The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) at Columbia University is hiring FOUR International Student Advisors.
The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) at Columbia University is the primary office responsible for federal immigration compliance and the related immigration services offered to its non-immigrant international students, scholars & faculty throughout the University, a community that comprises the 3rd largest international student enrollment in the United States, and the 3rd largest international faculty and scholar population in the US. Technology infrastructure is critical to the federal compliance functions of ISSO, especially as this relates to the federal Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) which ISSO manages and maintains on behalf of Columbia University. The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) currently serves 15,000 international students and 3,000 international faculty members and research scholars; administers post-admission services to an additional 5,000 prospective international students; and administers the ever-increasingly complex array of government regulations supporting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's SEVIS system. The ISSO manages collection and entry of information into SEVIS for tracking foreign national students and scholars. The ISSO is a resource at all levels throughout the University on matters that touch on any topic having to do with holders of temporary non-immigrant visas including but not limited to enrollment, travel, employment, and payment of related fees.
The International Student Adviser delivers immigration services to the international student community at Columbia University. Specifically, the incumbent advises on opportunities, rights, and responsibilities under the immigration laws of the United States, and confers with other University departments, legal counsel, or governmental agencies as necessary; advises international students on all immigration matters related to their presence at Columbia University; acts as Designated School Official (DSO) and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) in issuing required US government documents to international students in order to obtain student or exchange visitor visas abroad, extend stay, apply for employment authorization, travel abroad, and re-enter the US successfully; collaborates with staff, schools, departments and outside organizations (including vendors) to plan and coordinate collaborative events as needed.
Required Experience: Minimum 2 years relevant immigration regulation, advisement, and compliance experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. Knowledge of F-1 and J-1 student immigration regulations, and SEVIS; ability to communicate effectively with people from different cultural backgrounds; excellent organizational, interpersonal, and written and oral communication skills; strong computer literacy.
Required Education: Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts, Management, Communications, or Education.
U.S. government regulations require Designated School Officials and Alternate Responsible Officers be U.S. citizens or Legal Permanent Residents.
Preferred Education: Master's degree in cross-cultural communication, counseling, area or cultural studies, foreign language, international education, or TESOL.
Preferred Experience: 3 years administering and advising federal F-1 and J-1 immigration regulations and (DSO/ARO) in a higher education setting. Experience teaching/training/presenting.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Fluency in at least one foreign language; experience living abroad; familiarity with Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Web-based applications. Completion of NAFSA F-1 and J-1 Professional Development Programs.
Internal Number: Job # 096871
About Columbia University
Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the University to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.