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Immigration Advisor, Designated School Official (DSO)

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Position Details

Classification Details

FLSA Status Non-Exempt

Position Information

Position Title Immigration Advisor, Designated School Official (DSO)
Position Type Staff
Employee Group Staff
Time Status Part-Time
Time Category Limited Hour (< 1000 hours)
Annual Hours 160-320 hours depending on international std enrollment
# of Months 9
Hours Per Week 5-10
Work Dates

August 20 – May 15

Campus Grantham

Position Description

Position Summary

The Immigration Advisor informs and educates international students (F -1 visas) and scholars about U.S. government regulations. In addition, the Immigration Advisor works as a member of a team in the Intercultural Office and with several aspects of international student programming in the office and division of student affairs.

Education Required

Bachelor’s degree.

Education Preferred
Experience Required

This position requires a minimum of 1-2 years of administrative experience, ideally including F Visa and SEVIS advising, and working with international student and scholar programs and services.

Experience Preferred
Skills, Characteristics Required for Position

Must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. permanent resident to meet legal requirements for appointment as a Designated School Official (DSO).
• Strong intercultural competency, including an ability to relate well to people from diverse cultural backgrounds
• Strong interpersonal, collaborative, oral and written communication skills
• Ability to prioritize, plan, and implement educational programs and activities
• Proven ability to work efficiently and independently in a fast-pace environment with attention to detail and accuracy
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team
• Excellent public relations skills
• Ability to manage budgets.

Special Working Conditions

This position requires the Immigration Advisor to work flexible hours including some weekends and evenings as needed. Occasional on call requirement.

Driving Requirements

Ability to transport students off campus

Essential Employee N/A
Primary Duties

1. Guide international students through requirements for student nonimmigrant visas as well as applicable tax information. Provide accurate immigration information to international students.
2. Monitor and track F-1 student immigration status and maintain appropriate files.
3. Work closely with the Admissions office as new F-1 international students are accepted to the College.
4. Serve as a Designated School Official (DSO), maintaining the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) for the College and assisting in all related certification requirements. Organize SEVIS data processing under the guidelines provided by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and maintain data and quality control management.
5. Participate in trainings and maintain a relationship with professional organizations to keep abreast of changes in federal rules and regulations and communicate these changes to students and appropriate employees.
6. Responsible for developing and maintaining Messiah College immigration policies, including an immigration policy handbook, with input from the Principal Designated School Official (PDSO) and other campus DSO’s.
7. Develop and plan information sessions twice per year for international students on Optional Practical Training and Curricular Practical Training with the career center. Maintain SEVIS updates relating to OPT/CPT.
8. Conduct yearly mandatory immigration seminar for F-1 students to update them on changes to regulations, deadlines, responsibilities, etc.
9. Act as a liaison and advocate for F-1 students with state and local government offices (e.g. Social Security Office, Tax Office, Department of Motor Vehicles).
10. Maintain consistent and reliable attendance.

Secondary Duties

Other duties as assigned

Supervises: # of Administrative 0
Supervises: # of Staff 0
Supervises: # of Student 0
Posting Date 03/07/2017
Open Until Filled Yes
Application Deadline

Posting Specific Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Interest
  2. Resume
  3. Personal Statement - Faith
Optional Documents