International Student and Scholar Assistant Advisor

Job description

International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) welcomes applications for an International Student and Scholar Assistant Advisor. As a junior member of the ISSS team, the International Student & Scholar Assistant Advisor is responsible for direct advising of and preparing documents for international students and scholars in regards to U.S. immigration matters and providing advice, assistance and/or resources regarding academic, housing, financial, cultural adjustment, social, career, research, and other-related matters. In summary, the International Student & Scholar Assistant Advisor is expected to prepare visa applications for, as well as engage, in direct advising of international students and scholars with limited supervision.

Who we are:

International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) facilitates the entry, success, and retention of approximately 3000 international students and 750 international scholars. ISSS advocates on behalf of international students and scholars both within the university and to federal regulatory agencies to ensure that they are afforded every opportunity to complete their educational, research, and/or professional objectives. ISSS provides educational, social, and cultural programs that foster the integration and success of the international population on campus and in the local community and promotes a greater understanding and appreciation for all cultures.

What your key responsibilities will be:

Advising, Visa Document Preparation, and Reporting

  • Advise and educate international students, international scholars (including short-term visitors, postdoctoral fellows, academic and research faculty, and staff), and academic and functional units on U.S. immigration rules and related institutional policies.
  • Provide direct, comprehensive advising to international students and scholars in regards to complex issues not only related to immigration but also related academic, logistical, financial, health, travel, and career development issues.
  • Assist students and scholars in adjusting to life at the university and in the U.S. including advising on-campus academic and personal support resources, clubs and organizations on campus, on and off campus employment, applications for Social Security Numbers, state driver's licenses, etc.
  • Research, interpret, and apply federal and institutional rules and policies to the specific situations of international students in F-1 or J-1 non-immigrant status and international scholars in J-1, H-1B, E-3, TN, or O-1 status.
  • Serve as official liaison to federal government agencies as a Designated School Official (DSO) and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO), ensuring compliance with immigration regulations.
  • Authorize immigration benefits for international students and scholars in the SEVIS federal database.
  • Monitor, report, and submit required information and documentation to federal governmental agencies via SEVIS and ISSM.
  • Prepare and submit appropriate employment-based visa and permanent residency applications to federal government agencies on behalf of the university.

Advocacy & Outreach
  • Advocate for international students and scholars on campus as appropriate.
  • Provide training and guidance to campus constituents as needed to support international students and scholars, facilitate campus integration, and ensure positive interactions.
  • Develop, plan, and conduct workshops delivered in person or via other methods to educate on current U.S. immigration regulations and compliance as well as matters integral to the success of international students and scholars on campus such as but no limited to intercultural differences.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with schools and colleges regarding the immigration requirements for their international students, faculty, staff, scholars and exchange visitors.
  • Act as a liaison for international students and scholars with the Bursar's Office, Office of the Registrar's, Office of Human Resources, and other units on campus as needed.

Administrative and Other
  • Assist with projects within the ISSS office to enhance efficiency and customer service, e.g. website revisions, development of internal processes and communications such as handouts and forms, creating and giving presentations to the campus community, social media updates, etc. Participate in weekly case management meetings, ISSS team meetings, new international student orientation, etc.
  • Engage in professional development and compliance training opportunities.
  • Train, assign work and supervise student worker(s).

What you should know:
  • Depending on programming needs, ability to work evenings and weekends outside of the normal 40- hour per week. Given that this is an exempt position under the FLSA, compensatory pay will not be awarded.
  • Any administrative leave/time off is discretionary for hours worked above 40 hours per work week.

What we can offer:

The salary range for this position starts between $44,000.00-$48,000.00, commensurate with experience. The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

Be adaptable. Be informed. Be supportive. Be Boulder.


What we require:
  • Bachelor's Degree.
  • One year of work experience as an international student and/or scholar advisor (or similar position) at an institution of higher education or as an immigration paralegal or legal assistant. The experience must include assisting international students and/or scholars with at least one of the three following types of visas: F-1, J-1, and H-1B. (Applicants with similar experience as a student employee in an International Student & Scholar Services office will be considered.)
  • To be a Designated School Official (DSO) and/or Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO), per federal regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. lawful permanent resident.
  • Some knowledge and understanding of U.S. immigration laws, regulations, and agency policies.
  • Sensitivity to and ability to operate in a cross-cultural setting.
  • Depending on programming needs, ability to work evenings and weekends outside of the normal 40- hour per week.

What we'd like you to have:
  • Experience with Ellucian ISSM, Sunapsis, PeopleSoft Campus Solutions, and SEVIS.

Preferred qualifications may be used to further reduce the pool of applicants to those who are most highly qualified.

Special Instructions to Applicants:Please apply by April 22, 2018.

If you have technical difficulties submitting application information, please contact the CU Careers help desk at [email protected]. All other job related inquiries should be directed to the posting contact for this posting.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV

Application Materials Instructions:To apply, please submit the following materials to this posting at

1. A current resume.

2. A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications.

Please combine materials into one document and upload as titled: Last-First-12964.
Please do not upload references at this time.

Job Category: Student Services

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10420 - International Education

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Mar 22, 2018

Closing Date: Apr 22, 2018, 10:59:00 PM

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00744614





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Posted: 3/23/2018
Application Due: 4/24/2018
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