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Requisition Number 18-0041
Post Date 7/2/2018
Title Primary Designated School Officer (PDSO)
City Frederick
State MD

Under the general direction of the dean, the full-time Primary Designated School Officer (PDSO) supports the College’s current and incoming international students; provides support to and communicates directly with faculty program directors as it relates to visa, Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or Optional Practical Training (OPT) issues; supports international students, both undergraduate and graduate, through all phases of the visa process; and participates in the development of office policies, procedures, and promotional materials as they relate to international student recruitment and immigration. Must be available to work occasional evenings and weekends to accommodate special events such as open houses and commencement, as needed.


Primary Designated School Officer or PDSO (70%)

  • Where appropriate, communicates with international students on visa requirements, facilitates the processing of I-20- visa applications, and coordinates with the other Designated School Officers (DSOs) on campus.
  • Counsels, supports and advises individual multicultural students as appropriate and makes referrals.
  • Facilitates Immigration Naturalization Status (INS) compliance for international graduate and undergraduate students; monitors visa status changes, and administers paperwork.
  • Completes all SEVIS related on-line reporting and/or other student immigration processing for all visa status categories and changes (e.g., F-1, OPT/CPT, J1, H1B) for both undergraduate and graduate international students.
  • Orchestrates the Host Family Program for undergraduate international students.
  • Executes three annual orientations for international graduate students.
  • Executes three annual orientations for international undergraduate students.
  • Designs, delivers and assesses for continuous improvement F-1 workshops (e.g., exit, OPT, CPT workshops.
  • Assists other campus departments with international student services (e.g., Student Life, Career Center, Graduate School).
  • Organizes multi-cultural programming (e.g., Diwali, Chinese New Year, Holi, Nigerian Cultural Festival, Iftar Dinner).

International Recruitment (20%)

  • Collaborates with faculty program directors on international recruitment activities on- and off-campus.
  • Develops/maintains personal contact, and performs comprehensive follow-up strategies with prospective graduate students through various communication strategies.
  • Represents the Graduate School at international recruitment events both on and off campus, including open houses, information sessions, orientations, professional conferences and college fairs;
  • Researches, provides data, and offers suggestions for other types of international recruitment activity (including international recruitment) and related Graduate School best practices (marketing material, student services, etc.)
  • Assesses recruitment activities to strengthen international recruitment planning.

Special Projects (10%)

  • Provides research and data collection for international-student projects.
  • Assists in other special projects as assigned by the dean, including but not limited to: international student assistance, web and communication support and international community outreach, commencement activities, etc.
  • Actively participates in weekly staff meetings to ensure enrollment, marketing and other graduate school goals are addressed in a positive, timely manner.
  • Develops, updates and maintains office procedures on a regular basis, as part of the continuous improvement process in the office.
  • Participates in the development of new standard operating procedures and work flows.
  • Regularly reviews website, program sheets, and other material to ensure they are up-to-date, and reports needed changes to the dean.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s degree. Experience with admissions, advising, and/or marketing in higher education preferred. Must possess strong interpersonal, communication, organizational and quantitative skills. Prior DSO or PDSO designation and experience are required.

Language Skills

Excellent command of the English language. Ability to write reports and business correspondence. Ability to effectively present information and positively respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Technology Skills

Knowledge of or ability to learn SCT or other student database required. Working knowledge with the following software: Microsoft Office Suite and spreadsheets required. Ability to use the internet and electronic mail required.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to work with and apply basic mathematical concepts timely and accurately, either manually or by using a calculator.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to interpret a variety of complex policies and procedures to resolve problems and make decisions. Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Ability to hypothesize, draw conclusions, and support conclusions. Ability to work in theoretical arena and apply logic as appropriate.

To Apply

Qualified candidates are invited to apply on-line via our electronic application which requires submission of a cover letter, résumé and three professional references. When saving documents, all document titles related to your application should include your name and the job requisition number. (i.e. c.smith, 18-0041)

The electronic application is found at the end of the job description on the lower right hand side, "Apply On-line". If you need assistance with the on-line application process, please email or call (301) 696-3592.

Hood College is committed to diversity in its faculty and staff and subscribes to a policy of hiring only individuals legally eligible to work in the United States. EOE/AAP/M/F/Vet/Disability Employer

Hood College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, disability, religion, or age in recruitment, admission and access to, or treatment, or employment in its programs, services, benefits, or activities as required by applicable laws including Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and complies with the law regarding reasonable accommodation for disabled applicants and students. Inquiries about discrimination or reasonable accommodation should be referred to the Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator at Alumnae Hall, 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD. 21701 (AD 312), (301) 696-3592. For complete information on Hood College’s nondiscrimination policy, please visit

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