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International Advisement Splst for SEVIS Compliance - req# 7518

at University of New Mexico

Posted: 2/8/2019
Job Reference #: 7518
Keywords: compliance

Job Description

International Advisement Splst

Requisition IDreq7518
Working TitleInternational Advisement Splst for SEVIS Compliance
Position Grade13
Position Summary

The International Advisement Specialists are responsible for the planning, management, execution and evaluation of the International Student and Scholar Services program for the Global Education Office (GEO). International Advisement Specialists in GEO must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents to meet federal requirements for reporting information in the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). International Advisement Specialists provide the training and expertise to ensure compliance with US laws related to the approximately 1200 foreign students and 200 scholars in F-1 and J-1 immigration status at the University of New Mexico each year. They are required to act as Department of Homeland Security Designated School Officials (DSOs) and Department of State Alternate Responsible Officers (AROs), and represent and speak for the university in matters related to F-1 and J-1 visa types. DSOs and AROs have a potentially large degree of legal liability in working with F-1 and J-1 visa holders and are responsible for maintaining data integrity on this population of individuals as well as educating themselves on regulatory matters affecting this population.

Responsibilities also include advising and training UNM students, scholars, faculty and administrators on immigration and other relevant government regulations, UNM academic policies and administrative procedures, cultural adjustment, and services and resources available at UNM. International Advisement Specialists design, develop, plan, budget, execute and present educational and social programming, supervise support staff, help to develop and implement office policies and procedures and promote international and intercultural awareness on campus. They are responsible for developing, editing, and updating informational materials and the office website related to their particular areas of responsibility. International Advisement Specialists are also responsible for data management, collection, and compilation and for reporting on the international student and scholar population to the University and governmental officials when required.

The International Advisement Specialist for SEVIS Compliance plans, implements and coordinates strategies for data management required by SEVIS while maintaining the integrity of all involved systems. This person also analyzes data to identify trends and problem areas and develops strategies to address these, develops policies and procedures relating to SEVIS and ISSM database usage, trains staff to ensure compliance with federal regulations, and works with representatives of governmental agencies involved in the management of SEVIS.


* Ensures ongoing compliance with SEVIS regulations as regards data submission and data management

* Manages SEVIS reporting and maintains student records through batch processing via the International Student and Scholar Management (ISSM) database and entry in SEVIS RTI

* Works with other International Advisement Specialists and support staff to ensure accurate and efficient processing of SEVIS data

* Manages SEVIS Alerts and actions and monitors SEVIS and ISSM errors

* Maintains knowledge of updates in immigration regulations, SEVIS, ISSM and Banner upgrades and releases

* Develops processes to ensure that the integrity of data entry and regulatory timeframes are met

* Prepares statistics and generates internal and external reports

* Reviews technical specifications and makes necessary recommendations for future updates to SEVIS and ISSM databases

* Trains and consults with users regarding ISSM/SEVIS interfaces

* Maintains active membership in appropriate professional organizations such as NAFSA and participates in professional development opportunities.

* Adheres to NAFSA’s Statement of Ethical Principles

* Assists in the submission of the annual J-1 Report to US Department of State

* Assists in the re-designation of the J1 program every 2 years with US Department of State

* Assists in all data collection and compliance relating to UNM’s re-certification to use SEVIS

* Advises new and continuing international students on immigration issues as described in summary section above

Successful candidates will be enthusiastic, tech-savvy and detail-oriented individuals who are available to work some non-standard hours including some evenings and weekends.

See the Position Description for additional information.

Conditions of Employment
  • Must be a US citizen or have Permanent Resident Alien status.
Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.

Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Preferred Qualifications

· Master’s degree in a related field

· 4 or more years of directly related experience in: international student and scholar advising, higher education and/or international education setting, and developing and delivering educational trainings and presentations

· Knowledge of federal regulations governing non-immigrant students and visitors

· Direct experience with the Department of Homeland Security’s SEVIS system

· Significant comfort-level with technology and data management experience; demonstrated proficiency using software applications including databases, word processing, online calendars, web content management systems and internet applications; Demonstrated proficiency in using SEVIS and batch-processing software

· Proficiency in English and at least one additional language

· Excellent organizational and time management skills, with ability to independently set priorities, coordinate and complete a number of competing assignments within established deadlines.

· Excellent analytical skills, with the ability to investigate, assemble, analyze, interpret, and apply information from a wide variety of sources.

Additional RequirementsThis position will require a pre-employment criminal background check. Future and/or continued employment in the position is contingent upon obtaining and maintaining a satisfactory background check, which is one that does not include any disqualifying findings.
CampusMain - Albuquerque, NM
DepartmentGlobal Education Office (064A)
Employment TypeStaff
Staff TypeRegular - Full-Time
Term End Date
Pay$3434.31 - $3916.67 Monthly
Benefits EligibleThis is a benefits eligible position. The University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the Benefits home page for a more information.
ERB StatementTemporary and on-call employees working an appointment percentage of 26 (.26 FTE) or greater, per quarter, will be eligible to earn retirement service credits and thus are required to make New Mexico Educational Retirement Board (NMERB) contributions. More information pertaining to your FTE and NMERB contributions can be reviewed on the NMERB Guidelines Clarified webpage.
Background Check RequiredYes
For Best Consideration Date1/11/2019
Application InstructionsPlease include a resume and cover letter. Your cover letter should specifically address your prior experience with data management and compliance with governmental regulations. Additionally, you should address your willingness and ability to work non-standard hours and weekends as required by operation needs.

The University of New Mexico is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

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