THE OPPORTUNITY: Under the direction of the Associate Director of International Student and Scholar Services and in close contact with Assistant Vice President for Global Education, the International Student and Scholar Advisor will be responsible for a range of student/scholar services including immigration advising for F and J visas, student orientation sessions, workshops, and other activities in support of international student success.
Serve as an Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) for the J visa program and serve as a campus Designated School Official (DSO) for the F visa program (respectively) certified by the US Department of State and Homeland Security to meet federal requirements with the Student Exchange Visitor System (SEVIS).
Oversee international student sponsors in collaboration with Assistant Director
Monitor part-time status, OPT requirements and unauthorized withdrawals to ensure that students and scholars maintain their immigration status. When appropriate meet with and advise students/scholars who are in jeopardy of losing current immigration status.
Monitor academic and graduation progress of international students.
Oversee and manage F 1 and J1 student immigration advisement through continuous education on regulations, policies and procedures.
Review and determine eligibility of prospective students and grant documents necessary to apply for and maintain Fl and Jl status.
Oversee 1-20 and D52019 issuance, the SEVIS database, as well as matters of institutional compliance as a student immigration specialist on campus.
Develop and lead programs and services provided to the student international population including orientations, cultural programming, tax/employment workshops, etc., and other programs in support of international student success.
Oversee collaboration with International Admission (graduate and undergraduate) to ensure seamless enrollment for new international students.
Manage the unique needs of the international population through committee work with Student Life.
Identify and address issues of importance affecting the international population on an on-going basis.
Strategically plan/assess international student experiences to inform/improve services and programming offered.
Lead diversity programming for the campus community through committee work with the Multicultural Engineering Program.
Complete special research projects that influence departmental policy or services.
Participate in ongoing professional development to remain current and engaged in the field.
Develop instructions/handbook for students to apply for federal benefits, change of status, reinstatements, CPT, OPT, etc.
Advise international students' dependents on maintaining lawful status.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY: Colorado School of Mines is committed to equal opportunity for all persons. Mines does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), ancestry, creed, marital status, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status or current military service. Further, Mines does not retaliate against community members for filing complaints regarding or implicating any of these protected statuses.
Mines’ commitment to nondiscrimination, affirmative action, equal opportunity and equal access is reflected in the administration of its policies, procedures, programs and activities and in its efforts to achieve a diverse student body and workforce.
Through its policies, procedures and resources, Mines complies with federal law, Colorado state law, administrative regulations, executive orders and other legal requirements to prevent discrimination (including harassment or retaliation) within the Mines campus community and to address potential allegations of inequity or concerns for safety.
TOTAL REWARDS: Mines is proud to provide exceptional benefits that include pay, health & wellness and work/life balance offerings. Our portfolio of benefits includes medical, dental, vision, disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and retirement savings plans. Additionally, Mines employees are eligible for tuition benefits (for employees and dependents), generous paid holidays and leaves and discount programs. For more information, visit Mines benefits.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor's degree and at least one year of work experience related to F and/or J visa advising, regulations, and processing at an institution of higher education
Ability to complete assignments independently and meet changing deadlines.
Strong intercultural communication skills and customer service with an international audience.
Ability to communicate effectively with diverse populations and language proficiency levels; ability to work with diverse population at all levels of organization including faculty, staff, senior management, students, and representatives from external organizations; and demonstrated interest and skills to work in a multicultural/multiethnic environment.
Analytical and problem-solving skills with ability to analyze situations, identify existing or potential problems, recommend solutions, and determine and implement procedures to accomplish effective resolution and evaluation of results/progress.
Excellent organizational skills to develop, manage, and implement programs and activities.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Experience with Banner and Terra Dotta for ISSS (or similar), knowledge of international student and immigration regulations, and SEVIS.
Knowledge and experience providing reports and advice to the supervisor on issues with existing policies and making recommendations for improvements
Additional Salary Information: Mines takes into consideration a combination of candidate’s education, training and experience as well as the position’s scope and complexity, the discretion and latitude required in the role, work location, and external market and internal value when determining a salary level for potential new employees.
Internal Number: 494983
About Colorado School of Mines
The Colorado School of Mines is consistently ranked among the top engineering colleges in the United States and ranks number one as the best public school in the state for best value colleges. Mines is located in the heart of Golden, Colorado, a western suburb of Denver. The campus location offers a small-town ambiance with close proximity to all that the Denver metropolitan area has to offer with an abundance of cultural events, museums, theaters and sporting venues. An arid climate and an average 300 days of sunshine per year make the area an ideal place to live, work and play. We seek individuals who value a diverse and inclusive community – offering different perspectives, experiences, and cultures that enrich the educational and work experience.
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