Serve as a Designated School Official (DSO) for the University and support the Principal Designated School Official (PDSO), interacting with SEVIS and the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to prepare the Form I-20 and report information about international students. Additionally, this position will advise international students directly regarding obtaining and maintaining their F-1 visa status during their enrolled, CPT, and OPT status with the University, as well as acquaint them with resources available to them as international students at Pepperdine University. This position will also provide advice and support to the Pepperdine community on a broad spectrum of complex and sensitive immigration, visa, and employment issues and regulations, as well as mindful considerations and best practices for the University as hosts of graduate international students.
- Serve as point of contact for university administrators in Pepperdine graduate programs regarding the production of the form I-20, as well as the primary contact for graduate students with regard to the production of the form I-20, assisting students via phone, email and face-to-face contact.
- Perform other regular duties as a designated school official (DSO). Some of these duties include assisting students via phone, email and face-to-face contact with obtaining and successfully maintaining their visa status; SEVIS reporting; authorizing curricular practical training; recommending optional practical training; endorsing form I-20 for travel and reentry; advising students on H1B; change of status and reinstatement cases; and serve as a liaison with the Department of Homeland Security.
- Assist in further educating administration regarding issues pertaining to international students and maintaining compliance with the government, University, and OISS policies and regulations. Ensure orientation occurs for all international graduate students and acquaint students with resources that could be helpful to their acclimation and success. Serve as an advocate for international graduate students with campus resources and intentionally look for opportunities to build a meaningful international community among students to promote enduring alumni through continued relationships and fellowship.
- Assist with the standardization and centralization of student data, required documents, and interdepartmental policies in accordance with govenrment, institutional, and OISS policies.
- Stay updated on industry standards and regulatory information to implement and recommend best practices related to immigration, information systems and technology, and communications via various professional development opportunities virtual, on and off campus.
- Uphold University mission through work performed.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
The above information has been designed to indicate the general level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.
Skills and Qualifications
Required: Bachelor's degree, online training course "SEVIS Training for School Officials," reading and understanding of regulations related to: non-immigrant students, change of non-immigration classification for students, and school approval and withdrawal of school approval by the government. Effective communication and writing skills; Ability to prioritize tasks and manage time to comply with deadlines mandated by law, as well as deadlines based on and imposed by school calendars and students' schedules (including appointments with the government, travel plans, and emergencies that require immediate attention and action); Approachable and student-friendly demeanor. Fundamental computer skills.
Preferred: Master's degree; At least one year of work experience as a DSO or PDSO in a higher education environment; Knowledge of immigration laws; Experience working in a US education environment; Demonstrated Christian faith; Experience living outside the United States or directly with international students in a higher education environment; Fluency in a language other than English. Exceptional interpersonal skills; Outstanding communication skills including listening skills; Interest and experience in regulatory issues on federal, state, and local level (Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Labor, Social Security Administration, International Revenue Service, Department of Motor Vehicles) and cultural issues; Attention to detail and accuracy; Insight into the international student experience; Demonstrated cultural competency; and Evidence of a collaborative work style. Advanced computer skills; Familiarity with immigration case management systems such as SUNAPSIS, FSA Atlas, or Terra Dotta.
Qualified individuals should be able to articulate a strong commitment to diversity, and have the ability to work effectively with individuals from different backgrounds.
Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal, education and employment screening.
This is a regular, exempt, 40 hour per week position.
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Pepperdine University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate in employment practices on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, disability, or prior military service. Federal guidelines recognize the right of church-related institutions to seek personnel who will support the goals of the institution, including the right to select members of the church to which the institution is related.
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