The International Center provides leadership and support for the Illinois Institute of Technologys efforts to internationalize its campus. At IIT , international students and scholars from around the world are part of our community, and this position supports internalization efforts by serving as a resource to students, scholars, faculty, and campus partners in meeting the needs of the international community through immigration services.
The Senior International Advisor ( SIA ) takes lead on all matters related to international student advising and programming. The SIA is an active members of the International Centers advising team and contribute to the overall services provided by the International Center, taking a leading role as assigned by the Director.
As a Designated School Official and Alternate Responsible Officer for the University, the Sr. Advisor is responsible for evaluating issues related to international student status, interpreting federal regulations and exercising judgement in deciding on appropriate courses of action. The Sr. Advisor participates in formulating and implementing office policies and operating practices based on federal and University regulations. The Sr. Advisor is responsible for and carries out, additional major assignments as part of primary operations of the office, such as consulting academic advisors and financial sponsors, supporting international student orientations, workshops, and relevant cultural programming. The SIA reports to the Director, International Center.
Special Schedule Requirements
Education & Experience
Bachelors degree required; Masters degree preferred. Minimum 2 years experience required. 5-7 years relevant experience preferred. Preferred experience with immigration for international employees and scholars in higher education environment, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Knowledge of J-1, F-1 OPT and STEM , regulations, SEVIS , are required. Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills are required.
Knowledge & Skills
Ability to work both independently and as a constructive, collaborative member of team efforts with people at all levels within the University and various governmental agencies. Ability to exercise sound, individual judgment in solving problems. Must possess well developed research, writing, presentation, and analytical skills. Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications is needed, and experience or comfort in learning new applications to handle web publishing. Experience with cross-cultural exchange and/or studying or working overseas is strongly preferred. Per federal regulations, in order to be an Alternate Responsible Officer with responsibilities for the Exchange Visitor Program, U.S. citizen or permanent residence is required.
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- Serve as a senior-level Designated School Official ( DSO ) and Alternate Responsible Officer ( ARO ) for the US Department of Homeland Securitys Student Exchange Visitor Program ( SEVP ) and Information System ( SEVIS )
- Manage a portfolio of immigration casework (e.g., OPT , CPT , extensions, reduced course loads, etc.)
- Interpret and apply federal regulations and university policies and procedures as they relate to international students immigration and academic status
- Advise and assist international students regarding obtaining and maintaining legal status and related immigration benefits
- Advise and assist international students regarding a wide range of academic, cultural, social, and personal issues that may also intersect with immigration issues and related services
- Work closely with Academic Advisors across campus to ensure advisement disseminated to student is accurate and up to date
- Develop and deliver trainings, collaboratively and individually, to raise awareness about international student services and needs
- Develop partnership(s) with other offices to support and improve international student services (e.g., the Registrar, Student Health and Wellness, Residence Life, Career Services, etc.);
- Collaborate with all Admission offices to coordinate and facilitate the efficient and accurate processing of international student applications.
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- Ensure university compliance with US Department of Homeland Security and US Department of State regulations by updating and developing the policies, eligibility requirements, and processes that pertain to the immigration and advising of international students and their dependents;
- Provide strategic guidance and serve as Functional Lead for the ISSM enterprise software system and related interface with the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System ( SEVIS ) and Banner;
- Provide oversight to International Student Advisors regarding SEVIS management and compliance;
- Propose, and assist in the development and implementation of, technological solutions in ISSM and other IT systems to improve business processes and the delivery of services to the international student population, including utilizing a wide range of value-added features within ISSM ;
- Work closely with IITs Office of Technology Services team to ensure ongoing management and maintenance of ISSM , including but not limited to upgrades and related testing in the development environment and in SEVIS Beta and SEVIS Alpha;
- Monitor the accuracy of data across information systems and collaborate with stakeholders to resolve data discrepancies;
- Pull reports from ISSM and SEVIS ;
- Gather data regarding various metrics (e.g., immigration casework volume and life cycle, walk-ins, appointments, etc.) and assist in the analysis of data to inform decision-making.
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Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
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