International Advisor (Program Specialist 1), UCP 6

Storrs, CT
May 11, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Job Title: International Advisor (Program Specialist 1), UCP 6
Job ID: 2017579
Location: Storrs Campus
Full/Part Time:
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Posting

Under the supervision of the Director of International Student and Scholar Services, the International Advisor (Program Specialist 1), UCP 6 provides immigration advising and support services to international students and scholars, and participates in the University's globalization efforts. The International Advisor works closely with students, faculty and other University offices to troubleshoot and resolve problems in various academic, social and cultural contexts to support the successful completion of the students' program.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Serves as Designated School Official (DSO) for the UConn F-1 program and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) for the UConn J-1 program.
  • Responsible for all routine SEVIS record maintenance and basic updates and reporting to help ensure University and individual student compliance.
  • Prepares visa documentation and other appropriate documents as they relate to international students and scholars.
  • Advises international students and scholars regarding U.S .Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and State (DOS) regulations.
  • Reviews and assesses international students' and scholars' immigration paperwork that require DSO/ARO processing and/or authorization.
  • Serves as a resource to community members at both Storrs and regional campuses concerning international students' and scholars' needs and concerns; occasional travel to regional campuses may be required.
  • Assists and counsels international students with academic, cultural and personal adjustments; provides related support services, including cultural program development.
  • Conducts orientation and other related sessions as assigned.
  • Writes and/or edits informational and publicity materials.
  • Identifies problems with policies and procedures and recommends changes.
  • Compiles statistical reports and maintains appropriate files and records.
  • Performs administrative tasks necessary to support the program including correspondence, reports and information materials; maintains appropriate records.
  • Performs related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications
  1. Bachelor's degree in closely related field or equivalent combination of education and experience
  2. At least two years of experience advising international students on F and/or J immigration regulations, SEVIS, and implementing programs to support international students and scholars
  3. Comprehensive knowledge of the needs of the international student population in a higher education setting
  4. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; excellent writing and editing skills
  5. Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills with strong attention to detail
  6. Ability to work independently and use analytical skills and good judgement to advise international students and scholars, and deal with confidential data and sensitive situations
  7. Computer experience in basic MS and database applications
  8. Must be a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident per federal regulatory requirements for DSO/ARO designation

Preferred Qualifications
  1. Master's degree in related field
  2. Knowledge of one or more foreign languages
  3. Experience studying, working, or living in a foreign country
  4. Experience with a SEVIS batching system
  5. Knowledge of Oracle PeopleSoft or Terra Dotta Software

Appointment Terms

This is a full-time, permanent 12-month position and includes a comprehensive benefits package.

To Apply

Please upload a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three (3) professional references via The cover letter and/or resume should demonstrate how the applicant meets the qualifications for this position. Include the Search# 2017579 in all correspondence. Screening will begin immediately. Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2017579)

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on May 31, 2017.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University's teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn's ranking as one of the nation's top research universities. UConn's faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.


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