International Student Advisor

Expiring today

San Jose State University
San Jose, CA
Aug 03, 2022
Aug 08, 2022
Position Type
Adviser / Advisor
Employment Type
Internship / Student
Organization Type
College / University
International Student Advisor

Job no: 514468
Work type: Staff
Location: San Jose
Categories: Unit 4 - APC - Academic Professionals of California, Probationary, Full Time, Student Services

Job Summary

Working independently under the general supervision of the Director of International Student and Scholar Services and receiving work direction from the Assistant Director of International Student Advising, the International Student Advisor (ISA) provides direct service to students in F-1 and J-1 status as part of a dynamic team serving over 4000 international students.

The incumbent offers administrative and technical support, helps with facilitating programming, interacts with faculty, administrators, staff, and off-campus agencies. These areas often overlap in the fulfillment of responsibilities. This is a fast-paced position supporting one of the key strategic goals of the College of Professional and Global Education in creating a global ethos and helping with the internationalization of the campus.

Key Responsibilities
  • Advise Students with academic and personal concerns
  • Provide one-on-one and group advising to F-1 and J-1 students with respect to the maintenance of legal immigration status and employability.
  • Process paperwork for F-1 and J-1 students benefits, such as OPT and CPT, as well as Changes of Status, Reduced Course Loads, Extensions of Program, Academic Training etc. Provide administrative and technical support in the sunapsis data management system
  • Plan, coordinate, and present workshops and information sessions to communicate F-1 and J-1 student immigration regulations and SJSU policies to international students and campus constituents
  • Serve as Designated School Official (DSO) and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) by maintaining in-depth knowledge of Department of State and Department of Homeland Security rules and regulations

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Thorough knowledge of U.S. government immigration regulations; immigration advising methods, procedures, and practices; and SEVIS
  • Advanced knowledge of databases (i.e. sunapsis, ISSM, PeopleSoft, etc.) and computer programs
  • Ability to use judgment to independently analyze and interpret regulations pertaining to F-1 and J-1 students and to develop creative solutions to complex cases
  • Ability to advise students individually and in groups on routine matters
  • Must possess excellent customer service and public relations skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Organizational, planning, and multitasking skills
  • Cross-cultural sensitivity and ability to work well with individuals from a variety of cultural, ethnic, religious, and linguistic backgrounds
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of student record information and to appropriately handle sensitive communication with students, faculty, staff, and external agencies

Required Qualifications
  • Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university in a related field, including or supplemented by upper-division or graduate coursework in counseling techniques, interviewing, and conflict resolution where such are job-related and three years of progressively responsible professional student services work experience
  • Three years of progressively responsible professional student services work experience. A master's degree in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Social Work, or a directly related field may be substituted for one year of experience. A doctorate degree and the appropriate internship or clinical training in counseling or guidance may be substituted for the three years of experience for positions with a major responsibility for professional career or personal counseling

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's degree in International Education, Higher Education Administration or International Relations, Global Studies preferred
  • One year of F-1 and/or J-1 immigration advising and DSO/ARO working experience and/or one year of experience advising international students
  • Experience with USCIS regulations
  • Experience with SEVIS procedures
  • Experience maintaining student data and records in a database, such as sunapsis, ISSM, etc
  • Student service advising experience in a University setting
  • Experience interacting with individuals in a cross-cultural environment


Classification: Student Services Professional III
Anticipated Hiring Range: $5,042/month - $5,492/month
CSU Hiring Range: $4,691/month - $6,683/month

San Jose State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary .

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:
  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest

All applicants must apply within the specified application period: May 19, 2022 through June 9, 2022 . This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.

Contact Information

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CSU Vaccination Policy

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement as a condition of employment. The system wide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to (see application details) .

Additional Information

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was offered the position on a contingent basis.

The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. Some positions may also require fingerprinting. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


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Equal Employment Statement

San Jose State University (SJSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).

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