Job Identification: 304 Locations: , , , , Job Schedule: Full time Job Category: International Program & Srvs
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General Summary The International Student and Scholar Advisor is an active member of the International Student and Scholar Services (ISS) and advises a heavy caseload of F1 and J1 visa students on legal matters which affect their maintenance of non-immigrant student status. The ISS Advisor is responsible for applying federal regulatory parameters to determine whether non-immigrant student and exchange faculty members are compliant with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of State (DOS) regulations. Individual serves as a university "Designated School Official" (DSO) for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and as an "Alternate Responsible Officer" (ARO) for the U.S. Department of State's J-1 Exchange Visitor Program. The ISS Advisor works as part of a team to provide high-quality support services to international students and scholars including orientation, support with cultural adjustment, and a successful engagement with the DePaul community.
Responsibilities & Duties
Assist with advising caseload of F-1 and J-1 non-immigrant students on maintenance of non-immigrant legal status, which affects eligibility to obtain visas at U.S. Embassies worldwide; lawfully enroll and work; travel internationally without incident; maintain future eligibility to change non-immigrant status and/or apply for permanent U.S. residency, and to avoid consequences for non-compliance.
Serve as Designated School Official (DSO) on record with DHS and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) on record with the Department of State as responsible for carrying out federally mandated responsibilities on behalf of the University.
Regularly process applications for Curricular Practical Training (CPT), Optional Practical Training (OPT) and Academic Training (AT).
Manage and conduct portions of ISS quarterly orientations for all incoming F1 and J1 students on topics related to maintenance of lawful status, cultural adjustment, university resources, and academic issues.
Advocate for students with the following federal agencies: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Department of State (DOS), and the Social Security Administration (SSA).
Liaise with internal DePaul stakeholders including College Academic Advising Offices, Dean of Students Office, Academic Programs, Admitting units, DePaul Central, and other student support service offices.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Education & Experience
A bachelor's degree in an appropriate field or an equivalent combination of training and experience
A minimum of 18 months of experience in international education or a related field
Knowledge of U.S. federal law governing non-immigrant students and scholars, keen analytical and interpretive skills, and excellent cross-cultural communication skills.
Must be able to handle a heavy caseload in a deadline-driven environment.
Excellent organizational and time management skills and experience determining priorities effectively while adhering to deadlines are necessary.
This position will serve as a Designated School Officer (DSO) authorized by the Department of Homeland Security and requires U.S. permanent residency or U.S. citizenship for such designation.
Directly supports the university's ability to retain permission to admit and enroll international students resulting in annual revenue of over $45 million tuition dollars.
Routinely sit and/or stand in a stationary position for long periods of time to work on a computer.
Other Skills & Abilities Required
Strong communication skills including writing, speaking/presenting; collaborative/team player; proven inter-cultural skills.
Strong internal initiative with the ability to independently complete, review and report on work tasks.
Additional Information For full consideration include a cover letter addressing the following questions:
1. What 3 best practices do you employ in cultivating an environment that is conducive to teamwork, collaboration, and sustenance of relationships with internal and external clients?
2. How would you describe your learning style and how do you best learn/retain new information for best results?
3. Describe an intercultural experience that impacted you and how it will influence your approach to working with international students.
Some weekend and evening hours depending on events and SEVIS reporting deadlines.
Salary & Benefits Package:
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At DePaul University, we are looking for candidates who want to join us in our mission to provide access to education for all. Successful candidates welcome ideas and perspectives from colleagues and students representing a wide variety of cultures, backgrounds, religious beliefs, and experiences. We seek collaborative, open-minded and hard working professionals to work in a real world urban learning environment. Are you exceptional, yet modest and open to challenges? We seek achievers and leaders that want to bring their passion and skills to our well-respected community of approachable colleagues. Build your career with us. DePaul University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, genetic information or any other legally protected status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local EEO laws.