As a unit of UNC Global, International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) serves as the principal administrative, advising, and programming office for approximately 3,700 international students, faculty, and academic staff at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), a top ranking Global Public Research University.
Chapel Hill is a classic college town, with numerous cultural offerings, abundant housing options, easy commutes, and outstanding school districts. The area is known for its natural beauty and the climate encourages outdoor activities such as hiking, bicycling, and camping. This all combines to make Chapel Hill and surrounding areas a wonderful place to live and work.
ISSS is seeking an International Scholar Advisor. Duties include: Serving as Alternate Responsible Officer of the University’s Exchange Visitor Program (J 1), including preparing DS-2019s (Certificates of Eligibility), J-1 advising, and fulfilling related reporting requirements. Preparing and handling H-1B, O-1, TN, E-3 and other nonimmigrant employment-based petitions and related advising. Preparing and handling an employment-based immigrant caseload such as EB-1B, and EB-2, including labor certifications in PERM, as needed. Serving as Designated School Official including preparing I-20s, F-1 advising, and fulfilling related reporting requirements, as needed. Acting as liaison with the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS), Labor (DOL) and State (DOS) and USCIS, ICE, SEVP, CBP, and other federal agencies and private organizations involved with international scholars. Providing assistance and information to UNC-CH international faculty and scholars, appointing unit staff, and faculty on government regulations and University policies affecting international faculty and scholars and their dependents. Works closely with international faculty and scholars and appointing units to ensure compliance with federal labor and immigration laws and regulations. Assisting in the development and maintenance of online campus procedural materials. Monitoring regulatory updates and assists in making necessary changes to operations, forms, and information for distribution. Planning and providing training (workshops, information sessions, presentations, and orientations) for campus departments and other stakeholders and international scholars and faculty. Making appropriate referrals to international faculty and scholars related to personal matters as needed. Assisting with and attending programming events such as International Coffee Hour and Autumn Fest. Performing other duties as assigned and providing support to overall functions of office where needed.
Education and Experience:
Required: Candidate must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident to serve as Alternate Responsible Officer and Designated School Official in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), as required by federal regulation.
Thorough knowledge of regulations pertaining to nonimmigrant classifications for international scholars, including H-1B, O-1, TN, E-3, and J-1 Exchange Visitors. Familiarity with F student regulations and federal regulations regarding U.S. immigrant petitions. Ability to research and explain complex U.S. immigration and labor regulations in relation to campus policies. Minimum of two years’ experience advising international scholars and preparing J-1 Certificates of Eligibility and employment-based nonimmigrant petitions, preferably in a college or university setting. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and patiently with cross-cultural sensitivity. Ability to work collaboratively as a team member in a group environment and taking appropriate initiative and exercising discretion within the scope of assigned duties. Skills with database tools and technology. Position requires accuracy and attention to detail.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.
Carolina rates among the nation’s great institutions of higher education, set on an historic and beautiful campus that celebrates all four seasons. Carolina’s students, faculty and staff come here from around the world, bringing varied cultural, racial and ethnic heritages that help make UNC-Chapel Hill a thriving intellectual center. We’re repeatedly ranked the nation’s best value in higher education for students seeking to earn a college degree – the University has garnered the top spot each time since the ranking’s launch in 1998.Whether you’ve just started your career, are new to academia or are a seasoned professional with assorted campus experiences to draw on, we hope you will find a great place at Carolina.