Program Manager I - International Scholar Advisor/Assistant Director for ISFS

Columbia, Richland County
Apr 04, 2014
Job Description Under limited supervision of the Director for International Support for Faculty and Staff (ISFS), the Assistant Director contributes to the design, delivery and evaluation of a comprehensive immigration support program serving eight campuses and two medical schools in the USC system. ISFS is charged with ensuring the appropriate application of federal and state laws and regulations necessary to host or employ international faculty, researchers, and clinical physician educators. Incumbent advises University Academic/Non-Academic units regarding immigration matters, with responsibility for policy and regulatory application, interpretation and enforcement. Provides leadership and staff supervision, in coordination with the Director, that contributes to realization of USC goal to be recognized internationally for excellence in research and teaching; functions as University liaison with certain outside government agencies. Trains, supervises, and evaluates subordinate staff. Incumbent manages services and programs for non-immigrant faculty and staff - particularly researchers - to include determination of appropriate visa category, orientation, immigration and personal advising; filing wage requests, PERM Labor Certifications for certain tenure-track positions, and employment-based immigration petitions, (i.e, H-1B, O-1, TN, EB-1 & EB-2). Acts as USC Senior Alternate Responsible Officer for the Department of State's J-1 Exchange Visitor Program for professors, research scholars, short-term scholars, specialists and student interns. Performs related responsibilities as required.

Minimum Qualifications -Master's degree in related field and 3 years relevant program experience, or bachelor's degree and 5 years relevant program experience. -Extensive knowledge and expertise working with employment based immigration regulations, policies, and procedures in a higher education or legal setting and/or implementing US immigration regulations, statutes and related technical matters. -Excellent analytical, oral and written communication skills, and high level diplomatic skills to communicate effectively with a variety of external and internal stakeholders. -Experience leading and managing a team, and being an effective team member. Special: US citizenship or permanent residence required for signatory authority on certain US immigration documents issued by the office.

Preferred Qualifications Master's degree or equivalent in public administration, international studies or a related field with a minimum of 3 years progressively responsible experience in the development, delivery, evaluation and budgeting for international programs focused on employer-driven immigration services. Preference given to candidates with university international or immigration law office experience, and work or study abroad experience. Direct experience in the design, delivery and management of employer-driven immigration services in a university setting utilizing PeopleSoft is a plus.