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Director, Tufts International Center
Tufts University

Date Posted Nov. 27, 2023
Title Director, Tufts International Center
University Tufts University
Medford, MA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Student Affairs


The International Center provides immigration assistance, advice, and intercultural programming to international undergraduate and graduate students and international faculty/research scholars across Tufts University. The Center is authorized by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the US Department of State (DOS) to issue non-immigrant visa documentation. The staff works to ensure that students, faculty/scholars are in legal status while either studying or working at Tufts. Additionally, the staff works to ensure that individuals have a productive, successful academic or work and personal experience at Tufts University.

What You'll Do

The Director oversees the operation and management of the Tufts International Center, with offices at both the Medford / Somerville and Boston Health Sciences campuses, to provide non-immigrant visa services to over 2,500 international students, scholars and faculty members. The Director is responsible for immigration policy and compliance issues involving the US Department of Homeland Security, Department of State and Department of Labor. The Director coordinates University sponsorship of employees for permanent residence. Ensures a safe and welcoming environment for all international students, faculty and staff. The Director also manages International Center budget and staff, ensuring appropriate training and performance development. 


Essential Functions: 

  • Provides leadership and represents the International Center across all Tufts University schools and campuses with regard to immigration policies, ensuring development and application of consistent standards for non-immigrant and immigrant visa sponsorship of international students, scholars, and employees, especially in the areas of F-1, J-1, H-1B, and permanent residence.
  • Responsible for the operation and management of International Center, including oversight of the area budget. Manages and supervises Center staff ensuring performance planning, professional development and training. Oversees other operational and personnel related matters as needed.
  • Serves as Principal Designated School Official (PDSO) responsible for F-1 program management with the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), and Responsible Officer (RO) for J-1 program management with the Department of State, ensuring institutional compliance and recertification of F-1 / J-1 program eligibility. Provides training and guidance to International Center staff serving as Designated School Officials (DSOs) and Alternate Responsible Officers (AROs).
  • Oversees procurement and management of systems and protocols for immigration record keeping, data collection, record retention, and statistical reporting on University’s international population.
  • Works with appropriate University offices and entities, such as Advancement / Alumni relations, to foster programs and initiatives to encourage alumni support and resource development for International Center programs and services.
  • Develops collaborative relationships with campus partners in designing and implementing programs to facilitate and support cultural adjustment and well-being of international students at Tufts. Advocates for the mental/physical health and cultural adjustment/well-being of students, scholars and faculty members throughout their tenure at Tufts.


What We're Looking For

Basic Requirements:

  • Knowledge and skills as typically acquired through completion of Master’s Degree or equivalent
  • 8-10 years of related experience
  • Demonstrated Inclusion and Diversity experience; excellent cross-cultural communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience in finance and budget management
  • Demonstrated student affairs experience
  • Strong leadership and management skills and experience
  • Expertise in interpreting immigration regulations across student and employment regulatory areas

Special Work Schedule Requirements:

  • Some evening and weekend work is required.

Pay Range

Minimum $102,400.00, Midpoint $128,050.00, Maximum $153,700.00

Salary is based on related experience, expertise, and internal equity; generally, new hires can expect pay between the minimum and midpoint of the range.

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