International Scholar Programs Coordinator and Advisor

Job description

International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) welcomes applications for an International Scholar Programs Coordinator and Advisor. As a member of the ISSS team, the International Scholar Programs Coordinator and Advisor will engage in direct advising of and preparing documents for international 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. Moreover, the International Scholar Advisor and Programs Coordinator designs, plans and implements programs including off-campus excursions for international scholars and dependents of international students and scholars (i.e. significant others and children) to assist them with academic and career growth as well as social and intercultural integration on campus and in the local community. In summary, the International Scholar Programs Coordinator and Advisor is expected to develop, plan, and implement programs for as well as engage in direct advising of international 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 promote a greater understanding and appreciation for all cultures

What your key responsibilities will be:

Advising, Visa Document Preparation, and Reporting

  • Advise and educate 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 scholars in regards to complex issues not only related to immigration but also related academic, logistical, financial, health, travel, and career development issues.
  • Assist 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 scholars in J-1, H-1B, E-3, TN, or O-1 status.
  • Serve as official liaison to federal government agencies as an Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO), ensuring compliance with immigration regulations.
  • Authorize immigration benefits for international 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.

  • Develop, coordinate, market, and implement programming and events including off-campus excursions for international scholars and dependents of international students and scholars to cultivate an inclusive community for international students and assist with their integration and success academically, socially, and culturally on campus and in the local community.
  • Collaborate with other campus units in creating and implementing programming that will enhance the scholars' and the dependents' experience on campus and in the community in regards to career building, social integration, cultural adjustment, etc. (Event planning will include budgeting and fiscal accountability; negotiating for time, space, resources, catering, etc.; and marketing to students, staff, and faculty.)
  • Working with International Student Programs Coordinators in ISSS, develop programs for both students and scholars when appropriate.
  • Provide trainings to assist faculty and staff with intercultural competency to help international scholars thrive.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with various unit representatives on campus integral to the international scholars' success such as but not limited to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, Research & Innovation Office, Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement, Faculty & Staff Assistance Program, Housing & Dining Services, etc.

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 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, mentor, assign work and supervise student worker(s).

What you should know:
  • Programming will involve additional hours on evenings and weekends outside the required 40 hours of work 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 over 40 hours per work week.

What we can offer:

The anticipated starting salary for this position is $44,000.00-$50,000.00, 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.

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What we require:
  • Bachelor's Degree.
  • 1 year of work experience advising and assisting international scholars, students, or other immigrant populations in the U.S. Employment while a student will be considered. Experience must include:
    • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with individuals of culturally diverse backgrounds, verbally and in writing and building coalitions with other entities.
    • Successful development and implementation of intercultural, educational, outreach, and social programs including demonstrated public presentation skills.
    • Ability to effectively learn and work with numerous database systems.
    • Ability to read and interpret complex immigration regulations and policies, analyze different factual situations, and develop solution.
    • Completion of detail-oriented tasks in a multi-faceted, faced-paced environment.
  • To be an Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO), per federal regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. lawful permanent resident.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends outside of the normal 40-hour per week.
  • Knowledge and understanding of U.S. immigration laws, regulations, and agency policies.

What you will need:
  • Sensitivity to and ability to operate in a cross-cultural setting.

What we'd like you to have:
  • Knowledge of Ellucian ISSM, Sunapsis, PeopleSoft Campus Solutions, and SEVIS.
  • Knowledge of J-1 and/or H-1B visas.

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 May 9, 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-13132.
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: Apr 9, 2018

Closing Date: May 9, 2018, 10:59:00 PM

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00745100





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Posted: 4/10/2018
Application Due: 5/11/2018
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