International Student and Scholar Assistant Advisor / Advisor / Senior Advisor
University of Colorado Boulder - International Students & Scholars
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Type: Full Time
Internal Number: 33775
What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be:
Advising, Visa Document Preparation, & Reporting:
Advise and educate international students, international scholars (including short-term visitors, postdoctoral fellows, academic and research faculty, and staff), and academic and functional units on U.S. immigration rules and related institutional policies.
Provide direct, comprehensive advising to international students and scholars in regard to complex issues not only related to immigration but also related academic, logistical, financial, health, travel, and career development issues.
Assist students and scholars in adjusting to life at the university and in the U.S. including advising on campus academic and personal support resources, clubs and organizations on campus, on and off campus employment, applications for Social Security Numbers, state driver’s licenses, etc.
Research, interpret, and apply federal and institutional rules and policies to the specific situations of international students in F-1 or J-1 non-immigrant status and international scholars in J-1, H-1B, E-3, TN, or O-1 status.
Communicate with state and federal government agencies such as the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles and the U.S. Social Security Administration on behalf of international students and scholars.
Serve as official liaison to federal government agencies as a Designated School Official (DSO) and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO), ensuring compliance with immigration regulations.
Authorize immigration benefits for international students and scholars in the SEVIS federal database.
Monitor, report, and submit required information and documentation to federal governmental agencies via SEVIS and sunapsis.
Prepare and submit appropriate employment-based visa and permanent residency applications to federal government agencies on behalf of the university.
Mentor less experienced International Student & Scholar Advisors in internal practices and procedures. (Not applicable to assistant level advisor position.).
Programs/Events Planning, Mentorship for Student Clubs, & Liaison with Community Groups:
Design, coordinate, and implement programs, workshops, and events for the international students, scholars, and their families to cultivate an inclusive community and assist with their integration and success academically, socially, and culturally on campus and in the local community. (Event planning includes budgeting and fiscal accountability; negotiating for time, space, resources, catering, etc.; marketing; implementation; and attendance.)
Collaborate with other campus units, including but not limited to the Counseling and Psychiatric Services; Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement; Career Services; and the Recreation Center in creating and implementing programs, events, workshops, day trips, etc. that will enhance the international student and/or scholar experience related to academics, career building, social integration, cultural adjustment, etc.
Lead and/or assist with international student orientation planning with committee, serve as mentor for student and/or scholar groups (such as but not limited to International Festival committee, CU International club, and International Peer Mentor program) and/or primary liaison for community organizations (such as Boulder Friends of International Students).
Advocacy & Outreach:
Advocate for international students and scholars on campus as appropriate.
Provide training and guidance to campus constituents as needed to support international students and scholars, facilitate campus integration, and ensure positive interactions.
Develop, plan, and conduct workshops delivered in person or via other methods to educate on current U.S. immigration regulations and compliance as well as matters integral to the success of international students and scholars on campus such as but no limited to intercultural differences.
Develop and maintain relationships with schools and colleges regarding the immigration requirements for their international students, faculty, staff, scholars and exchange visitors.
Act as a liaison for international students and scholars with the Bursar’s Office, Office of the Registrar, Office of Human Resources, and other units on campus as needed.
Administrative and Other:
Assist with projects within the ISSS office to enhance efficiency and customer service, e.g., website revisions, development of internal processes and communications such as handouts and forms, creating and giving presentations to campus community, social media updates, etc.
Serve as member of internal ISSS committees and taskforces.
Participate in weekly case management meetings, ISSS team meetings, new international student orientation, etc.
Engage in professional development and compliance training opportunities.
Train, assign work and supervise student worker(s).
To be a Designated School Official (DSO) and/or Alternate Responsible Office (ARO), per federal regulations, incumbent must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. lawful permanent resident.
Additional Requirements Depending on Level of Hire
International Student & Scholar Assistant Advisor:
One (1) year of work experience as an international student and/or scholar advisor (or similar position) at an institution of higher education or as an immigration paralegal or legal assistant. The experience must include assisting international students and/or scholars with at least one (1) of the three (3) following types of visas:
F-1, J-1, and H-1B. (Applicants with similar experience as a student employee in an International Student & Scholar Services office will be considered).
International Student & Scholar Advisor:
One (1) year of work experience as an international student and scholar advisor (or similar position) as a DSO and/or ARO at an institution of higher education or as an immigration paralegal or legal assistant. The experience must demonstrate the ability to use a knowledge of the regulations and good judgement to independently advise international students and scholars with at least two (2) of the three (3) following types of visas:
F-1, J-1, and H-1B.
Senior International Student & Scholar Advisor:
At least two (2) years of work experience as an international student and scholar advisor (or similar position) at an institution of higher education. The experience must demonstrate the ability to use a knowledge of the regulations and good judgement to independently advise international students and scholars with at least three (3) of the four (4) following types of immigration matters:
F-1 visas, J-1 visas, H-1B visas, and U.S. Permanent residency petitions.
Experience must include two (2) years as a Designated School Official (DSO) and/or Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO).
About University of Colorado Boulder - International Students & Scholars
The University of Colorado impacts the lives of thousands of young people, the state of Colorado and remains highly competitive with universities around the nation.CU Boulder contributes to the economy as well as fostering innovation through research. Its current research portfolio is valued at $2.4 billion to conduct research in economic sectors including energy, bioscience, aerospace, health care and other fields. This research allowed for 238 invention disclosures, 115 new patent filings and 242 follow-on filings. Eight new companies were formed based on CU technology.CU Boulder is home to more than 2,100 academic faculty, nearly 2,000 research faculty, more than 700 visiting international scholars and over 3,600 staff members. Faculty honors including five Nobel Laureates, nine MacArthur Fellowships, and one Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year.