Position Purpose Reporting to the Director, the Senior Immigration Advisor will assist international students and scholars with immigration-related issues, manage a caseload of international students and scholars including SEVIS reporting, help ensure compliance with federal regulations, and create educational programs, and conduct analysis on impact of changes in immigration laws.
Serves as Department of Homeland Security Designated School Official (DSO) and Department of State Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) responsible for immigration advising.
Manages complex and high-volume caseload of international students and scholars, with responsibility for advising on maintenance of status, program duration, changes of status, international travel, employment including post-graduate employment, dependent family members, and other immigration-related compliance areas.
Performs administrative tasks necessary to support the advising function, including correspondence, reporting, auditing and regular records maintenance in Banner, the Data Warehouse, Sunapsis and SEVIS.
Works with OVIS staff to update and create online advising resources for international population as well as for departments and schools across the institutions.
Serves as liaison to assigned schools and departments to provide guidance and support for immigration sponsorship requests in the context of both institutional and government policies.
Maintains expertise in F-1, J-1 and other immigration regulations, including staying apprised of regulatory and policy changes.
Leads workshops and training sessions on immigration-related topics for international students, scholars, faculty, and department administrators.
Operations Support (20%)
Participates in and provides critical support for international student and scholar registration, check-in, orientation, employment and other requests, particularly during peak times.
Prepares and processes immigration documents for international students and scholars, including Form I-20 and Form DS-2019 creation and SEVIS record updates.
Stay abreast of new technology and software capabilities for intake, case management, audits and reporting and assist with testing of system upgrades and version releases.
Works with OVIS leadership and staff to create and implement programming on immigration-related topics.
Data Analysis and SEVIS Compliance (15%)
Regularly monitors and analyzes student and scholar data in Banner, Data Warehouse, HRMS, Sunapsis and SEVIS to ensure accuracy and integrity of data and audit review in compliance with SEVIS and other reporting requirements.
Works closely with Director, Associate Director and other staff members to analyze changes in immigration law and policy and the impact on international students and scholars to ensure compliance.
Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness through actions, interactions, and communications with others.\
Performs other duties as assigned
Must be U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident to serve as DSO/ARO as required by federal law
Demonstrated understanding of and experience with U.S. immigration regulations and policy
Demonstrated experience with SEVIS, Banner, Sunapsis and other database management systems and reporting tools
Highly detail-oriented with strong organizational and administrative skills
Ability to manage large and complex caseload
Proficient in Microsoft Office applications and Powerpoint
Excellent oral, written and cross-cultural communication skills and sensitivity
Commitment to diversity
Time management – ability to juggle multiple deadlines and prioritize
Experience in handling highly confidential information, and securing data as necessary
Minimum of 3-4 years of experience in higher education advising F-1 students and J-1 Exchange Visitors
Experience studying or working overseas preferred
Bachelor’s degree required
Experience studying or working overseas preferred
Master’s degree preferred
Special Instructions to Applicants Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to Dartmouth College. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.
Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.