Advertised Summary Job Description: The International Scholar Coordinator serves as front line staff for the intake and processing of visa sponsorship requests submitted by academic departments; advises on basic rights and responsibilities under the immigration laws of the United States, acting as J-1 Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) in issuing and administering required U.S. government documents to international scholars; collaborates with ISSO staff and University administration to plan and coordinate events as needed.
The incumbent serves as front line staff for the intake of international faculty/research scholar visa sponsorship requests submitted by academic departments; ensures accurate data-entry related to visa sponsorship requests; ensures requests are complete and does necessary follow-up; distributes cases to specific ISSO advising staff for processing; prepares written correspondence for incoming international scholars; acts as Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) in accordance with current federal regulations governing J-1 Exchange Visitor visa status.
As assigned, the incumbent issues and administers required U.S. government documents for international scholars to obtain and maintain J-1 exchange visitor status; may be called upon to consult with the SEVIS Help Desk and US Customs & Immigration Services to resolve processing or status problems. The incumbent will consult with the Associate Director on current federal regulations, policies, the Code of Federal Regulations, and secondary references as needed.
The incumbent assists in maintaining forms, hand-outs and other materials related to various immigration procedures, and helps in streamlining and improving ISSO processes and services; makes recommendations for process improvements related to non-immigrant matters; maintains and enhances in-depth knowledge of US immigration regulations and school policies as they affect international scholars; as needed, presents at various school-specific orientations and immigration workshops; refers scholars to the appropriate campus and community resources as needed; responds to general questions, inquiries, and correspondence from incoming and current international scholars and their academic departments. The incumbent complies with federal SEVIS reporting and record keeping requirements; helps to ensure regulatory information related to scholars is up to date on the ISSO web site; cultivates a professional presence on campus and in the field through local and national partnerships and associations; participates in regional and national international education conferences and meetings; assists with new faculty and scholar orientations and immigration workshops; and produces written and electronic communication with international scholar community and academic department liaisons including a monthly newsletter (as needed).
Performs additional assignments as needed by the Associate Director or the ISSO Associate Provost and Director.
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree and/or equivalent experience required. One to two years' related administrative experience.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: Ability to communicate effectively with people from different cultural backgrounds. Excellent organizational, interpersonal, written, and oral communications skills; strong interpersonal and cross-cultural skills; strong computer literacy. Federal regulations require the J-1 Alternate Responsible Officer to be a U.S. citizen or U.S. Legal Permanent Resident.
Preferred Qualifications: Masters degree. Experience in higher education administration. Experience with matters pertaining to J-1 immigration regulations in a higher education setting.
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It... seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.