International Student Services Advisor (part time, 10 months)
Seattle Pacific University
About Seattle Pacific University:
Founded in 1891, Seattle Pacific University has a long and distinguished history in Christian higher education. Located just minutes from downtown Seattle, SPU seeks to be a premier Christian University fully committed to engaging the culture and changing the world by graduating people of competence and character, becoming people of wisdom, and modeling grace-filled community. Seattle Pacific University seeks applicants committed to its Christian mission.Diversity StatementAs part of our mission of cultural engagement, SPU is committed to building an excellent and diverse staff and faculty. Diversity is an ethos that is inseparable from our Christian faith. At SPU, we recognize diversity as a basic feature of God's creation and a core theme of the gospel. At the heart of our mission-centered commitment to becoming a more diverse community is a desire to represent the breadth of God's kingdom more fully.We strive to become a workplace of choice and to recruit, develop, and retain faculty and staff who can embrace, value, and engage differences with humility and care. We invite you to join us on our journey by starting a career at SPU! Learn more about SPU's commitment to diversity and opportunities for our employees to deepen their capacity to serve our increasingly diverse student body.General Summary: In collaboration with the Senior ISS Coordinator, the International Student Services Advisor provides guidance and assistance to all international (F-1) and visa-holding students in the United States regarding cross-cultural and immigration issues and concerns while they are in attendance at Seattle Pacific University. In addition to maintaining student records, the ISS Advisor will provide programming opportunities for international students, advise the International Student Club and inform international students of opportunities to connect with SPU events. The Advisor will serve as a Designated School Official (DSO) and update the Student and Exchange Visitors Information System (SEVIS) database as well as coordinate student insurance, Social Security cards, and other needed documents. In collaboration with the Coordinator, the Advisor will supervise and monitor the status of all undergraduate and graduate international students as well as other visa-holding students from admission through graduation. International Student Services is housed in the Office of Global Engagement which seeks to provide cross-cultural engagement; support international experiences; offer scholarship opportunities for transformational teaching and learning; and prepare students, staff, and faculty to flourish in an interconnected world. This position will support that mission by providing services and support to our international students as they live and learn at SPU. Job Description:
STUDENT ADVISING and SEVIS RESPONSIBILITIES Advises (assigned) students on as well as processes immigration documents related to: passports, visa, employment authorization, practical training (both OPT and CPT), changes in legal status, Reduced Course Loads, Authorized Early Withdrawals, Medical Leaves and transfers to and from other academic institutions for current, transfer and occasionally initial status students. Maintains, updates, and provides support to students to manage I-20s needed for travel, change of major, etc. as well as all other government forms for international students. Monitors SEVIS alerts and lists and runs SEVIS reports each quarter. Manages all (or assigned) undergraduate and graduate F-1 students regarding cross-cultural concerns and issues in adjustment to the United States as it pertains to maintaining visa status and immigration regulations. Co-coordinates, advertises, and hosts mandatory Fall Orientation for incoming undergraduate and graduate international students as well as Winter, Spring and Summer Orientations. Recruits, trains, and supervises student orientation leaders and volunteer leaders related to orientation and campus services related to international students. Meets semi-annually (fall and winter or spring quarter) with each assigned undergraduate and graduate student to ensure proper maintenance of status. Researches specific and special student situations to see resolve and best advise students.
STUDENT SERVICES Co-chairs scholarship allocation committee ensuring start to finish processes, including keeping application and materials updated, making bi-annual announcements to students, providing recommendations to the committee regarding awards based on GPA and current financial need, and communication of awards to students. Works closely with SFS to ensure awards are disbursed. Manages required student insurance processes including online enrollment database, creating and maintaining quarterly campus enrollment database and accounting, and working with Student Financial Services on Student Billing. Develops in collaboration with DSO's, all student status forms, online protocol, policy manuals, webpages, and online resources for current SPU and prospective international students as well as maintaining the website and other resources. Collaborates with Student Life when possible to provide excellent service for international students. Hosts International Student dinner/events once each quarter. Advises the International Student Club.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Pursues professional development through attendance and participating in the NAFSA regional (and if practical in national conferences), online materials, and User's Manual as well as AWISA regional quarterly conferences.
ADMINISTRATIVE TASKS Collaborates with PDSO to hire, train, and manage a student worker for the ISS office. Collaborates with the Office of Global Engagement to utilize surveys, focus groups, and other forms of assessment to reflect, develop and assess 'best practices' for continuous improvement in services.
>Requirements: Bachelor's degree. At least 2 years of professional experience in higher education in the United States. Must be a U.S.Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident to meet federal regulatory requirements for professional practice as a DSO/PDSO; required to provide evidence of such. Cross-cultural and interpersonal communications skills. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Strong communication skills - ability to present information to students clearly and positively. Proficient in Microsoft Office products such as Word, Outlook and Excel.
Preferred Qualifications: Master's degree in Student Personnel Services, Student Affairs, or related field. 3-5 years of increasing professional experience in the academic environment. Experience as a DSO (Designated School Official). Previous experience working with international populations or direct experience with International Student Affairs and SEVIS record-keeping. Knowledge and understanding of federal immigration regulations and policies. Working knowledge of processing systems such as BANNER, Terra Dotta, and SEVIS.
Position will remain open until filled.This is a part time position, 24 hours per week for 10 months of the year. Likely to have July and August off.
Salary: $23,000 - $24,500 annually
This is a part time position with excellent benefits. SPU pays 1/2 employee premium for medical, dental, and vision insurance. SPU makes contributions to an employee HSA account and to a retirement account after meeting eligibility in the plan.
Please submit a cover letter and resume along with the online application. Apply Online