The Office of International Student Services (OISS) is seeking an Assistant Director . OISS supports the international student experience at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in regards to: immigration compliance, navigating U.S. systems and language and culture adjustment. OISS manages the F-1 and J-1 immigration compliance on behalf of RISD and in accordance with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security regulations.
In support of the Office of International Student Services, the Assistant Director will be responsible for managing a complex caseload of advising students as a Designated School Official (DSO) on F1 and an Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) on J1 visas. This position is also responsible for overseeing the leave of absence and re-admission process for international students. Stays abreast of regulatory changes and best practices, the impact these changes/practices may have on office processes, and makes appropriate recommendations for the approval of the Director. The Assistant Director implements approved changes as instructed. Monitors legal status of all non-immigrant students enrolled at the Rhode Island School of Design and maintains college compliance with federal SEVIS system. The Assistant Director creates and delivers appropriate workshops and programs to enhance learning outcomes and support student development.
As an employer, RISD offers a supportive, collegial and inclusive work environment and a competitive benefits package.
Regulatory Compliance & Systems:
Manage a moderately complex SEVIS caseload of advising for F1 visa and J1 visa. Advise F-1 and J-1 international students about relevant regulations and maintenance of I-94 status and with applying for benefits of status (Optional Practical Training, STEM Optional Practical Training, Curricular Practical Training, On-Campus Employment, Severe Economic Hardship, Academic Training, and other benefits).
Serve as the DSO for the F1 student visa program and as an ARO for the J1 exchange visitor program
Document and maintain notes regarding SEVIS and international student advising into the SEVIS database, the College's named ERP (Colleague), and the students' immigration paper file, as needed.
Stay abreast of regulatory updates and changes in the field of international education, evaluate for appropriateness at RISD and implement as approved. Maintain active membership and attendance in NAFSA: Association of International Education organization.
Research information and best practices regarding complex immigration cases for application at RISD.
Provide guidance on the interpretation of immigration regulations.
Gather, compile and summarize I-17 research and maintenance for re-certification process at RISD, as requested by PDSO.
Oversee the leave of absence and readmission process of I-20/DS-2019 applications.
Create and implement employment workshops for international students, including, but not limited to content, structure, and desired learning outcomes.
Responsible for international student programming focused on cross-cultural learning as it relates to the international student experience and the overall OISS programming plan throughout the year. This includes, but is not limited to, Orientation programs, International Education Week, etc.
Complete outreach to students of concern to serve as a resource and point of contact. May refer issues to appropriate parties as needed.
Assess, determine and advise students on cultural adjustment, cultural competence and differences in higher educational systems, provide additional training and resources, as necessary.
Create and develop events and activities to facilitate on-campus integration for international students.
Perform office operations and represent OISS in meetings across campus.
Serve as a resource or point of escalation for other office members to ensure that information stored in files and other systems is accurate and up-to-date.
Participate in hiring, training, developing, supervising and evaluating OISS Interns and, as required, professional staff. Hire, train, develop, supervise and evaluate OISS Interns.
Liaise with appropriate staff in other divisions to problem solve and enhance systems of support for our international students (forms, processes, policies, etc).
Design, create, recommend and implement as approved communication strategies to enhance services (to include office website and forms).
Bachelor's degree required, Masters preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Three to five years of progressively responsible experience with student immigration, visas, and federal immigration regulations and ability to practically apply and integrate this experience and knowledge to current situation.
Proficiency with Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) regulations and procedures required. Demonstrated advisory experience and cross-cultural sensitivity.
Proven track record of creating programming and situations for international students that add to an enriching experience outside of the studio and classroom.
Must be U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident to meet federal regulatory requirements for professional practice as a Designated School Official. Enthusiasm for and interest in international education highly desired. Interest in and willingness to work with data and processes that have direct impact on institutional operations and on individuals' lives expected. Proven record of taking initiative. Must be willing to be proactive and assume responsibility, and work collaboratively as part of a team.
Knowledge of and sensitivity to cultural and diversity issues expected; ability to interact well with people from a variety of backgrounds/experiences required. Able to maintain a high degree of confidentiality at all times. Must be able to work under pressure with frequent interruptions; to work independently without ongoing supervision, and to prioritize and manage many competing tasks successfully.
Must have the ability to maintain outstanding customer service in a fast-paced environment. Must have excellent interpersonal and communication abilities (both oral and written), as well as exceptional diplomatic skills. Rigorous attention to detail and keen problem-solving skills highly desired. Strong organization and record-keeping skills and experience expected. Must be able to work at the computer for long periods each day.
Valued but not required skills and experience:
Ability to lead, guide and mentor others preferred. Bilingual ability preferred.
35 hours/week; 12 months/year
Exempt; Full-Time Regular
Documents Needed to Apply
Cover Letter (required)
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please upload all required documents.
The successful candidate will be required to meet our pre-employment background screening requirements.
RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. RISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.
For internal use only - Job Family:
Internal Number: R-00507
About Rhode Island School of Design
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), founded in 1877, is a fine arts and design college located in Providence, Rhode Island. Enrolling about 2000 undergraduates and 400 graduate students from across the United States and 55 other countries, RISD offers 16 undergraduate majors and 16 graduate majors, and is ranked annually by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top art and design schools in the United States. RISD’s rigorous education encourages creative experimentation and intellectual risk-taking, challenging students to question their approach to art making through critical thinking. There are over 90,000 works of art in the RISD Museum, which houses a collection of fine and decorative art objects. The first public galleries opened in 1893. The RISD Library is one of the oldest independent art college libraries in the country with more than 150,000 volumes and 380 periodical subscriptions which offer unusual depth and richness in the areas of architecture, art, design, and photography. The RISD campus is contiguous with the campus of Brown University and the two institutions share social, academic, and community resources.RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundament...al to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. RISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.