this position, please contact Chia-Ying Pan, Director of Education, Outreach and International Student Support at ISOP@columbia.edu.

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