Assistant Director for International Scholar Services
Regular Full-time, Market Range 12
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) is a comprehensive, very high research (Carnegie classification) university with approximately 29,000 students, 9500+ faculty and staff, 11 colleges, and 300+ degree programs. There are 1500+ international students and scholars on the UTK campus. The University is located on a 580 acre campus in the city of Knoxville in eastern Tennessee (near the Smoky Mountains). The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. For more information: www.utk.edu
The Center for Global Engagement is comprised of eight units (Asian Engagement, Communications, Programs Abroad, the English Language Institute, the International House, International Student and Scholar Services, and Global Research). For more information: http://cge.utk.edu/
The Assistant Director (AD) for International Scholar Services supports the recruitment and retention of faculty, staff and researchers by providing assistance in obtaining and maintaining the appropriate immigration status as well as providing assistance in adjusting to the US. This position implements appropriate compliance, audit and administrative procedures for filing applications for employment based immigration to the Department of Labor and US Citizenship and Immigration Services. The AD advises university faculty, researchers and administrative staff in areas of immigration, employment, and pathways to US Permanent Residence as well as other government and university policies related to international faculty and scholars. The Assistant Director will act as the liaison with the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS), Labor (DOL), and State (DOS), other federal and State agencies, and private organizations. The Assistant Director serves as the primary liaison with external legal counsel appointed by General Counsel for Permanent Residency processes. The Assistant Director, in consultation with the Director and the Office of General Counsel, will develop federal immigration risk mitigation strategies for the institution. The Assistant Director will also assist with the management of international student services in surge capacity. The AD must be willing to have a flexible work schedule to include some weekend/evening duties at UT as well as evening and weekend national and international conferences/meetings. Duties will include:
Advise University faculty, staff and researchers in areas of immigration, employment authorizations and US Permanent Residency.
Understand and implement strategies related to ongoing and complex changes in federal immigration regulation and guidance.
Develop and distribute appropriate information resources to assist the University in its employment of international scholars.
Develop effective system of communication for all parties involved in employment based immigration including college and departmental administration, Human Resources, UT Office of Compliance, external counsel and the faculty and staff who are beneficiaries of the immigration petitions.
Develop training events and programs to assist University members in complying with Federal immigration regulations and related University policy.
Review, prepare and maintain employment based immigrant and non-immigrant petitions including Prevailing Wage Determinations, Labor Certifications, H1B, O-1, E-3, TN applications.
Manage the J-1 agreements and processes for the University.
Advise departments, faculty and staff on pathways to Permanent Residency. Facilitate the relationship between departments, the Provost's designee, General Counsel and the external counsel in the PR process.
Maintain appropriate records (electronic and paper-based) to comply with State and federal regulations as well as university policy. Perform systematic audits to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and University policy.
Facilitating surge capacity for student advising within the scholar unit.
Provide educational and professional development opportunities for international scholars and those who interact with international scholars (intercultural competence, cross cultural exchange and transition).
Internal Number: 218547
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