Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.
Position Summary/Purpose of Position:
The International Faculty and Scholar Advisor is part of a team of advisors for the approximately 2,000 international faculty and scholars at the university. Reporting to the Assistant Director Faculty Scholar Immigration, International Student Scholar Services, within the Office of International Affairs. The International Faculty and Scholar Advisor has five major areas of responsibility: direct service to international faculty, scholars, trainees and interns; advising and processing the appropriate employment visas; administrative/technical/compliance responsibilities in support of a U.S. Government database and Federal labor laws; programming for UM students, faculty and staff; and interaction/communication with faculty, administrators, staff, and off-campus agencies.
Bachelor’s degree required plus 3 years of professional experience working in the field of international education, international relations. U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residence status required by U.S. federal regulations for DSO/ARO certification. Cross-cultural communication work and /or experience living/studying abroad. Knowledge of H-1B and/or J-1 visa regulations and immigration application processing required. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Excellent customer service and public speaking skills. Ability to apply discretionary judgment skills and maintain confidentiality and appropriately work with sensitive communication with students, faculty, staff and outside agencies.
Master’s degree in International Education, Student Counseling, or other relevant degree. Experience maintaining SEVIS records and auditable files for government compliance requirements. Ability to compose and give presentations. Knowledge of the major information sources for international educators. Knowledge of a language other than English. Ability to create efficient and organized processes. Desire to continue to learn about new ideas, methods and subjects.
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