Radford University is a comprehensive public university of 10,695 students that has received national recognition for many of its undergraduate and graduate academic programs, as well as its sustainability initiatives. Radford University serves the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation through a wide range of academic, cultural, human service and research programs. Well known for its strong faculty/student bonds, innovative use of technology in the learning environment and vibrant student life on a beautiful 204-acre American classical campus, Radford University offers students many opportunities to get involved and succeed in and out of the classroom. The University offers 76 bachelor’s degree programs in 47 disciplines, three associate degrees, and six certificates at the undergraduate level; 28 master’s programs in 23 disciplines and six doctoral programs at the graduate level; and 14 post-baccalaureate certificates and one post-master’s certificate. A Division I member of the NCAA and Big South Conference, Radford University competes in 16 men’s and women’s varsity athletics. With over 300 clubs and organizations, Radford University offers many opportunities for student engagement, leadership development and community service. In addition to robust academic offerings and engaging student experiences on the main campus located in Radford, Virginia, Radford University also offers a clinical-based educational experience for more than 1,000 students living and learning in Roanoke, Virginia as part of Radford University Carilion, a public-private partnership focused on the cutting-edge delivery of health sciences programming, outreach and service.

The McGlothlin Center for Global Education and Engagement (MCGEE) supports students, faculty and staff interested in pursuing international initiatives that result in a positive impact for the individual and our campus community and the center currently has an opening for an International Student and Scholar Services Coordinator. The International Student and Scholar Services Coordinator serves as a Designated School Official (DSO) with the Department of Homeland Security and an Alternative Responsible Office (ARO) with the U.S. Department of State. Administers and oversees all immigration-related matters regarding for international students and scholars. More specific duties include:

Duties and Responsibilities include but aren’t limited to:

  • Advise students and scholars on matters pertaining to F-1 and J-1 immigration regulations.
  • Serve as a Designated School Official (DSO) and an Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO).
  • Manage and update the SEVIS database to comply with federal immigration regulations.
  • Advise international students on cultural (school adjustment, acclamation to life in the U.S., culture shock, homesickness, among others) and personal concerns (academic planning, health and health insurance, career planning, employment, non-RU scholarships, personal safety, among others), referring students as needed.
  • Assist international students in applying for OPT, CPT, reinstatement, change of status, Social Security number, and driver’s license, among others.
  • Assist Radford University offices regarding immigration questions; contact relevant legal authorities when needed.
  • Keep abreast of changes in laws and regulations that affect international students, scholars and/or the university and communicate changes appropriately to stakeholders.
  • Develop and implement an online and in-person international student orientation program.
  • Serve as the main advisor to the International Student Association, attending all meetings and events.
  • Develop and implement social, cultural, recreational, and informational programs, included but not limited to: information sessions, festivals and celebrations, tax resources, in-state and out-of-state trips, International Student Banquet, International Education Week, and others.
  • Assist in developing policies and procedures, and monitor compliance with federal laws and regulations.
  • Assists in collecting, compiling and analyzing international student and scholar data for effective decision-making by the McGlothlin Center for Global Education and Engagement, and for reporting to regulatory agencies.
  • Manage the RU health insurance plan for international students.
  • Serve and participate on University committees as needed.
  • Update the office social media accounts as needed.
  • Update and develop appropriate content for the ISSS section of the office website.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Please apply directly at: https://jobs.radford.edu/postings/8907

Required Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • One year of experience working and advising international students and/or scholars on immigration matters.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident to meet regulatory requirements as a Designated School Official (DSO) and Alternative Responsible Officer (ARO).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree.
  • Extensive knowledge of immigration regulations.
  • Prior experience working in international education or other overseas experience.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse group of students, faculty and staff.
  • Strong advising skills.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent multitasking and organizational skills.
  • Occasional weekend and evening availability.
  • Strong knowledge of cross-cultural adjustment.
  • Exceptional knowledge of Microsoft suite.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all constituencies, including alumni, faculty, students, parents and staff.
  • Ability to develop knowledge of, respect for and skills to engage with those of other cultures and backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as an effective team member.

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