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International Student and Scholar Services Advisor

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Position Type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Office of Global Programs
Pay Grade: 28
Date opened: Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Eastern Daylight Time

General Summary: 

As a member of the Office of Global Programs, the International Student and Scholar Services Advisor supports international students and scholars as they integrate into and become engaged members of the UMass Boston community.  The incumbent will provide social, cultural, academic, and immigration advisement to international students and scholars who are under UMass Boston non-immigrant visa sponsorship; and will help to implement programs that ensure international student and scholar success, collaborating with academic departments and units to create a culturally inclusive campus.

The International Student and Scholar Services Advisor is part of a cross-trained Office of Global Programs team that provides international students and scholars with holistic educational support, combining cultural programming and immigration services.  The incumbent will support the university’s academic departments, as well as the Division of Enrollment Management, the Office of Graduate Studies, ESL, and Student Services offices, and must work collaboratively with multiple stakeholders in international education on campus; and will contribute to the overall mission of the Office of Global Programs and its emphasis on creating a campus that provides meaningful support to international students and scholars.

The incumbent is part of a cross-trained team responsible for international undergraduate student, graduate student, and scholar advising and programming, helping to support the Chancellor’s new emphasis on student success; will provide visa eligibility documents for the F-1 and J-I populations; and additionally, will serve as a resource on visa-related issues such as employment regulations.

Examples of Duties: 

  • Work with the Executive Director for the Office of Global Programs to implement innovative programs and services that enhance international student success, satisfaction, and retention; help provide new student-centered programming and advising processes as part of a comprehensive redesign of the Office’s international services; enact new approaches to immigration services that connect visa advising to student transition, engagement, and retention programming;
  • Help deliver the Office of Global Program’s international programming, which can include orientation week, international education week, workshops, info-sessions, immigration forums, travel planning coffee sessions, and academic department events; serve on committees dedicated to event planning;
  • Deliver effective immigration advising sessions, with a special focus on engaging international students in a supportive educational community; deliver cultural programming that supports international students in campus residence halls, including a new living-learning community; support new student peer mentoring projects, collaborating with Office of Global Programs leadership to offer programming that connects students to educational resources;
  • Undergo training to serve as a Designated School Official (DSO); and as an Alternative Responsible Officer, (ARO).
  • Evaluate visa eligibility documents for F-1 and J-I populations; produce Form I-20 for F-1 students and Form DS-2019 for J-1 visitors; work in immigration databases, including providing daily maintenance of SEVIS student records and using Sunapsis electronic database system for student case management; ensure correct reporting to maintain US Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulatory compliance;
  • Provide immigration advising in both written and verbal communications; hold success-focused advising appointments with students; enact new protocols to enhance customer service capabilities of the Office of Global Programs;
  • Attend regional and national meeting and conferences, as needed, to stay current with new developments in the field of international education; engage in professional training to maintain up-to-date skills in immigration advising;
  • Support Office of Global Programs leadership in the implementation of strategic planning, helping the Office leadership to update and improve immigration service policies and procedures; document work flow, policies, and procedures as directed by Office leadership as part of collaborative office assessment;
  • Engage in clear communication with university leaders invested in international education; deliver compelling messaging, website content, and publicity materials;
  • Serve as an advocate for international students and scholars, acting as a liaison with other units on campus; serve on university and residence hall committees dedicated to international student and scholar success and internationalization of campus;
  • As part of Office of Global Programs team, rotate serving at the Office front desk, helping to serve a wide range of international audiences, including incoming and outgoing exchange students; provide customer service-oriented responses to inquiries relating to study abroad, service learning projects, research exchanges, and on-campus initiatives;
  • Participate in a wide variety of cultural and educational events designed for international visitors, students, scholars, and campus leaders, including some weekend and evening events; work collaboratively to staff all event functions of Office as needed;
  • Perform other duties as required.

Qualifications: 

Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in a field related to international education, social sciences or humanities required.   Ability to work occasional evenings, weekends and holidays in order to support innovative programs and advising required.  Designated School Official (DSO), experience.  Ability to rotate through shared 24/7 on-call status required. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with or supporting international students preferred;
  • Experience in implementing international programming preferred;
  • Demonstrated commitment to international student success, engagement, and support preferred;
  • Experience in immigration advising and counseling preferred;
  • Knowledge of SEVIS procedures and batching systems preferred;
  • Prior study or work experience abroad is preferred;
  • Knowledge of a second language is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Familiarity with the services provided by a Designated School Official (DSO);
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, attend to detail, and organize work flow;
  • Ability to work collaboratively within the office and across units;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong intercultural and interpersonal skills, demonstrating an ability to work with a diverse population;
  • Strong teamwork skills, demonstrating an ability to work collaboratively within the office and across units;
  • Strong commitment to customer service. 

Application Instructions: 

Please apply online with your resume, cover letter and list of three professional references.

Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date. 

Only Internal candidates in the Professional Staff Bargaining Unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting.  All other candidates will be considered after that period. 

Salary Ranges for the appropriate Pay Grade can be found at the following link: 

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All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.

Applications close: Eastern Daylight Time

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