The Office of International Programs at The University of Tampa has an opening for an International Student and Scholar Advisor to work in a fast-paced environment counseling international students on immigration, educational, and cultural concerns and to assist in the development and coordination of materials and programs to engage and promote the international student body on campus. The International Student and Scholar Advisor will report directly to the Associate Dean of International Programs.
Serve as a Designated School Official (DSO) for the F-1 Student Program registered with the Department of Homeland Security and all of its branches.
Serve as an Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) for the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program registered with the U.S. Department of State and all of its branches.
Assist with all aspects of the F-1 and J-1 visa programs, ensuring both are compliant with US federal immigration regulations including assisting with employment authorizations, transfers, extensions, change of status, and reinstatement applications.
Advise F-1 students on immigration regulations and visa issues and assist with the Student & Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) reporting.
Advise prospective and current F-1 students and J-1 exchange visitors on maintenance of status and related immigration, federal and institutional procedures regulations, travel and visa acquisition, employment and other related matters for the duration of the F-1 and J-1 program period, from pre-arrival through post-completion-activities.
Assist in the preparation of annual and requested statistical reports for relevant University departments, USCIS, Department of State and other related individuals and entities.
Respond to routine federal and internal requests for information and audits, as necessary.
Liaise with internal departments and offices and assist in negotiating solutions between institutional policies and procedures and federal immigration regulations.
Continuously seek updates on changing federal immigration regulations and procedures, and assist in implementing internal policies in response and communicate these policies.
Design and deliver high-quality, informative presentations regarding current immigration regulations and procedures and regularly inform on changes to immigration policy.
Oversee maintenance, upgrades and troubleshooting for the fsaATLAS data management system.
Routinely maintain and develop university website, Blackboard, and student portal information.
Provide support and leadership for student-related initiatives. Advise on academic support resources, academic issues and cultural adjustment.
Serve on university committees to advocate on behalf of international education and provide support for the institutional goals for internationalizing the campus.
Attend and make presentations on UT international programs at recruiting events, open houses, orientations, information sessions, etc.
Assist in planning and implementing international student check-in programming and services.
Provide pre-arrival and orientation information for F-1 students and J-1 international students and scholars.
Work collaboratively on the development of training workshops and information sessions on issues related to international students, faculty and scholars.
Provide and variety of programs for international students including but not limited to international student orientation, host family/friends program, UT Ambassador program and international student alumni outreach.
Work within the Office of International Programs to create a welcoming and safe space for international students, scholars, faculty and staff upon arrival at and throughout their stay at the University including fall and spring semester international student check-in and orientation sessions.
Assess current non-immigration related services and needs of constituent populations and ensure maintenance and/or development of comprehensive orientation and support programs for F-1 and J-1 populations.
Actively support the critical priorities of the Office of International Student Services and support the mission of the Office of International Programs.
Ability to establish and maintain a strong team while working in a collaborative environment with internal and external constituents.
Ensure a high standard of professionalism, expert knowledge and superior customer service for all constituencies.
Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a related field such as education, counseling, international studies or language studies
Knowledge of F-1 and J-1 regulations and ability to comprehend, analyze and apply complex immigration, Department of Homeland Security and State Department laws and practices with hands-on experience in SEVIS and proven ability to effectively communicate these regulations with students, faculty, staff and administrators.
Two years of experience to include one year professional experience in higher education working with international students and scholars in F and J status.
U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident to comply with government regulations.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills and presentation skills.
Excellent knowledge of Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Access.
Computer proficiency in databases, document imaging/scanning and electronic portfolios.
Proven ability to work with effectively with students, faculty and external professional groups on multiple projects at various stages of development.
Ability to establish priorities and manage time wisely.
Master’s degree, preferably in a related field such as education, counseling, international studies or language studies.
Counseling or advising experience in a university setting.
Knowledge of fsaATLAS software program for managing student data and batch processing for SEVIS.
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Summer: Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Finalists may be required to submit to a criminal background check. Some positions may also require a motor vehicle report and/or a credit report.
This description is intended to be generic in nature. It is not to determine specific duties and responsibilities for any particular position. Essential functions and overtime eligibility may vary based on the specific task assigned to the position.
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