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Gateway On-Demand
Staffing Services

Your Source for Experienced International Education Staff

In recent years, there have been major changes in higher education brought about by significant shifts in the global economy, geopolitics, demographics, and public health that have impacted international education operations. At Gateway, we appreciate that these challenges have led some institutions to reduce staffing, consolidate job responsibilities, and reorganize their international offices.

Gateway International Group offers an effective and proven system through which we provide “On-Demand” staffing support during times of transition or during seasonal periods of peak demand. Our highly-trained and experienced professionals are well-positioned to support Education Abroad (EA) and International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) offices at U.S. institutions. No matter where your institution is on the continuum – from “start-ups,” to “clean-ups,” to “ramp-ups” – Gateway is here to help.

What is Gateway On-Demand?

At Gateway, we understand the complex nature of managing international offices and know that institutions often find themselves in need of hard-to-find expertise. This is where Gateway comes in—we can provide short-term staffing to support operations and ensure continuity of services. Gateway’s services have been designed for institutions that have urgent demand for staffing support or just need the flexibility of bringing on temporary or seasonal support without having to hire permanent staffing.

Gateway can connect your institution with a team of highly-trained and experienced professionals who work in collaboration with a seasoned Gateway consultant who serves as our primary institutional liaison. The Gateway team is ready to provide part-time, temporary support for Education Abroad (EA) and International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) offices most anywhere in the US. Placements are generally remote and may vary, as needed, from just a few hours per week up to full-time temporary positions.

Our Services

Gateway On-Demand is available to Education Abroad (EA) offices and International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) offices.

Education Abroad Services
Gateway recognizes that education abroad offices often experience staffing turnover that can make it difficult to maintain operations and services. Gateway’s services offer temporary education abroad staffing support during such times of transition that enable the continuation of quality programming and services that students and their families have come to expect.
International Student & Scholar Services
Gateway provides provisional ISSS services for U.S. colleges and universities certified by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to enroll F or J nonimmigrant students. Services are tailored to institutions that need the flexibility of bringing on temporary or seasonal Designated School Officials (DSOs) and Alternate Responsible Officers (AROs).

On-Demand Education Abroad Services

Your Source for Education Abroad Operations and Support

At Gateway, we understand the complex nature of education abroad services and know that institutions often find themselves in need of hard-to-find expertise. Gateway’s on-demand services can help institutions with assuring continuity of education abroad programming and operations during times of transition or during seasonal periods of peak demand. For institutions that need the flexibility of bringing on temporary or seasonal support with expediency, Gateway retains a team of highly-trained and experienced education abroad professionals who are ready to step into an education abroad office on a temporary, part-time basis to provide needed staffing support.

Gateway’s services span the full spectrum of a typical education abroad office’s core functions, including 1.) student advising and support services, 2.) program support and portfolio management, and 3.) operational management and administration. Gateway’s services and staffing appointments are tailored specifically to the needs of our partner institutions.

Student Advising and Support Services
Program Support and Portfolio Management
Operations and Administration

On-Demand International Student and Scholar Services

Your source for experienced Designated School Officials (DSOs) and Alternate Responsible Officers (AROs)

At Gateway, we understand the complex nature of international student and scholar services and know that institutions often find themselves in need of hard-to-find expertise. Gateway’s on-demand services provides an expedient way to source certified Designated School Officials (DSOs) and Alternate Responsible Officers (AROs) and deploy them, under the oversight of a seasoned Senior Consultant, to any school certified by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to enroll F or J nonimmigrant students. In certain circumstances, it may also be possible to source Primary Designated School Officials (PDSOs) and Responsible Officers (ROs).

Gateway’s services are ideal for those institutions that need the flexibility of bringing on temporary or seasonal support to maintain their legal commitment to comply with federal laws and regulations and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requirements. Gateway’s services align with the requirements set forth by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).

Gateway’s services span the full spectrum of a typical ISSS office’s core function, including 1.) strategy and policy, 2.) student advising and support services, and 3.) management and operations. Gateway’s services and staffing appointments are tailored specifically to the needs of our partner institutions.

