To advise international students on matters including, yet not limited to, immigration. Work closely with academic departments to support international students. Ensure university compliance with federal regulations and keep detailed records of all processes. Work as a highly functioning, collaborative team member.
This is a 3 year temporary position, renewal based on funding.
Advise and assist prospective and admitted international students on pre-arrival immigration-related issues. Advise international students, prospective and continuing, on complex immigration regulations, including school transfers, reinstatements, employment authorization, and change of status, keeping detailed records of all processes. Counsel and assist enrolled international students on matters related to university life and the U.S. study experience, including finances, transportation, employment, health insurance, adjustment to the campus, and maintenance of student status.
Serve as Designated School Official and Alternate Responsible Office to create I-20s/DS-2019s, manage SEVIS records, and process immigration applications for international students. Ensure SEVIS compliance for both the university and the student through understanding of and adherence to all applicable nonimmigrant visa regulations, as well as university policy.
Perform administrative tasks necessary to support SEVIS compliance, including monitoring and adjudicating internally generated SEVIS reports by their assigned deadlines. Communicate with federal agencies regarding immigration benefits for international students. Maintain appropriate and accurate electronic and paper records of all international student documents and applications.
Actively participate in the development 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, taking appropriate initiative and exercising discretion within the scope of assigned duties.
Serve as a resource to academic departments to support international students admitted/enrolled in their degree programs. Serve as liaison to select university offices and departments on campus to inform/advocate for the needs of international students. Participate in the implementation and delivery of various programming activities including new student check-in and orientation; intercultural programming; special topic workshops and joint programming with other campus or community entities.
Provide support to overall functions of office, including corresponding and communicating with international students on issues associated with their status at the university. Work collaboratively with other ISSS staff on development of training workshops and informational sessions on international issues for UT international students, faculty, and staff. Actively support the critical priorities of ISSS and the International Office, 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. Ability to work independently and as a team member. Evidence of strong organizational skills and the ability to effectively prioritize and manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced, high-volume, environment. Possess excellent written communication skills with attention to detail. Commitment to high quality and efficient customer service. Ability to be professional, diplomatic, composed, and proactive in varied interactions. Excellent cross-cultural communication skills with documented experience in public speaking and delivering presentations.
Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.
Significant experience advising students on F-1 and J-1 regulations in a university context. Significant experience as a Designated School Official (DSO).
May work around standard office conditions. Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation.
3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
Letter of interest
About The University of Texas at 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.