International Scholar Services Coordinator

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Work type: Non-Classified/Professional
Location: Boise, ID
Categories: Academic Programs, Education and Training, Student Services

 About Us:

Boise State University, powered by creativity and innovation, stands uniquely positioned in the Northwest as a metropolitan research university of distinction. Learn more about Boise State and the City of Boise at

Boise State University is building an inclusive community of faculty and staff whose unique skills, cultural contributions, work history, and perspectives create a rich and rewarding academic experience for our students. Research demonstrates that people thrive when they feel welcome, respected, and inspired. We seek applicants who are committed to helping us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. Applications from members of historically marginalized groups, including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged.

Job Summary/Basic Function:

The International Scholars Coordinator position involves assessment and student and faculty success efforts focused on campus programming, immigration compliance, documentation, reporting, and collaborating with campus partners, particularly related to employment immigration.

Department Overview:

The Center for Global Engagement advances Boise State University’s global recognition as a metropolitan, research university and provides leadership and coordination for campus-wide internationalization efforts and initiatives.

Level Scope:

Fully competent and productive professional contributor who applies acquired job skills, policies, and procedures to complete substantive assignments/projects/tasks of moderate scope and complexity. Works independently with general supervision; exercises judgment within defined guidelines and practices to determine appropriate action. May provide guidance and assistance to entry level professionals and/or support employees.

Essential Functions:

Immigration Compliance, SEVIS Reporting and International Hiring (60%)
• Serve as an Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) and Designated School Official (DSO) within the SEVIS immigration database
• Update SEVIS as needed related to F1 students and J1 students and scholars to ensure data is accurate, such as registration, contact information and employment and reduced course load authorizations
• Issue support letters in capacity as ARO and DSO related to student needs, such as ITIN and Social Security Number applications
• Collect data and contribute to J1 Annual Report to the U.S. Department of State with regard to exchange activities of the university
• Coordinate with academic department and Human Resources in managing hiring process from initiation to completion for J-1 exchange visitors
• Communicate and liaise with academic departments, university divisions, Human Resources and Tax Reporting and Export Controls, on international hiring needs and processes
• Serve as liaison between faculty, departments, with regard to immigration regulations and compliance for international faculty, scholars, staff and students
• Consult with specialized attorneys (outside counsel) as appropriate and when needed
• Assist departments with H1B applications and initiating Permanent Residency application processes with USCIS and outside legal counsel
• Assist with TN, F, and O faculty and staff on hiring-related immigration matters
• Serve as point person for international faculty, students and staff with regard to employment-related immigration questions
• Develop and lead information sessions and student support related to employment-based immigration questions, including OPT, CPT and Academic Training
• Continuously improve and update immigration-related documents, including website, forms and email communication templates through gathering data on current compliance requirements and feedback from stakeholders

J-1 Faculty, Scholars and Researcher Services (35%)
• In collaboration with the International Student Services Coordinator, spearhead holistic approach to international scholars’ services, including community-building within the J-1 exchange visitors and dependent group at Boise State University
• Facilitate J-1 exchange visitor program opportunities across academic departments
• Coordinate with hosting department on issues of accommodation, health insurance, program structure, and exchange activities
• Develop and provide arrival orientation for J-1 exchange visitors and dependents
• Support J-1 exchange visitors and dependents in their arrival and adjustment to the Boise community, including assistance in finding housing, school registration, and other activities needed for a smooth transition
• Support J-1 exchange visitors through referral and information on support services at Boise State University, ex. Writing Center, Center for Teaching and Learning
• In collaboration with the International Student Services Coordinator, promote, develop and execute cultural, recreational, and academic programs and events at Boise State for J-1 exchange visitors and their dependents

Perform other duties as assigned (5%)
• Represent the department as needed at events and meetings
• Emergency preparedness and response for international scholar emergencies
• Special projects and other duties as assigned by the Director

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

● Excellent written and verbal communication skills
● Ability to think analytically and critically
● Experience planning and organizing projects and delegating work

Minimum Qualifications:

● Bachelor’s Degree and 2 years of professional experience or equivalent relevant experience.

● Position requires proof of U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status to serve as a Designated School Official (DSO) and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO), per Department of Homeland Security and Department of State regulations.

Preferred Qualifications:

● Master’s degree
● One year or more experience with legal immigration documents in a professional setting
● One year or more of living, working or studying abroad, or working with multicultural populations
● One year or more working in a Higher Education environment
● Previous DSO or ARO experience

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is $52,500/yr. Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you and your family. Learn more about our benefit options at

Required Application Materials:

Resume and Cover Letter



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