International Student Adviser

Chicago, Illinois
Competitive + Benefits
Nov 15, 2022
Dec 15, 2022
Position Type
Adviser / Advisor
Employment Type
Organization Type
College / University


The Office of International Affairs (OIA) at the University of Chicago is hiring three international student advisers! The OIA is comprised of 17 full-time staff split among three teams: student services, employee and scholar services, and operations, all of whom work to provide immigration advising and supportive programming to the 7,000+ international students and scholars (and their dependents) who call UChicago home.

We are looking for individuals who are interested in gaining experience or contributing past experience to our work, and who are searching for opportunity to join a skilled and highly functioning team. These positions will provide support to international students as they navigate U.S. immigration regulations, will contribute to the processing/reporting requirements behind the scenes to ensure overall federal compliance, and will develop supportive programs and/or collaborate with campus partners on programs meant to support international students as they settle in at the University of Chicago.

The Office of International Affairs employs a hybrid schedule allowing team members flexibility in their work. New advisers will proceed through a 12-week onboarding/training before rotating into the hybrid schedule.

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About the University

The University of Chicago is one of the world's leading research universities, known for its internationally renowned researchers, scholars, and intellectual pioneers. It is a vibrant community of people dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in education and research. One of the largest employers in the Chicago metropolitan area, the University employs 10,000 diverse and talented individuals who come to work here from all over the world. The University's location in the heart of an urban environment provides many cultural offerings as well as opportunities to engage with the local community.

We invite you to find out more about the many advantages of working at the University of Chicago.


About the Department

The Office of International Affairs (OIA) is responsible for navigating immigration regulations and procedures; ensuring institutional compliance and oversight of visas; advising students, faculty, staff, other academic appointees (OAAs), postdocs, dependent families and hiring units; and developing and delivering trainings, workshops, and collaborative programming related to regulatory updates, pre-arrival/arrival resources, orientations and related legal matters.

International Student Adviser Job Summary

Member of a seven-adviser team, serving a total of approximately 4,900 students. Advise F-1 and J-1 international students about visas, immigration, and a wide range of academic, financial, and personal matters. Serve as a Designated School Official and Alternate Responsible Officer at the University of Chicago in compliance with federal regulations. Participate in trainings and workshops for faculty, staff, and students.


  • Advises and counsels a population of approximately 700-800 international students, their dependents, and their sponsoring academic units regarding U.S. government regulations, cultural adjustment, and sources of support available in the University and beyond. Serves as a Designated School Official and Alternate Responsible Officer for the F-1 and J-1 programs at the University of Chicago in compliance with federal regulations. Assists and participates in the development, promotion and presentation of programming and workshops for the University community on topics such as: obtaining and maintaining appropriate immigration status, tax preparation, logistics of life in Chicago, and other events of interest to our international community. Develops and maintains the appropriate degree of expertise on immigration law and regulations, University policies and practices, and cultural sensitivity relevant to the work of the office by staying current in internal communications, professional literature and government publications, and participating in relevant training opportunities and conferences, including meetings with the units served. Uses specialized depth and breadth of knowledge in immigration issues to conduct regular policy reviews and advises students, non-students, employees, and faculty on related immigration statuses. Assigns a lead for each review session and guides the lead in preparation for the presentation of findings and recommendations. Works independently to analyze programming data and makes recommendations to the Associate Director regarding improved marketing for existing events and development of future programming. Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.
Work Experience: Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.


Preferred Qualifications


  • Prior immigration experience working with student-based immigration (e.g. F-1 or J-1) or employment-based immigration (H-1B, J-1, TN, B-1/WB, and E-3). Prior experience working with federal regulations and compliance.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Proficient with Microsoft Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word. Experience with database software.

Preferred Competencies

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Interact with individuals from many different countries and with a wide range of English skills and foreign accents. Demonstrated aptitude for using electronic systems and programs. Great attention to detail. Demonstrated ability to work independently and creatively. Multi-task and work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. Strong interpersonal and organizational skills, self-motivated energetic approach to work, and customer-friendly attitude. Per U.S. immigration regulations, must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident.

Working Conditions

  • This position is eligible for a partially remote work schedule. Office work setting.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required) Cover Letter (required) Three References with full contact information included (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Posting Statements

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.


Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.


We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.