Assistant Director for Student
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Application Deadline: 10/30/2012
Vacancy ID #: NF0000315
International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) serves as the principal administrative, advising and programming office for approximately 3000 international students, faculty and academic staff at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). The ISSS Assistant Director for Student and Support Services coordinates the electronic systems at UNC-CH necessary to maintain the University’s compliance with the Department of Homeland Security’s Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), which collects and tracks information relating to students and exchange visitors during their stay in the United States. The Assistant Director serves as an advisor to international students and scholars, manages other electronic systems needed to maintain records for those students and scholars, and provides training and supervision for ISSS staff as described below. Job Description: Develop, direct, and administer services that ensure that the University is in continuous compliance with all Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of State (DOS) regulations related to SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) and coordination of these services with other campus units’ information systems. Daily monitoring of SEVIS lists and alerts. Manage SEVIS batch reporting and data reports. Create and update technical procedures and policies for ensuring immigration regulation compliance. Stay abreast of changes in regulations, laws, best practices, and world conditions that impact international students and scholars, especially those in F-1 or J-1 nonimmigrant status. Advise and notify the campus (faculty, staff, and students) of policies and changes to DHS and DOS rules and regulations that affect nonimmigrant international students and scholars. Coordinate related workshops information sessions orientation presentations as needed or requested by campus departments. Train International Student and Scholar Services staff on SEVIS procedures, data entry processes and data management practices in fsaATLAS, PeopleSoft and SEVIS. Advise international students and scholars on F and J nonimmigrant status issues; registered with DHS as a Designated School Official and with the DOS as an Alternate Responsible Officer. Advise international students and scholars in academic and personal matters, cultural adjustment, and related concerns. Oversee ISSS data management and IT functions. Includes management of ISSS related information in PeopleSoft and fsaATLAS systems. Involves regular maintenance of major CIP code updates, testing of new versions of PeopleSoft or fsaAtlas, testing of new reporting mechanisms in PeopleSoft, management of Alert notices, management and update of user information and access, troubleshooting. Serve as ISSS liaison with UNC-CH SEVIS and PeopleSoft technical implementation teams and with fsaATLAS technical staff at Ellucian. Statistical reporting for Open Doors and for other University needs resources. Provide SEVIS information for the ISSS publications, including handouts and the ISSS web site, manage listserv announcements. Act as liaison with USCIS, ICE, SEVIS Help Desk, DOS and other federal agencies and private organizations involved in international educational exchange. Supervision and training of front office support staff. Liaison for student programming efforts.
Bachelor’s degree required, Masters preferred
Qualification and Experience:
Thorough knowledge of federal regulations governing F-1 students and J-1 Exchange Visitors, minimum of two years immigration advising experience with international students and scholars in a college or university setting, excellent communication skills, cross-cultural sensitivity, ability to work in a group environment and skills with database tools and technology. U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status as required by federal regulation to be designated as an authorized signatory for student and scholar immigration documents and for access to the SEVIS system. Experience with PeopleSoft including batchfile processing, testing upgrades, maintaining data integrity and experience with fsaATLAS including batchfile processing, testing upgrades, and maintaining data integrity are preferred.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
A letter of application, résumé and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references should be submitted.
Department Contact Name: Elizabeth Barnum, Director of ISSS
Department Contact Telephone or Email: 919-962-5661
For complete job descriptions and to apply, visit: http://hr.unc.edu
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an Equal Opportunity Employer.