Global Education and Service Learning (GESL) Advisor, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY

Posted: 07/20/18 | SHARE:


The Global Education and Service Learning (GESL) Advisor will function as an integral member of the Global Education and Service Learning (GESL) experiential team by providing advising, support, and advocacy for the Center’s global education and service learning programs. The GESL Advisor will serve the needs of the College’s international student population – from the admissions process through acculturation, practical training – in their areas of academic preparation, and immigration status. The GESL Advisor will assist in the tracking and coordination of community-based service learning opportunities for faculty and students. And for all students, the GESL Advisor will support the College’s study abroad programs as needed. The GESL Advisor also will play a supporting role in general activities such as marketing, outreach, and additional duties as assigned, with some weekend work associated with special programming or events.


  • International Student Advising (50%)
    • Assess the needs of the College’s growing and changing international student population (F-1 Visa, permanent resident and dual citizen students), and address these needs through appropriate services and resources.
    • Provide access to services and resources for international students in the areas of immigration and other government regulations, financial matters, employment, healthcare, and concerns about cultural, language, academic, and personal adjustment.
    • Develop and offer educational programs for the campus community to enhance understanding and interaction between international and domestic students, to raise awareness about cultural differences, and to facilitate cross-cultural appreciation through shared experience.
    • Orient international students to the expectations, policies, and culture of the College, local region, New York State, and the country.
    • Assure institutional compliance with government regulations and procedures, including record-keeping and reporting; serve as Designated School Official (DSO) for purposes of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).
    • Interpret immigration policies to campus and local communities.
    • Collaborate with the Admissions Office to identify and recruit international students.
    • Collaborate with Academic Affairs units to retain and graduate international students, or to assist them in transferring to other institutions.
    • Serve as an advisor to the student-run International Club, assist with programming, and attend events.
    • Serve on committees that pertain to or affect international students.
    • Attend professional conferences when approved to do so.
  • Study and Work Abroad Advising (25%)
    • Assist in disseminating information and advising about the College’s administered, affiliated and non-affiliated programs abroad, including January Term, semester, summer, and year-long opportunities.
    • Assist in implementing study abroad policies and procedures, including preparing and administering materials, facilitating the application process, presenting in public forums, and communicating with on- and off-campus officials to resolve issues as they arise.
    • Assist in preparing and presenting information sessions, pre-departure orientations, and re-entry events for students and faculty.
    • Serve on committees that pertain to or affect study or work abroad.
    • Attend professional conferences when permitted to do so.
  • Community-Based Service Learning (CBSL) Advising (20%)
    • Establish data collection techniques to accurately measure CBSL activities at Hartwick.
    • Provide timely, consistent, and cordial communication with community partners who seek to engage Hartwick students, faculty, or staff in mutually beneficial projects.
    • Advise students individually and in groups on CBSL involvement through and across academic programs.
    • Participate in two CBSL advisory boards-one consisting of campus-based stakeholders, and one of community partners.
    • Assist students in identifying community organizations and projects of interest.
    • Maintain and update GESL databases and web site.
    • Assist the Director in:
      • offering information and training sessions for diverse CBSL constituents.
      • supervising and managing workload for CBSL Student Fellows.
      • creating and identifying appropriate resources to further CBSL efforts.
      • Communicate and, when appropriate, collaborate with the student-run Community Involvement and Volunteerism (CIV) office to promote and assess civic engagement efforts.
  • Other (5%)
    • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Global Education and Service Learning.
    • Participate in Commencement and other annual academic and admissions events.


Minimum requirements for this position are a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university plus three years of related experience, or Master’s degree plus one year of related experience.  Position requires experience volunteering with (or working for) one or more community agencies; highly developed oral and written communication skills, including experience giving presentations; and strong computer skills, especially with Microsoft Office software.

Preferred Qualifications for this position are a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university plus two years of related experience, and the following:

  • Experience working with college students and international students.
  • Experience using SEVIS.
  • Proficiency in at least one language other than English.
  • Significant experience traveling, studying, and/or working in diverse international locations.
  • Knowledge of the benefits and challenges of a liberal arts education.
  • Interest and experience in effective marketing and outreach to college students.
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office, especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; experience using databases; and experience using administrative software and content management systems.
  • Intermediate to advanced level of data management and analysis.


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