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International Scholar Advisor or Senior Advisor

University of Maryland, Baltimore
Baltimore, Maryland
mid $50,000s to low $60,000s (Advisor); low $60,000s to mid $70,000s (Senior Advisor)
Closing date
Jun 25, 2023

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The University of Maryland, Baltimore seeks an International Scholar Advisor or Senior Advisor who will primarily serve the international scholar and employee population at UMB. The advisor will also be expected to provide support to international students, as needed. The selected candidate focuses on providing compassionate, individualized advising to international scholars and UMB departments while ensuring institutional compliance with federal regulations governing UMB-sponsored visas. The Office of International Services operates on a hybrid model of telework and on-campus. The selected candidate's title will be determined based on years of experience and education.

Essential Functions
International Scholar Advisor

  • Provides immigration advising to international scholars and employees on J-1, H-1B, TN, and E-3 visas.
  • Performs a critical review of non-immigrant visa sponsorship requests and supporting documents. Ensures all reasonable steps are taken to secure nonimmigrant visa status eligibility for international scholars and employees and maintain compliance with U.S. government regulations (i.e., completing required reporting on international scholars on J-1 scholar visas as required by Department of State regulations, issuing forms DS-2019 for new and continuing J-1 scholars, and filing H-1B, TN, and E3 petitions with USCIS). Prepares the most challenging cases for supervisory review.
  • Provides excellent customer service to international scholars and their host departments by way of timely email and phone responses.
  • Recommends departmental scholar-related processes and procedures.
  • Updates and delivers the monthly J-1 Scholar Orientation presentation.
  • Serves as a first point of contact to direct international scholars and employees to UMB and local resources for acclimation to the U.S. culture and workplace.
  • Provides support and advising to F-1 and J-1 students on an as needed basis.
  • Assists with the front-desk related tasks.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

International Scholar Senior Advisor

  • Works with international scholars and employees, departmental administrators and UMB administrative units on issues related to sponsorship of J-1, H-1B, TN, and E-3 visas. Prepares and files H-1B, TN, and E-3 visa filings with the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services. Serves as an ARO for required reporting to Department of State.
  • Develops and delivers comprehensive international scholar pre-arrival and orientation programs to improve the onboarding of scholars on J-1, H-1B, TN, or E-3 visas.  
  • Assists with development and maintenance of resources and training for department liaisons.
  • Assists in the preparation of reports for UMB and external audiences regarding OIS work.
  • Conducts reviews of the OIS website and Sunapsis to ensure up-to date information and processes are communicated. Leads the website redesign effort in collaboration with CGE communications staff.
  • Provides support and advising to F-1 and J-1 students on an as needed basis.
  • May supervise and mentor other OIS staff.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Advisor: Bachelors in related field (International Affairs/Studies, Education, area/ethnic studies, foreign language studies or related field.) Two (2) years in related experience in U.S. student or scholar immigration regulations or visas.

Senior Advisor: Bachelors in related field (International Affairs/Studies, Education, area/ethnic studies, foreign language studies or related field.) Four (4) years direct experience working within an international organization servicing scholars, students, and staff on visas and managing visa issues. Experience with F, J, and H visas required.  

Both Levels: May consider a combination of directly related experience and education. U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residence required by Department of Homeland Security and Department of State regulations to serve as Designated School Official (DSO) and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO). Clery act designated job as campus security authorities (CSA) member and will comply with Clery Act requirements.  

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of position requirements and able to perform position in compliance with all applicable requirements, regulations, and laws.
  • Ability to maintain high standards with the work being performed and maintain awareness with trends and influences.
  • Knowledge of DHS, DOL, and DOS regulations, which govern nonimmigrant statuses sponsored by OIS.
  • Skill in problem solving and analysis.
  • Ability to work independently and to prioritize work according to time constraints on documentation required.
  • Skill in working with cross-cultural groups.
  • Skill in effective use of applicable technology/systems, such as Microsoft Suite.
  • Ability to effectively communicate both verbal and written thoughts, ideas, and facts.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others and demonstrates professional, ethical, respectful, and courteous behavior when interacting with others. Capable of interacting pleasantly and positively with others to meet stakeholder expectations and provide the required follow up.  
  • Ability to demonstrate, understand, apply, and adhere to the UMB Core Values of Respect and Integrity, Well-being and Sustainability, Equity and Justice, and Innovation and Discovery.

Benefits Information
UMB offers a comprehensive benefits package that prioritizes wellness, work/life balance, and professional development. This position participates in a retirement program that must be selected and is effective on your date of hire. Exempt regular staff receive a generous leave package that includes over 4 weeks of vacation accrued each year, paid holidays, unlimited accrual of sick time, and comprehensive health insurance; professional learning and development programs; tuition remission for employees and their dependents at any University System of Maryland school; and flexible work schedules and teleworking options (if applicable per job).  


THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, BALTIMORE The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is the founding campus of the University System of Maryland. UMB opened in 1807 and serves as Maryland’s public health, law, and human services university. Dedicated to excellence in education, research, clinical care, and public service, UMB enrolls over 6,700 students in six nationally ranked professional schools —dentistry, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and social work — and an interdisciplinary Graduate School. The University offers 62 doctoral, master’s, baccalaureate, and certificate programs and confers the majority of the professional practice doctoral degrees awarded in Maryland. UMB integrates teaching, research, and service, and supports an innovative culture focused on preparing students to address the complexities associated with the health, human services, and social welfare environment. Today, this 71-acre research and technology complex encompasses 67 buildings in West Baltimore, near the Inner Harbor. The University is one of Baltimore City’s major anchor institutions and is a leading partner in the redevelopment of Baltimore’s Westside. Adjacent to the campus is the University of Maryland Medical Center, the Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and the University of Maryland BioPark. The BioPark, which opened in 2005, promotes collaborative research opportunities and bioscience innovation.

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