Senior International Student Advisor

Job description

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) is one of four campuses in the University of Colorado system and is home to over 12,400 undergraduate and 1,800 graduate students. UCCS is among the fastest growing universities in the state and is consistently ranked as one of the top Western regional universities by U.S. News & World Report. Colorado Springs, (pop. 400K+) is situated at the base of Pikes Peak, offers many recreational and cultural activities and was recently ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top Best Places to Live in the U.S.

Nature of Work:

The International Student Advisor Senior will work to ensure the success of more than 200 F-1 and J-1 international students from more than 40 countries and assist in the advisement of J-1 scholars on the UCCS campus. This position reports directly to the Director International Affairs/Senior International Officer for UCCS.

Examples of Work Performed:

  • Serve as Designated School Official (DSO) and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) in capacities dealing with immigration advising, processing, and reporting in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) for all university students (degree and non-degree seeking) and scholars.
  • Assist PDSO in the university's SEVP permissions and I-17, and the SEVP recertification process.
  • Utilize on a daily basis the university's information system for international student and scholar records, currently ISSM but transitioning to Sunapsis. Coordinate usage of ISSM/Sunapsis with other university units and with other CU schools.
  • Advise international students and scholars, their dependents, and university affiliates on matters related to an ever-changing immigration regulatory landscape, related-support services, cross-cultural communication, and community engagement.
  • Demonstrate thorough knowledge of federal regulations affecting students and scholars in F and J student visa classifications, with an ability to parlay this information clearly and effectively to high-level university leadership, academic affairs administrators, and Deans.
  • Assist in the completion of institutional reporting for both internal and external sources (like the OpenDoors report) as related to international students.
  • Support the campus on F and J immigration regulations; act as primary full-time international student advisor, working in conjunction with International Affairs leadership, on the creation, implementation, and oversight of immigration policy and advising, as governed within the federal regulations and CU System.
  • Interface with all relevant governmental agencies, including, yet not limited to, the Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, Social Security Administration, Internal Revenue Service, and Department of Transportation, as needed.
  • Keep up-to-date on developments in international education, including immigration legislation, interpretation and practice, and international recruitment trends.
  • Assist as a highly-functional liaison with university departments and divisions, ensuring that prompt and accurate information is delivered in a collaborative, responsive manner with particular focus on customer service.
  • Plan and implement activities, workshops and events related to orientation or programming for international students, scholars, and the campus community.
  • Serve as the primary international student advisor point of contact on complex immigration concerns in an on-call capacity, dealing with special situations involving international students ranging from immigration issues to personal concerns, emergencies, conflicts, and problems.
  • Represent International Affairs specific to international student advising, on campus-wide committees and assist with projects, programs, tasks, and initiatives, as assigned.
  • Assist with website updates to ensure current and accurate program information.
  • Mentor and act as a role model for student workers, student interns, and student volunteers.
  • Liaise with sponsoring agencies as related to international student advising and issues related to sponsored students.
  • Participate in professional development endeavors, such as affiliation with NAFSA: Association for International Educators, representing the University of Colorado Colorado Springs and staying abreast of ever-changing regulations and trends in international education.
  • Work as a collaborative member of International Affairs team.
  • Other duties or special projects, as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of federal immigration regulations, with the ability to effectively communicate these regulations with academic leadership and work with constituents across campus to find the appropriate resources to resolve issues as they arise.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic environment while balancing time-sensitive tasks with attention to detail and serving as an ambassador of International Affairs.
  • Excellent interpersonal, advisory, and communication skills, showcased with enthusiasm and a positive attitude while working within a team environment.

Salary Range:

$47,476 - $50,000

This position has been determined to be exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

The University of Colorado, Colorado Springs offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at

The University of Colorado is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check.



Minimum Requirements

  • Master's degree from an accredited college or university and 2-3 years of professional experience serving as a DSO and ARO in higher education working with international students in F and J status and advising on advanced immigration regulations -OR- A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and 4-6 years of professional experience serving as a DSO and ARO in higher education working with international students and scholars in F and J status and advising on advanced immigration regulations.

Special Instructions to Applicants:• Applications must be submitted by November 13, 2018 to receive full consideration. • Applications submitted through email or surface mail will not be considered. Please apply at • Upon request, please be prepared to provide five professional references (at least two previous/current supervisors), including their email contact information. • Official Transcripts will be required upon hire.

If you have technical difficulties with your application, please contact the CU Careers help desk at 303-860-4200 #5 or [email protected] Job related inquiries should be directed to the posting contact.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Unofficial transcript(s)

Job Category: Academic Services

Primary Location: Colorado Springs

Department: C0001 -- Colorado Springs Campus - 40354 - Global Engagement Office

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Oct 23, 2018

Closing Date: Nov 13, 2018, 11:59:00 PM

Posting Contact Name: Sandy Ho

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00003226





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Posted: 12/20/2018
Application Due: 2/11/2019
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