Reporting to the Director of the International Center, the Assistant Director/International Student Advisor serves as the university specialist on immigration and visa matters.
Specific duties include:
Serve as the Principal Designated School Official for the F-1 Visa Program and as the Responsible Officer for the J-1 Visa Program. Function as primary advisor to international students and scholars regarding all non-immigrant visa matters; council and advise international students and scholars to help them maintain their immigration status; and provide education to students, staff and professors about regulations pertaining to visa applications, enrollment matters, employment authorization, advising, information reporting and record keeping. Plan, coordinate and execute comprehensive orientations for new international students and scholars. Coordinate health insurance coverage for all international students. Ensure Winthrop's ability to host students and scholars on F and J visas. Coordinate the maintenance of SEVIS through regular auditing and tracking of student records, respond to SEVIS alerts and make regular updates to form I-17.
Evaluate international undergraduate exchange student applications and assist the Graduate School with international applicants as needed. Maintain the International Center's website. Advise and assist campus departments regarding hiring and employment practices related to international faculty and staff. Work with the director to establish office policies and procedures. Oversee educational programming and the international activities budget.
Hire, train and supervise a Graduate Associate and manage the International Ambassadors. Serve as the responsible agent in the absence of the director. Serve as Winthrop's liaison to the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements Program. Coordinate International Education Week and non-resident tax assistance.
Minimum and Additional Requirements
Master's degree in Student Personnel or related field required. Bachelor's degree and considerable related experience may be considered. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency required per U.S. Department of Homeland Security regulations. Supervisory experience and experience with international student services and event management highly desired. Overseas experience and foreign language background helpful.
Knowledge of cross-cultural counseling and advising. Sufficient knowledge of federal immigration regulations, policies and procedures to qualify and serve as a Principal Designated School Official and Responsible Officer. Understanding of H-1B Visas.
Ability to interpret and apply immigration rules and regulations; provide personal counseling to students while maintaining confidentiality; effectively coordinate multiple tasks simultaneously; and work independently with limited supervision. Effective organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.
Experience with immigration rules and regulations and the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) preferred.
For full consideration, submit application materials prior to 11:59 pm on June 2, 2019. The position will remain open until filled.
Internal Number: 201942
About Winthrop University
Winthrop University is a public regional master’s-level university located in Rock Hill, South Carolina approximately 20 minutes south of Charlotte, North Carolina. Founded in 1886, Winthrop is consistently recognized nationally as one of the finest comprehensive public universities in the United States. With 42 undergraduate degree programs and 26 graduate degree programs, currently more than 6,000 students work to earn degrees in arts and sciences, education, business administration, and visual and performing arts. A Winthrop education blends liberal arts, professional programs, global awareness, and civic engagement for all students.