California, United States
Salary Not specified
Jul 15, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
  • Position Category: Non-Academic
  • School/Department: Enrollment Management
  • Reports To: Director of International Enrollment Services
  • Time: Full-Time
  • Appointment: Regular
  • Information & Responsibilities


    The International Student Advisor performs a broad range of duties designed to help the international students navigate the CalArts and U.S. systems. The position reports to the Director of International Enrollment Services and works to enhance the transition, integration and success of international students during their F-1 program. We expect to have more than 500 active F-1 students including OPT for the upcoming semester.

    Primary responsibilities for this DSO position are to liaise with SEVP, USCIS, DOS, CBP, DMV, SSA, interpret F-1 regulations, maintain/create SEVIS record, and advise F-1 students primarily on immigration issues interlaced with academic, financial and cultural issues. The International Student Advisor works in collaboration with various other offices in student support and academic programs.


    ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS (including but not limited to)

    • Serve as a Designated School Official (DSO) with the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)
    • Accurately maintain all aspects of international student immigration records
    • Maintain current and up-to date knowledge of immigration laws, F-1 regulations, and policies including ICE COVID-19 guidance, presidential proclamations, DOS visa updates, etc.
    • Actively advise international students in-person and virtually with appointments, walk-ins, and via emails
    • Review documents and issue I-20s, endorse for travel
    • Coordinate and collaborate with other campus departments to ensure a positive student experience from admissions through OPT/STEM OPT
    • Assess eligibility for and authorize benefits related to F-1 status (e.g., On-campus, CPT, OPT/STEM OPT, economic hardship, SSR, etc.)
    • Assist and hold international student orientation sessions and other immigration related programming and workshops
    • Help support the institute’s programming and student experience initiatives
    • Assist with office emails, calendar, newsletter, SMS, and website updates
    • Perform other related duties as assigned

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    • Experience in SEVIS RTI is required. Experience with Ellucian Colleague and Sunapsis is preferred
    • Minimum of 3 years of DSO experience in advising degree seeking F-1 students at university settings; experience in art schools is preferred
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills, detail-oriented, highly organized, able to balance priorities and take initiative, reliable and resourceful
    • High commitment to providing exceptional student service
    • Demonstrated intercultural competency; ability to work effectively with students, faculty, and university representatives from diverse backgrounds
    • Strong technical skills and analytical skills and the demonstrated ability to improve and develop office processes
    • A commitment to diversity, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within CalArts’ diverse communities
    • Fluency in another language is preferred 

    Minimum Qualifications

    • U.S. citizen or permanent resident to meet U.S. Department of Homeland Security requirements for Designated School Officials
    • Bachelor’s degree. Master's degree in international education or a related field preferred
    • Minimum of 3 years of DSO experience in advising degree seeking F1 students at university settings
    • Google Suites, MS Office, Zoom
    How to Apply

    Applications are due online through Interfolio

    Equity & Diversity

    California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) seeks to employ faculty who can engage our diverse communities of learners at the highest levels of artistic endeavor and critical thinking.  Across the range of practitioners from artists to scholars and librarians, we welcome candidates who possess a demonstrated worldview and cultural competency to support teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students of varied backgrounds, capabilities, perspectives, social identities and gender expressions. CalArts is an equal opportunity employer.

    Further Information

    CalArts has a multidisciplinary approach to its studies of the arts through six schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater. CalArts encourages students to explore and recognize the complexity of the many aspects of the arts. It is supported by a distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts students with the hands-on training and exposure necessary for an artist's growth. CalArts was founded in 1961 and opened in 1969 as the first institution of higher learning in the United States specifically for students interested in the pursuit of degrees in all areas of visual and performing arts.

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