The International Office at the University of Texas at Austin is currently looking for an International Scholar Advisor II. The individual will be responsible for advising international faculty and scholars on immigration related matters. Work closely with academic departments to support the employment strategies of their international faculty and scholars. Coordinate and file immigration petitions on behalf of international employees, in accordance with university policy. Ensure university's compliance with federal regulations and keep detailed records of all processes.
Essential Job Functions:
Advising Responsibilities: Interpret & advise on complex U.S. immigration regulations, policies & procedures as applied to individual international faculty & scholars supported by the university. Provide guidance to academic department representatives to support the employment strategies of their international faculty & scholars. Proactively exercise professional judgment to advise international faculty & scholars while also ensuring university compliance with federal monitoring and reporting requirements.
Administrative Responsibilities: Coordinate and file timely and accurate immigration petitions with U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services on behalf of international employees, in accordance with university policy. Ensure federal immigration compliance through understanding of, and adherence to, all applicable federal visa and labor regulations, as well as university policy.
Maintain detailed paper and electronic files for scholars in J-1, H-1B, and other visa statuses. Ensure consistency and accuracy with data in administrative databases and SEVIS records including, but not limited to: creation of new immigration files, and timely updates of data in all systems. Serve as Alternate Responsible Office (ARO) responsible for routine SEVIS record maintenance, DS-2019 creation, and timely updates to ensure federal compliance for the university and the individual scholar.
Communicate with federal agencies to ensure timely response and compliance with all requests, requirements, and regulations. Research, respond, and resolve issues affecting ISSS service delivery in assigned area of responsibility; develop and present recommendations to improve effectiveness and efficiency of the unit. Work closely and collaboratively with scholar section colleagues to ensure consistent protocol related to employment-based immigration policies and procedures.
Actively participate in the development, maintenance, & growth of team expertise in the laws & regulations governing international faculty & scholars, and in advising & informing university administrators about university policies & procedures to ensure ongoing compliance. Work closely with ISSS leadership to ensure proper understanding and application of immigration regulations and university policies, taking appropriate initiative & exercising discretion within the scope of assigned duties.
Departmental Support & Outreach: Serve as a resource & proactively reach out to academic departments to support international faculty and scholars. Work collaboratively on the development of training workshops & informational sessions on issues pertaining to international faculty and scholars. Plan, develop, & conduct programming to educate international faculty and scholars and the university community on the laws, regulations, policies, & procedures governing these individuals.
Support of ISSS functions: Actively support the critical priorities of the ISSS and the International Office, serve on internal committees, and participate in work groups to support the mission of the unit.
Bachelor's degree and three years of relevant international experience. Effective problem solving skills and demonstrated ability to take initiative. Evidence of strong organizational abilities and the ability to effectively prioritize and manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced, high-volume, environment. Excellent written communication and attention to detail. Ability to be diplomatic, composed, and proactive in varied interactions. Exemplary cross-cultural communication skills with documented experience in public speaking and delivering presentations. Outstanding professional demeanor. Ability to work independently and as a team member. Commitment to high quality and efficient customer service to faculty, staff, and external partners. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.
Experience advising international faculty and scholars on immigration regulations in a university context. Knowledge of J-1 immigration regulations, SEVIS, and experience filing academic H-1B petitions.
General Notes Due to federal database access requirements, only U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents may apply for this position.
Internal Number: R_00003062
About The University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest public universities in the United States. Founded in 1883, the university has grown from a single building, eight teachers, two departments and 221 students to a 350-acre main campus with 21,000 faculty and staff, 16 colleges and schools and over 52,000 students.
The university’s reach goes far beyond the borders of the main campus with satellite campuses and research centers across Texas, including the J.J. Pickle Research Campus, the Marine Science Institute, the McDonald Observatory, the Montopolis Research Center and the Brackenridge tract.
With an enrollment of 11,000 students and more than 3,500 master’s and doctor’s degrees awarded annually, the graduate school is a national leader in graduate degrees awarded and one of the largest graduate schools in the nation.
More than 8,700 bachelor’s degrees are awarded annually in more than 170 fields of study and 100 majors.
The university has one of the most diverse student populations in the country and is a national leader in the number of undergraduate degrees awarded to minority students.