Under the direction of the Assistant Vice President, the Director will be responsible for the oversight of the management of professional staff, day-to-day services provided by the Office of Global Engagement to all international students and scholars, and immigration compliance. The Director will assist with the development and implementation of a strategic plan to better support students, as well as identify and develop new opportunities for educating the entire campus community about the needs of international students. The incumbent will serve as a liaison between all administrative and academic units and the Office of Global Engagement, working as a strong advocate for all international students and scholars. In addition, the Director will be responsible for providing immigration advisement for F-1 and J-1 students at the university and be required to work weekends and evening hours as needed.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Serve as DSO and ARO for F-1 and J-1 students and scholars.
Provide excellent customer service and timely advisement on immigration matters as needed via email, phone, other electronic means, and/or in-person meetings.
Process any documentation related to students/scholars’ immigration records, including but not limited to extension, full-time enrollment verification, change of level, SEVIS registration, OPT/CPT request, academic training request, record validation, etc.
Support the Office of Global Engagement with all compliance efforts, including but not limited to internal audits to evaluate the efficacy of existing processes and implement changes if needed.
In the absence of the Assistant Vice President, serve as the primary contact for crisis responses related to international students and scholars.
Assist with the development and day-to-day operation of short-term programs (high school summer program, English as a second language, etc.).
Assist with reviewing all existing office processes and procedures; assist in developing new processes and procedures when appropriate, to ensure that the university remains in compliance at all times.
Conduct workshops and/or webinars to currents students and scholars on topics related to their immigration statuses.
Assist with planning and execution of the international student orientation program and any other event sponsored by the office.
Assist with management of social media channels and website to support the promotion of cultural events sponsored by the office or other units on campus.
Manage professional staff and student workers.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Management retains the right to add or change job duties at any time.
Must be US citizen or lawful permanent resident.
Bachelor's degree in higher education, international education or related field.
Minimum of seven years of experience in a US higher education setting.
Minimum of five years of experience working as a DSO for F-1 and as ARO for J-1 students and scholars. Must be very familiar with all SEVIS functions for both F and J visas (processing of CPT/OPT/STEM OPT applications, registration, validation, academic training, change of status, matriculation, corrections, reinstatement, extension, etc.)
Master’s degree in higher education, international education or related field.
Experience managing professional staff and a caseload of 400+ students.
Prior experience with Banner, Slate, and Terra Dotta.
Ability to analyze and interpret the needs of students and offer appropriate solutions.
Fluency in two or more languages.
About Montclair State University
With a proud history and a vibrant future, Montclair State University is one of New Jersey’s most diverse and dynamic institutions of higher education. One of four public research institutions in the state, and the second largest, Montclair State is a designated R2 Doctoral Research University by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
Located 12 miles west of New York City on a 252-acre suburban campus which boasts modern, state-of-the-art facilities complemented by green spaces, public plazas and striking Spanish Mission architecture, and a spectacular view of the New York City skyline. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs through 11 colleges and schools. With a student body of 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 22 states and 13 countries, the University has an expansive campus life with on-campus residential capacity of 5,300, more than 120 student organizations, and 18 NCAA Division III athletic teams.
The dynamic diversity of the University’s community has been acknowledged by the U.S. Department of Education through its recognition of Montclair State as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (...HSI), and by Diverse Issues in Higher Education as a “Top Degree Producer” among institutions that confer the most degrees to minority students.
Montclair State University is proud to be committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate in its recruitment and employment practices. The University is an inclusive, richly diverse community that fosters mutual respect, tolerance and understanding among all students and employees.