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Associate Director; International Student Compliance - Financial Aid & Compliance


Azusa, CA
ID: S447


APU seeks employees who desire to contribute to our thriving culture by cultivating community through professional interactions, demonstrating a posture of lifelong learning, and modeling Christ-like character. Working together, employees at APU commit to establishing a university atmosphere that is edifying to God and one another.


The main function of this position is to lead the international student compliance office by developing, maintaining, and executing policy in matters of compliance pertaining to international: admission, immigration, and finances. This person will also provide advice to the University and non-US resident/citizen prospective/enrolled/recently graduated students connected to APU (undergraduate, graduate, ALCI) in matters related to immigration compliance. This person is responsible for ensuring the detailed accuracy of the documentation vital to having international students and faculty study/research at APU. 


This position is responsible to represent the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) as a Principal Designated School Official (PDSO) on behalf of Azusa Pacific University.  In addition, this position serves as the Responsible Officer for the US State Department’s Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).


 Required Education and Licensure

  • Bachelor's degree required, Master's degree preferred.
  • Certification as Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) for Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) through the Department of Homeland Security.


Required Experience

  • Five to seven years of supervisory experience
  • Three years minimum experience as a university DSO
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a diverse environment
  • Must be a citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the United States


 Primary Duties/Essential Functions

  • Leads the International Student Compliance Office.
  • Trains and monitors adherence to compliance of all DSOs within the university.
  • Responsible liaison between APU and US Immigration Services (INS) - as the Principal Designated School Official (PDSO) and the US Dept. of State as the Responsible Officer for the Exchange Visitor Program in order to:
    • Ensure that international students are in legal status during their studies.
    • Ensure that compliance with all current US government regulations pertaining to F-1 and J-1 status students and Exchange Visitors.
  • Functions as a US CIS Designated School and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) for the U.S. State Dept.
  • Student advisor for all nonimmigrant alien categories who wish to study at APU.
  • Responsible to stay current on legal regulations and issues pertaining to international students/scholars and inform appropriate staff of current regulations.
  • Assist in student orientations and conducts workshops as needed.
  • Responsible to maintain institutional documentation archiving of the U.S. CIS and State department documents.
  • Serves as a liaison and mediator for international students with campus personnel, community members, agencies, and international governments on issues related to international students and their educational programs.
  • Works effectively with the Office of Admissions, Office of the Provost, and other institutional stakeholders. Ensure timely and effective customer service to all international students and
  • Oversees admissibility of all international students/scholars for all university programs.
  • Oversees the provision of necessary documentation to assist international students in their relationships with the University, US government agencies, foreign government agencies, national and foreign banks, and other academic institutions.
  • Committed to a Christ-centered, multicultural community that values diversity.
  • Support, affirm, and sustain the beliefs, values, and mission of the university in all facets of one's role and through the university's daily living expectations.
  • Responsible for daily electronic timekeeping as it applies to the scope of this position.
  • Regular, punctual attendance as required by the supervisor based on department needs.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the supervisor.



  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in the English language
  • Cross-cultural experience and understanding
  • Strong analytical skills with ability to pay attention to detail
  • Strong organizational skills w/ability to manage numerous tasks concurrently in a timely manner
  • Ability to be proactive, take initiative and learn independently
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to interact well with office staff to preserve a friendly, welcoming environment
  • Ability to maintain an attitude of flexibility
  • Must be collaborative and an effective team member and team builder.


 Mental Demands

  • In agreement with the purpose and goals of Azusa Pacific University in providing a Christian-based higher education for its students.
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Able to work under time pressure


Physical Demands

  • Requires repetitive motion and sitting at computer keyboard.
  • Hearing and speaking on the telephone.
  • Meetings may require walking and/or driving to various University locations.


Visual Demands

  • Computer monitor and reading.



  • Pleasant office setting, comfortable temperature.



  • Proficient in Google Apps., Microsoft Office, Word, and Excel.



  • Grade 13: $68,580 to $78,867 is the annual salary for this role and reflects what Azusa Pacific University reasonably expects to pay for this position. Actual compensation may vary based on the qualifications, experience, and internal equity. In addition to compensation, APU offers a competitive benefits package.


Azusa Pacific University is a Christ-centered, multicultural community that values and seeks faculty and staff who are committed to diversity, work effectively with diverse populations, and engage others in ways that honor our rich cultural mosaic and biblical foundation. Please click the links to learn more about 'what we believe', our 'mission statement', and our 'statement of faith'.


You can learn more about APU by watching the stories of faculty, staff, and alumni as they carry out our mission here:


Azusa Pacific University will conduct a background check on all final candidates.


Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled unless otherwise stated. Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


This position is located at 901 East Alosta Avenue, Azusa, CA. View the Google Map in full screen.