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International Student Services (ISS) has an outstanding opportunity for a Senior International Student Advisor. ISS, a unit within the Enrollment Management, supports the Provost as well as the University of Washington community.
ISS serves over 8,000 undergraduate, graduate, professional, and exchange international students in F-1 and J-1 status. These students contribute to the institution's academic and research objectives and enhance the rich diversity and global character of the university. Under the general supervision of the Assistant Director for Student Advising and as part of the ISS advising team, the Senior International Student Advisor will advise F and J students on the benefits and restrictions of their immigration status, provide guidance on maintaining visa status, process immigration benefits, maintain and update immigration records through SEVIS, and help students navigate university policy and resources to ensure immigration compliance and successful degree completion.
In addition to general immigration advising, the Senior International Student Advisor will coordinate and oversee F and J employment policies and procedures, best practices, federal immigration updates or changes, and the training and review of processing employment benefits by the advising team. The position will collaborate with academic departments, advisers, and other campus stakeholders on training and employment benefits to ensure institutional consistency and compliance with federal regulations. The Senior Advisor will also be responsible for maintaining and updating training and employment related forms, resource materials, guidelines, and presentation content for students and department advisers.
The ISS advisor advises international students on regulations and University policies related to their non-immigrant visa status to help students comply with federal immigration regulations, policies, and procedures. The advisor also serves as a Designated School Official as approved by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The ISS advisor assists international students maintain legal non-immigrant status while enrolled at the University.
The ISS advisor must maintain and update student records in ISSM, SEVIS, and UW student databases to ensure University compliance with U.S. federal immigration rules, regulations, and policies. The ISS advisor must understand and implement institutional policies and protocols allowing international students at the UW to accomplish their academic goals and ensuring the University is compliant with all federal regulations.
Coordinate and oversee the training of the ISS advising team to ensure consistent, accurate, and timely advising and processing of training and employment benefit requests.
Lead the ISS advising team in the review and processing of training and employment benefit policies, best practices, and federal regulatory updates or changes.
Serve as the primary ISS liaison with academic departments, faculty, advisers, and other campus stakeholders on training and employment benefits to ensure institutional consistency, compliance with federal regulations, and student success in degree completion.
Maintain and update training and employment benefit resource materials, guidelines, web content, and presentation materials to assist advisors and students understand related federal regulations.
Hire and supervise hourly student employees and graduate student employees as needed to assist with student communications and the review of training and employment materials.
Advise students through email, appointments, and phone calls on F-1 and J-1 regulations and University policies regarding their visa status to assist students in maintaining status while enrolled.
Serve as a Designated School Official (DSO) and Alternative Responsible Officer (ARO) to create, process, update, and maintain F and J student immigration records through ISSM and SEVIS.
Review and process immigration benefits requests submitted by F and J students and alumni.
Provide educational curriculum and resources for students through in person and online presentations, workshops, web content, and other informational materials.
Attend regional or national workshops and conferences as budget allows.
Other duties as assigned.
Minimum of 3 years of experience advising international students
Excellent written and oral communication skills, including experience with public speaking or presenting to individuals from a variety of backgrounds.
Demonstrated ability to work within a team and with a diverse student population.
Ability to learn, understand, and communicate complex immigration regulations as well as university policy.
Superior analytical and problem-solving skills.
Ability to work under pressure, managing multiple deadlines simultaneously.
Strong organizational skills and careful attention to detail.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
4 years of experience as an International Student Advisor at a college or university.
Experience as a SEVIS-approved Designated School Official or Alternate Responsible Officer.
Experience using the SEVIS information system and ISSM or other third-party immigration software.
Demonstrated commitment to the field of international education.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.
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