International Advisor

Fairfax, VA, VA
Mar 14, 2019
Apr 05, 2019
Full Time

Job Category : Admin or Professional Faculty

Working hours :

Salary : Expected starting salary of $50,000 annually

Web Announcement :
International Advisor

The George Mason University Office of International Programs and Services invites applicants from an enthusiastic and energetic individual for an International Advisor position within the office. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Masons academic and culturally inclusive environment.


  • Provide advising services to non-immigrant students on issues sponsored, or prospectively sponsored, by George Mason University to assist them in complying with federal regulations governing their legal status in the US.
  • Evaluate nonimmigrant eligibility for benefits under the Code of Federal Regulations and endorse documents associated with non-immigrant students, researchers and faculty; serve as a Designated School Official and/or Alternate Responsible Officer.
  • Perform functions to ensure University compliance with federal regulations governing non-immigrants sponsored by George Mason University, including students, Exchange Visitors, and employees.
  • Interface on behalf of the University with federal agencies including the US citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Department of State, Department of Labor, Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), and others as appropriate and necessary.
  • Provide guidance and referrals on cultural adjustment, academic success, and other issues as requested and required by advisees.
  • Assist in the development of pre-arrival materials and orientation meetings and programs, both online and in person, for non-immigrants sponsored by George mason University.
  • Consult with faculty and administrative staff on issues related to the Universitys sponsorship of non-immigrant students, researchers and faculty.
  • Develop and implement training and information sessions/materials on regulatory topics such as employment and practical training, travel and re-entry, maintenance of non-immigrant status, and other issues of concern to non-immigrants sponsored by George Mason University.
  • Participate in assessment, professional development, and other initiatives designed to improve departmental effectiveness and professional competence.
  • Perform additional duties and undertake specific projects as requested.

    Required Qualifications:
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, particularly in explaining abstract concepts to non-native speakers of English.
  • Effective cross-cultural and interpersonal skills, the ability to use discretion and maintain confidentiality in accordance with federal law and University policy.
  • The ability to research and analyze complex federal regulations and apply them to specific cases involving non-immigrants in a higher education setting.
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills, including the ability to balance multiple priorities and adapt to changing demands.
  • The ability to work independently as well as to collaborate successfully in a team setting.
  • Excellent work habits, including timeliness, reliability in meeting deadlines, strong interpersonal communication with colleagues and supervisors, and effective stewardship of time and resources.
  • The ability and willingness to perform job responsibilities outside of normal working hours when required to achieve service goals and performance objectives.
  • Masters degree in International Education, Student Personnel, Area Studies, or another field related to the responsibilities of the position.
  • US Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residence (required by US Citizenship and Immigration Services as a condition of endorsing documents for non-immigrant students and scholars).

Preferred Qualifications:
  • At least one year of experience as an F-1 Designated School Official or J-1 Responsible Officer or Alternate Responsible Officer, including experience using SEVIS batching software (such as Terra Dotta, Sunapsis, ISSM, etc.)
  • Familiarity with cross-cultural communication and adjustment;
  • Experience living, studying, or traveling abroad.

Special Instructions : For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA81FZ at ; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information (optional).

MasonAd : Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report Up and Coming spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Masons diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!

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Equity Statement : George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

Job Close Date : 2019-04-11

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