About the Opportunity


Under the supervision of an Associate Director within the Office of Global Services, the International Student and Scholar Advisor (ISSA) provides advising services to international students and scholars on F/J visas. The ISSA serves as Designated School Official (DSO) and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) and utilizes the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) to perform necessary functions, gather data, create reports, etc.


The ISSA advises international students on F-1 and J-1 visas and J-1 scholars to ensure maintenance of their non-immigrant status. The ISSA provides counseling and advising to international students and scholars on immigration related matters, employment authorization acculturation, academic, social, personal adjustment, etc. Provides guidance to NU academic departments and key contacts on regulatory requirements, institutional policies, and OGS protocols. Advises students regarding obtaining social security numbers; and communicates with Co-op Advisors and students as needed.


The ISSA maintains updated knowledge of federal regulations and SEVIS procedures to provide timely and comprehensive advising. Participates in planning and implementing orientation programs as they pertain to immigration authorization and initial review of F and J regulations with new students. Designs and/or delivers regulatory training for students, scholars, and relevant colleagues. The ISSA also collaborates with students, scholars, and other offices at Northeastern to enhance the global network of the university. Actively contributes to developing, designing, and implementing programs and systems needed to support and enrich the international student and scholar experience at Northeastern. Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a field related to international education, social sciences, or humanities.
  • Knowledge of immigration regulations and experience in working international students/scholars.
  • One to three years’ experience as a DSO/ARO.
  • Ability and willingness to multitask and adopt the Northeastern fast-paced innovative model of work.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Knowledge of privacy laws and ability to utilize discretion and confidentiality when advising students/scholars.
  • US citizenship or lawful permanent residency are required in order to be a DSO/ARO.


  • Familiarity with batching systems such as SUNAPSIS.
  • Prior study/work abroad or other living experience overseas.
  • Knowledge of a second or third language.
  • Strong intercultural communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Prior experience with academic advising.


Position Type

Student Services 


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.


To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see www.northeastern.edu/diversity.

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