Provides advisement/counseling for international students in matters related to immigration status which includes, but is not limited to, various categories of visa issues, legal employment and career consideration for different disciplines, daily needs in the Auburn community (social security requirements, driver's license requirements, international travel, Medicaid and related support services), and first point of contact for academic difficulties, health and personal issues. Plans and makes appropriate decisions based on established parameters, guidelines and regulations impacting student/scholar progress toward timely program completion and post-program employment; serves as liaison with professionals in other offices on campus, or with sponsors in foreign countries, to troubleshoot and solve problems as new issues arise or new programs interface.
Collaborates with Auburn Global staff and administrators in serving incoming international students' academic and services needs. This includes establishing pathway programs to help students transition into degree-seeking status, provide appropriate immigration documentation to facilitate student matriculation and ensuring processes are consistent with Auburn University and federal government requirements. Serves as a Designated School Official (DSO) and Alternate Responsible Office (ARO) for Auburn University, interpreting and following the regulations governed by the Department of Homeland Security. Collaborates with internal departments and external entities on attaining H-1B visa status and legal permanent residency for tenure-track faculty. Plans/executes international student events and programs, which includes orientation, employment workshops, travel validation events, scholar recognition events, etc. Provides international student enrollment reports internally and to the Federal government each semester. Monitors student and faculty travel to and from world areas of health concern and reports identified travel to EAMC, Student Medical Clinic and State Health authorities. May be responsible for training, assisting or assigning tasks to others. May provide input to performance reviews of other employees.
Entry into the applicant pool requires a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in International Relations, International Education, International Business & Management, Human Resources, Pre-Law or a relevant field; plus 2 years of experience advising International Students and Scholars to include experience as a Designated School Official (DSO) or as an Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO); knowledge of Visa categories, immigration processes and related state and federal laws and regulations; knowledge of physical and electronic interfaces with the Department of Homeland Security F-1 visa program and Department of State J-1 visa program; and must be a US citizen or Legal Permanent resident for USCIS Designated School Official (DSO) qualification purposes for F-1 and J-1 advising purposes.
- Master's degree from an accredited institution and extensive experience serving as a designated School Official (DSO)