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Senior International Student Advisor

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Work type: Administrative & Professional
Senior management: Vice President for Student Affairs
Department: Cranwell Int'l Ctr - E&G
Location: Falls Church, Virginia, Alexandria, Virginia
Categories: Student Affairs / Services

Job Description

When was the last time you changed the world? In Virginia Tech’s Division of Student Affairs, that is exactly what we are doing every day—guiding, nurturing, and supporting students as they learn and grow into the leaders and world-changers of today and tomorrow.

We are currently searching for a Senior International Student Advisor to join the Cranwell International Center (CIC) team in supporting international students in the DC Metro Area. This position will work to ensure the university's compliance with federal regulations governing the enrollment of international students and exchange visitors while managing a portfolio of immigration casework and advising international students, functioning as a Designated School Official (DSO) and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO), certified by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the US Department of State (DOS) respectively, utilizing the DHS Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), and requiring specialized knowledge and expertise for the interpretation and application of complex federal regulations and academic policies and procedures. The position will also be responsible for CIC’s programmatic support in the DC Metro Area under the strategic vision of the Director. So, if you are passionate about providing holistic support to international students, please keep reading.

Here is what you need to know about the role:

1. You will be joining the Cranwell International Center. This department exists to articulate, advocate, and act in support of international students, amplifying their contributions to the Virginia Tech community and to the advancement of the university as more globally oriented and internationally connected.

2. You will report to the Associate Director for International Student Services and the Director. This position is a Regular, Calendar Year, 100% Administrative Professional appointment.

3. You will be responsible for the immigration casework and programmatic experience of Virginia Tech’s DC Metro Area students with the support of the Cranwell International Center professional team. In addition, as needed and capacity allows, you will also have an advising caseload to support remotely across all Virginia Tech campuses.

4. You will have the chance to grow and take advantage of a developmental plan with opportunities to advance within the Department and the Division.

5. You will be offered a salary range from $57,000 - $60,000 plus a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, paid leave, retirement, tuition assistance, VT discounts, and so much more!

Required Qualifications

• Master's degree
• Demonstrated experience interpreting and applying federal immigration laws and regulations.
• Demonstrated experience exercising discretion and independent judgment in making informed decisions in complex situations.
• Demonstrated experience working with complex organizational processes and procedures.
• Demonstrated aptitude for learning, interpreting, and disseminating highly technical information, regulations, and procedures.
• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
• Demonstrated strong interpersonal communication skills.
• Experience working with diverse populations within an intercultural context.
• Demonstrated ability to plan and deliver professional presentations.
• Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team.
• Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure and balance competing priorities.
• Demonstrated proficiency using the US Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).
• Eligibility for certification by DHS as a Designated School Official (DSO) – must be US citizen or US lawful permanent resident.

Preferred Qualifications

• Active involvement with NAFSA: Association of International Educators or other higher education associations.
• Experience as an Alternate Responsible Officer.
• Experience with Banner or other SIS.
• Experience with Sunapsis or other student immigration management software.
• Experience living or studying abroad.

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Salary Information

$57,000 - $60,000

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Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

This position will initially be temporarily located in Falls Church, VA and based out of Virginia Tech’s Northern Virginia Center. Eventually this position will transition to its permanent location on the Innovation Campus in Alexandria, Virginia in Academic Building 1 (ICAB1).

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

About Student Affairs: Student Affairs at Virginia Tech fosters a community where each student creates a customized experience to meet their goals. Building on our motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice our Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our ongoing efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth. We are actively seeking people to join our community and help us prepare leaders for the world. Our people in Student Affairs are committed to student well-being and assuring that all students Experience VT by demonstrating, supporting, and operationalizing our Aspirations for Student Learning. If you are someone dedicated to ensuring student success, we want you to consider joining our team!  

About Cranwell International Center (CIC): The Cranwell International Center provides a wide range of programs and services for international students, promotes the development of global and intercultural competence in all students, and positions the university as more globally oriented and internationally connected.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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