International Students & Programs Advisor
Position Category: Non-Academic
Position Title: International Students & Programs Advisor
School/Department: Enrollment Management
Reports To: Associate Director, International Students & Programs
Time: Full Time
Term of Employment:
Information & Responsibilities
The International Students and Programs Advisor works closely with and under the guidance of the Associate Director, International Students and Programs. The International Student and Programs Advisor maintains current knowledge of immigration regulations and policies, and ensures the timely and accurate processing of I-20’s, F-1, J-1, and other visas for students, scholars, and exchange programs. The Advisor regularly meets with students, providing advising on visa matters as well as academic and social adjustment matters. The Advisor assists with the development of international student orientation and other student programming.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS (include but are not limited to):
• Advise and guide international scholars and students on immigration, visa, and cultural adjustment matters.
• Verify eligibility and issue visa documents (DS-2019, I-20).
• Serve as Designated Security Officer (DSO) and update SEVIS database with required information on student enrollment, domicile, and employment activities.
• Guide students through employment authorization applications such as OPT, CPT, and economic hardship.
• Under guidance of the Associate Director, plan and coordinate International Orientation activities, workshops, group programming on acclimation matters, and intercultural social programming.
• In consultation with Associate Director, schedule and secure venues for incoming speakers and workshops and facilitate workshop speakers (such as IRS, immigration law, and other special topics).
• Identify students with English language challenges, and provide individualized support, including referrals to on- and off-campus resources.
• Guide and counsel students one-on-one regarding cultural and academic adjustment matters, such as ESL, tutoring and other services, acclimation, financial, and housing.
• Prepare correspondence and official letters to support visa applications and/or funding from international agencies.
• General office administrative duties, such as handling mail, telephone, mail, handling of forms, maintaining and ensuring security of confidential paper and electronic records.
• Other duties as assigned.
• In accordance with Department of Homeland Security regulations, a DSO must be either a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States.
• General office skills, including processing mail and other documents, filing, maintaining confidential records, use of computer technology (such as e-mail, MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and social media (such as Twitter, Facebook).
• Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
• Excellent organizational and time management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects and see projects through to a timely completion.
• Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) in a field relating to international education/international relations, education, educational counseling, foreign language, or teaching ESL.
• A minimum of 3 years working in a higher education setting, or equivalent, with demonstrated ability to effectively communicate complex regulatory information with key constituents in a cross-cultural setting.
• Current knowledge and experience with SEVIS, international immigration and visa regulations preferred.
How to Apply
This position is available immediately. If you are interested, please submit a cover letter and resume to email@example.com. Please indicate in the subject line: International Students & Programs Advisor.
Equity & Diversity
CalArts is proud of its diverse student body and deeply committed to
supporting the cultural and artistic aspirations of all its students. A
commitment to increasing opportunities for low-income students and
currently disenfranchised groups is necessary, as is the desire to work
to support institutional goals of equity and diversity in an ongoing
way. CalArts is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). In our efforts to reach a diverse application pool, please follow the link to fill out an optional survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Eq_Div
CalArts has a multidisciplinary approach to its studies of the arts
through six schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and
Theater. CalArts encourages students to explore and recognize the
complexity of the many aspects of the arts. It is supported by a
distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its Bachelor
and Master of Fine Arts students with the hands-on training and exposure
necessary for an artist's growth. CalArts was founded in 1961 and
opened in 1969 as the first institution of higher learning in the United
States specifically for students interested in the pursuit of degrees
in all areas of visual and performing arts.