Vanderbilt University International Student Advisor in Nashville, Tennessee

International Student Advisor (Job Number: 1900288)


The primary function of the International Student and Scholar Advisor will be to advise and support students, scholars and dependents on matters concerning F and J status, cultural adjustment and personal and related issues. In this role, the ideal candidate will bring an understanding of cross-cultural communication and a person-centered approach to the complex work of nonimmigrant status advising.

The International Student and Scholar Advisor is expected to maintain an up-to-date working knowledge of the relevant federal regulations and policy guidance needed to support their work with Vanderbilt students, scholars and academic departments. The candidate will also work closely with the Assistant Director for Student and Scholar Engagement on the development of programs aimed at supporting Vanderbilt’s student and scholar population.

International Student & Scholar Services serves to be the primary resource for non-immigrant students and scholars at Vanderbilt University.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serve as a DesignatedSchool Official (DSO) and an Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) for theuniversity’s F-1 student program and J-1 Exchange Visitor program.

  • Advise internationalstudents and scholars and academic departments on immigration matters relatedto F and J statuses.

  • Prepare Immigrationdocuments for international students, scholars and their dependents.

  • Work with students andscholars on various personal, academic and financial issues.

  • Assist in development,coordination and delivery of ISSS programs, workshops and presentations.

  • Assist with specialprojects, student outreach efforts and the support of student organizations asneeded.

  • Other duties asassigned.

Profile of an Ideal Candidate

  • Bachelor’s degree withat least two years of experience in a higher education setting is necessary.

  • Minimum 2 years ofexperience as a DSO and ARO working with international students, scholars anddependents in higher education environment is necessary.

  • Knowledge of F-1 andJ-1 regulations, and experience with SEVIS and SEVIS batch processing.

  • Ability to workindependently and as a constructive, collaborative member of a team.

  • Excellentcommunication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.

  • U.S. Citizenship orPermanent Residency required to access SEVIS.

  • Ability to work in acomplex, fast-paced, and result-oriented environment.

  • Sensitivity to theunique needs and cultural differences of international students and scholars,and the ability to work in a cross-cultural environment.

  • Equivalent combinationof relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

  • Demonstrated ability tointerpret and apply federal regulations governing F and J status.

  • Master’s degree inhigher education, international studies, intercultural communication,counseling or a related field is preferred.

  • Three to five yearsprior experience as a DSO and ARO is preferred.

  • Demonstratedunderstanding of social justice within a higher education context.

  • Prior experience livingor working abroad.

  • Working knowledge ofrecords management systems such as PeopleSoft, ISSM or Terra Dotta Software.

  • Previous experiencewith project management, volunteer management, and budget management.

  • Prior or currentleadership experience with NAFSA – Association of International Educators orsimilar professional organizations.

  • Experience developingand delivering programming to student and scholar populations.

  • Experience with webdesign and social media management.

About Vanderbilt Benefits

In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VUBenefits Overview at .

About Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 and located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. The university’s students and faculty frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt was recently ranked #2 for “best quality of life” and “great financial aid,” #5 for “best run colleges” and “beautiful campus,” and #6 for both being in a “college city that students love” and having “great campus/city relations.”

Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Vanderbilt University is committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our campus values.

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 30617 - International Student and Scholar Services

Job: Student Affairs Professionals

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