Under the supervision of an Associate Director within the Office of Global Services (OGS) at Northeastern University (Boston campus), the International Student and Scholar Advisor (ISSA) provides advising services to international students and scholars on F/J visas. The ISSA serves as Designated School Official (DSO) and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) and utilizes the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) to perform necessary functions, gather data, create reports, etc.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE ISSA INCLUDE:
Advise international students on F-1 and J-1 visas and J-1 scholars to ensure maintenance of their non-immigrant status.
Counsel and advise international students and scholars on immigration related matters, employment authorization, acculturation, academic, social, personal adjustment, etc.
Provide guidance to NU academic departments and key contacts on regulatory requirements, institutional policies, and OGS policies and processes.
Advise students on obtaining social security numbers
Communicate with academic and Co-op advisors to support comprehensive student advising.
Maintain up to date knowledge of federal regulations and SEVIS procedures to provide timely and comprehensive advising.
Participate in planning and implementing orientation programs as they pertain to immigration compliance and the initial review of F and J regulations with new students.
Design and/or deliver regulatory training for students, scholars, and relevant colleagues.
Collaborate with students, scholars, and other offices at Northeastern to enhance the global network of the university.
Actively contribute to developing, designing, and implementing programs and systems needed to support and enrich the international student and scholar experience at Northeastern.
Serve within the DSO on-call rotation
Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree, preferably in a field related to international education, social sciences, or humanities
Knowledge of immigration regulations and professional experience working with international student (and scholar) populations throughout all parts of the international student experience (pre-arrival, enrollment, post-graduation)
One to three years' experience as a DSO/ARO working in SEVIS to process and maintain records and comply with regulatory reporting requirements
Ability and willingness to multitask and adopt the Northeastern fast-paced innovative model of work
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Ability to work independently and as a team member
Knowledge of privacy laws and ability to utilize discretion and confidentiality when advising students/scholars
U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent residency are required to be a DSO/ARO.
Knowledge of various computer software systems and applications including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) and web-based applications
Familiarity with batching systems such as SUNAPSIS
Prior study/work abroad or other living experience overseas
Knowledge of a second or third language
Strong intercultural communication and interpersonal skills
Prior experience with academic advising
Northeastern University considers factors such as candidate work experience, education and skills when extending an offer.
Northeastern has a comprehensive benefits package for benefit eligible employees. This includes medical, vision, dental, paid time off, tuition assistance, wellness & life, retirement- as well as commuting & transportation. Visit https://hr.northeastern.edu/benefits/ for more information.
Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in worldwide experiential learning, urban engagement, and interdisciplinary research that meets global and societal needs. Our broad mix of experience-based education programs?our signature cooperative education program, as well as student research, service learning, and global learning?build the connections that enable students to transform their lives. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools.