About the job
The role of the International Student Homestay Coordinator is to assist and support the International Student Director with the international admissions process and the administration of the International Program, specifically the Homestay Program at Maranatha High School. This position involves being detail-oriented, able to multi-task and communicate effectively with international/domestic parents, Homestay families, students, agents and agencies, schools, and other Maranatha personnel who assist with the International Program.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
The Statement of Faith is the central statement of Maranatha in matters of identity and nature, core beliefs that guide our learning, teaching and living. In faithfulness to God, we joyfully and humbly affirm the following articles of faith.
Article #1- The Bible
a) We believe that the Bible was written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:20-21) and that it is without error in the original writings. The Scriptures are profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16-17), that the person may be complete in Christ.
b) We believe that the Bible in its entirety, both Old and New Testament (all 66 books), is true, unchangeable, and authoritative for life and godliness (2 Timothy 3:15-17). It is the complete revelation of God’s will for salvation, sufficient for all that He requires us to believe and do, and final in its authority over every domain of knowledge. Thus the entire Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are without error or misstatement in their moral and spiritual teaching and record of historical facts and people (John 17:17).
c) We believe that the canon (standard) of the Bible is complete and final and that nothing else needs to be added to it (Revelation 22:18-19).
Article #2- The Trinity
a) We believe in the Godhead, the Trinity (Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:19-20) who eternally exists in three persons: God the Father, Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
b) We believe in God the Father who is perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. He eternally exists (Gen. 1:1).
c) We believe in Jesus the Son, who was supernaturally conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:18) and born of Mary, a virgin (Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:27). His mission was to come to earth to die for the sins of humanity in order to redeem us. He later resurrected physically (1 Corinthians 15:12-17), thus confirming His deity and truth claims.
d) We believe in the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity who indwells and seals all believers in Christ. He is a person and possesses all the attributes of God. He is God (Ephesians 1:13-14).
Article #3- Salvation
a) We believe that salvation is a gift from God and comes purely by grace through faith in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-10).
b) We believe that those who confess and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ will be saved (Romans 10:9-10). This will result in a relationship with God through Christ for eternal life (John 3:16; 10:10).
c) We believe that the message of the Gospel begins with the bad news that all are sinners apart from Christ (Romans 3:10; 3:23; 6:23) and that we all desperately need a Savior who is Jesus (Acts 4:12). We believe the Gospel’s good news is that once we believe in Christ alone we will be his children (John 1:12).
d) We believe that once a person puts their faith in Jesus Christ they will be washed and regenerated by the person of the Holy Spirit and forgiven of their sins (1 John 1:9; 1 John 2:2). This will lead, for anyone who has experienced the person of the Holy Spirit, to being sealed in Him, who is given as the pledge of our inheritance with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession to the praise of His glory (Ephesians 1:13-14).
e) We believe that all who reject Christ will suffer eternal separation and suffering in hell in a state of unutterable, endless torment and anguish (2 Thess. 1:5-11).
Article #4- The Church And Christ’s Return
a) We believe that the Church consists of all believers in Christ who are a part, locally and universally, through the baptizing of the Spirit of God (1 Corinthians 12:13). As a result, all believers are a part of the body and bride of Christ.
b) We believe that the person of Jesus will return again bodily and visibly in the unknown future (1 Thessalonians 5:2). This is the glorious and blessed hope of the believer.
This statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of Maranatha’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Head of School and Board of Trustees are Maranatha’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application, consistent with historical, evangelical Protestant interpretation.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
General responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned to meet business needs.
-Advertise locally for potential Christian host families
-Field calls of interested families, describing the program and answering questions
-Provide Homestay application and reference forms and follow up with interested families throughout the application process
-Input and manage all international Homestay records
-Organize all submitted applications/references, schedule home visits, and interview applicants
-Manage background checks for all new host families, including driving and Live Scan requirements
-Conduct a home visit with each applicant to see the space available, explain hosting requirements, as well as answer questions (generally 1-2 hours in length)
-Communicate with new students to solicit the Homestay questionnaire and video to get to know each student’s personality and preferences in a host family
-Organize gathered information along with input from the International Student Director to conclude the best Homestay matches
-Communicate new Homestay placements (along with brief bios on each family) to students and host families and assist with introductions
-Coordinate arrival details of all new students and confirm pick-up arrangements with host families
-Secure all Summer Institute host families, matching students and supporting all parties throughout the three weeks
-Develop training manual/materials and lead the in-person New Host Family Orientation annually to prepare new families for the experience
-Coordinate and lead the in-person Returning Host Family Training to remind existing families of current policies and update them with new information for the coming school year
-Develop training materials for New Student Orientation, teaching new students what to expect in a Homestay situation and how to make it a positive experience
-Issue Guardianship Letters to each host family to allow them to seek medical care on behalf of the student as needed
-Collect and organize W9 and Direct Deposit Forms for each family
-Calculate amounts of monthly compensation for each host family for the Finance Department (accounting for changes in host families)
-Work with new students and host families in the first transition month to make sure guidelines are clearly set and understood
-Maintain weekly contact with new host families and students in the first month
-Maintain regular contact (no less than monthly) with all families, year-round
-Communicate school policies and requirements to host families and to students related to attendance, academic practices, dress code, and other information related to student life
-Visit each student in their host home and those living with family/relatives each semester to check in and talk over any concerns. Each visit is approximately 1 hour in length + travel time
-Send monthly emails to host families with important dates and reminders for the month, including highlighting school policies
-Answer inquiries from host families and students as questions arise throughout the school year
-Advise host families and students on ways to improve homestay issues
-Assess when a move or change is needed regarding a student’s homestay
-General troubleshooting with International Student Director regarding various student concerns
ADDITIONAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
-Provide informative tours of MHS campus for prospective international families
-Coordinate mailings, publications, and email blasts for the Homestay program
-Work collaboratively with other school departments on projects or tasks as requested or assigned by the International Student Director
-Meet with students who need support provided by the International Student Program department
-Assist with International Student program events (Welcome/Spring Tea, Speaker Programs, and Informational Workshops)
-Develop and maintain an excellent working relationship with other organizations, ensuring the school is well received and presented professionally and positively
-Assist in other duties as needed and directed by the International Student Director
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Able to type a minimum of 40 wpm
Demonstrate ability in PC environment with all Microsoft Office programs
Contribute actively to organization goals
Strong organizational skills
Able to collaborate and work effectively with many different levels of the school community (administration, staff, faculty, students, and parents)
-A good, helpful attitude and a team spirit is the hallmark of the support staff at MHS
-Employees are encouraged to be active in their local churches
-Attendance at weekly staff devotions is required as well as at all meetings announced by the Senior Administrator over your department
-Maintain and strictly protect confidentiality of all students, host families, and other sensitive information
-A schedule of posted support staff hours is updated annually. The employee is expected to be at the work station during those posted times unless a prior arrangement has been made with supervisor
-Valid driver’s license and registered vehicle
-Bachelor’s degree acceptable with significant work experience desired
-Two years of experience involved in an International Program or with International Students, preferably at the high school level
-Requires excellent verbal and written communication skills
-Ability to effectively respond to questions from staff, students, and families
-Fluency in Mandarin preferred, but not required
-Hours: 32 hours per week from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (with flexible daily hours when meeting with Homestay Families and with International Program events that are in the evening)