The primary function of theInternational Student and Scholar Advisor will be to advise and supportstudents, scholars and dependents on matters concerning F and J status,cultural adjustment and personal and related issues. In this role, the idealcandidate will bring an understanding of cross-cultural communication and aperson-centered approach to the complex work of nonimmigrant status advising.
The International Student andScholar Advisor is expected to maintain an up-to-date working knowledge of therelevant federal regulations and policy guidance needed to support their workwith Vanderbilt students, scholars and academic departments. The candidate willalso work closely with the Assistant Director for Student and ScholarEngagement on the development of programs aimed at supporting Vanderbilt'sstudent and scholar population.
International Student &Scholar Services serves to be the primary resource for non-immigrant studentsand scholars at Vanderbilt University.
Duties and Responsibilities
Serve as a DesignatedSchool Official (DSO) and an Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) for theuniversity's F-1 student program and J-1 Exchange Visitor program.
Advise internationalstudents and scholars and academic departments on immigration matters relatedto F and J statuses.
Prepare Immigrationdocuments for international students, scholars and their dependents.
Work with students andscholars on various personal, academic and financial issues.
Assist in development,coordination and delivery of ISSS programs, workshops and presentations.
Assist with specialprojects, student outreach efforts and the support of student organizations asneeded.
Other duties asassigned.
Profile of an Ideal Candidate
Bachelor's degree withat least two years of experience in a higher education setting is necessary.
Minimum 2 years ofexperience as a DSO and ARO working with international students, scholars anddependents in higher education environment is necessary.
Knowledge of F-1 andJ-1 regulations, and experience with SEVIS and SEVIS batch processing.
Ability to workindependently and as a constructive, collaborative member of a team.
Excellentcommunication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
U.S. Citizenship orPermanent Residency required to access SEVIS.
Ability to work in acomplex, fast-paced, and result-oriented environment.
Sensitivity to theunique needs and cultural differences of international students and scholars,and the ability to work in a cross-cultural environment.
Equivalent combinationof relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.
Demonstrated ability tointerpret and apply federal regulations governing F and J status.
Master's degree inhigher education, international studies, intercultural communication,counseling or a related field is preferred.
Three to five yearsprior experience as a DSO and ARO is preferred.
Demonstratedunderstanding of social justice within a higher education context.
Prior experience livingor working abroad.
Working knowledge ofrecords management systems such as PeopleSoft, ISSM or Terra Dotta Software.
Previous experiencewith project management, volunteer management, and budget management.
Prior or currentleadership experience with NAFSA – Association of International Educators orsimilar professional organizations.
Experience developingand delivering programming to student and scholar populations.
Experience with webdesign and social media management.
About Vanderbilt Benefits
In addition to offering alively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, VanderbiltUniversity offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health,dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disabilityinsurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match.Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependentchildren. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% ofthe tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree.Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VUBenefits Overview.
About Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt is a renownedprivate institution founded in 1873 and located in the heart of Nashville,Tennessee. The university's students and faculty frequently cite Nashville andthe surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbiltcommunity. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will bevalued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a placewhere your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employeesknow they are part of something bigger than themselves, take exceptional pridein their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbiltwas recently ranked #2 for ‘best quality of life’ and ‘great financial aid,’ #5for ‘best run colleges’ and ‘beautiful campus,’ and #6 for both being in a‘college city that students love’ and having ‘great campus/city relations.’
Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Vanderbilt University iscommitted to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic communityof faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to thisgoal and our campus values.
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About Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University is a center for scholarly research, informed and creative teaching, and service to the community and society at large. Vanderbilt will uphold the highest standards and be a leader in the quest for new knowledge through scholarship, the dissemination of knowledge through teaching and outreach, and the creative experimentation of ideas and concepts. In pursuit of these goals, Vanderbilt values most highly intellectual freedom that supports open inquiry, equality, compassion, and excellence in all endeavors.