Strategy and Policy
Student and Scholar Services
Management and Operations

How It Works

Gateway understands that each institution is unique and that is why our on-demand services are customized for each of our partner institutions to accommodate specific requirements and needs. We take the time to understand your priorities and concerns so that we can provide the best services possible. Our implementation process is straightforward, and no infrastructure investment is required. Once contracted, the Gateway team can get started within just a few days or as needed. Gateway will assign a team of experienced advisors and other operations professionals as needed to fit the goals of your institution. The Gateway lead will:
Generally, initial on-demand contracts are for a period of three months, but may be renewed thereafter on a monthly basis. The intention of these services is not to replace permanent staffing needs but rather to provide a temporary staffing bridge during times of transition or seasonal periods of peak demand.

Our Expertise

Gateway International Group offers highly professional and seasoned international educators who bring years of experience in higher education and have extensive knowledge of education abroad programming and practice. Gateway will assign a team of experienced advisors and other operational staff as needed to fit the goals of your institution.

David Clubb

Senior Consultant
International Student and Scholar Services

With nearly 30 years in international higher education, Mr. David Clubb is a well-respected leader in international education. He currently serves as Director of the Cranwell International Center at Virginia Tech, where he is responsible for leading strategic initiatives designed to support the comprehensive internationalization of the university.

Heidi Soneson, Ph.D.

Senior Consultant
Education Abroad
Dr. Heidi Soneson is a seasoned international educator focused on strategic partnerships, innovative program design, effective advising, and increased access for diverse student audiences in education abroad.Soneson has been responsible for education abroad programs and partnerships in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, New Zealand, and Scandinavia.

Our Partner Institutions

Gateway’s on-demand staffing services are ideally suited for U.S. public and private colleges and universities that need temporary support with maintaining programming and operations during peak seasons or times of transition.

Our Costs

Gateway’s prices are flexible and generally determined based on an institution’s needs, project scope, and expectations. Contracts are initially three months in duration and may be renewed on a month-to-month basis, as needed. Gateway assesses a one-time startup fee, which includes sourcing temporary staff, and a monthly maintenance fee for ongoing team oversight and support. Each institution is responsible for the hourly compensation for each part-time, temporary employee. Gateway will provide a recommended hourly rate based on prevailing wage estimations.

The Gateway Pledge

Gateway International Group has made the commitment to allocate 5% of all revenue to support traditionally underrepresented student participation in international learning and engagement. We have designated the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) as a recipient of funds gathered through Gateway Executive Search. FEA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented in U.S. education abroad.

Our Diversity Promise

Gateway International Group recognizes our responsibility to foster an open and welcoming environment for all to thrive personally and professionally in a global society. We are committed to justice, equity, diversity, inclusion and accountability. Diversity enriches our professional community and is a driving force instrumental to our collective success and the fulfillment of Gateway’s mission. We commit to engaging in an ongoing dialogue to respond thoughtfully to the changing realities of our increasingly interconnected world. We will continually strive to work together to address the challenges of the future in a way that removes barriers to success and promotes a culture of inclusivity, compassion and mutual respect.

Let's Get Started

Gateway offers affordable and tailored staffing support to maintain international operations and ensure continuity of services. Contact us today to start the conversation and learn more about our innovative approaches for part-time, temporary staffing. So that we can connect you with the appropriate Gateway professional, please complete this brief request form.

David Clubb

AFFILIATE

For the past 25 years, David Clubb has been a visionary leader in international education. He has worked across all domains of international education (education abroad; Intensive English Programs (IEP); international student recruitment, admission, and retention; international student and scholar services; international partnerships; global, international, and intercultural competency; and internationalization of the curriculum and co-curriculum) to develop and implement strategic initiatives that are data-driven, results-oriented, and aligned with best practices.

David is a faculty member and senior administrator at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) where he is responsible for leading a wide range of strategic initiatives designed to support the comprehensive internationalization of the university and to position the university as more globally oriented and internationally connected. He currently serves as Director of the Cranwell International Center and has also served as Associate Dean of Students and as an Instructor in the University Studies Department within the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. He is a licensed Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and the Intercultural Conflict Style Inventory (ICS). He also administers the Global Competence Aptitude Assessment (GCAA).

Prior to joining Virginia Tech in August 2015, David spent 20 years working in the field of international education in various capacities at Johns Hopkins University, University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Colorado (Denver Campus and Anschutz Medical Campus). Immediately prior to joining Virginia Tech, he served as the Assistant Vice President for International Education at Norwich University (America’s oldest private military college).

David earned a Master of Arts degree in Intercultural Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies. He also completed the MBA Essentials (MBAe) certificate program in the Center for Executive Education at the University of Pittsburgh’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business. David is also a graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy (Pittsburgh Field Office).

