The Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) is dedicated to serving Michigan State University’s (MSU) international community. Our goal is to assist international students and scholars in successfully accomplishing their academic and personal objectives. OISS provides support services to over 6,000 international students and more than 1,000 visiting international scholars annually. In addition, OISS develops year-round academic, cultural and social programming, and serves as a global resource for the larger MSU community. OISS contributes to the internationalization of MSU by providing opportunities for growth through cross-cultural interactions.
Reporting to the Assistant Director, the International Student and Scholar Advisor is part of a dynamic team of professionals committed to supporting a large international population at MSU, with 5,000+ international students representing more than 100 countries worldwide. The incumbent provides the full range of immigration services to students and scholars and serves as Designated School Official (DSO) for the F-1 student program and an Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) for the J- visa program; maintains in-depth, advanced knowledge to interpret and provide guidance on federal immigration regulations as they pertain to our international students and scholars; independently advises students and scholars and their respective departments and recommends solutions related to immigration status and overall immigration strategy. This position will advise staff, faculty and management on immigration and intercultural issues.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Advise international students and scholars on immigration, personal, academic, and cross-cultural matters
Assist with MSU's immigration compliance obligations, including assisting with SEVIS database management for record keeping, reporting, and overall compliance with U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Homeland Security regulations
Serves as an Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) for the J visa program
Serves as a Designated School Official (DSO) for the F visa program
Assists with immigration programming and cross-cultural engagement and outreach
Performs other duties as assigned and works as an overall part of a team to support international students and scholars.
Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills
Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing one or two years of post-bachelor degree work in Education and Guidance Counseling with relevant course work in English, a Foreign Language and/or International Studies; one to three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in academic counseling, a familiarity with immigration regulations and proficiency in a foreign language; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Federal law requires DSOs/AROs to be U.S citizen or a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident.
A master’s degree from an accredited institution with significant international experience that may include studying, living or working abroad, or interacting with international students
Significant experience interpreting F and J visa regulations
Two years’ experience advising international students/scholars
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Demonstrated experience as part of a team
Experience in a service-oriented work environment
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.
Required Application Materials
Resume, cover letter and contact information for three (3) professional references. Include the name, position, phone and email.
Application Deadline: September 8, 2020
Internal Number: 669067
About Michigan State University Office for International Students & Scholars
The Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) provides support to Michigan State University’s international students, scholars and families.
Advising on and facilitating compliance with U.S. immigration regulations.
Conducting orientations and other special programming that help international students and scholars integrate into and adjust to the academic, cultural and social life of MSU.
Serving as a liaison with U.S. government agencies, foreign embassies, sponsors and educational foundations that support international students and scholars.
Contributing to the internationalization of MSU by providing opportunities for growth through cross-cultural interactions.