Job Opening: International Student Adviser (Student Advocacy Specialist), The Pennsylvania State University

Via NAFSA job registry.

job opening - 5Institution: The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State)
Location: University Park, Pennsylvania
Posted Jan. 21, 2018
Deadline: open until filled
Education: MA

As the locus for all the University’s global engagements, the University Office of Global Programs is an area of opportunity for those seeking a career in the field of international education. Responsible to the Director of International Student Advising for a full range of services for international students. Duties include advising international students in a fast paced and constantly changing environment on a broad range of regulatory matters; assisting students on matters related to life at Penn State and in the United States including, but not limited to immigration regulations, finances, employment, adjustment to the campus, maintenance of student status, and social and cultural questions; updating SEVIS (the Department of Homeland Security Web-based system known as SEVIS, Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) events; liaising with various campus and government offices including but not limited to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of State, Social Security Administration, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, various embassies and sponsoring agencies.

This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with good possibility of re-funding.


Must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. permanent resident to meet qualifications for appointment as a Designated School Official and Alternate Responsible Officer. Must have a full working knowledge of U.S. immigration regulations pertaining to F-1 and J-1 visa status and possess the analytical skills to apply regulations. Must be committed to customer service and able to work effectively with faculty, students, University and government officials from different cultural backgrounds while maintaining legal and ethical standards. Should be an energetic, friendly, outgoing, creative, and flexible individual who can work in a busy and dynamic office with a very diverse international clientele. Must be able to deal with difficult and sensitive situations. Must have excellent written and verbal communication and have ability to make presentations to an international audience through traditional (e.g., lecture or PowerPoint) and new media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, YouTube). Must have strong computer literacy. At minimum, the candidate must be proficient with database usage such as data entry, data queries and database maintenance. Good proficiency with word processing and spreadsheets and good experience in Web applications technologies is needed. Candidates with strong computer and application software usage who can help further the unit’s goal of delivering and dispensing students’ engagement via electronic and social network media are encouraged to seek this opportunity.

This job will be filled as a level 3, level 4, or level 5, depending upon the successful candidate’s competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Master’s degree or higher in an education or social science related discipline or higher plus one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 3. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. Master’s degree or higher in counselor education, student affairs, or intercultural communication and experience working with or in another culture preferred.

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