Director of International Student and Scholar Services

Employer
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Location
Florida, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jun 29, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration, International Programs, Other Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services, Other Student Affairs
Employment Type
Full Time
Job Description

About Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University:

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is an independent, culturally diverse institution providing quality education and research in aviation, aerospace, engineering and other related fields with residential campuses located in Daytona Beach, Florida and Prescott, Arizona. The University’s Worldwide campus provides educational opportunities online and at approximately 130 locations throughout the United States, Asia, Europe, and Central/South America.

As the largest and most comprehensive aviation and aerospace-focused university in the world, Embry-Riddle is a unique institution. Over the past 90 years, the University has evolved with the industry to break new ground and produce top-level graduates who serve the ever-changing needs of aviation and aerospace and other STEM-related disciplines. Embry-Riddle offers programs in seven primary fields of study including: Applied Science; Aviation; Business; Computers and Technology; Engineering; Safety, Security and Intelligence; and Space.

For Academic Year 2020-21, there were over 10,700 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students who attended the University’s residential campuses and approximately 32,700 students in total enrolled with the University around the world.

The Opportunity:

Embry-Riddle is now hiring a Director of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). The Director provides vision, expertise and leadership for all initiatives related to the immigration, initial and continued enrollment, retention and success of international students at the Daytona Beach campus and the Scholars Program J-1 SEVIS designation at both the Daytona Beach and Prescott Campus. The Director reports to the Associate Provost & Dean of International Programs and is responsible for the following:
  • Compliance, documentation, immigration advising and programming of all international students attending Embry-Riddle's Daytona Beach Campus on an F-1 or M-1 visa and all their U.S. Department of Homeland Security regulations.
  • The ability to effectively assess and allocate the resources needed to sustain robust continuing international student enrollment.
  • Compliance, immigration advising, and programming of the Scholar Services Program for Exchange Visitors; including students, professors, researchers, interns, and short term scholars. As such, the Director must also have strong working knowledge of regulatory compliance related to J-1 visa holders and all their U.S. State Department Regulations.
  • Ability to lead a team of three staff members in guiding over 1500 F-1, J-1, and M-1 visa holders in their enrollment, continued compliance with immigration law, CPT, OPT, and OPT extensions as well as various other education, regulatory, and work authorization requests.
  • In addition to leading a team, this position will work closely with the staff to oversee SEVIS and the Terra Dotta data integrity and compliance system.
  • Serve as the Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) for the Department of Homeland Security and Responsible Officer (RO) for the U.S. Department of State and ensure accurate and compassionate advising for international students, coupled with responsive and accessible student centered services by themselves and their staff.
  • Collaborate with other administrative offices and academic units in an effort to improve international student retention, academic success, and positive integration into the ERAU community, including Academic Advising, Graduate Program Coordinators, Career Services, the Dean of Students Office, ERLI, International Admissions, Office of Global Engagement, Title IX, Student Engagement and Student Union, Student Financial Services, Student Financial Aid, amongst many others.
  • Occasional weekend and evening work will be required to meet the needs of emergency immigration issues.
Qualifications

Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • A minimum of 3-5 years of relevant experience
  • Candidate must be a U.S citizen or permanent resident. Preference will be given to those who are already approved by DoHS and DoS as DSO/AROs or PDSOs/ROs at this or other institutions
  • DSO/PDSCO experience in F-1 advising including (issuing initial I-20s, SEVIS transfers, SEVIS registration, authorizing CPT, OPT, STEM OPT requests, termination, travel signatures, and correction requests)
  • Proficiency in SEVIS
  • Strong interpersonal, leadership, and empathic listening skills
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master’s Degree
  • ARO/RO Experience in J-1 advising
  • Experience working with the Terra Dotta Software System
  • Demonstrated record in student programming and events including on-boarding, orientation, student cultural exchanges, alumni events, international student community groups, and general affinity groups
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent time-management, analytic, diplomatic, and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated record of support for, and commitment to, the needs of a diverse population and the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion
Application Instructions:
  • To be considered, please include a resume, cover letter, and contact information for 3 professional references.

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