Serve as Designated School Official (DSO) for the College. Advise international students relative to academic, educational, and immigration concerns. Manage a caseload of 600+ international students and make final decisions related to F-1 visa status requests and benefits. Oversee the content and distribution of informative emails and announcements to international students. Oversee programming activities for international student body.
Use of Capabilities (Illustrated by Typical Activities):
Serve as primary Designated School Official/international student advisor and point of contact for over 600 students. SEVIS reporting for caseload as required by Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Research and analyze eligibility for part-time enrollment, vacation semester, Form I-20 (Certificate of F1 Eligibility) revalidation, program extensions, practical training, and other F1 benefits under DHS regulations. Issue new Form I-20s for authorization and prepare relevant documentation and applications.
Maintain integrity of student data in colleague, fsaATLAS and SEVIS RTI as required by DHS.
Assist students with USCIS applications. Prepare supporting documentation for applications such as “change of nonimmigrant status” or “reinstatement.”
Consult with other professionals/immigration attorneys when appropriate.
Refer students to other professionals within the Counseling and Advising Center and to other campus or community resources, as appropriate.
Provide consulting services to offices, faculty, and staff with regard to international student issues (e.g. work permission, intercultural topics).
Maintain online CENCOEX formerly CADIVI (Comisión de Administración de Divisas - Commission for the Administration of Currency Exchange) request form. Update letter templates and interoffice processes to ensure that letters meet Venezuelan government requirements.
Collaborate with offices across campus to design and facilitate workshops/information sessions on cultural and immigration related topics.
Organize and lead orientation program for entering international students each semester focusing on cross-cultural and adjustment issues.
Recruit and hire temporary student employees to assist with international check-in and orientation activities.
Work closely with Student Activities and other offices as required to plan semester start activities and sessions.
Develop and conduct seminars relative to maintaining valid F1 status, practical training workshops, visa options for alumni.
Evaluate needs of international students. Use visual cues and design techniques to create materials (forms, handouts, presentation, etc.) that effectively communicate complicated information to students.
Coordinate the maintenance of the Policy and Procedures Manual (web-based) for international advising in conjunction with supervisor.
Oversee system of email communications to international students regarding F-1 status: travel guidelines, SEVIS compliance, immigration updates/reminders, etc. Upon request, prepare and distribute other written materials on relating to international students.
Create and maintain immigration basics handout for faculty.
Serve on College committees and participate in College events, as requested.
Assist in development and documentation of policies and procedures concerning international students.
Assist with 5-week, Summer Program, check in.
Participate in projects that will improve the quality of international student life at the College.
Participate in committees, regional and national professional meetings (Third Thursday, NAFSA, BAROS) in order to stay current with international student advising policies and practices.
Primary contact for international area, including supervision of International Student Advisor, when supervisor is away for an extended period of time.
Assist with selection and supervision of student employees for international area.
State of Massachusetts Notary Public serving College community.
Some weekend and evenings required.
Other duties as assigned.
Ability to communicate with a diverse student population, especially international students; good listening, assessment, and problem solving skills demonstrated by at least two years of relevant experience.
Ability to understand and explain the complexities of college, academic and curricular policy to students, and assist students in implementing their educational plans while maintaining valid F-1 status.
Ability to organize multiple tasks with a high degree of attention to detail. Ability to meet deadlines.
Strong communication skills. Experience developing creative communication (email, presentation, handouts, etc.) for non-native speakers of English.
Bachelor's degree required. Master’s preferred.
Knowledge of DHS regulations governing F-1 students as evidenced by a minimum of two years of experience as a DSO in a higher education setting. Knowledge of SEVIS regulations and reporting requirements.
Experience with SEVIS, RTI, and Batch reporting systems required. Knowledge of fsaATLAS, Colleague, Microsoft Office and/or iWork, preferred.
Knowledge of international student issues evidenced by study, employment or residence in another country, knowledge of world geography and cultures, and/or US immigration laws.
Experience organizing presentations through idea to facilitation and program evaluation stages. Comfortable facilitating large group discussions and presentations.
Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. legal permanent resident as mandated by federal regulations for all DSOs.
Berklee College of Music is committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths in this area.