The International Student Services Specialist serves as the primary touchstone for international students in the area of immigration advising of current international students in accordance with federal law. The Specialist develops and oversee international student programming such as orientation, employment seminars, International Student Association activities, etc.
The Specialist reports to the Assistant Director and is a member of the International Admissions team within the department of Enrollment Management.
- Demonstrate an attitude and behavior that reflects the mission and values of the institution and department.
- Serve as a Designated School Official in SEVIS.
- Maintain a working knowledge or relevant immigration regulations.
- Advise and assist current students with F1 student visa immigration matters:
- Employment (OPT/CPT/on-campus)
- Change of Status
- OPT applications, employer updates
- Develop communications pertaining to immigration regulations including: emails to notify students when their I-20 will expire within 30 days, remind students to apply for OPT, remind students to update their employment information, etc.
- Regularly communicate with international students about relevant changes to immigration policies.
- Develop international student programming including a robust orientation session for new students, information sessions on employment, tax filing, etc.
- Develop Pre-Arrival activities centered around orientation such as shopping trips, welcome parties, airport pickup, etc.
- Serve as international student group advisor.
- Supervise two student workers.
- Plan cultural activities and events for both international and domestic students.
- Primary liaison for IAO to student services areas such as housing, health, etc.
- Provide assistance for International Admissions special projects, initiatives, and activities that support the mission of the department and university.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Standard office hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. During peak processing some overtime may be required.
- Occasionally requires standing, lifting, pulling, pushing, carrying and climbing, reaching both high and low.
- Frequently requires walking and balancing.
- Constantly requires sitting, repetitious finger and wrist movement, speaking clearly, hearing conversations, hearing (with acuity), seeing near and far with depth perception and color vision.
- Work is primarily indoors, but requires the incumbent to be in an outdoor environment when traveling between campus buildings or off campus.
- Candidate will be exposed to frequent noise caused by telephones and office machines.
OCU’s salary compensation structure can be found at: http://www2.okcu.edu/hr/forms/paygrade.pdf
- Knowledge of SEVIS and international student immigration regulations.
- Cultural sensitivity and knowledge of common international business practices.
- Proficiency in another language is preferred.
- Must handle confidential information in a discreet manner.
- Must have ability to successfully manage competing tasks.
- Strong organizational skills.
- Ability to communicate and work with a variety of people of varying backgrounds; ability to counsel students and their families.
- Demonstrated ability to express complex ideas for oral presentations and in written documents.
- Excellent problem solving abilities.
- Excellent computer skills, including MS Office proficiency.
- Ability to adapt to changing technologies, processes and procedures.
- Ability to work as a team.
A bachelor’s degree in International Relations, International Area Studies, International Business, or similar program is required.
Two (2) years of International Student Advising, International Admissions, or International Student Services experience is required.
Must be U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident to serve as a Designated School Official.
A suitable combination of education and experience may be substituted for minimum qualifications.
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