As part of our expansion and engagement initiative, International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) is welcoming applications for the International Student and Scholar Advisor position. As a member of the ISSS team, the International Student & Scholar Advisor is responsible for direct advising of and preparing documents for international students and 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. In summary, the International Student & Scholar Advisor is expected to prepare visa applications for as well as engage in direct advising of international students and scholars with limited supervision.
Who we are:
International Student & 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.
What your key responsibilities will be:
Advising, Visa Document Preparation, & Reporting
Advise and educate international students, international scholars (including short-term visitors, postdoctoral fellows, academic and research faculty, and staff), and academic and functional units on U.S. immigration rules and related institutional policies.
Provide direct, comprehensive advising to international students and scholars in regards to complex issues not only related to immigration but also related academic, logistical, financial, health, travel, and career development issues.
Assist students and 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 students in F-1 or J-1 non-immigrant status and international scholars in J-1, H-1B, E-3, TN, or O-1 status.
Serve as official liaison to federal government agencies as a Designated School Official (DSO) and 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.
Advocacy & Outreach
Advocate for international students and scholars on campus as appropriate.
Provide training and guidance to campus constituents as needed to support international students and scholars, facilitate campus integration, and ensure positive interactions.
Develop, plan, and conduct workshops delivered in person or via other methods to educate on current U.S. immigration regulations and compliance as well as matters integral to the success of international students and scholars on campus such as but no limited to intercultural differences.
Develop and maintain relationships with schools and colleges regarding the immigration requirements for their international students, faculty, staff, scholars and exchange visitors.
Act as a liaison for international students and scholars with the Bursar’s Office, Office of the Registrar’s, Office of Human Resources, and other units on campus as needed.
Administrative and Other
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.
Participate in weekly case management meetings, ISSS team meetings, new international student orientation, etc. Engage in professional development and compliance training opportunities.
Train, assign work and supervise student worker(s). Other duties as assigned.
What you should know:
*Depending on programming needs, ability to work evenings and weekends outside of the normal 40- hour per week. Given that this is an exempt position under the FLSA, compensatory pay will not be awarded. Any administrative leave/time off is discretionary for hours worked above 40 hours per work week.*
What we can offer:
The salary of this position will commensurate with experience.
The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.
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What we require:
Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution.
2 years of work experience as an international student and scholar advisor (or similar position) as a DSO and/or ARO at an institution of higher education or as an immigration paralegal or legal assistant.
The experience must include assisting international students and scholars with at least two of the three following types of visas: F-1, J-1, and H-1B.
To be a Designated Scholar Official (DSO) and/or Alternate Responsible Office (ARO), per federal regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. lawful permanent resident.
Knowledge and understanding of U.S. immigration laws, regulations, and agency policies and experience with SEVIS and iCERT.
Depending on programming needs, ability to work evenings and weekends outside of the normal 40-hour per week.
What you will need:
Sensitivity to and ability to operate in a cross-cultural setting.
What we’d like you to have:
Experience with Ellucian ISSM, Sunapsis, and PeopleSoft Campus Solutions.
Preferred qualifications may be used to further reduce the pool of applicants to those who are most highly qualified.
As one of 34 U.S. public research institutions belonging to the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU)—and the only member in the Rocky Mountain region—our goal at CU Boulder is to directly affect Colorado communities through collaborative research, innovation and entrepreneurship. Our faculty, staff and students work with the broader community to establish unique connections that have lasting outcomes—both across Colorado and around the world.