Detailed Job Description
The Assistant Director, CISS handles a wide variety of duties including advising/assisting international students on immigration, employment, and finances. This position helps to ensure the international students remain in legal immigration status and the school is in compliance with all state and federal laws. The Assistant Director oversees the maintenance of immigration records in the student record system, the international student database, and the Department of Homeland Security's Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).
Additional Description of Duties:
Monitor development in immigration policies, procedures and regulations on a daily basis and as it relates to SEVIS/SEVP to ensure that international students, scholars and their dependents, and the University understands and complies with current federal and state regulations.
Advise and assist F1, J-1 students and scholars as well as their dependents on a variety of employment, academic and personal concerns, referring them to appropriate departments/staff members as necessary. Function as the Designated School Official (DSO) with the DHS and an Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) with the U.S. Department of State.
IMMIGRATION RECORDS MANAGEMENT:
Work closely with colleagues on the maintenance of immigration records in the student record system (BANNER), the transference of pertinent data to the international student database (fsaAtlas), and the provision of data to the Department of Homeland Security's Student and Exchange Visitor Information System: SEVIS.
Act as a Designated School Official (DSO) with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and an Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) with the U.S. Department of State (DOS).
Coordinate with multiple departments on campus as well as federal agencies to ensure smooth and timely documentation processing, while meeting the needs of the university, students, scholars, and dependents, and in full compliance with the regulations.
Oversee the Client Services functions for CISS, including the supervision of graduate assistants/interns/student assistants.
May teach First Year Seminar during the fall semester.
Deliver and sponsor workshops for international students on topics such as work authorization, cultural adjustments and adjustment issues. Assist in the design and delivery of programs intended to advance the concept of a global community. Assist with delivery of other programs as needed or requested by Director.
The Assistant Director will perform other duties/projects as assigned.
Minimum of a Master's degree in International Education, Student Affairs/Higher Education Administration or related fields and a minimum of 2-4 years of experience as an international advisor or similar position involving immigration processing and support to demonstrate significant knowledge of federal visa requirements for students and scholars.
In-depth knowledge of student development theory; experience and knowledge of the complex and ever-changing rules, regulations and procedures of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).
Experience with SEVIS preferred. In-depth knowledge of systems such as Banner and fsaAtlas. Excellent communication, listening and presentation skills. Ability to speak a second language desired. Excellent knowledge of the social media.
Other desirable qualifications include cross-cultural sensitivity, good analytical and problem solving ability; strong computer skills and attention to detail; flexibility, patience and experience in program delivery.
Strong operational knowledge of F and J visas for students/faculty.
License(s) Required for the Position
Evidence of U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent resident required for DSO and ARO authorization.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Bentley University requires reference checks and may conduct other pre-employment screening.
Bentley University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, building strength through diversity.