Penn State’s Global Programs is the locus for all the University’s global engagements with three directorates -- Education Abroad, Global Operations and Learning, and International Student and Scholar Advising – for all 24 campuses.
International Student and Scholar Advising is seeking an Assistant Director who will provide leadership on employment-based immigration matters and administers Penn State’s sponsorship of international employees and supervises the Faculty Advising team.
The workload consists of the visa types E-3, H-1B, O-1, TN as well as employment-based lawful permanent residence casework for EB-2 Special Handling, and EB-1 Outstanding Professors/Researchers. Duties include the following: monitor federal regulations and changes in regulations and guidance; interpret, synthesize, and apply government regulations and statutes; serve as the point person for handling Department of Labor and USCIS site visits; work with Human Resources on offers of employment and employment data; advise international employees and hiring departments on with regard to complex immigration regulations and policies, procedures and best practices; develop training, communications, presentations, written information and guidance to hiring departments and international faculty on immigration status and processing; communicate with federal agencies regarding individual petitions; communicate with administrators, deans, department heads, and faculty; valuate compliance, delivery and data integrity; manage own caseload; lead a team of six professionals and one administrative staff support; train and supervise Faculty Advising staff; develop esprit de corps within Faculty Advising; other duties may also be assigned.
Typical Education and Experience Requirements:
Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus six years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Additional Preferred Education, Experience, or Certifications:
Master’s degree in education, higher education administration, human resources, related field or J.D. plus. Six years of experience in employment-based immigration work is preferred. Experience with immigration software is preferred.
Additional Required Competencies:
Required competencies include strong communication skills; demonstrated aptitude in working with computer software packages; attention to detail and accuracy in preparing government documents; willingness to work in evenings or weekends if needed.
Internal Number: 93181
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