Foreign Student/Scholar Advisor

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Jun 10, 2022
Jul 11, 2022
Position Type
Adviser / Advisor
Organization Type
College / University

The Office of International Education (OIE) invites applications for the position of Foreign Student/Scholar Advisor. We especially welcome qualified candidates, with experience in the field, who can contribute through their work/life experiences to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

The Foreign Student/Scholar Advisor (FSSA) will share responsibilities for advising the 8,000+ international students and scholars on Carnegie Mellon visa documents. Duties focus primarily on immigration-related matters, including immigration advising and precise record-keeping as required by federal law while following university policies and procedures. Additional FSSA responsibilities include providing on-going coordination with university departments before and after student and scholar arrival, program development and implementation, policy development, advocacy, and special projects. The FSSA collaborates closely with other OIE staff in addition to university colleagues in various units including academic and administrative departments, as well as with other units within Enrollment Services.

The ideal candidate will have knowledge of F and J immigration regulations, experience with SEVIS and batch software, familiarity with H-1B regulations, cross-cultural sensitivity and patience and the ability to work collaboratively and productively in a busy professional environment. Confident public speaking skills, organization and attention to detail, the ability to anticipate questions/needs and engage in problem-solving while maintaining composure and meeting deadlines are also necessary. Experience working, living or studying abroad is preferred and US citizenship or lawful permanent residence is required.

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is a global research university with more than 14,000 students, 100,000 living alumni, and 5,000+ faculty and staff. CMU has been a birthplace of innovation since its founding in 1900. Our award-winning faculty members are renowned for working closely with students to solve major scientific, technological and societal challenges. We put a strong emphasis on creating things—from art to robots. Our students are recruited by some of the world’s most innovative companies.   

This is one of several positions available in the Office of International Education; see Careers@Carnegie Mellon for additional positions.

US citizenship and/or Permanent Residence is required as this person will be a DSO/ARO.


  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Experience working, living or studying abroad

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in relevant educational subject area and two to three years’ experience in foreign student/scholar advising
  • Experience living, working or studying abroad preferred.