The Assistant Director/International Student Advisor position is a professional and administrative assignment that reports to the Director of International Programs.
This position serves as the primary immigration advisor for the prospective and current international students, scholars, and visitors at the university. The Assistant Director leads the complex student immigration process, and will assist with issues regarding students’ overall adjustment to the university, the local culture, and the required process for their initial immigration status. The position requires a comprehensive knowledge of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and U.S. government regulations for student immigration, including but not limited to, requirements of legal status, government reporting, student employment, and internships. The Assistant Director/International Advisor serves as the liaison between the university, the US Bureau on Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the State Department as well as various relationships with faculty and staff on campus to assist students with their overall experience at Duquesne.
The Assistant Director will serve as an International Student Service Team member and work closely with other administrative staff including the Assistant Director of International Admissions and Program Assistant to design, implement, and deliver programming for international students such as the Cultural Ambassador Program, American Traditions Series, and New International Student Orientation.
In the Spiritan tradition, Duquesne University’s Office of International Programs promotes the global awareness and understanding central to a broad, well-balanced, and fully integrated education.
ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLES OF WORK:
Serves as the Primary Designated Signing Officer (PDSO) and is responsible for maintaining the F-1 and J-1 programs as defined by policies and procedures of Duquesne, the US Department of State, the US Bureau on Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)
Coordinates efforts to streamline the SEVIS system and immigration advisement processes for the university
Issues all immigration documents for students attending Duquesne and ensures that all students are properly and accurately advised of various compliance issues during their stay in the United States
Responsible for ongoing advisement and support of international students during their tenure at Duquesne
Serves as an advisor to various constituencies on campus to ensure immigration policy compliance and to support international student community
Coordinates programming and workshops for the benefit of international students and the campus community
Responsible for the generation of relevant reports and statistics that relate to the international population on campus
Responsible for the transition of international students from their point of departure to their integration into the Duquesne community through various coordinated organization and events that focus on the international student experience
Promotes international sensitivity both on and off campus through selected programming as needed.
REQUIREMENTS OF WORK:
Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s preferred. Some experience working with international students and/or immigration/academic advisement preferred, or any equivalent combination of experience and training which would provide the knowledge, abilities, and skills to perform the essential job functions. This includes, but is not limited to:
Minimum of 5 years of full-time experience as a Designated School Official (DSO) and Responsible Officer (RO) at a higher education institution
Ability to relate effectively with diverse constituencies, including students, faculty, government officials and alumni.
Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, oral and written.
Ability to coordinate multiple projects, with attention to detail.
Willingness to be exposed to and interact with diverse cultures.
Proficiency with various technologies, such as databases, spreadsheets, and websites
Strong quantitative and qualitative analytical skills are preferred.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, faculty, staff, students, support organizations, and public officials; excellent interpersonal skills.
Catholic in its mission and ecumenical in spirit, Duquesne University values equality of opportunity as an educational institution and as an employer. We aspire to attract and sustain a diverse faculty that reflects contemporary society, serves our academic goals and enriches our campus community. We particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups and support dual-career couples through our charter membership in this region's HERC (http://www.hercjobs.org/oh-western-pa-wv/).
We invite applicants for this position to learn more about our university and its Spiritan heritage by visiting http://www.duq.edu/about/mission-and-identity/mission-statement. Those invited to campus for an interview may be asked about ways in which they see their talents contributing to the continued growth of our community and furthering its mission.
Duquesne University uses Interfolio to collect all faculty and staff job applications electronically. Please send a letter of application describing your experience and interest, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references to apply.interfolio.com/47558.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience.
Duquesne University, a private, Catholic institution, prides itself on being mission-centered and mission-driven. Our employees contribute to our culture of academic excellence and our mission of serving God by serving students. In turn, they enjoy a supportive working environment that values individual talents, encourages teamwork and rewards accomplishments.
A nationally ranked top-tier unive...rsity, Duquesne has established a legacy of excellence in liberal and professional education. Our 14:1 student-faculty ratio allows our students to work closely with expert faculty. Duquesne has also won accolades and recognition among the nation’s top 20 small research schools for our research initiatives and faculty productivity.
Situated on a 50-acre campus within the city, Duquesne provides a small-town feel in an urban setting. The Pittsburgh region offers a variety of cultural, education and professional opportunities, as well as a safe and affordable lifestyle.
We strive to attract, recruit and retain a dynamic, diverse workforce. Our employees benefit from an array of campus resources that provide convenience and cost savings, including a variety of dining options, a full-service Starbucks, a retail bank and credit union, a fitness center and year-round wellness programs and onsite parking. Employees also may take advantage of the many educational, cultural and sporting events sponsored by the university.