Associate Director

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Position Number:S87660 Title:Associate Director Department:Internat'l Students & Scholars Category:Professional/Managerial Job Family:Higher Education Administration Website: Posting Date:09/09/2020 Summary:

The Associate Director of Office of International Students and Scholars plays an integral role at Lehigh University by providing high quality advising and minimal programming to international students and scholars, and promoting their full participation and integration into the University community. This position is called upon to interpret internal University policies interfacing with federal immigration regulations affecting international students and international scholars at Lehigh. The Associate Director is the Director’s right hand and is expected to serve as an expert in the field of scholar advising, especially on immigration matters such as PERM, H-1Bs, J-1 scholars, TNs and O Visa classifications.

  1. Scholar Advising
    • Work with foreign nationals and academic departments on matters related to immigration and employment cases such H1Bs and PERM; also assist departments in their quest to bring international scholars on J-1 visas
    • The Associate Director counsels international students, international scholars and University staff and faculty on a broad range of immigration and intercultural issues; advises students on personal, academic, career, social and cultural matters
    • The Associate Director is expected to explain clearly the regulations pertaining to foreign nationals to all audiences, including the international employee and the sponsoring departments
    • The Associate Director will respond to departments and foreign nationals on matters related to immigration regulations on a timely manner
    • Provide direct support to the Director of the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) in ensuring that Lehigh University is in full compliance with immigration regulations pertaining to international students and scholars and serves as the second point of contact for university officials and government agencies
    • The Associate Director of OISS has detailed knowledge of F-1 and J-1 nonimmigrant Visa regulations and is considered as the point of contact and primary advisor for other U.S. immigration laws and classifications including H1B, Permanent Residency, asylum and refugee status
    • The Associate Director is fully responsible for issuing immigration documents to international scholars, including all J-1 scholars
    • Serves as a federal Designated School Official (DSO), Alternative Responsible Officer (ARO) and student and scholar adviser
  2. Student Advising
    • Advises international students on immigration matters, including OPTs, STEM OPTs and COS
    • Share responsibility with the Assistant Director for student advising and ISSO in making sure international students remain in compliance with immigration rules and regulations
    • Advise international students on matters such as: career, personal, finance, etc.
    • Serve as the second point of contact for all emergency related matters
  3. Campus and Community Outreach
    • Associate Director will assist the Director of OISS in the design and delivery of programs and workshops tailored towards the Lehigh community of faculty, staff and students
    • Assist Director in designing training materials and handouts
    • Serve as a primary resource to departments and offices at Lehigh University
    • Responsible for providing timely and effective programming to international scholars on J-1 visas
    • Assist with international student orientation in the fall and spring semesters
  4. Office and Budget Oversight
    • Work with Director on day to day budget operations
    • Serve as interim in the absence of the Director
    • Manage office and make sure tasks are completed during Director’s absence
    • Represent the Director of OISS at meetings or campus presentation in his absence
  1. Master's Degree in International Education, Higher Education or related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  2. Four to six years related work experience
  3. Must have strong knowledge and expertise in immigration regulations
  4. Ability to operate in a fast-paced environment, completing several projects simultaneously for various departments on campus
  5. Timely and accurate completion of tasks and quick turnaround of documents
  6. Ability to identify priorities and meet deadlines
  7. Requires effective communication skills to explain immigration procedures to all levels at the University
  8. Works independently, with guidance in only complex situations from the Director
  9. Solid computer skills with experience using word processing and spreadsheet software
  10. Successful completion of standard background checks including but not limited to: social security verification, education verification, county and national criminal background checks, PATCH, FBI fingerprinting, Child Abuse Clearance. Based upon the requirements of the position Lehigh may also request credit history reports, motor vehicle checks and professional license/certification verification
Special Considerations:
  • This position is responsible for driving University-owned vehicles as a routine function, therefore a valid Driver’s License and a good driving record is required
  • This position works with minors
  • Periods of high volume/workload may be required
  • Occasional evening, holiday or weekend hours
  • Occasional travel to attend training
FTE:100% Grade and Hiring Minimum:10-10 Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Salary adjustments for internal candidates comply with University policy. For more information contact Human Resources. Required Documents Message:Cover Letter, Resume




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Posted: 9/10/2020
Application Due: 12/9/2020
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