The Office of International Students and Scholars at Teachers College, Columbia University is seeking an International Student Advisor who will advise international students on matters related to their visa status, travel, and employment as it relates to academic needs at Teachers College (TC).
Job Summary/Basic Function: The International Student Adviser acts as a Designated School Official (DSO) and Alternative Responsible Officer (ARO) to deliver immigration services to the international student community at Teachers College (TC). Specifically, the incumbent establishes contacts with other university departments, personnel, outside agencies and individuals as required; and interprets university policies governing the area of responsibility. The incumbent will also advise international students by providing guidance regarding federal immigration regulations and procedures, personal/academic/cultural matters, and Teachers College resources to support the successful completion of their degree objectives. The International student Advisor will also assist with the development and implementation of services and programming for international students and the wider TC community.
NB: U.S. government regulations require that Designated School Officials and Alternate Responsible Officers be U.S. citizens or legal Permanent Residents.
Characteristic Duties & Responsibilities: Student Advising & Support
Serve as DSO for F-1 students and ARO for the J-1 exchange visitor program; maintain student records in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) following all applicable rules and regulations; monitor and maintain student statuses while actively enrolled at the institution and during OPT/AT
Provide advising and immigration support for international students in degree seeking graduate programs; process all required documentation for international students; and assist them with applications and procedures to remain in status
Provide direct support to Assistant Directors
Maintain records for international student advisees; work with Enrollment Management to ensure that incoming international student records are complete upon matriculation
Ensure the reliability of information related to international students and promptly disseminate information and make it easily accessible
Develop, maintain, analyze, and disseminate reports related to international students
Serve as an advocate for international students on campus
Develop and implement comprehensive pre-arrival and orientation strategies for incoming international students in collaboration with campus partners
Develop materials, resources and programs that promote the development and practice of intercultural exchange and academic success in collaboration with campus partners
Collaborate with various TC offices and programs in areas that impact international student status in order to support academic progress, excellence, and student success
Make referrals to and work cooperatively with other campus- and community-based resources.
Other duties as assigned
Minimum Qualifications: ● Bachelor's degree (in liberal arts, management, communications, education) and/or equivalent experience ● Minimum of two (2) years of relevant experience with immigration regulation, advisement, and compliance; or the equivalent combination of education and experience ● Experience managing SEVIS records and preparing reports in batch environment ● Knowledge of F-1 and J-1 student immigration regulations ● Ability to communicate effectively and present information clearly in a positive way with people from different cultural backgrounds ● Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and written and oral communication skills ● Strong computer literacy
Preferred Qualifications: ● Master's degree in cross-cultural communication, counseling, area or cultural studies, foreign language, international education, or TESOL ● Experience with Banner and Sunapsis ● Three (3) years administering and advising federal F-1 and J-1 immigration regulations as DSO/ARO in a higher education setting ● Experience teaching, training, presenting ● At least 2 years of experience with interpreting laws, rulings, and regulations ● Fluency in at least one foreign language; experience living abroad ● Completion of NAFSA F-1 and J-1 professional development programs
Internal Number: 508311
About Teachers College, Columbia University
Teachers College, Columbia University, is the oldest and largest graduate school of education in the United States, and also perennially ranked among the nation's best. Its name notwithstanding, the College is committed to a vision of education writ large, encompassing our four core areas of expertise: health, education, leadership and psychology.