International Students and Scholars Services with the Office of Global Affairs at West Virginia University is seeking applications for a Program Manager (to manage immigration related case work) .
The primary purpose of this position is to provide specialized immigration advice to international staff, faculty, exchange visitors, and their families. This position will facilitate the temporary and permanent employment of foreign faculty and researchers with emphasis on the J-1 Exchange Visitor visa processing, record keeping, and programming. The position ensures University's compliance with federal regulations and keep detailed records of all processes.
In order to be successful in this role, the ideal candidate will:
Work as a highly functioning, collaborative member of the scholars immigration unit team, as well as the International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) as a whole.
Provide professional advice and assistance regarding immigration and visa rules and regulations for international students, staff; faculty, and their families within West Virginia University and its regional campuses. Advises individuals on the proper steps necessary to obtain, maintain, extend, and/or transfer visa categories. Responds to questions regarding which visa type would be most appropriate under specific conditions.
Advise faculty, staff, supervisors, chairpersons, principle investigators, Deans, and Directors on special issues and concerns regarding hiring international staff. Assists the hiring department in completion of appropriate sections of the visa application, as requited.
Conduct seminars and workshops within the University community to inform students, staff, faculty, and administrators of all existing and new developments regarding immigration rules and regulations. Provides input into the formation of internal policies, procedures and processes regarding the hiring of international applicants on either a temporary or permanent basis.
Master's degree in Humanities, Social Sciences, Foreign Languages or cultures, or related field is required. An equivalent combination of education and experience is acceptable.
Three or more semesters of foreign language study or foreign language proficiency is preferred.
U.S. Citizenship/Permanent Residency required pursuant to J-1 Federal regulations for J-1 Alternate/Responsible Officer (A/RO)
At least 1 year of directly related work experience in a post-secondary institution, or similar sized organization, interacting with and providing assistance to the international population.
Prior experience working visa and immigration rules and regulations is highly desired.
Strong oral and written communication skills necessary to explain complex regulations and policies. Strong interpersonal skills necessary to establish rapport with students; all levels of staff, faculty, and administrators; representatives of government agencies; and colleagues at similar organizations.
At West Virginia University, we pride ourselves on a tireless endeavor for achievement. We are home to some of the most passionate, innovative minds in the country who push their limits for the sake of progress, constantly moving the world forward. Our students, faculty and staff make this institution one of the best out there, and we are proud to stand as one voice, one university, one WVU. Find out more about your opportunities as a Mountaineer at http://hr.wvu.edu/ .
West Virginia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff and students, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities and veterans.
Job Posting: Jan 9, 2019
Posting Classification: Non-Classified
Exemption Status: Exempt
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Internal Number: 160640
About West Virginia University
West Virginia University, founded in 1867, has a long and rich history as a public, land-grant institution. WVU encourages scholarship and offers high-quality academic programs while serving the state of West Virginia and the nation. WVU statewide includes campuses in Beckley, Charleston, Keyser, Martinsburg and Morgantown – which has been ranked as a #1 Small City in America. WVU is an R1 Doctoral Research University (Highest Research Activity), one of only 115 nationwide. WVU offers 212 degrees throughout the 14 colleges and schools. Areas of specialty include STEM education, healthcare in Appalachia, shale gas utilization, radio astronomy and forensics. WVU researchers have helped confirm the existence of gravitational waves and uncovered diesel vehicle emissions discrepancies. Statewide, there are over 31,000 graduate and undergraduate students along with 190,000 alumni worldwide. WVU is reinventing West Virginia’s future by strengthening education, healthcare and broad-based prosperity.