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International Student Advisor - OISS

Employer
NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
Location
Evanston, IL
Closing date
Jun 2, 2024

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Specialty
Student & Scholar Services
Position Type
Adviser / Advisor
Hours
Full-time
Employment Type
Permanent
Organization Type
College / University
Department: International Student Scholar Services

Salary/Grade: EXS/6

Job Summary:

The International Student Advisor at the Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs' Office of International Student and Scholar Services will serve as a Designated School Official (DSO) as determined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and an Alternate Responsible Office (ARO) as determined by the U.S. Department of State. Specifically, the Advisor will be responsible for:

Advising and Counseling: Advising F & J international students and the campus community on relevant federal immigration regulations and federal agency guidance; offering immigration advising based around individual student concerns, academic planning, course selection, and career development.

Immigration Compliance: Ensuring international students adhere to immigration regulations by providing guidance on visa requirements, maintaining accurate international student records in the SEVIS system and Terra Dotta database, and assisting with visa applications, extensions, and related paperwork.

Policy Interpretation and Compliance: Interpreting university policies and procedures related to international students and ensuring compliance with federal regulations governing international student enrollment and visa status.

Student Support: Serving as a point of contact for students facing challenges, offering guidance, resources, and referrals to appropriate university services; collaborating with various university departments to coordinate support services and ensure a seamless experience for international students; assisting with the international student transition experience as well as co-curricular programs, activities and events for the international community.

PLEASE NOTE: This position is a one year term appointment.

Specific Responsibilities:
  • Advise F and J students on immigration regulations, maintaining immigration status, university policy and other related issues.
  • Assist in maintaining SEVIS, Terra Dotta and PeopleSoft/SES databases
  • Collaborate with academic departments to support international students.
  • Consult on communications, resources and events for international students, internal team members and/or institutional stakeholders
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications: (Education, experience, and any other certifications or clearances)
  • Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences, Humanities, Information Systems or related field;
  • 1-2 years of experience in international education in an educational setting;
  • Knowledge of all student visa categories and federal regulations.
  • Experience with student and/or scholar programming in a multicultural environment.
  • Must be U.S Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident and meet Department of Homeland Security Designated School Official requirements.

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
  • Must be detailed oriented
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work with teams in a high-volume and outcome-based environment
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate across cultures
  • Ability to manage confidential information
  • Approaches work with a positive attitude

Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
  • Master's degree in a related field
  • 2 years of direct experience with F and J regulations and SEVIS system
  • Fluency in a global language other than English
  • Experience in designing and delivering large group presentations, workshops and professional meetings.

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
  • Proficient in database management and data analysis
  • Demonstrated knowledge of trends in international education

The target hiring range for this position will be between $56,000 to $60,000 per year. Offered salary will be determined by the applicant's education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities, as well as internal equity and alignment with market data.

Benefits:

At Northwestern, we are proud to provide meaningful, competitive, high-quality health care plans, retirement benefits, tuition discounts and more! Visit us at https://www.northwestern.edu/hr/benefits/index.html to learn more.

Work-Life and Wellness:

Northwestern offers comprehensive programs and services to help you and your family navigate life's challenges and opportunities and adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles.

We support flexible work arrangements where possible and programs to help you locate and pay for quality, affordable childcare and senior/adult care. Visit us at https://www.northwestern.edu/hr/benefits/work-life/index.html to learn more.

Professional Growth & Development:

Northwestern supports employee career development in all circumstances whether your workspace is on campus or at home. If you're interested in developing your professional potential or continuing your formal education, we offer a variety of tools and resources. Visit us at https://www.northwestern.edu/hr/learning/index.html to learn more.

Northwestern strongly recommends COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters for people who can obtain them as a critical tool for minimizing severe illness. More information can be found on the COVID-19 and Campus Updates webpage.

The Northwestern campus sits on the traditional homelands of the people of the Council of Three Fires, the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa as well as the Menominee, Miami and Ho-Chunk nations. We acknowledge and honor the original people of the land upon which Northwestern University stands, and the Native people who remain on this land today.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Click for information on EEO is the Law.

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