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International Student Advisor

Colorado School of Mines
Golden, Colorado
$54,062 - $62,752
Closing date
Jan 7, 2024
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Immigration, Student & Scholar Services
Knowledge Communities
International Student and Scholar Services
Position Type
Adviser / Advisor
Employment Type
Organization Type
College / University

Job Details

The International Student Advisor, “Advisor” focuses on the needs of approximately 800 international students and scholars participating the F-student and J-exchange visitor categories. The advisor will be responsible for a range of student services including high-touch immigration advising for F and J visa holders with heavy emphasis on employment advising, incoming student orientations, workshops, and other activities in support of international student success. The advisor will maintain knowledge of current interpretations of immigration regulations and serve as a liason among the university, students and scholars, and the agencies of the federal government that oversee immigration as well as social security, driver’s licenses offices and the local community.

Our ideal candidate for this integral position will have a working knowledge of immigration regulations for F and J visas and be confident in advising on complex employment benefits for F and J visas. This person will have the ability to take into account existing and sometimes conflicting guidance, a student's specific circumstances, institutional liability, and potential future changes in regulation when arriving at possible solutions for a student or scholar. Additionally, they'll need the ability to navigate sensitive conversations with a variety of stakeholders in a multi-cultural environment. 


Student Advising

  • Provide direct, comprehensive, and culturally sensitive advising to approximately 800 students and exchange visitors on complex immigration requirements, benefits, petitions, and applications for up to 3 years post-completion of degree.
  • Provide students with appropriate guidance and options as well as documentation and authorize specific benefits allowed by regulation, including practical training authorization, reduced course loads, changes of status, medical leave, and economic hardship and various types of employment authorization
  • Conduct F2 and J2 dependent advising
  • Determine eligibility and issue forms I-20 and DS -2019 for incoming student populations
  • Research, interpret and apply US immigration and labor law, involving student, institutional, and government needs and policies with Director support
  • Provide timely messaging to F1 and J1 student populations regarding immigration status maintenance.
  • Develop and lead campus programming for international students including orientations, cultural programming, tax and employment workshops, and other programming as needed.
  • Maintain and update Standard Operating Procedures for processing student requests
  • Maintain accurate student records and advising documentation in TerraDotta software
  • Update Terra Dotta Request forms and templates as needed
  • Keep current on regulatory and policy changes in the field, utilizing NAFSA and other international higher education resources

SEVIS/SEVP Reporting 

  • Serve as Designated School Official and Alternate Responsible Officer
  • Report on F1 and J1 students in SEVIS as required by federal regulations
  • Monitor SEVIS alerts and actively notify students of upcoming reporting requirements
  • Maintain F1 and J1 student records in SEVIS and serve as backup for J1 scholar status maintenance
  • Serve as contact point for Federal Departments including SEVP, ICE, CBP, U.S. State Department and USCIS on student immigration status issues.
  • Department & Campus Support
  • Develop and lead International Student Orientation and workshops focused on employment regulations and processes (CPT, OPT, AT) in coordination with the Director and campus partners
  • Support Global Education as needed on all initiatives.
  • Advocate for the unique needs of the international student population through committee work
  • Collaborate with campus partners on programming and support for international students
  • Attend professional development opportunities and report out key information
  • Attend campus events as representative of ISSS unit.

Minimum Qualifications                                                                    

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Bachelor’s degree and at least one year of work experience related to F and/or J visa advising, regulations, and processing at an institution of higher education.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities and Other Attributes (KSAOs):

  • Knowledge and experience providing reports and organizing data in various formats
  • Ability to complete assignments independently and meet changing deadlines.
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Experience with documenting communications in a legal context
  • Strong intercultural communication skills
  • Ability to work with diverse populations at all levels of the institution including faculty, staff, senior administrators, students, and external partners.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to shift to different tasks throughout the day
  • Strong event management experience
  • Knowledge and experience providing reports and organizing data in various formats
  • Ability to complete assignments independently and meet changing deadlines.
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong intercultural communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least three years of work experience related to F and/or J visa advising, regulations, and processing at an institution of higher education.
  • Experience providing comprehensive advising for complex employment benefits for F and J visa holders.
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities and Other Attributes (KSAOs):
  • Working knowledge of immigration regulations and policy related to F1 and J1 international students.
  • Working knowledge of maintaining and generating records in SEVIS
  • Working knowledge of Terra Dotta and Banner


The Colorado School of Mines is consistently ranked among the top engineering colleges in the United States and ranks number one as the best public school in the state for best value colleges. Mines is located in the heart of Golden, Colorado, a western suburb of Denver. The campus location offers a small-town ambiance with close proximity to all that the Denver metropolitan area has to offer with an abundance of cultural events, museums, theaters and sporting venues. An arid climate and an average 300 days of sunshine per year make the area an ideal place to live, work and play. We seek individuals who value a diverse and inclusive community – offering different perspectives, experiences, and cultures that enrich the educational and work experience.

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