This position will run the day-to-day operation of J-1/F-1 programs and development of strategies for successful growth. Responsibilities include:
Serving as the Designated School Official (DSO) and Assistant Responsible Officer (ARO) to the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State, including the issuing of I-20/DS2019 documents and maintenance of SEVIS records.
Advising the college for international student and scholar related issues with regard to the Department of Homeland Security and Department of State regulations pursuant to maintaining international students' immigration and visa status; maintaining and overseeing policies and procedures governing the J-1 Visiting Scholars and Faculty program.
Serving as the campus liaison with U. S. foreign governmental sponsors, external foundation and agencies, and the University of Tennessee system; developing programs and events to bridge the presence of international students and scholars and the UTC campus community.
Developing International Students Buddy program and American Family Program by working with local volunteers and motivated UTC students and scholars to support international students; advising and working with university associations and clubs organized by international students; working with international students and scholars to ensure positive adjustment to new surroundings.
Designing and implementing comprehensive orientation and onboarding programs for international students and scholars.
Assisting the Executive Director with the operations of all reciprocal and non-reciprocal exchange programs, working with UTC campuses, international partners and institutional stakeholders.
Maintaining a strong knowledge of the online application software, TDS, process, and procedures; developing and managing the evaluations for each program annually; supervising, improving and developing office websites and newsletters.
Bachelor's degree and 3 years of professional experience working with international students and 1 years' experience working with international scholars. Must have demonstrated budget management and fiscal supervisory experience. Must have direct experience with SEVIS and F-1/J-1 regulations, procedures, and reporting requirements as ARO/DSO, and possess an understanding of Department of State and Department of Homeland Security regulations and procedures. Must have cross-cultural awareness and competence and effective communication. Must have strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Must have the ability to work with academic and student services offices; understand and to support the pursuit of SEVIS documentations. Must have experience with website publication and maintenance. Must have excellent public speaking skills and proficiency with technology; familiarity with student records systems, with knowledge of Banner preferred. Some international and domestic travel is required. Experience living, working, or studying abroad is preferred. Proficiency in one or more languages in addition to English is preferred. Non-traditional work hours as necessary (evenings, weekends, summer) are required to participate in University events and accommodate various time zones and to respond to international student and scholar needs and emergencies. Must be a US citizen or permanent resident, which is necessary for accessing SEVIS.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is an engaged, metropolitan university committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service, and dedicated to meeting the diverse needs of the region through strategic partnerships and community involvement.