Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Japan Center for Michigan Universities in Hikone, Japan Seeking Student Services Coordinator

The Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU) in Hikone, Japan, is
currently recruiting for a full time Student Services Coordinator. Details
as follows:

Duties: The Student Services Coordinator (“SSC”) is responsible for
maintaining a living and learning environment that promotes the overall
personal well-being of all students participating in JCMU programs. Duties
include but are not limited to assisting non-Japanese students in the
transition to life in Japan and to functioning effectively within the JCMU
environment and the Japanese culture. Duties also include taking students
and foreign faculty to the doctor. Responsibilities are in the areas of
student orientation and residence life with oversight of service learning,
community involvement, evaluation and assessment of JCMU student related
activities, as well as supervision of student arrival and departure
preparation. The SSC will communicate with administrative and academic staff
both in Japan and the U.S. through regularly scheduled meetings and written
reports. The SSC responds to student emergency situations and is expected to
be available on an on call basis during the week and 24 hours a day on
weekends when on duty. Weekend duty is shared with other faculty and staff
depending on need and availability. The SSC should be skilled in conflict
resolution and, when appropriate, take disciplinary action in the case of
disruptive behavior. The coordinator is responsible for ensuring that all
residents are aware of residential policies and have been trained in
emergency fire, earthquake, and other disaster procedures. The SSC is a
resource person to students and makes appropriate referrals as necessary in
academic, personal and financial matters. The SSC must be available to
students and staff on a daily basis through scheduled office hours and is
responsible for scheduling and promoting educational activities and seminars
related to health, safety, security, cultural issues and other activities
that enhance the students’ educational experience while at JCMU. The
coordinator reports to the Resident Director and may be asked to perform
other relevant duties.

The student services coordinator is a full-time annually renewable position
with an anticipated start date of May 20, 2013. Salary is commensurate with
qualifications. Compensation includes Japanese benefits.

Required qualifications: bachelors degree, Japanese language proficiency
(native, JLPT 2, ILR scale of 4 or 5 or equivalent), English language
proficiency (native, TOEFL 550, ILR scale of 4 or 5, or equivalent) and
experience in college residential life or college counseling, study abroad
and conflict resolution. The SSC must have experience living in the United
States and Japan. Candidates should have or be willing to get a Japanese
drivers license.  Preferred: Master’s degree in Higher Education, Student
Affairs, Counseling or related field. The candidate should possess excellent
interpersonal and communication skills, cross-cultural awareness and
sensitivity to diversity.

Application: Applications are due by March 1, 2013. Review will begin
immediately on March 2, 2013.  All submissions received by March 1, 2013
will be considered.

Submit letter of application, curriculum vitae/resume, and a list of three
(3) references in one PDF document to 
bmccracken@jcmu.net. Please put
“Application for SSC position” in the subject line and address the letter of
application to Benjamin J McCracken, Resident Director, Japan Center for
Michigan Universities, Hikone Japan.

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