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Faculty-Scholar Immigration Specialist (Confidential Administrative Support II)

San Diego State University
San Diego

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Faculty-Scholar Immigration Specialist (Confidential Administrative Support II)

Job No: 533553
Work Type:
Locations: San Diego
Categories: Confidential, Administrative, Probationary, Full Time

Position Summary

The Faculty-Scholar Immigration Specialist contributes to the mission of Faculty Advancement and Student Success (FASS) by maintaining SDSU's designation as a J-1 and H-1B visa granting campus; coordinating with internal and external parties SDSU's faculty and visiting scholar immigration processes; and providing expert advice to campus offices and tenure-track / tenured faculty and visiting scholars on immigration matters such as J-1 and H-1B visas and permanent residency. The The Faculty-Scholar Immigration Specialist maintains current knowledge and practices of the U.S. Department of State J-1 Exchange Visitor Program and practices of the H-1 Specialty Occupation visa status, and develops and supports ongoing faculty and staff education around requirements for recruiting J-1 and H-1B visa holding faculty.

This is a full-time (1.0 time-base), benefits eligible, permanent/probationary position. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs.

Department Summary

Faculty Advancement and Student Success (FASS) fosters inclusive academic excellence through support for faculty careers, professional development, and community engagement and student academic support and enrichment, including the Weber Honors College.

For more information regarding Faculty Advancement and Student Success, click here.

Education and Experience
  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Two to four years of related experience.
  • Experience working in a higher education or public sector setting.
  • Experience working with the U.S. Department of State's SEVIS system, Federal/State visa regulations and procedures pertaining to J-1 scholars and dependents, and / or academic personnel processes.
  • Experience working with sensitive personnel and maintaining confidentiality.

Key Qualifications
  • Experience working with H-1B and permanent residency regulations and procedures.
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong working relationships (on and off campus) and think strategically.
  • Proven track-record of effectively managing processes/programs and submitting visa paperwork in a short timeframe.
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced, dynamic environment with competing priorities that involve problem-solving skills.
  • Proven sensitivity to cultural differences and ability to communicate clearly and effectively with individuals who speak English as a second language.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with persons having varying degrees of English proficiency.

  • Compensation and Benefits

    Starting salary upon appointment is not expected to exceed $4,910 per month.

    Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department's fiscal resources.

    San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For more information regarding SDSU benefits, please click here.

    Diversity and Community at SDSU

    At SDSU, our diversity gives us power and benefits every single member of our community.

    Through our commitment to equity and inclusion, we encourage all members of our community to purposefully learn from one another through open and respectful dialogue and responsible engagement. For more information, click here.

    Principles of Community

    At San Diego State University, we are a community of diverse individuals who have and represent many perspectives, beliefs and identities. This diversity lends our community strength, and we commit to creating and sustaining an inclusive and intellectually vibrant environment that benefits all members of our university.

    SDSU's Principles of Community is an aspirational statement that is intended to evolve over time. The statement reflects the ideals we are encouraged to uphold in our interactions with one another.

    Supplemental Information

    Initial review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on December 6, 2023. To receive full consideration, apply by December 5, 2023. The position will remain open until filled.

    The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

    San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

    A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily and is required for employment. SDSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current SDSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

    SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click here.

    SDSU is an Equal Opportunity Employer that considers all qualified candidates for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered military and veteran status, or any other protected characteristic or status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who request an accommodation by contacting Rachael Stalmann at

    Advertised: Nov 21, 2023 (3:00 PM)
    Applications Close: Open until filled

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    Since it was founded in 1897, San Diego State University has grown to offer bachelor's degrees in 89 areas, master's degrees in 78 areas and doctorates in 21 areas. SDSU's approximately 32,000 students participate in an academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with faculty and an increasing international emphasis that prepares them for a global future.

    SDSU's annual economic impact to the state of California is $6.5 billion, according to an impact report done by the California State University in 2010.

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