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Colorado State University: International Student and Scholar Adviser Opening

24 Jul 2014 6:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Colorado State University
International Student and Scholar Adviser

Colorado State University invites nominations and applications for two International Student and Scholar Advisers.  One position will work within the Office of International Programs and primarily serve degree seeking students and visiting scholars and researchers.  This position will serve both as a Designated School Official for F-1 visa purposes and as an Alternate Responsible Officer for the J-1 visa program.  This position will report to the Associate Director of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).  The second position will work within the INTO CSU Center and primarily serve students taking English as a Second Language and Pathway Program courses.  This position will be a Designated School Official for F-1 visa purposes.  This position will report both to the ISSS Director and the INTO CSU Director of Student Services.

International Student & Scholar Services is one of three (3) units within the Office of International Programs. The unit provides immigration documentation and advisory services for nonimmigrant visa bearers who are studying, conducting research, teaching, or working for Colorado State University.  The unit maintains records and reports to the U.S. Government as required by federal law.  The unit conducts educational programs related to cultural adjustment, orientation, and other matters pertinent to the population it serves. The unit is involved in recruitment of international students.

INTO is an organization working in partnership with leading universities and investing in the development of world-class international student centers.  It specializes in preparing students for undergraduate and postgraduate courses.  INTO Centers deliver guaranteed progression into leading undergraduate and postgraduate courses, subject to meeting the specific progression criteria.  Each INTO Center is managed by a joint venture management board in which INTO and the partner university are equal shareholders.

Colorado State University is a public, land-grant institution of higher education.  CSU offers academic programs through eight colleges.  Colorado State University offers extensive services to over 2,000 international students and scholars.  These services include advising, programming student activities, immigration processing, and liaison with government agencies, other campus units, and the local community.

Colorado State University is located in Fort Collins, a city with a population of approximately 140,000 people, which is 65 miles north of Denver.  The city offers a unique blend of metropolitan advantages and small town friendliness.  Situated at the western edge of the Great Plains and at the eastern base of the Rocky Mountain foothills, Fort Collins provides easy access to numerous cultural and recreational opportunities.

Responsibiltiies:

  • Advise international students on a variety of immigration matters, including maintaining legal immigration status, navigating the CSU system to maximize their university experience, document processing, and cross cultural adjustment.
  • Serve as a Designated School Official for the F-1 student program of the Department of Homeland Security and Alternate Responsible Officer for the Department of State J-1 visa program (ISSS position only) and evaluate financial documentation and issue immigration documents for international students
  • Maintain current information on immigration matters
  • Maintain relevant records, reports, and statistics of foreign nationals working and studying at the University
  • Serve as a liaison between Colorado State University, government agencies, students, and the local community
  • Provide or assist with programs such as orientation, cultural and educational events, and community activities, e.g. host families and assist with office communication efforts
  • Represent the University, as appropriate, at conferences, symposia, and working groups devoted to international student and scholar issues
  • Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department's commitment to diversity and inclusion

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • One year work experience in the field of international education
  • Demonstrated experience and/or training with F visa regulations and procedures
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident status in order to serve as a Designated School Official for F-1 visa purposes and as an Alternate Responsible Officer for the Exchange Visitor Program

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree
  • Minimum of four months of study, employment or residence outside of the United States
  • Proficiency in one or more foreign languages
  • Experience/training with J-1 visa regulations and procedures
  • Experience serving as a Designated School Official (DSO) and/or Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO)
  • Immigration advising experience with an English language program or quarter system
  • Experience or training in intercultural adjustment
  • Strong computer skills, with experience in such areas as database maintenance and reporting and other office software applications 
  • Experience working with people from diverse cultures
  •  Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work as a team member

Salary range is in the high thirties, depending upon experience.

Travel funds to a maximum of $1500.00 will be available per candidate for interviews. 

For a full job description, please visit www.international.colostate.edu.

Completed applications must be received by August 18, 2014. For full consideration, applications must be received by the deadline; however, the candidate pool will be kept open until the position is filled.  Application must be submitted as a single PDF consisting of: 1) letter of interest specifically addressing all minimum qualifications along with background related to the preferred qualifications; 2) resume; and 3) names, titles, addresses and phone numbers of three references.  Candidates will be notified prior to references being contacted.  Submit application to International Student Immigration Coordinator Search Committee via e-mail to weltha.mcgraw@colostate.edu.

Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.  Additional information on the background check can be found at http://www.hrs.colostate.edu/background/Policy.pdf.

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