Job Category: Managerial/Professional Unit: International Affairs Position Code: SIA8787A Status: Open Closing Date: Applicant review will begin on or around April 22, 2019 and will continue through selection. Salary: $60,000 - $66,000 Location: Campus Site Background check: Background check and fingerprinting may be required
Description: The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With nearly 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.
Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.
In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.
ABOUT THE JOB
The International Student Visa Specialist employs professional skills with a full understanding of analytical practices and campus policies and procedures; researches, analyzes and develops solutions to a range of issues, particularly those that relate to visa issuance and compliance. Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions. Primarily deals with international policies, programs and proposals which are complex and diverse in scope. Develops new programs, policies or procedures for possible implementation.
1) Complies with Department of Homeland Security federal regulations as the Designated School Official (F Visa) and Alternate Responsible Officer (J Visa). Provides expert level visa advising and support services for international students, researchers and their dependents in F and J visa classifications. Independently researches and interprets complex immigration regulations and exercises discretion in application to individual circumstances. Manages data in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Authorizes transfer of schools, change of level, program extensions, employment, practical training (OPT/CPT), Leave of Absence (LOA), Reduced Course Loads (RCL), concurrent enrollment, change of status, intercampus exchange, quarterly registration events, address maintenance, enrollment verification, and travel endorsements. Facilitates resolution of problems regarding study, employment and legal status. Devises strategies and solutions applicable to campus needs. Assists students with logistical, academic and socio-cultural needs. Monitors expiration of visa status and notifies visa holders of upcoming deadlines.
2) Maintains expert knowledge through research of regulations, system wide communication and meetings, manuals, help-lines and web-based information. Publishes written procedures, processes, guidelines and forms for visa processes to ensure compliance. Compiles and analyzes data on international clients and projects related to internationalization. Researches and summarizes best practices in field. Maintains student data in ISSM database and reports mandated information to Department of Homeland Security's SEVIS database according to federal regulation and deadlines. Creates reports to monitor enrollment and reconciles data with Student Information System (SIS), ISSM and SEVIS databases. Investigates discrepancies and follows through with problem resolution with Department of Homeland Security. Maintains and updates on-line forms, guidelines, instructions, policies, procedures and information on ISS web site. Updates the ISS Student Handbook and creates and maintains advisor check lists for visa holder processes and procedures.
3) Advises academic departments, colleges and administrative units regarding visa policies and federal regulations pertaining to international students. Analyzes, predicts and advises constituencies regarding direction in the absence of clear external and internal practices. Proposes, leads and/or participates on policy and planning committees and working groups related to international students and/or international education initiatives. Representative to campus units, and other UC campuses and US universities, professional organizations, and US Government and State agencies. Primary contact for University of California's Education Abroad Program's reciprocity student exchange program (incoming J-1 visa international students). Provides EAP student information to academic and administrative units. Consults with the Registrar's Office and Cashier's Office to independently prepare required verification letters and other supporting documentation as related to visa status. Represents ISS at campus, community and professional organizations (e.g. NAFSA, Advisors Group, BAPiers). Coordinates nomination of international student awards and other opportunities. Contributes to relevant media and outreach events. Assists other campus units with select recruitment, admissions and retention activities.
4) Develops and presents employment workshops, new student orientations, and educational sessions for academic advisors, administrators and faculty regarding immigration regulations. Conducts post-implementation analysis of workshops, orientations and processes to determine the need for further improvement, finer distinctions and/or additional process/policy components.
Qualifications: - Bachelor's Degree in related area AND three (3) years of progressively responsible related experience or equivalent related experience/training.
- Knowledge of common software applications, including Microsoft Office Suite, and student information systems or similar databases.
- Knowledge of SEVIS, ISSM and Banner is preferred.
- Strong attention to detail and problem-solving skills.
- Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, with people of different cultural backgrounds, personalities and levels of English proficiency in a professional, tactful manner.
- Ability to develop and present workshops and orientations.
- Strong skills in analyzing and synthesizing large amounts of data to create sound and relevant proposals and reports.
- Ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes, shifting priorities and mandates.
- Ability to use discretion and maintain all confidentiality.
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