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General Statement of Duties: The International Education Coordinator works collaboratively with the Director of International Education to implement all activities of the department. The coordinator will work collaboratively with the office of Admissions and other appropriate university offices (i.e Housing, health services, enrollment management) to facilitate processing of new international students applicants and their entry to the United States and the university. Serves as a Designated School Officer (DSO) for the university; this requires the understanding and training of federal rules and regulations pertaining to F-1 students. Provides guidance to all students seeking assistance with international education while assisting with the Study Abroad program.
Duties & Responsibilities:
Under the supervision of the Director, the Primary Designated School Official (PDSO), the coordinator serves as the Designated School Officer (DSO) responsible for general immigration advising and all routine SEVIS records maintenance, I-20 creations, basic updates and reporting to help ensure University and individual student compliance.
Will serve as the first point of contact for all inquiries and questions for International Education Department and is responsible for office operations, to include phones, budget, greeting students/faculty staff, direct constituent to appropriate offices, etc.
Coordinate with admission regarding incoming international students. Prepares and sends immigration documents for the arrival of new international students
Provides support to the study abroad program and international exchange programs. Responsible for the intake of international students exchange and facilitates the process of course selection with Academic departments. Collaborate with Director, Study Abroad Advisor and Graduate assistant on Study Abroad matters.
Updates and maintain all SEVIS records for F-1 students including; initial and active student reporting, transfers, program completion, as well as SEVIS actions.
Assists in the coordination of the new international student orientation and other educational programs for the university as it relates to the department.
Act as a primary liaison to all international students and exchange participants between the time of their admissions or exchange acceptance and actual enrollment, and assists with their ongoing integration into the university and local community.
Responsible for database management, preparation and storage of electronic documents. Manages budgeting requisitions, transfers, etc. to ensure accuracy and timeliness. Maintains departmental records and prepare reports as required.
Assists in the development of materials for the office of International Education (ie. brochures, flyers, info sessions and event coordination.)
Provides advising to international students on and execution of all actions related to all F-1 issues including: the visa application process, school transfers, changes of status, SEVIS record keeping requirements, maintenance of status, reinstatement procedures, program extensions, on campus employment, economic hardship authorization, OPT, an academic training, travel and reentry to the U.S., and dependent visa issues.
Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
Bachelor’s degree in International Studies/International Education or related discipline required; Master’s Degree preferred.
U.S. Citizenship or permanent residency required (this is a requirement of the Department of Homeland Security to operate the SEVIS database system.)
Proven ability to adapt to new technology and the willingness to learn and receive training on SEVIS and related immigration documentation as well as gain the knowledge and understanding of the immigration regulations regarding F-1 international students through training and self-development. Previous F-1 Immigration regulation experience preferred.
Must be detail oriented, highly organized and able to prioritize within a very fast paced environment while paying strict attention to multiple tasks and projects simultaneously.
Ability to work with students from diverse cultural backgrounds and respecting their needs.
Knowledge of a foreign language/experience living oversees a plus.
Possess excellent oral and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, and organizational skills.
Possess a desire to work in a data driven environment, possess strong computer skills—Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint; capability to learn new databases and communication software and social media vehicles such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. Experience with software related to website publication and maintenance a plus.
Ability to work independently and exercise sound judgment and as a member of a team.
Satisfactorily pass a check conducted by the Criminal History Systems Board (CORI check).
Ability to perform above duties with or without reasonable accommodation.
Fitchburg State University, located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, is a public institution dedicated to integrating high-quality professional programs with strong liberal arts and sciences studies. Founded in 1894, the university now has more than 30 undergraduate programs and 22 master's degree programs, and 7,000 full and part-time students. We invite you to learn more about us and how we can help you achieve your educational goals.