The University of Akron's International Education and Global Engagement Department has an opening for an Immigration Services Adviser.
This position will serve as a Designated School Official (DSO) to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and as an Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) to the U.S. Department of State to ensure the University's compliance with federal regulations pertaining to F-1 students and J-1 students and scholars. Provide advising to international students and scholars on matters relating to F-1 and J-1 status.
Report federally-mandated data (enrollment, program changes, employment information, etc.) to SEVIS database. Ensure international student and scholar information is accurate in SEVIS and university databases. Monitor SEVIS alerts and contact students for follow-up.
Prepare updated I-20s and DS-2019s reflecting changes to students' and scholars' programs. Process applications for employment authorization, travel signatures, changes of major, changes of education level, extensions of program, transfers, reduced course loads, etc. Prepare letters (for Social Security Number applications, for family members to submit when applying for tourist visas to attend graduation ceremonies, etc.).
Issue initial I-20s and DS-2019s, coordinating with international admissions and various academic departments to obtain necessary documents (admission letters, assistantship contracts, etc.).
Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director of Global Engagement.
A relevant Bachelor's degree with a minimum of one (1) year of experience in higher education working in a student service role is required. Per Department of Homeland Security requirements for SEVIS functions, U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent resident status required. At least 1 year of experience in advising students on immigration regulations relating to F-1 status is strongly preferred. Proficient computer skills and experience using databases required. Strong written and oral communication skills required. Ability to manage multiple work assignments simultaneously required. Ability to work with individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds required.
Application Deadline: Position open until filled - Review of applications will begin October 19, 2017.
The University of Akron is an equal education and employment institution. It is the policy of this institution that there shall be no unlawful discrimination against any individual in employment or in its programs or activities at The University of Akron because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information, military status or status as a veteran. The University is also committed to the principles of affirmative action and acts in accordance with state and federal laws.
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