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International Student Adviser

University of California
Santa Barbara, CA
Closing date
Jun 20, 2023

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Student & Scholar Services
Position Type
Adviser / Advisor
Employment Type
Organization Type
College / University
Payroll Title: STDT SVC ADVISOR 3

Job Code: 4575

Job Open Date: 05/22/2023

Application Review Begins: 6/7/2023

Department Code (Name): INTS (International Students & Scholars)

Percentage of Time: 100

Union Code (Name): 99 - Non-Represented

Employee Class (Appointment Type): Staff: Career

FLSA Status: Exempt

Salary Grade: PSS/19

Hiring/Budgeted Salary or Hourly Range: $58,940-$64,700/yr.

Full Salary Range: $55,100 - $93,500/yr. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience; the budget for the position; and the application of fair, equitable, and consistent pay practices at the University.

Work Location: Student Resource Building - 3130

Working Days and Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

Benefits Eligibility: Full Benefits

Special Instructions

For full consideration, please include a resume and a cover letter as part of your application.

Department Profile

The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) serves the needs of international students and scholars as well as the UCSB community who work with this international population. OISS provides administrative assistance, counseling, advising, and programming to the campus community. The staff meet with students and scholars about immigration, employment, housing, health care, financial concerns, academic problems, travel, and personal issues.

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Brief Summary of Job Duties

International Student Adviser An adviser for over 4,000 graduate and undergraduate non-immigrant students. Using advanced knowledge and specialized skills, complete required compliance reporting as dictated by the Department of Homeland Security and Department of State, independently advise students regarding complex federal regulations as well as academic, personal financial and acculturation issues that relate to their immigration status; serve as Designated School Official for F-1 student program and Alternate Responsible Officer for J-1 Exchange Visitor Program. Develop programs and workshops to meet specific needs of international students with a focus on undergraduate degree students. Maintains up to date knowledge of federal laws, regulations pertaining to international students, assist in the development of campus policies and procedures affecting non-immigrant students, and provide information to students, faculty and staff. Interface with the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and State and other government agencies as well as international education groups.

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
  • Multicultural competencies; ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Ability in problem identification and reasoning; ability to develop original ideas to solve problems.
  • Skills in judgment and decision-making, problem solving, identifying measures of system performance and the actions to improve performance.
  • Experience with computer application programs and databases.
  • Solid verbal and written communication skills.
  • Interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications
  • 1-3 years DSO or ARO experience
  • Knowledge of complex U.S. visa and immigration procedures, compliance issues, and employment eligibility / authorization for international students and scholars.
  • Working knowledge of advising and counseling techniques.

Special Conditions of Employment
  • Satisfactory conviction history background check
  • Must be a U.S, citizen or permanent resident of the United States in order to be a Designated School Officer or Alternate Responsible Officer for the Department of Homeland Security's SEVIS system.
  • UCSB is a Tobacco-Free environment

Job Functions/Percentage of Time/Duties

  • Advise international students in F-1 and J-1 status on complex immigration regulations and other issues as it pertains to their international student status. Complete required compliance reporting to the Department of Homeland Security for F-1 students and the Department of State for J-1 students in the Student & Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Knowledgeable with the Code of Regulations in 8 CFR §214.1 of the Federal Register as it pertains to F-1 student regulations Assist students with issues pertaining to Consular Visa Processing, Customs & Border Protection, United States Citizenship & Immigration Services, Social Security Administration, Department of Motor Vehicles, and Internal Revenue Service Independently advises on complex cases and only brings highly specialized cases to supervisor Stays up to date on changes to immigration policy and best practices in international education. Educates students on F-1 and J-1 employment regulations and counsels students on employment requirements and limitations. Provide general academic advice/assistance within the context of immigration/visa regulations and university policies related to completion of degree requirements, academic probation and disqualification, major/course selection, leave of absences, graduate school admission and other educational issues and goals. Stays up to date with updates to the field by contributing to LA PIER and NAFSA message boards and attending NAFSA Regional and National conferences *Familiar with H-1B visa regulations as it relates to F-1 or J-1 student status and advises accordingly.

  • Develop, implement and evaluate specific programs to support and retain international students with a focus on undergraduate degree students. Develop, adapt and apply cross-cultural models to aid students in: 1) developing personal identity, 2) adjusting to the campus environment, 3) interacting with peer advisors, faculty and staff, and 4) coping with personal issues. Assist in the development, implementation and evaluation of OISS international student orientation programs. Assist in developing and maintaining effective on-campus outreach and marketing efforts by utilizing traditional publication methods and social media. Identifies and contributes articles and relevant information to the department newsletter, website, e-mail and listserv. Develop student potential by involving students in extracurricular activities such as Letters and Science Honors, research opportunities, and internships and other university student development programs. Offer informational workshops on immigration/visa regulations and procedures. Advise and assist student organizations. *Counsel and support students about personal concerns, relationship and social issues, financial problems, legal issues.
  • Recognize potential issues more appropriately addressed by other campus departments and facilitate referrals by cultivating student receptivity through orienting students to the procedures and processes of other departments, as well as preparing departments to receive these students. The advisor identifies critical situations involving significant personal and emotional distress and immediately interfaces with appropriate campus professional units in accordance with interdepartmental policies and procedures. Advise and facilitate international student adjustment to the university and American culture. Liaison/advocate on behalf of students with other educational institutions, community and government agencies. *Provide information and appropriate referrals to off campus and community resources.

  • Quarterly: Collaborates with campus stakeholders in relation to international student issues; including but not limited to College of Letters & Science, Graduate Division, Office of the Registrar and Counseling and Psychological Services Advises faculty and campus leadership on international student issues. Annually: Participate in OISS campus workshop.

Vaccinations Programs - Including SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19)

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccinations Programs - With Interim Amendments. As a condition of Physical Presence at a Location or in a University Program, all Covered Individuals must participate in any applicable Vaccination Program by providing proof that they are Up-to-Date with any required Vaccines or submitting a request for Exception in a Mandate Program or properly declining vaccination in an Opt-Out Program no later than the Compliance Date (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.). Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

For more information, please visit:
  • UC Santa Barbara COVID-19 Information
  • University of California Policy on Vaccinations - With Interim Amendments
  • August 5, 2021 California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Order (Heath Care Worker Vaccine Requirement)
  • Covered Individuals: A Covered Individual includes anyone designated as Personnel, Students, or Trainees under this Policy who physically access a University Facility or Program in connection with their employment, appointment, or education/training. A person accessing a Healthcare Location as a patient, or an art, athletics, entertainment, or other publicly accessible venue at a Location as a member of the public, is not a Covered Individual.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement

UC Santa Barbara is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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