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Senior Int'l Student and Scholar Advisor / International Student/Scholar Advisor II

Employer
Michigan State University
Location
East Lansing, MI
Closing date
Jun 7, 2024

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Specialty
Student & Scholar Services
Position Type
Adviser / Advisor
Hours
Full-time
Employment Type
Permanent
Organization Type
College / University
Job postings
Senior Int'l Student and Scholar Advisor / International Student/Scholar Advisor II
Back to search results Apply now Job no: 941555
Work type: Support Staff
Pay Grade:13
Major Administrative Unit / College:International Studies And Programs
Department:Office Of International Students Schol 10054354
Sub Area:AP- Professionals
Salary:Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Administrative/Business/Professional, Education/Training, Student Services/Student Affairs, Advising/Counseling, Administrative Professionals- AP, Full Time (90-100%), Union, Remote-Friendly
Working/Functional Title
Senior Int'l Student and Scholar Advisor
Position Summary
The Senior International Student and Scholar Advisor serves as both an International Student Advisor and the primary administrator of the MyOISS application, powered by the SUNAPSIS software package. SUNAPSIS is an application which interacts directly with both the Department of Homeland Security's Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and MSU's centralized software systems of record for students, employees, and visiting scholars. The smooth functioning and data integrity of SUNAPSIS are essential to meeting university compliance with federal immigration regulations. The Senior International Student and Scholar Advisor will perform a lead role in the planning, development, implementation, and support of new SUNAPSIS functionality. The incumbent will be the primary liaison between the MSU OISS, MSU IT Services, and the SUNAPSIS vendor. The Senior International Student and Scholar Advisor provides end user support, develops training materials, and presents trainings related to SUNAPSIS. The Senior International Student and Scholar Advisor serves as an International Student Advisor supporting a one-month F and J student advising caseload.
OISS operates on a flexible, hybrid schedule with staff members typically working three days in-person on campus and two days remote
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
MyOISS (SUNAPSIS)
- Ensure that institutional data concerning international students and scholars are accurate and updated in a timely and compliant manner to support university compliance with federal immigration regulations.
- Report regularly to OISS leadership on issues related to SUNAPSIS, including interfaces with other systems; consults with OISS leadership on needs related to SUNAPSIS.
- Monitor for issues requiring attention and manages relevant SUNAPSIS alerts.
- Continue the development of business processes to fully implement and optimize sunapsis functionalities including checklists, eForms, eForm groups, updates and upgrades, and reporting.
- Collaborates with IT Services to ensure that the interface between SEVIS, SUNAPSIS and MSU's SIS is functioning correctly by monitoring changes and performing audits as needed.
- Liaise with IT Services and the SUNAPSIS vendor to maintain consistent batch processing and troubleshoot between SUNAPSIS and SEVIS.
- Assist with communication to staff and university stakeholders regarding technical changes that may impact processing and compliance for international students and scholars.
- Provide training support to users through personal contact, workshops, group meetings, and by preparing educational/informational materials to ensure effective systems usage.
- Actively participates in SUNAPSIS user groups.
- Coordinate OISS reporting needs for international students and scholars, training additional staff as appropriate.
- Organize and catalog requests/tickets from multiple stakeholders and prioritize according to guidance from supervisor.
- Other duties as assigned.
Advising
- Serve as a Designated School Official (DSO) and an Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) for the university's F-1 student program and J-1 Exchange Visitor program.
- Advise international students and scholars and academic departments on immigration matters related to F and J statuses.
- Manage student caseload.
- Interpret complex U.S. immigration regulations and policies/procedures concerning F/J immigration benefits related to maintenance of status, practical training and
- various other regulations related to student visa.
- Work as part of a team to assure MSU's reporting compliance and ability to host international students and scholars.
- Prepare Immigration documents for international students, scholars, and their dependents.
- Work with students and scholars on various personal, academic, and financial issues.
- Assist in development, coordination, and delivery of OISS programs, workshops and presentations.
- Assist with special projects, student outreach efforts and the support of student organizations as needed.
- Other duties as assigned.
Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills
Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing one to two years of post-bachelor's degree work in International Education, a foreign language, Education or Guidance Counseling with relevant course work in English, a foreign language and/or international studies .Three to five years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in academic counseling and a familiarity with immigration regulations and proficiency in a foreign language; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Desired Qualifications
- The incumbent must be a Legal Permanent Resident or US Citizen to serve as a Designated School Official in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).
- Experience working with the SUNAPSIS application in the context of an academic visa sponsor.
- Experience with developing and evaluating business processes.
- Experience working with PeopleSoft Campus Solutions
- Advanced knowledge of federal regulations governing F and J visas.
- Experience planning and implementing trainings and new processes
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.
Required Application Materials
Resume or CV, cover letter and contact information for three (3) professional references. Include name, position, phone and email.
Work Hours
STANDARD 8-5
Website
HTTPS://OISS.ISP.MSU.EDU/
Remote Work Statement
MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.
The Bidding Eligibility ends on 04/30/2024 at 11:55 PM
Advertised: Apr 24, 2024 Eastern Daylight Time

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