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MARIA J.

LOPEZ
425.736.0075

mjlopezloza@gmail.com
Linkedln https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariajanetlopez
SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

Excellent management skills and strong experience working in student exchange programs and
global alliances in higher education institution.
Strong ability to understand students from different background, create rapport and effectively
address international student issues.
Native Spanish speaker, fluent in English and conversational in French.
EDUCATION

MASTERS IN STUDENT DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION


Seattle University, Seattle, WA

Jul 2014 - Jun 2016

MANAGEMENT ASSISTANT CERTIFICATION


Instituto San Ignacio De Loyola, Lima, Per

Mar 2000 - Mar 2001

BACHELOR IN TRANSLATION AND INTERPRETATION


Universidad Femenina Sagrado Corazn, Lima, Per
Spanish, English and French

Mar 1992 - Dec 1997

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
STUDENT AFFAIRS
MARKETING ASSISTANT, INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS
Nov 2015 - present
Cascadia College, Bothell, WA

Manage and maintain strong relationships with 100+ overseas recruitment agencies, tracking
agency performance by measuring number of student enrollment quarter.

Lead recruitment agency onboarding process, managing agency background checking, contract
signing, communications, and partnership certificate issuance.

Provide improvement recommendations to the Program website, such as improving the search
function to help students to find the right program, adding videos and former students testimony.

Manage and extensively use agency and student database for agency onboarding and tracking
processes, and support reporting needs of the team.

Explore potential markets in South America to expand the International Programs.


GENERAL COORDINATOR OF STUDYING ABROAD PROGRAMS
Sep 2003 - Dec 2005
AND GLOBAL ALLIANCES
Universidad San Ignacio De Loyola, Lima, Per

Coordinated recruitment of 400-600 local students for Walt Disney internship program involving
cross-functional collaboration with admission, foreign languages and technology groups, leading to
professional development opportunities for the selected students.

Coordinated and supervised 50 exchange programs with several institutions from South America,
Asia, Europe and North America and worked with 30 students in average per quarter

Created housing aid program for foreign exchange students by identifying unmet needs, enrolling
local providers and providing relevant information for decision making, resulting in 100% of foreign
students securing a housing option before arriving.

MARIA J. LOPEZ mjlopezloza@gmail.com 425.736.0075

INTERSHIPS
INTERN, INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS
Mar - Jul 2015
Cascadia College, Bothell, WA

Managed a team of 5 student leaders during orientation week. Developed and led special
integration activities to improve the American college experience for 40 international students.

Evaluated orientation week programs and provided 8 improvement recommendations, including


an experiential learning component. All recommendations were implemented in the subsequent
quarters.

Conducted Professional Development workshops for international students, focused primarily on


the cultural styles of networking and volunteering in the US academic and professional environment.

Developed Emotional Intelligence workshop for the International Programs staff.

Advised foreign exchange students on enrollment processes, academics, housing, financial aid
and immigration procedures.
AMBASSADOR, STUDY OF THE UNITED STATES INSTITUTE
Jul - Aug 2015
ON WOMENS LEADERSHIP
Green River Community College, Auburn, WA

Coached and mentored 20 students from Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and
Uzbekistan as part of the SUSI Womens Leadership program.

Led and supported students in planning and executing cultural presentations and performances
for final program event.

Followed up on student projects, set up project monitoring system and compiled and analyzed
programs student feedback.

Inspired student through personally learning some of the students native language (Russian)
throughout the duration of the program and gave final speech in their language at the programs
farewell potluck.

Evaluated programs effectiveness and provided the SUSI Program administrators with 10
specific recommendations for improving student experiences, event organization and cultural
understanding opportunities.
INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE
STUDY ABROAD
Comparative higher education course, Uppsala University, Sweden
Aug 2015
Researched and wrote an essay comparing differences and similarities between the American and
Swedish educational and political systems.
Emotional Intelligence course, Dolomites, Italy
Sep 2015
Developed and practiced peer and professional coaching skills.
ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE
SPEAKER

Jan 2016

International Community Connections, Bellevue PTSA COUNCIL


Speaker and interpreter in a STEAM Education Advisory Conference to help immigrant communities
recognize the importance of learning English and the American academic system as a conduit of
understanding cultural differences and ease integration to the American society.
Microaggressions Seminar, Bellevue College
Dec 2015
Conducted Professional Development Workshops for faculty and staff at Bellevue College, focused
on microaggressions and understanding other cultures in a college environment.
Coupon and Money Saving Workshop, Turkcha, Turkish Women Charity and Aid Organization Jan 2014
Conducted Coupon and Money Saving Workshops focusing on teaching immigrants money saving
tools, such as coupons and cash rewards sites, and ways to combine them to maximize savings.
VOLUNTEER ADMINISTRATIVE AND CUSTOMER SERVICE ASSISTANT
Mini City Hall, Bellevue, WA

Jul 2013 - Feb 2014

MARIA J. LOPEZ mjlopezloza@gmail.com 425.736.0075

Advised customers about a variety of topics such as education, healthcare, senior benefits and
housing and provide them with access to public resources and opportunities.
Helped Spanish speakers with limited English communication skills to access and navigate Mini
City Hall services and programs.