Coordinator for International Student Services

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New England Conservatory
South Boston, MA
Sep 22, 2022
Oct 10, 2022
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Employment Type
Internship / Student
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New England Conservatory, an independent not-for-profit institution, is recognized internationally as a leader among music schools, educating and training musicians of all ages from around the world. With music students representing more than 40 countries, NEC cultivates a diverse, dynamic community for students, providing them with performance opportunities and high-caliber training by 225 internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars. NEC pushes the boundaries of making and teaching music through college-level musical training in classical, jazz, and Contemporary Improvisation. It offers unique interdisciplinary programs such as Entrepreneurial Musicianship and Community Performances & Partnerships that empower students to create their own musical opportunities. As part of NEC's mission to make lifelong music education available to everyone, the Preparatory School and School of Continuing Education delivers training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students, and adults.

NEC is an Equal Opportunity Employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.

New England Conservatory (NEC) has determined that the highest possible rate of COVID-19 vaccination offers the best assurance of safeguarding the health of all members of our community. Therefore, NEC is requiring all employees to receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by September 3, 2021. All newly hired employees at NEC must receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they begin work, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. Additionally, all members of the NEC community are required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster by February 1, 2022, or within fourteen days of eligibility. For more information, please contact NEC Human Resources.


The Coordinator for International Student Services serves as the Conservatory's Primary Designated School Official, the duties of which include obtaining, regaining, and maintaining F-1 nonimmigrant student status; students' rights and responsibilities while in F-1 status; and all SEVIS-related record-keeping, reporting, and compliance issues. Additionally, this position aids students with orientation, academic advising, registration, and preparation for graduation. Additionally, this position. An important member of the Academic Affairs team, this position plays a key role in personal, intellectual, and artistic growth of NEC's international students.

  • Serve as the Primary Designated School Official, maintaining the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and all related certification requirements. Organizes SEVIS data processing under the guidelines provided by the Department of Homeland Security and maintains data and quality control management.
  • Solve a variety of complex immigration issues requiring considerable knowledge of immigration rules and regulations
  • Establish, update and track SEVIS files
  • Provide accurate immigration information to international students, monitors and tracks student immigration status, and maintains appropriate files
  • Advises students with immigration petitions and applications to include processing for new F-1 visas, work permits, reinstatement, reduced course load authorizations, change of status, medical leave and economic hardship employment authorization.
  • Coordinate and plan programs that support the unique needs of F-1 international students, including the development and implementation of retention strategies and new student orientation program
  • Ensure NEC's compliance with federal immigration regulations for all College and Continuing Education international students, as governed by USCIS regulations; assist students in the preparation and submission of appropriate international documentation.
  • Work collaboratively to support the development of strategies to enhance student retention.
  • Evaluate transfer credit and assist with registration
  • Review students' curricular requirements, monitor their progress, and help them meet educational and career goals, remedy academic difficulties, and better understand NEC's purposes and policies.
  • Provide academic counsel to students regarding course selection, program of study, academic options, and goals.
  • Work with students on academic probation to create a plan for success.
  • Evaluate records of prospective graduating students and maintain graduation lists.
  • Assist the Dean of Students with all disability-related student issues including reviewing documentation, evaluation of need, and implementation of accommodations for students.
  • Work with the Academic Affairs team to plan, execute, and assess student workshops around skill building needs for students including such topics as time management, organization, goal setting/planning, etc.
  • Work with the Center for Cultural Equity and Belonging to plan, execute, and assess workshops geared specifically toward international students
  • Assist with Orientation and other departmental special event planning and implementation
  • Serve on the Undergraduate Curriculum and Graduate Curriculum Committees and the Academic Review Committee.
  • Coordinate off-site testing for graduate students.
  • Monitor updates to policies and procedures through written means and off-site conferences; document and report these changes to appropriate administration and students within NEC.
  • Other duties as assigned

  • Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree preferred.
  • At least two years of professional experience in higher education; Counseling or teaching experience beneficial.
  • Music background preferred.
  • Experience working with international students
  • Thorough knowledge of SEVIS requirements, regulations, and compliance is essential.
  • Strong organizational, written, and oral communication; Analytical and record-keeping skills required.
  • High degree of trustworthiness in dealing with confidential information
  • Demonstrated customer service experience.
  • Rigorous attention to detail and keen problem-solving skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and flexibility that allow for quality relations with a variety of internal and external constituencies.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and follow-through
  • Ability to work independently as well as a member of a team.
  • Willingness to work occasional nights and weekends as needed.
  • Commitment to NEC's values of cultural equity and belonging

  • 35 Hour Work Week
  • Medical Plans
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Retirement Savings Account

Annual Clery Report

In accordance with the federal Clery and Campus SaVE Acts, New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) commits to providing all current and prospective students and employees with access to the annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report. This report will provide the reader with a record of statistics regarding crimes that were reported in the NEC community during the previous three years as well as College policies and procedures, in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.This report may be accessed here View the report. A paper copy can be requested by contacting NEC's Director of Public Safety at 290 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115.