Cranwell International Center at Virginia Tech is seeking an International Student Advisor who is passionate about international education in general, who has expertise in complex immigration regulations relevant to international students in particular, and who otherwise believes that the relational aspects of the job (student development) are just as important as the transactional aspects (processing immigration casework) – they are not just the icing on the cake of the job but are part of the cake! This position is part of a newly re-designed International Student Services (Immigration Services) team, providing a wide range of international student advising and support services for a growing international student population of approximately 4,000 at Virginia Tech.
This position reports to the Associate Director for International Student Services and works to ensure the university's compliance with federal regulations governing the enrollment of international students and exchange visitors while managing a portfolio of immigration casework and advising international students, functioning as a Designated School Official (DSO) and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO), certified by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the US Department of State (DOS) respectively, utilizing the DHS Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), and requiring specialized knowledge and expertise for the interpretation and application of complex federal regulations and academic policies and procedures.
Initial review of applications will begin on August 17, 2020. Applications received by 11:59 PM on August 16, 2020 will be considered in the initial review.
Master's degree (or Bachelor's degree and equivalent experience in lieu of Master's degree) | Demonstrated experience interpreting and applying federal immigration laws and regulations | Demonstrated experience exercising discretion and independent judgment in making informed decisions in complex situations | Demonstrated experience working with complex organizational processes and procedures | Demonstrated aptitude for learning, interpreting, and disseminating highly technical information, regulations, and procedures | Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail | Demonstrated strong interpersonal communications skills | Experience working with diverse populations within an intercultural context | Demonstrated ability to plan and deliver professional presentations | Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team | Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure and balance competing priorities | Demonstrated proficiency using the US Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) | Eligibility for certification by DHS as a Designated School Official (DSO) and certification by the US Department of State as an Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) – must be US citizen or US lawful permanent resident.
Demonstrated experience with Banner | Demonstrated experience with Sunapsis | Working knowledge of Virginia Tech policies and procedures | Fluency in a foreign language| Experience living or studying abroad
Internal Number: 513876
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