International Student Advisor
Job Description Summary
The International Student Advisor serves as both a Designated School Official (DSO) and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) for international students at Bentley University. The Advisor performs a wide range of duties to meet the needs of both graduate and undergraduate international students including advising students on maintaining lawful status, resolving problems, initiating and providing programs for international students.
- Work in partnership with Undergraduate and Graduate admissions and the International Education office to issue initial I-20's and DS-2019 for F-1 and J1 student visas.
- Advise international students on how to maintain lawful immigration status through delivering workshops, one-on-one advising and email exchanges.
- Responsible for all SEVIS functions and maintaining accurate data through ISSM.
- Staff the office during walk-in hours, interact with students through in-person appointments, telephone and email correspondence.
- Present workshops on OPT/CPT to students and prepare appropriate documents.
- Initiate and implement programs with and for international students including new student orientation, international education week and other programs that integrate international students into the Bentley University community.
- Perform the following SEVIS functions: issuance of initial attendance I-20s, semester registrations, travel signatures, biographical information updates, OPT and CPT I-20's, LOA processing, change of major, transfer in and out.
- Collaborate with other DSO's and RO/ARO's to ensure consistent protocol regarding policies and procedures.
- Manage confidential student records data in accordance with university, FERPA, USCIS, DHS, and DOS regulations.
Bachelor's degree required with 1 to 2 years of related experience, preferably in an international student advising office.
Evidence of U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent residency (required to sign immigration documents and DSO / ARO authorization, a standard job responsibility of this position).
Experience in a higher education setting or other setting working with international students.
Commitment to and understanding of the unique needs of international students.
Evidence of quick adaptability to technology and systems.
Proficiency in planning, organizing, assessing and delivering a wide variety of events for a range of students.
Ability to research and analyze information, including government documents and regulations, to solve problems.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including strong writing ability, presentation skills, and the ability to communicate effectively to non-native speakers of English.
Ability to balance competing priorities and meet deadlines in a high-pressure environment.
Detail oriented, self-directed, and the ability to handle multiple tasks.
Ability to work nights and weekends as needed.
Master's degree strongly preferred.
The Center for International Students and Scholars can be very busy several times a year. The ability to be flexible and manage simultaneous tasks is important. During International Orientation and other scheduled activities and programs, occasional weekend and evening hours are necessary. Travel to the NAFSA national and regional conferences and local workshops/meetings are expected.
There are very few physical demands. Accuracy and attention to detail is critical as many legal matters are being dealt with. Computer skills are critical and much time is spent looking at a computer screen which may cause fatigue.
Bentley University requires references checks and may conduct other pre-employment screening.
Bentley University strives to create a campus community that welcomes the exchange of ideas, and fosters a culture that values differences and views them as a strength in our community.
Bentley University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, building strength through diversity. The University is committed to building a community of talented students, faculty and staff who reflect the diversity of global business. We strongly encourage applications from persons from underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities, covered veterans and those with diverse experiences and backgrounds.