Specialization Areas:

– International students
– Global/intercultural competence
– International enrollment management
– International special programs and projects

Heidi Soneson

AFFILIATE

Dr. Heidi Soneson has been professionally active in international education since 1983. She has held positions as Executive Director of Office of International Education and Assistant Vice Chancellor for International Education at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls and Program Director in the Learning Abroad Center at the University of Minnesota, among other positions. In her university positions, she has been responsible for institution-wide international education initiatives, international student services, and education abroad programming. Soneson has served as chair of the NAFSA Education Abroad Regulatory Committee as well as the NAFSA Education Abroad Consular Affairs Liaison Subcommittee and member of The Forum on Education Abroad Council. Soneson has published and presented on a variety of study abroad topics, including study abroad for students with disabilities, visa regulations for US students, ethical visa advising guidelines, GLBT concerns, study abroad in non-traditional locations, and strategies for raising the visibility of study abroad offices on U.S. campuses. Soneson has been responsible for education abroad programs and partnerships in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, New Zealand, and Scandinavia.

Dr. Heidi Soneson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Comparative Literature from Clark University, a Master’s degree in German Literature from the University of Indiana-Bloomington, and a PhD from the University of Minnesota in German Literature with a focus on travel literature to non-traditional locations.

Specialization Areas:

– International education leadership
– Education abroad
– International student and scholar services
– Strategic planning

Mark Beirn

AFFILIATE

An experienced global researcher and administrator, Mark Beirn brings a critical approach to risk management, factoring structural racism and identity-based violence into his rubric for supporting equitable global mobility.

Specialization Areas:

– Global Risk Management
– Education Abroad
– Diversity, Equity, Inclusion in International Education
– Health and Safety
– Curriculum Development

 

Stephen Appiah-Padi​

AFFILIATE

Stephen Appiah-Padi is an international educator with several years of teaching and administrative experience in both 4 and 2-year HEIs. An experienced global education practitioner-scholar, with a demonstrated history of success in the field.

Dr. Appiah-Padi has a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada in Educational Policy & Administration with a specialization in International/Intercultural Education.

At Northwestern College, he provided oversight in the administration of education abroad and international student services. In Lansing, Michigan, he first oversaw diversity and intercultural education at Lansing Community College, and later created the Center for International and Intercultural Education (CIIE) which merged intercultural engagement and international education programs of the institution, and he became its first director. Additionally, Dr. Appiah-Padi taught a course, “Diversity in the American Workplace”, to undergraduate management students of the College. In his current position, he provides leadership and vision in advancing strategic internationalization initiatives, including international partnerships and study abroad programs at Bucknell University.

Dr Appiah-Padi has created and facilitated several workshops for faculty and staff development in higher education and in business organizations. He has presented at several national and international conferences. In NAFSA, among several volunteer leadership positions, he has served as Dean of the Fundamentals of Intercultural Communication Workshop, the Leadership Development Committee member, Chair of the Africa Special Interest Group, and a Fellow of the Global Fellowship Program for mentoring emerging leaders of internationalization in African HEIs. He currently serves as a member of the NAFSA Board of Directors.

Specialization Areas:

– Education Abroad
– International education leadership development
– Intercultural education and engagement
– International partnerships and linkages

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Rosa Almoguera

AFFILIATE

Dr. Rosa Almoguera has worked as an international educator for over twenty years. She was trained as a Hispanic Philologist at the Universidad Complutense, in Madrid, and did her M.A. at the University of Pennsylvania. Her Ph.D., from Universidad Complutense included a field study and edition of written balladry “Romancero”. During many years Rosa combined teaching and her role as a senior administrator at the Fundación Ortega-Marañón in Toledo, Spain. At the Foundation, Rosa directed and, in many cases created, programs for the University of Minnesota, Notre Dame, Princeton, Ohio State, Arcadia, and the University of Chicago. She has also been a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota, University of Portland, and Interamericana de Puerto Rico.

Beginning in 2016, Rosa works as an international education consultant for both public and private European and US higher education institutions. Rosa has been successful in developing new partnerships and programs, as well as helping improve already existing ones.

Rosa is a member of Forum and NAFSA and has presented with higher education professionals on innovative academic and research programming, STEM in study abroad and Nationalism in Europe. Rosa is currently completing the final Professional Certification from the Forum on Education Abroad.
 

Specialization Areas:

– Student services
– Education abroad programming
– Institutional partnerships
– Education and training