International Student and Scholar Advisor - Vancouver, BC
January 23, 2021
International Student and Scholar Advisor - Vancouver, BC
About Northeastern: Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.
Our locationsin Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahantare nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.
Northeastern's comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs in a variety of on-campus and online formatslead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.
About the Opportunity: Under the supervision of the Associate Director of Global Services (Canada), the International Student and Scholar Advisor (ISSA) serves as a Regulated International Student Immigration Advisor (RISIA or RCIC) and provides immigration advising to international students at Northeastern University as per the federal guidelines. Advising topics include but are not limited to, providing advice on applications for study permits and associated work permits, visas and permits for accompanying family members, maintaining status in good standing, compliance with regulations regarding international students, and pathways to immigration. This role will provide accurate and timely information to a diverse range of students, which may include visiting students, study away students, and transfers from other NU global campuses, and will facilitate student support through other internal and external support department and staff.
With a holistic mindset, the ISSA will take a proactive approach to provide comprehensive advising to students including providing support in the area of pre-arrival support, orientation and cultural adaptation, making referrals to other institutional and third-party services and resources. The incumbent will regularly respond to students' inquiries, proactively identify and advise students where they may need guidance and support and assist with proactive future planning that will effectively anticipate the needs in the student lifecycle, related to immigration regulations and other support measures.
The ISSA will support the development of international student services at the Vancouver campus location, including advising, orientations, information sessions, and support services grounded in CBIE and NAFSA best practices in service of the goal to retain and engage international students in the university community, creating an environment that contributes to student success. Additionally, as a member of the Office of Global Services team, this role will communicate and coordinate with various departments at other Northeastern campus locations regarding campus coordination and general inquiries.
Responsibilities: Duties include:
Advising on the interpretation of immigration regulations and other related government policies within the scope of certification through the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council.
Monitoring maintenance of study permit conditions by international students in Canada.
Being responsible for initial student intake processing and check-in procedures.
Assist in delivering orientation programs for initial and transferring international students.
Monitoring international students' enrollment status and compliance with federal regulations and institutional policies.
Advising on permits and timing related to students' co-op planning, including academic trajectory in conjunction with academic advising staff.
Provide support for the cultural transition and experience for international students, and ongoing engagement of students for successful performance, in partnership with student services staff and academic areas.
Managing and solving any status issues and providing support and information for resolution of study permit conditions as necessary.
Complete administrative tasks related to the maintenance of student files, issuance of letters in support of students, processing documents, and other similar duties.
Provide support for events and activities organized to support international student retention, success, integration and engagement.
Immigration Consultant Certificate (in good standing with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) as a Regulated International Student Immigration Advisor (RISIA) or Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC)
Minimum of 3 years of formal experience in advising students, developing and delivering workshops, activities and events focused on student success and supporting students through transformative experiences
Experience providing service to newcomers to Canada in academic or settlement services
Demonstrated intercultural competence
Bachelor's degree required
Exceptional level of attention to details, customer service, and stakeholder management skills in order to support Canadian international student services and case manage student advising
High level of interpersonal and communication skills, demonstrated intercultural competence
2-3 years of experience performing administrative tasks, proficient with MS Office products and student learning platforms
Salary Grade: 11
Additional Information: Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in worldwide experiential learning, urban engagement, and interdisciplinary research that meets global and societal needs. Our broad mix of experience-based education programs?our signature cooperative education program, as well as student research, service learning, and global learning?build the connections that enable students to transform their lives. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools.