International Student Scholar Advisor

Syracuse University
  • Location
    Syracuse, New York
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Apr 12

Position description

The Slutzker Center for International Student Services at Syracuse University is seeking to hire a Temporary International Student Scholar Advisor.

This is a benefits eligible termed position with an anticipated end date of the assignment on December 20, 2017

The International Student & Scholar SEVIS Advisor operates as a member of the SEVISteam, advising students and monitoring institutional compliance with federal regulations of the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State. Extensive web based monitoring of F-1 and J-1 students and creation of accurate records. Advising, counseling and educating students on topics related to their sojourn in the United States, including immigration, employment, travel, personal, financial and social concerns. Programming and communication responsibilities include campus wide inclusive regular and occasional events such as Mix-It-Up, Orange Dialogue for Peace, SCISNEWSelectronic weekly publication and community organization memberships.


Serves as a Designated School Official/Student and Scholar SEVIS advisor: advises students as Advisor On Call, by scheduled appointments and through email

Develops and coordinates innovative and inclusive student and scholar programming with a global/international focus, in collaboration with other campus and community groups and departments, including but not limited to Mix-It Up, Orange Dialogue for Peace, Fulbright Chapter of Central New York, Phi Beta Delta, International Center of Syracuse, Orange and Blue Ambassador Partnership
Serves on the SEVIS team facilitating compliance with SEVIS and immigration related applications and processes including CPT (curricular practical training) applications for over 1000 students annually as they are advised and assisted with these applications for immigration authorization for internships and practica as part of their educational program, and OPT (Optional Practical Training) applications (work permission after graduation for a time period of 12 months for OPT and up to 24 months for STEM fields); extensions of stay, program changes, dependent requests, validating by signature immigration documents for travel for 5200 students annually. Maintains SEVIS records and SEVIS compliance record keeping and reporting.

Creates and edits weekly SCIS Newsletter, assists in creating office publications and presentations, assists in creating and maintaining social media presence

Conducts educational seminars on Travel, CPT and OPT.


Bachelor’s degree in relevant area. Master’s degree preferred. Knowledge of F and J immigration regulations required.

At least one year’s experience working in an office which has an international educational exchange focus.

Must hold U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent resident status to meet federal regulatory requirements for professional practice as a Designated School Official (for the Department of Homeland Security) and Alternate Responsible Officer (for the Department of State) as required by the J Exchange Visitor visa program.

Experience working with U.S. immigration regulations essential.

Second language fluency, living abroad experience, excellent written and oral skills in the English language preferred.

Job Specific Qualifications

Strong computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Office (Outlook Word and Excel); familiarity with internet and database tools and technology.

Cross-cultural counseling educational background beneficial.
Excellent analytical skills to interpret regulations and solve problems.

The most qualified candidates will have experience in cross-cultural communication and at least one year of work experience in an office which has an international educational exchange focus.

Excellent written and oral skills in the English language.

Significant technology expertise is required, including MS-Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, and other web-based applications.

Solid skills in data base applications and experience with data based applications and management is preferred. Experience with PeopleSoft and Oracle systems helpful.

Fluency in a foreign language and/or experience living abroad is also strongly preferred.

Membership and active participation in NAFSA: Association of International Educators is preferred.

Application instructions

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