International Student & Scholar Advisor - International Students and Scholars - 51394

Updated: 22 days ago
Location: Seattle, WASHINGTON
Job Type: FullTime

Job Type/Schedule

This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.  Position requires occasional weekend and evening duties.  

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Office of International Students and Scholars on the Danforth Campus, and is housed in the Danforth University Center. 

Essential Functions


The International Student and Scholar Advisor in the OISS is one of a team of advisors who provide immigration advising, orientation and programming to assist students and scholars to thrive academically and socially and to engage in U.S. life and culture.  The successful candidate will meet the unique needs of the international student and scholar and engage the population in the community both on and off campus.  The individual will provide advising, counseling and services to international students, scholars and family members (including, but not limited to, visa status, employment authorization, immigration, cross-cultural, financial, academic and personal issues, etc.).  This advisor will ensure compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and guidelines pertaining to international students and scholars, from, but not limited to, regulations from the Departments of Homeland Security, Labor and State.


  • Prepare and process immigration documents and petitions for Washington University-sponsored F-1, J-1, H-1B, TN, and E-3 statuses.
  • Monitor student and scholar immigration status to maintain legal status.
  • Ensure proper administration of university and international student/scholar compliance with federal regulations.
  • Educate students, employees and departments about immigration statuses, applications, processes and obligations.
  • Respond to internal/external inquiries, concerning U.S. immigration rules and regulations.
  • Provide advising, counseling and immigration services to international students, scholars and dependents, taking into consideration their cultural perspective.
  • Create and lead programs appropriate for the international student and scholar population, and their departments, including orientation, immigration information and cultural and social programming.
  • Collaborate with colleagues across campus in providing services to international students and scholars.
  • Conduct social and educational programs regarding compliance, cultural, and work eligibility issues.
  • Determine eligibility for certain statuses and benefits statuses.
  • Inform students and departments about immigration statuses related to Washington University-sponsored F, and J student applications, processes and obligations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

  • Required Qualifications

    • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field.
    • At least three years of experience in international advising and/or visa document processing.
    • Experience living and working in another culture is a significant plus.
    • U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the US, to be eligible to serve as a Designated School Official and an Alternate Responsible Officer.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Master’s degree.
    • Experience in education or student-related services, to include experience working with and interacting with diverse, international, multicultural populations.
    • General familiarity with immigration laws relative to F, and J student visas.
    • Effective cross-cultural communication skills, both verbally and in writing.
    • Ability to manage multiple priorities at once.
    • Demonstrated problem-solving skills in order to provide optimal choices when advising international students/scholars.
    • Exhibited understanding of all applicable laws, regulations and guidelines pertaining to international students from, but not limited to, regulations from the Departments of Homeland Security, and State.
    • Exhibited experience or ability to:
      • Prepare and process immigration documents for Washington University-sponsored F-1 and J-1 student statuses to enter the U.S.
      • Monitor student immigration status to maintain legal status.
      • Determine the necessary documents, compiling and reviewing them and carrying out necessary procedures for USCIS and SEVP for processing immigration documents.
      • Maintain the required files, records and data to document eligibility for these statuses in accordance with federal regulations.
      • Have cross-cultural communication experience that they can use to effectively connect and communicate with international students and scholars.
      • Be comfortable with ambiguous situations.
      • Explain and provide information and decisions. 

    Salary Range

    The hiring range for this position is $44,987 - $57,369 annually and is commensurate with experience and expertise.

    Pre-Employment Screening

    All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.

    Department Summary

    The Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) facilitates the international students and scholars’ arrival and entry into Washington University in St. Louis as well as supporting them during their time at the University. Our office reports to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion and is part of the Division of Student Affairs.

    Please visit to learn more about the Office for International Students and Scholars.


    This position is eligible for full-time benefits.  Please click the following link to view a summary of benefits: .

    Applicant Special Instructions

    Please include a cover letter with your resume.

    To be able to serve as a DSO and ARO, the candidate must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Please be prepared to provide documentation to the hiring manager upon offer. 

    EOE Statement

    Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

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