Business Title: International Student and Scholar Advisor
Employee Type: Admin. Professional
Job Family: Administrative Professional - OT Eligible
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
In accordance with Washington State Governor's Proclamation 21.14.2, as a condition of employment, you must be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation by time of hire. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their last shot in a vaccine series. Full vaccination status or an approved accommodation will be verified prior to your first day of work. Should you not be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation you will not be able to start employment with WSU. Information regarding vaccine verification and/or requesting a medical/religious accommodationis available at https://hrs.wsu.edu/covid-19/vax-verification/. Please contact HRS at [email protected] or 509-335-4521 if you have questions.
Summary of Duties:
This International Student and Scholar Advisor position provides essential and critical student immigration counseling and holistic support to continuing international students to ensure maintenance of immigration records and appropriate lawful status. This position often intersects between immigration regulations, academic regulations and holistic counseling/support to help students meet their educational and academic goals, with a primary focus on F, and to a lesser extent, J visa programs. The position is responsible for providing specialized immigration advice for international students and campus offices across the WSU system at all study plan levels. This position must stay up-to-date on complex, and, currently, ever-changing, immigration regulations and directly apply them to extremely complex student and scholar cases with a high level of focus on legality and record maintenance. In addition, the position must be familiar with University academic and other policies and procedures related to international students as well as their dependents.
This position's responsibilities include monitoring compliance with federal immigration regulations in alignment with applicable university policies, reviewing and assisting with the development of unit procedures and methodologies; explaining applicable policies, state and federal laws and regulations to international students, monitoring and updating the office case management system (SUNAPSIS), (this is a paperless office), tracking immigration status for students; training students and University colleagues on immigration matters, educating students on their visa status, how to maintain lawful status, and the consequences for falling out of status, and presenting and assisting with cultural programming efforts for international students and the WSU international community.
This position must serve as a Designated School Official (DSO) for F visas, and may serve as an Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) for J visas. As a DSO and ARO, this position has legal responsibility and signature authority for institutional compliance with immigration requirements under federal law. This position works as a liaison with government agencies, organizations and various stakeholders, and maintains compliance with federal immigration reporting requirements in SEVIS and elsewhere. This position requires knowledge of federal regulations governing F and J visa status.
Positions require a Bachelor's degree and two (2) years of professional work experience in student services or related education/experience. A Master's degree in a related field may substitute for one (1) year of professional work experience. Any combination of relevant education and professional experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis.
Bachelor's degree in international studies, political science, counseling, education or a related field.
At least three years of relevant professional work experience.
A Designated School Official (DSO) for SEVIS must be either a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States.
Experience with common office software programs (e.g. Microsoft Office).
Demonstrated strong ability and skills in managing challenging or stressful circumstances meeting deadlines when handling multiple cases.
Demonstrated high level of attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
Demonstrated strong interpersonal, cross-cultural, written and verbal communication skills, ability to establish professional relationships with international population and campus offices, and to speak in front of large groups.
Demonstrated excellent customer service skills and interpersonal skills; ability to interact with others in a warm, friendly and supportive manner, creating a climate of trust, consideration and mutual respect.
Demonstrated ability to work as a team, as well as working independently.
Demonstrated cultural sensitivity.
Understanding of how immigration and academics intersect.
Demonstrated ability to develop relationships and solve complex problems to ensure immigration regulations are met.
Ability to work nights and/or weekends as needed.
Master's degree in international studies, college student personnel, or a related field.
Experience in a university international office.
Experience working and/or living abroad.
Experience working on SUNAPSIS case management system.
Knowledge or proficiency of a foreign language.
Area/College: International Programs Department Name: International Student & Scholar Services
Department Link: ip.wsu.edu City, State, Zip: Pullman WA 99164-5121 Monthly Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications. FTE: 100% This is a permanent position. Posting Close Date: Applicants must submit their completed application by February 10, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Background Check: This position has been designated by the department to require a background check.
Application Instructions: Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application: 1) resume 2) a cover letter and 3) contact information for professional references. Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements. Required Documents:
Time Type: Full time
Position Term: 12 Month
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.
WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or [email protected].
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with i...ts Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.