This position serves as the college’s leading immigration officer for new, current, and graduating(ed) students with the Department of Homeland Security for the F-1 student program and ARO with the Department of State for J-1 students. It also provides support to the areas of international student needs, admissions and orientation.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Perform primary administrative duties related to Federal Government compliance issues for both Calvin College and F-1 and J-1 students immigration processes such as: assist PDSO with the submission of the I-17, creating I-20 & DS-2019’s for both newly admitted, current, and graduating(ed) students, implementing procedures that maintain federal regulations for students and the college, mandatory reporting to SEVIS, and keeping current with changing federal regulations via conferences and manuals.
Effectively communicate with and support current students regarding immigration issues by conducting immigration workshops, provide advising and encouragement to current students and their families on issues related to challenges they face, develop/maintain advocacy relationships related to immigration issues.
Work with faculty and staff to communicate and facilitate immigration regulations and when international students are in disciplinary action involving financial difficulties, academic problems, violations of school policy or the law.
Work with the Assistant Dean of International Student Development and International Passport (IP) for incoming international students by participating in selected parent &/or student sessions.
Work with the Associate Director of International Admissions to coordinate processes for and communication with students from overseas who have been admitted such as: immigration letters, financial letters, deposit and visa information, emails and phone calls.
Partner with the Associate Director of International Admissions to communicate (phone, e-mail, electronic media and letters) with prospective and admitted students and their parents about international immigration to ensure individual attention and provide accurate information.
NON-ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Partner with the Associate Director of International Admissions by reviewing admission files for completion; provide necessary credential review for applicants from international schools and work with the financial review committee to determine admission eligibility through an examination of student finances.
Other duties as assigned.
Is responsible for occasional guidance and instruction for 1 to 3 student assistants.
QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
The position requires a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent. Requires one to three years of related experience (acting as a DSO) and the ability to use specialized equipment.
This position requires the ability to explain college policies in difficult situations, write and edit reports or technical documents, coordinate and assess the work of others, and activities requiring significant communication skills. Handles confidential information.
The position requires the ability to solve problems and to deal with a variety of variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Instructions may be furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
The position has the authority, if approved, to take action or make recommendations that will affect procedures, processes, and practices involving customers or employees in other departments.
This position regularly requires independent judgment in setting priorities and organizing work to accomplish results. Some of the responsibilities of this position are performed in accordance with existing procedures and instructions.
OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Experience with Immigration
Analytical and detail oriented
The position requires regular participation with employees or customers, deals with items of a routine nature with occasional supervision. Participants use information and expertise to influence outcomes and solve problems.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT The physical demands described here are
representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. The work in this position is performed within routine office conditions, usually without exposure to hazardous or unpleasant conditions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Proofreading and checking documents for accuracy.
Using a keyboard to enter, retrieve or transform or data.
Closely examining or inspecting materials or specimens.
About Calvin College (University in July of 2019)
Calvin College is a Christian Liberal Arts college located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. There are approximately 3,800 students with a 12% international student population. The fall 2018 incoming class will consist of 17% international students. Calvin is a four year degree granting institution that also offers several Graduate programs. Calvin College will become Calvin University in 2020.