The International Office at the University of Texas at Austin is currently looking for a Sponsored andExchange Advisor. The individual will be responsible for the comprehensive advising of international sponsored and reciprocal exchange students. Work as a highly functioning, collaborative member of the Sponsored and Exchange Programs team, as well as International Students & Scholar Services as a whole.
Essential Job Functions:
Provide general admissions support to international sponsored students and reciprocal exchange students. Advise and assist prospective/admitted sponsored and exchange students on pre-arrival immigration-related issues. Counsel and assist sponsored and exchange students on matters related to university life, their academic experience, and specialized requirements set forth by their sponsors and home institutions. Participate in the implementation/delivery of various programming activities including new student orientation; intercultural programing; special topic workshops and joint programming with other campus/community entities. Serve as a resource to academic departments to support sponsored students and reciprocal exchange students in their degree programs.
Serve as a Designated School Official (DSO) and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) responsible for routine SEVIS records maintenance, I-20/DS-2019 creation, and record updates. Advise sponsored and exchange students on complex US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and US Department of State (DOS) regulations, including school transfers, reinstatement, employment authorization, and change of status. Communicate with federal agencies regarding immigration benefits for international students. Perform administrative tasks necessary to support SEVIS program compliance, including monitoring and adjudicating internally generated SEVIS reports by their assigned deadlines. Ensure SEVIS compliance through understanding of and adherence to all applicable federal nonimmigrant visa regulations, as well as university policy. Actively participate in the development, maintenance and growth of team expertise in the laws and regulations governing international students and in advising/informing university administrators about university policies and procedures that ensure ongoing compliance. Work closely with ISSS leadership, as needed, to ensure proper understanding and application of immigration regulations and university policies.
Process nomination and admission applications for exchange students. Maintain electronic and paper records of all sponsored and exchange student documents and applications. Update and maintain websites for sponsored and exchange students to effectively communicate admission procedures, immigration information, and transition issues. Assist in the coordination of insurance coverage and tuition billing arrangements.
Provide support to overall functions of office where needed, including corresponding with international students on a variety of issues associated with their status at the university. Actively support the priorities of ISSS and the IO, serve on internal committees, and participate in work groups to support the mission of the unit.
Bachelor's degree and three years of related international experience.Effective problem solving skills and demonstrated ability to take initiative. Evidence of strong organizational abilities and the ability to effectively prioritize and manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced, high-volume, environment.
Excellent written and attention to details skills. Ability to be diplomatic, composed, and proactive in varied interactions. Excellent cross-cultural communication skills with documented experience in public speaking and delivering presentations.
Excellent professional demeanor. Ability to work independently and as a team member. Commitment to high quality and efficient customer service to students, faculty, staff, and external partners.
Significant experience advising students on F-1 and J-1 regulations in a university context. Significant experience working with sponsored students and reciprocal exchange students.
About The University of Texas, Austin
The University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest public universities in the United States. Founded in 1883, the university has grown from a single building, eight teachers, two departments and 221 students to a 350-acre main campus with 21,000 faculty and staff, 16 colleges and schools and over 52,000 students.
The university’s reach goes far beyond the borders of the main campus with satellite campuses and research centers across Texas, including the J.J. Pickle Research Campus, the Marine Science Institute, the McDonald Observatory, the Montopolis Research Center and the Brackenridge tract.
With an enrollment of 11,000 students and more than 3,500 master’s and doctor’s degrees awarded annually, the graduate school is a national leader in graduate degrees awarded and one of the largest graduate schools in the nation.
More than 8,700 bachelor’s degrees are awarded annually in more than 170 fields of study and 100 majors.
The university has one of the most diverse student populations in the country and is a national leader in the number of undergraduate degrees awarded to minority students.