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International Student and Scholar Advisor at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey

Posted in Admin - Clerical 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Job Description

Job Description

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

The International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) serves Stevens’ international students, faculty, research scholars, and staff, and provides pre and post-admission services to incoming international students. ISSS administers an increasingly complex array of government regulations; supports the US Department of Homeland Security's SEVIS system (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System), and manages the collection and entry of data and information in SEVIS to track the Stevens international student and scholar population in non-immigrant status. ISSS manages the Department of State’s Exchange Visitor Program and its regulatory requirements. The ISSS is Stevens’ primary resource for issues related to immigration compliance for international students, faculty, research scholar and staff as it relates to specific admissions, academic, enrollment, employment and travel matters. ISSS designs, plans and implements international student/scholar orientation programs and a variety of workshops to ensure immigration compliance and contributes to international students' cultural adjustment and academic success.

Job Description Summary:

The International Student and Scholar Advisor (Advisor) position is responsible for advising international students and scholars with respect to F-1 and J-1 visa regulations.  The Advisor performs duties of a Designated School Official (DSO) and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO), and liaises with government agencies, including the Student and Exchange Visitor program (SEVP), U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Department of State. Interpret F-1 and J-1 visa regulations to ensure compliance, and provides counseling and advising support to international students and scholars on immigration and other ancillary matters.  The Advisor supports the overall objectives and efforts of ISSS.   

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform duties of a Designated School Official (DSO) and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO)

  • Liaise with government agencies, including  the Student and Exchange Visitor program (SEVP), U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Department  of State

  • Interpret F-1 and J-1 visa regulations to ensure compliance, and provide counseling and advising support to international students and scholars on immigration related matters, and other support issues

  • Assist students to obtain F-1/J-1 immigration benefits such as CPT/OPT /STEM extensions and Academic Training as outlined in the regulations, and process I-20s and DS-2019s as required

  • Serve as a resource on immigration regulations, policies and practices to faculty and staff

  • Hold regular open office hours

  • Assist with check in and SEVIS registration

  • Contribute to the development, implementation, and presentation of specialized workshops and programs, and in designing and updating handouts, forms, presentations, and the ISSS website

  • Assist in the maintenance of various database systems associated with assigned duties and responsibilities, including ISSM and the Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)

  • Performs other job related duties as assigned

Bachelor's degree is required in International Education, Intercultural Communication, Higher Education Administration, Management, Counseling, Liberal Arts, Communications, or related field. A minimum of three years' relevant experience in higher education advising international students or scholars; or equivalent combination of education and experience; extensive knowledge and experience working with the federal SEVIS system is required; comprehensive working knowledge of immigration regulations and regulations related to students and scholars in various visa categories, primarily F-1 and J-1 status.

Must possess strong analytical skills and the ability to correctly interpret federal regulations.  Must have excellent knowledge and technical skills using case management application systems (SEVIS, ISSM, SIS, Workday, SLATE). Must have the ability to perform computerized tasks which may include any combination of word processing, spreadsheet, database, email, internet or web-based applications.  Must be organized, detail oriented, be able to prioritize tasks and to work under mandated deadlines in a fast-paced, high-volume environment. Must have excellent communication, presentation, interpersonal and intercultural skills, and provide a student-centric approach to customer service.

Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and pass a criminal history record check to assume the role of Designated School Official (DSO) and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO), which is an essential component of the position.  To apply, please provide your resume, cover letter, and the name and contact information of three professional references. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Working Conditions:

  • General office environment

  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position at least 50% of the day

  • Occasionally needs to move between academic buildings on campus

This job description reflects management assignment of essential functions, it does not proscribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.


International Student and Scholar Services

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In order to be considered a candidate for any job at Stevens, you must submit an online application. Please attach a cover letter and resume with each application. Other requirements for consideration may depend on the job.

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EEO Statement:

Stevens Institute of Technology is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Accordingly, Stevens adheres to an employment policy that prohibits discriminatory practices or harassment against candidates or employees based on legally impermissible factor(s) including, but not necessarily limited to, race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, nationality, citizenship status, age, ancestry, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, familial status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information, pregnancy or pregnancy-related medical conditions, disability, or any protected military or veteran status.

Stevens is building a diverse faculty, staff and student body and strongly encourages applications from female and minority candidates as well as veterans and individuals with disabilities. Stevens is a federal contractor under the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as well as other federal statutes.

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