International Student and Scholar Advisor

Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Apr 20, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

International Student and Scholar Advisor

Job no: 527221
Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Academic Advising/Support, International Affairs

Department: Division of Global Engagement
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Compensation Band: OS-OA05-Fiscal Year 2020-2021
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins (UPDATED)
April 9, 2021; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Along with your online application, please upload:
  • A current resume;
  • A cover letter that directly addresses how your skills and experience match the duties and responsibilities of the position as described in the position summary; and
  • Response to the following supplemental question:

    1) The Division of Global Engagement is working intentionally to create a diverse, respectful, and safe atmosphere for all people, both here and abroad. If you are selected for this position, how would you contribute to this objective?

    Please note, as part of the application, you will also be asked to provide the names and contact information for three references. Candidates will be notified prior to references being contacted.

    Department Summary
    The Division of Global Engagement (DGE) works to make the University of Oregon a more global university. In 21st century higher education, international engagement is not an optional extra: as noted in UO's Academic Plan, it is a core mission, essential to a thriving, socially salient, intellectually robust, academic community. It is part of the normal functioning of every school, college, department, and center. DGE works to support and integrate the wide range of international engagements, global-scale projects, and transnational partnerships launched and maintained in our many academic units. Units within OIA consist of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), Global Education Oregon (GEO), Global Studies Institute (GSI), and Mills International Center.

    The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) unit of DGE provides a wide array of advising services and programs to international students, visiting scholars and international faculty regarding visa and immigration matters, academic support and success, and social and cultural adjustment. Core services include immigration document processing, federal compliance and reporting, non-immigrant visa and employment advising, holistic academic and personal support, social and academic integration, outreach and advocacy and student retention. In addition, ISSS is a partner of the Friendship Foundation for International Students (FFIS), a local community organization that coordinates short-term home stays, cultural conversations, and friendship programs. ISSS also administers over $1.5 million in scholarship and financial aid to international students.

    Position Summary
    The International Student and Scholar Advisor (ISSA) works with a dynamic team to support the UO's international community and promote DGE's mission. Reporting to the Dean and Vice Provost, this position serves as the primary International Scholar Advisor for J-1 visiting scholars. This position acts independently to evaluate visa sponsorship eligibility; create and manage event programming; and advise J-1 scholars on immigration, cross cultural, and university matters. The ISSA works with the International Employment Specialist to run data reports, provide administrative assistance for employment-based immigration services, update web and software content, assist with online e-forms and software project implementation, and assist with the overall operations of Scholar Services. In addition, the ISSA serves as an International Student Advisor for F-1 international students, working with a team of advisors who collaboratively support and advocate for international students. This position will provide expert F and J immigration advising support, advise on employment and career options, as well as engage with international students with respect to orientation, campus integration, and student success.

    This position must work collaboratively with a wide array of internal and external campus and community constituents and work autonomously with a high level of decision-making (in conjunction with the Senior Director of ISSS). The ISSA uses federal regulations as well as UO policies and procedures to guide their work.

    Minimum Requirements
  • Master's degree in international education, student development, or related field.
  • Bachelor's degree and two years of experience in the field of international education.
    In addition to one of the above requirements:
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident as mandated by federal regulations pertaining to Designated School Officials under Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) rules and Alternate Responsible Officers under Department of State (DOS) rules.

    Professional Competencies
  • Ability to help others from diverse cultures who have various levels of English proficiency.
  • Demonstrated experience working with students, scholars, and staff from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Commitment to a strong customer service orientation.
  • Ability to handle sensitive cases and problems in an appropriate and confidential manner.
  • Exceptionally strong skills in communicating effectively, orally and in writing, with students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and individually in a team environment.
  • Strong computer skills in word processing and database management.

    Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with organizing, managing, and budgeting large-scale programs and events in a higher education setting.
  • Experience with SEVIS, Sunapsis, and Banner.
  • One year experience and familiarity advising students on complex U.S. immigration regulations and procedures, especially in F and J visas.
  • Experience living, working, or studying abroad.
  • Proficiency in a language other than English, with particular preference for Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, or Spanish.
  • Computer skills and experience in social media and communications.

    FLSA Exempt: Yes

    All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

    The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

    The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

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