Advertised Summary Job Description: The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) seeks two International Student Coordinators. Candidates will be considered without regard to the posting used for the application and supporting documents. Please do not submit an application to each posting.
Reporting to the Associate Director for International Student Services, the International Student Coordinator advises on basic rights and responsibilities under the immigration laws of the United States; advises international students on immigration matters related to their stay at Columbia University; acts as Designated School Official (DSO) and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) in issuing and administering required U.S. government documents to international students; collaborates with staff, schools, departments and outside organizations (including vendors) to plan and coordinate collaborative events as needed. The International Student Coordinator takes on additional assignments as needed by the Associate Director or the ISSO Associate Provost and Director.
The incumbent issues and administers required U.S. government documents for international students to obtain and maintain student or exchange visitor status; may be called upon to consult with the SEVIS Help Desk and US Custom & Immigration Services to resolve processing or status problems; will act as Designated School Official (DSO) and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) in issuing required U.S. government documents for international students to obtain appropriate F-1 or J-1 visas; consults with the Associate Director on current federal regulations, policies, the Code of Federal Regulations, secondary references, and more complex immigration cases; advises and provides guidance to F-1 and J-1 students related to their rights and responsibilities under immigration regulations and university policies.
The incumbent assists in maintaining forms, hand-outs and other materials related to various immigration procedures, and helps in streamlining and improving ISSO processes and services; makes recommendations for process improvements related to non-immigrant matters such as work authorization; maintains and enhances in-depth knowledge of US immigration and school policies as they affect international students; evaluates complex regulations and applies them to individual cases; presents at various school-specific orientations and immigration workshops, including Curricular Practical Training and Optional Practical Training; refers students to the appropriate campus and community resources as needed; responds to general and specific questions, inquiries, and correspondence from incoming and current international students and their academic departments; complies with federal SEVIS reporting and record keeping requirements including address updates; helps to ensure regulatory information is up to date on the ISSO web site; cultivates a professional presence on campus and in the field through local and national partnerships and associations; and participates in regional and national international education conferences and meetings; performs other duties as assigned by the Associate Director for Student Services or the Associate Provost and Director of the ISSO.
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience and education Experience with immigration advisement, federal compliance experience Knowledge of F-1 and J-1 student immigration regulations, and SEVIS Ability to communicate effectively with people from different cultural backgrounds Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and written and oral communication skills; strong computer literacy U.S. government regulations require that Designated School Officials and Alternate Responsible Officials be US citizen or legal Permanent Resident
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications:
Preferred Qualifications: Master's Degree in international education, higher education, cross-cultural communication, intercultural counseling, area/cultural studies, foreign language, or TESOL Fluency in at least one foreign language Experience living abroad Completion of NAFSA F-1 and J-1 Professional Development Programs
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Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
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