To provide leadership to the faculty and scholar services advising team within International Student and Scholar Services.
The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) is one of the largest public universities in the United States and is the flagship of The University of Texas System. UT Austin enrolls over 51,000 students studying in nearly 120 bachelor degree programs and over 220 graduate programs across 18 colleges and schools. UT Austin is committed to global engagement and is home to over 5,600 international students and 1,500 international scholars from over 130 countries. As an integral unit of Texas Global, International Student & Scholar Services champions initiatives that promote inclusion of the international population and celebrates the contributions that international students and scholars make to the university community.
Team Leadership and Administrative Management: Provide collaborative leadership to an advising team of professional staff by creating a cohesive vision to serve international faculty and scholars at the university. Manage advising team to develop work priorities, determine the administrative calendar and plan for the execution of tasks for smooth workflow, and assess impact of all advising processes and procedures to ensure effective and efficient operations. Oversee unit’s immigration petition caseload to ensure petitions are filed in a timely manner with a high level of accuracy and expertise. Recruit, hire and train new staff members; conduct annual performance evaluations and foster career growth of team members.
Immigration Oversight: Maintain expertise of federal regulations, processes, and procedures as they pertain to advising international faculty and scholars. Oversee immigration services and processes pertinent to advising international faculty and scholars on U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of State immigration regulations and university procedures. Services include preparing and submitting complex immigration petitions including H-1B, E-3, O-1, and TN visa statuses; managing, preparing, and submitting I-140 petitions for employment-based permanent residency; and responding to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services requests for evidence. Serve as Department of State Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) for the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program, Administrative Officer for CIES Fulbright in faculty placement, and Training Program Liaison (TPL) for the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). Provide expertise and guidance to advising team and ISSS regarding regulatory changes and effect on office policy and practices. Serve as a resource to team in handling complex immigration advising issues. Develop resources and procedural materials for staff as needed.
Regulatory Compliance: Ensure compliance with Department of Homeland Security, Department of Labor, and Department of State rules and regulations. Ensure adherence and accuracy in record-keeping, reporting requirements, and petition processing utilizing ISSS and university technology. In coordination with the director, recommend and develop policies and procedures to maintain compliance with applicable university, state, and federal rules and regulations related to international faculty and scholars. Maintain frequent interaction with immigration agencies and other external agencies to advocate for international faculty and scholars.
University Outreach and Support: Cultivate and maintain positive working relationships with university administrative and academic units to coordinate the delivery of services in support of international faculty and scholars. Provide support to university departments on sensitive matters involving international faculty and scholars (e.g. employment matters that affect immigration status, crisis situations, etc.). Coordinate programs and workshops for academic and administrative departments to increase their proficiency in working with international faculty and scholars. Attend campus meetings to represent ISSS, Texas Global, and international faculty/scholar interests. Oversee electronic information and publications including communication targeted to international faculty and scholars and department contacts.
ISSS Leadership: Provide vision and leadership to ISSS staff at large, communicating regular updates and information. Serve as an active member on ISSS Leadership Team. Work with director to implement goals per the vision and mission of Texas Global. Actively support ISSS and Texas Global initiatives, serve on committees and participate in work groups to support the critical priorities of the organization.
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Retirement Plan Eligibility:
The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.
A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.
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Bachelor's degree in a related field and seven years of experience in international education programs in higher education or master's degree and five years of above experience. Proven experience in working with the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program, employment-based visa categories and permanent residency cases. Solid experience in supervising a team in a collaborative work environment. Strong organizational skills with an emphasis on attention to detail. Experience developing or revising policies and procedures to meet unit goals. Ability to assess data from a variety of sources, identify trends and issues, and recommend action. Strong background in managing complex concurrent projects. High level of intercultural competence, especially when providing superior customer service to a diverse group of internal and external constituents. Strong professional communication skills in both writing and speaking. Experience with public speaking and delivering presentations. Ability to work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment.
Due to federal database access requirements, only U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents may apply for this position.
Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.
JD or other advanced degree with significant experience in higher education. Record of progressively responsible experience working with international faculty and scholar advising services in higher education. Experience serving as a Department of State RO/ARO. Experience living or studying abroad. Experience using Sunapsis.
3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
Letter of interest
Internal Number: R_00011035
About The University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest public universities in the United States. Founded in 1883, the university has grown from a single building, eight teachers, two departments and 221 students to a 350-acre main campus with 21,000 faculty and staff, 16 colleges and schools and over 52,000 students.
The university’s reach goes far beyond the borders of the main campus with satellite campuses and research centers across Texas, including the J.J. Pickle Research Campus, the Marine Science Institute, the McDonald Observatory, the Montopolis Research Center and the Brackenridge tract.
With an enrollment of 11,000 students and more than 3,500 master’s and doctor’s degrees awarded annually, the graduate school is a national leader in graduate degrees awarded and one of the largest graduate schools in the nation.
More than 8,700 bachelor’s degrees are awarded annually in more than 170 fields of study and 100 majors.
The university has one of the most diverse student populations in the country and is a national leader in the number of undergraduate degrees awarded to minority students.