Associate Dean of Student Life and International Student Affairs  

Report to: Dean

Status:  Exempt

This position of Associate Dean of Student Life and International Student Affairs is instrumental in supporting our students and providing them a caring, compassionate, healthy environment in which to blossom and thrive. The position encourages our students to develop themselves and is a driving force in the many initiatives it takes to get students where they want to be.

The position supports programs and initiatives that foster well-being and increase knowledge of life skills, personal safety, and making good choices, as well as maintains a programming calendar which focuses on national monthly health observances, emerging health trends, cultural traditions and inclusivity, and intellectual and social needs of students. The position maintains a framework of standards and requirements to advise international students and is the primary contact for that segment of the Curtis student population.

Essential Functions:               

  •  International Student Advising
    • Thorough orientation for maintaining status in U.S., cultural adjustment, policies, ESL
    • Liaise with ESL instructor to monitor language acquisition progress
    • I-20 issuance and SEVIS compliance
    • SEVIS maintenance, including registering students each semester
    • General immigration advising re maintaining status, Department of State advisories
    • Employment advising for international students
      • Optional Practical Training (OPT) applications
      • Authorize Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
    • Long-term advising (desired future visa categories, e.g. O-1, permanent residency)
    • Referral to immigration lawyers, when necessary
    • Prepare and disseminate international student list to all staff at beginning of year
    • Sign student release requests and I-20 travel signatures


  • New Student Orientation and Enrollment
    • Manage and coordinate enrollment process communications for newly admitted students (required documents, web page content, orientation, new technologies)
    • Development, implementation, and assessment of all programs during welcome week which support new students orientation to Curtis and cultural adjustment
    • Recruit student leaders/ambassadors, enhance potential and skills, and provide opportunities for students to participate in orientation
    • Oversee planning and execution of leaders training, international advance program, parent program, welcome week activities, catering, space reservations, survey
    • Assemble speakers (sexual violence, alcohol and drug prevention, mental health, cultural adjustment, safety and security, facilitators for leader training)
    • Social Security Card applications, supporting documents and oversight for trip to social security office (center city)


  •  Communications (flyers, posters, email, social media, small groups)
    • New Student Orientation
    • Wellness – events, programs, tips, reminders, information on physical and emotional well-being, peer support, suicide prevention, sexual reproductive health, alcohol/drug abuse et al.
    • Weekly student life eblast to all students
    • Curtis policies, immigration rules and regulations, travel and employment, counseling, musician injury recovery and prevention
    • Compliance (sexual assault, Title IX, Code of Conduct and policies)


  • Health and Wellness
    • Management and oversight of relationships with external service providers
      • University of Pennsylvania Student Health Service (Penn SHS)
      • Curtis counseling team of 5 psychologists and 3 psychiatrists
      • Specialists, chiropractic services
    • Update and produce annual Student Wellness Guide (print and online)
    • Plan, coordinate injury prevention programs scheduled around large production performances (operas, Curtis Symphony Orchestra concerts)
    • Health Pre-Screening  (for new students)
      • Review immunization questionnaires for completeness
      • Coordinate health pre-screening appointments/required immunizations with Penn SHS
    • General preventative health care information dissemination
    • Plan and execute annual Wellness Day (health fair, morning fun run, programs, raffles)


  •  Academic Advisor for Younger/International/Diploma students
    • Initial advising for students/parents needing to set up elementary and secondary academic classes outside of Curtis
    • Regular weekly meetings with younger students to review and support their academic study
    • Periodic meetings with parents of younger students as needed
    • Regular contact with academic providers/administrators to monitor progress
    • GED/SAT/ESL and home schooling advising
    • Sign off on GED requests and program transfer applications
    • Proctor online course exams (U.S. younger students enrolled in online high school)
    • Coordinates requests to be excused from classes to attend or perform in master classes


  •  Host Program
    • Encourage and solicit students to be hosted, and recruit hosts for hosting and becoming members of the Friends of Curtis
    • Oversee application process and vetting of hosts
    • Coordinate with Advancement team responsible for Friends of Curtis
    • Gather and disseminate information to hosts and students; e-newsletter to hosts
    • Match up students with hosts; monitor relationships fall and spring


  • Student Events
    • Help students plan recreational activities
    • Chaperone student activities as required
    • Develop, plan, and execute group activities
    • Secure comp or purchase tickets for small or individual enrichment activities (theater, zoo, performing arts, sports, etc.)


  • Taxi Reimbursement program
    • Collect, monitor and process receipts
    • Request reimbursement checks


  • Faculty cross-curricular     
    • Collaborate with members of liberal arts and musical studies faculty to explore opportunities for proposing student life events/activities that support faculty curricula and syllabi.
  • Prospective Younger Student Advising
    • Through email and phone contact, advise prospective younger students/parents on academic requirements, providers


  • Student Data
    • Assist in maintaining student info section of the student database
    • Provide student employment eligibility data to business office, human resources, department of recitals and master classes, Curtis on Tour
    • Creation and upkeep of annual international student list and program
    • Annually (enrollment process) prepare student information profile survey for providing data to registrar, raiser’s edge (advancement), and associate dean of academic and student affairs


  • Education and Student Life Committee representative—regular meetings/reports on student life and international student affairs
  •  Co-manage student services budget
  •  Participate on committees as requested
  •  Draft policy, other documents as requested
  •  Supervise student workers as needed



  • Five years of related experience within higher education
  • Experience working with a highly diverse student population
  • Significant experience working with college students and demonstrated leadership in planning and implementing purposeful student events and programming
  • A minimum of one year of F1 immigration advising
  • Experience with USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service) regulations and experience with SEVIS procedures
  • Demonstrated ability to read, understand and interpret complex regulations of numerous federal agencies, and apply those regulations to specific academic and employment situations and contexts
  • Demonstrated experience developing and delivering presentation(s) and trainings to international students
  • Knowledge of classical music and ability to communicate the mission, goals, and activities of the school with credibility, passion, and enthusiasm
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, and analytical skills; evidence of leadership and initiative, tact, diplomacy, attention to detail, creativity, and cultural sensitivity
  • Excellent oral, written, and communication skills
  • Ability to develop trust and collaborative working relationships with colleagues in Student Services and across the School.
  • Computer skills, including the proficient use of Microsoft Office


Required Core Values:

The ideal candidate must exhibit:

  • a positive, “can-do” attitude
  • devotion and dedication to Curtis, its students, alumni, and parents
  • passion for his/her work, and contribution to the field and greater good
  • commitment and accountability for his/her work, and his/her ability to effect change
  • desire and willingness to collaborate, think creatively, and make data-driven decisions
  • respect, courtesy, and patience for colleagues, other staff, faculty, patrons, core constituents, and volunteers
  • an eagerness to make Curtis a more diverse and inclusive institution


Working Conditions/Physical Demands:

  • Basic office environment
  • Occasional evening and weekend hours required
  • Some travel (national) required

To Apply:

For best consideration, interested and qualified applicants should electronically submit a cover letter, resume, three professional references, and salary requirements to: by May 10, 2019. Curtis offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience, an attractive benefits package. Hire is contingent upon the successful passing of PA Act 153 and criminal (ADP) background screenings. No phone calls, please. EOE. URL: