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International Scholar Advisor I - 524099

The University of Alabama
Skyland, AL
Closing date
Jul 13, 2024

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Student & Scholar Services
Position Type
Adviser / Advisor
Employment Type
Organization Type
College / University
Pay Grade/Pay Range: Minimum: $44,200 - Midpoint: $55,300 (Salaried E6)

Department/Organization: 200501 - Overseas Studies (Main Account)

Normal Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:45pm

Job Summary: The International Scholar Advisor I provides accurate and timely information regarding relevant immigration rules and regulations under general supervision. Processes immigration documents. Serves as a Designated School Official (DSO) for The University of Alabama, and an Alternative Responsible Officer (ARO), interpreting and following the regulations governed by the Department of Homeland Security.

Additional Department Summary: Oversees H-1B, J-1, and Other Scholar visa support for The University of Alabama. Coordinates with departments and international employees to file necessary petitions with the Department of Labor (DOL) and Department of Homeland Security's US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to secure visa support for H-1B sponsorship. Coordinates with departments and international scholars to process documents with the Department of Homeland Security's Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), to ensure compliance with Department of State regulatory requirements, and to secure visa support for J-1 Scholar visa sponsorship. Maintains a thorough knowledge of current student and scholar visa regulations. Interfaces primarily with the Department of Homeland Security's Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), United Stated Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of Labor's Foreign Labor Application Gateway (FLAG). Works within the government system, the Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), Banner, and International Student and Scholar Management (ISSM) by Ellucian to issue I-20s and DS-2019s to F-1 and J-1 students and J-1 scholars, employment authorizations, extensions and multiple other functions that require adjudication by SEVP/USCIS. Keeps the University of Alabama in compliance with DHS, DOS, and DOL federal regulations.

The mission of International Student & Scholar Services is to provide essential services and innovative programs for The University of Alabama's international students, scholars and their families to enable them to achieve their educational, professional and social goals.

Required Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree or higher and some experience. Must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident in order to be authorized as an F-1 Designated School Official with the Department of Homeland Security's Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) and as a J-1 Alternate Responsible Officer with the Department of State's BridgeUSA Exchange Visitor Program (EVP).

Skills and Knowledge: Excellent interpersonal skills. Proficiency in computer skills. Knowledge of polices and procedures of relevant regulatory bodies regarding issuing the appropriate visa non-immigrant documents. Excellent verbal and written communication skills to communicate with scholars and with employing departments on-campus, Academic Affairs, Human Resources, Research Compliance, and Financial Affairs to coordinate the hiring/sponsorship process of a scholar visa holder.

Preferred Qualifications: Master's degree in higher education, international education, or related area; or J.D. Experience working in a large research institution setting with international students and scholars. Knowledge of Banner and International Student and Scholar Management (ISSM) by Ellucian or similar batch software systems for maintenance of International Student and Scholar Data.

Background Investigation Statement: Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and information obtained from social media and other internet sources. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags before a hiring decision is made.

Equal Employment Opportunity: The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment or volunteer status without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, age, genetic or family medical history information, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected basis, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases. Follow the link below to find out more. "EEO is the Law" Poster

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