ASSOC DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL STUDENT & SCHOLAR SERVICES
Duties: Reporting to the Director and/or Senior Associate Director of the International Student and Scholar Services, the Associate Director will be responsible as the main contact person for the schools and departments for employment based petitions. Monitor and maintain knowledge of the immigration landscape, interpret federal legislations and regulations, provide leadership and consultations to university faculty and staff on immigration matters. Work with the ISSS leadership team and university-wide committees to disseminate relevant information, provide guidance, and develop policies and procedures impacting university community. Process employment based petitions (H-1B, E-3, LPR, etc) including filing, following up, tracking, and responding to time-sensitive audits and requests for (additional) evidence, act as the main contact person for the university i-cert accounts. Advise international students, scholars, faculty, and staff and Penn community in person, by phone, via email or online regarding federal immigration and employment regulations, Penn resources, and personal/cultural matters. Ensure the government agency reporting requirements such as health insurance, verification component, or any relevant position update for visiting scholars, employee or faculty are done properly. Administer F and J programs as Designated School Official (DSO) and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) and process eforms. Represent the University in applications/communications with federal, state, and local agencies, including Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, PENNDOT, Social Security Administration. Support Penn Global and ISSS vision to provide both immigration and integration services to our clients. Perform other duties as assigned.
Qualifications: Master's degree required, or equivalent credentials approved by the Penn HR. Minimum five years of previous experience dealing with immigration regulations is necessary. Considerable knowledge of university policies and procedures is preferred. Three of more years' experience working in a senior position in an international office is preferred. Direct experience with employment-based immigration petitions preferred. Knowledge and demonstrated experience working with SEVIS and immigration regulations pertaining to various immigration classifications. Excellent intercultural communication and leadership skills required. Must understand ever-changing federal, state, and local regulations pertaining to foreign nationals and effectively communicate to others. Ability to work efficiently with students, faculty, university administrators, and government officials. Excellent customer service skills, and interpersonal skills and solid written, verbal, and non-verbal communication skills required. Excellent organizational, analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills are a must and the flexibility to multitask, meet urgent deadlines, occasionally work outside of normal business hours, respond to calls from Penn Global and ISSS senior leadership during nights and weekends, and carry an office emergency phone on a rotational basis. Must meet urgent deadlines, and adapt to changing demands and priorities. Ability to demonstrate the leadership accountability as well as contribute and collaborate effectively as a team member. Display a positive attitude and willingness to work beyond the extra mile. U.S. federal regulations require an ARO and DSO to be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.
Reference Number: 62-29624
Salary Grade: 027
Employment Type: Exempt
Org: International Student and Scholar Services
Job Family: B-Executive/Managerial Administration