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International Student Advisor

Ringling College of Art and Design
South Park, PA
Closing date
Apr 7, 2024

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Student & Scholar Services
Position Type
Adviser / Advisor
Employment Type
Organization Type
College / University

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The International Student Advisor provides advice and guidance to international students and their dependents as well as graduated students pursuing Optional Practical Training (OPT) and STEM OPT. The incumbent ensures compliance with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reporting requirements; assesses program needs and recommends new policies and procedures; and advocates for the interests of international students.

The International Student Advisor resolves a variety of complex immigration challenges requiring considerable knowledge of immigration rules and regulations including, but not limited to, employment authorizations, visa renewals and travel, maintaining and changing immigration status. The Advisor serves as a Designated School Official (DSO) approved by the DHS.

Job Description

  • Assists with international student orientation and the SEVIS registration process
  • Works with admission office to coordinate immigration paperwork processing
  • Creates and updates student records in SEVIS
  • Creates and maintains immigration related databases
  • Assists students with the OPT application process
  • Coordinates immigration records of alums participating in OPT and STEM OPT
  • Advises international students on work, travel and immigration issues
  • Analyzes immigration reports as necessary
  • Prepares records summary and participates in SEVIS Field Representative visits
  • Facilitates portions of the international student orientation
  • Presents information to student groups at orientations and employment workshops
  • Consults with academic advisors on major changes, reduced course loads, curricular practical training (CPT)
  • Assists with annual tax workshops
  • Engages in one-on-one and small-group meetings with international students
  • Assists with International Education Week planning and execution
  • Supports the International Cultures Club

  • High level of interpersonal and human relations skills; ability to interact appropriately with people from diverse backgrounds and those for whom English is a non-native language
  • Ability to maintain composure under pressure from multiple demands
  • Ability to secure and maintain Designated School Official status by completing and participating in required trainings. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident as required by federal regulations in order to serve as a Designated School Official.
  • Ability to navigate SEVIS immigration system
  • Familiarity with F-1 immigration regulations and documents
  • Detail oriented fast learner with excellent organizational skills to manage multiple tasks at once
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing using proper English grammar
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality and use of good judgment

  • Education and Experience

    • Bachelor's degree in relevant field and/or equivalent experience/training
    • At least two years of related experience
    • SEVP experience and training
    • Experience as a Designated School Official

    • Proficiency in a language other than English
    • Experience living, working and/or studying abroad
    • Experience in intercultural communications and cross-cultural relations, particularly related to advising students and interacting with faculty and staff
    • Experience working with international students and demonstrated knowledge of their adjustment and support needs

    Ringling College of Art and Design is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The College provides equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to sex, age, gender, color, race, national or ethnic origin, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by law.

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