As part of our expansion and engagement initiative, International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) is welcoming applications for the International Scholar Advisor and Programs Coordinator position.
Reporting to the Assistant Director of International Student & Scholar Engagement , the International Scholar Advisor and Programs Coordinator will engage in direct advising of and preparing documents for international scholars in regards to U.S. immigration matters and providing advice, assistance and/or resources regarding academic, housing, financial, cultural adjustment, social, career, research, and other-related matters. Moreover, the International Scholar Advisor and Programs Coordinator designs, plans and implements programs including off-campus excursions for international scholars and dependents of international students and scholars (i.e. significant others and children) to assist them with academic and career growth as well as social and intercultural integration on campus and in the local community. In summary, the International Scholar Advisor and Programs Coordinator is expected to develop, plan, and implement programs for as well as engage in direct advising of international scholars with limited supervision.
International Scholar Advising
Program and Training Development
- Advise and educate international scholars (including short-term visitors, postdoctoral fellows, academic and research faculty, and staff), on academic and functional units on U.S. immigration rules and related institutional policies.
- Provide direct, comprehensive advising to international scholars in regards to complex issues not only related to immigration but also related academic, logistical, financial, health, travel, and career development issues.
- Assist scholars in adjusting to life at the university and in the U.S. including advising on campus academic and personal support resources, clubs and organizations on campus, on and off campus employment, applications for Social Security Numbers, state driver's licenses, etc.
- Research, interpret, and apply federal and institutional rules and policies to the specific situations of international scholars in J-1, H-1B, E-3, TN, or O-1 status.
- Serve as official liaison to federal government agencies as an Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO), ensuring compliance with immigration regulations.
- Authorize immigration benefits for international students and scholars in the SEVIS federal database.
- Monitor, report, and submit required information and documentation to federal governmental agencies via SEVIS and ISSM.
- Prepare and submit appropriate employment based visa and permanent residency applications to federal government agencies on behalf of the university.
- Develop, coordinate, market, and implement programming and events including off-campus excursions for international scholars and dependents of international students and scholars to cultivate an inclusive community and assist with their integration and success academically, socially, and culturally on campus and in the local community.
- Collaborate with other campus units in creating and implementing programming that will enhance the scholars' and the dependents' experience on campus and in the community in regards to career building, social integration, cultural adjustment, etc. (Event planning will include budgeting and fiscal accountability; negotiating for time, space, resources, catering, etc.; and marketing to students, staff, and faculty.)
- Working with International Student Programs Coordinators in ISSS, develop programs for both students and scholars when appropriate.
- Provide trainings to assist faculty and staff with intercultural competency to help international scholars thrive.
- Develop and maintain relationships with various unit representatives on campus integral to the international scholars' success such as but not limited to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, Research & Innovation Office, Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement, Faculty & Staff Assistance Program, Housing & Dining Services, etc.
- Assist with projects within the ISSS office to enhance efficiency and customer service, e.g. website revisions, development of internal processes and communications such as handouts and forms, creating and giving presentations to campus community, social media updates, etc.
- Pa rticipate in weekly case management meetings, ISSS team meetings, new international student orientation, etc. Engage in professional development and compliance training opportuniti es.
- Train, mentor, assign work and supervise student worker(s). Other duties as assigned.
International Student and Scholar Services ( ISSS) facilitates the entry, success, and retention of approximately 3000 international students and 750 international scholars. ISSS advocates on behalf of international students and scholars both within the university and to federal regulatory agencies to ensure that they are afforded every opportunity to complete their educational, research, and/or professional objectives. ISSS provides educational, social, and cultural programs that foster the integration and success of the international population on campus and in the local community and promote a greater understanding and appreciation for all cultures.