International Student Advisor
Norwich University in Vermont
|Deadline||Open until filled|
|Date Posted||June 20, 2014|
The International Student Advisor reports to the Assistant Vice President for International Education (AVPIE). The position is a key member of the International Center staff, serving as a Designated School Official (DSO) and Alternate Responsible Office (ARO), registered with the US Department of Homeland Security and the US Department of State respectively, and ensuring institutional compliance with federal regulations governing the enrollment of international students at Norwich. S/he is responsible for providing international students with value-added immigration advising regarding complex federal immigration regulations related to their student visa status in the US and at Norwich, as well as support services and advising regarding social, cultural, and academic issues. The position helps to further the internationalization efforts of the university and the retention of international students by ensuring institutional and individual compliance with federal regulations and by providing value-added advising and support to the international student population.
- Work closely with the AVPIE to ensure institutional compliance with federal regulations governing the enrollment of international students at the university, including but not limited to SEVIS reporting and recordkeeping requirements;
- Work closely with the AVPIE to lead the university through the periodic recertification/redesignation of its F-1/J-1 Student & Exchange Visitor Program;
- Provide day-to-day operational level management and oversight of all immigration-related functions within the International Center;
- Develop and implement policies, procedures, and forms to facilitate a wide range of immigration functions related to international students (CPT, OPT, Extensions, Reinstatement, Reduced Course Load, etc.);
- Develop and maintain accurate and up-to-date content for the International Student section of the International Center Web site to include policies, procedures, forms, and detailed information regarding immigration regulations;
- Provide expert advice and assistance to international students regarding a wide range of complex immigration issues related to their F-1 or J-1 student status (e.g., maintaining legal status, extensions, transfers, reduced course loads, changes of major, reinstatements, employment authorization, travel and re-entry, etc.), as well as academic, social, cultural, and other personal issues;
- Function as a Designated School Official (potentially Principal Designated School Official, depending on level of experience), registered with the US Department of Homeland Security;
- Function as Alternate Responsible Officer (potentially Responsible Officer, depending on level of experience) registered with the US Department of Homeland Security and the US Department of State;
- Monitor and stay up-to-date regarding all applicable laws and regulations regarding international students;
- Respond to internal and external inquiries concerning US immigration laws and regulations regarding international students;
- Prepare annual and other reports as required by federal law and/or as required/requested by senior university leadership or other internal stakeholders throughout the university;
- Work closely with the Admissions Office to ensure appropriate policies and procedures are in place for an effective and efficient interface and hand-off regarding newly admitted international students;
- Work closely with the International Programming Coordinator in the International Center to develop and implement social and cultural programming and support services for international students (orientation, International Student 101, etc.) and to collaborate with colleagues across campus in providing related and/or complimentary services and programs for international students;
- Manage other special projects, as assigned by the AVPIE.
- Bachelors degree
- Minimum of 2 years of experience working in an International Student & Scholar Services Office
- Minimum of 2 years of experience as a P/DSO and RO/ARO in SEVIS
- Demonstrated experience working with SEVIS RTI
- Demonstrated ability to understand, interpret, and apply complex federal immigration regulations, especially F and J regulations
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and to make informed decisions based on federal regulations and university policy.
- Demonstrated experience working with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- US citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident (required by federal government for access to SEVIS)
- Masters degree
- 3-5 years of experience working in an International Student & Scholar Services office
- 3-5 years of experience as a P/DSO and RO/ARO in SEVIS
- Experience with international recruitment and admissions
- Experience developing and implementing academic support programs and services for international students
- Experience studying abroad
- Fluency in a second language
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and Norwich application to International Advisor Search, via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Norwich University is an Equal Opportunity Employer offering a comprehensive benefit package that includes medical, dental, group life and long term disability insurance, flexible-spending accounts for health and dependent care, retirement annuity plan and tuition scholarships for eligible employees and their family members.
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