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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: G0024 / International Advisement Splst
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 13

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under general supervision, coordinates and provides a wide range of advisement, liaison, and associated administrative services relating to visiting non-immigrant international students and scholars and/or students participating in study-abroad programs, ensuring individual and university compliance with all U.S. and/or relevant foreign immigration laws and regulations. Act as Department of Homeland Security Designated School Officials (DSOs) and Department of State Alternate Responsible Officers (AROs), and represent and speak for the University in matters related to F-1 and J-1 visa types. DSOs and AROs have a potentially large degree of legal liability in working with F-1 and J-1 visa holders and are responsible for maintaining data integrity on this population of individuals as well as educating themselves on regulatory matters affecting this population.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Oversees all facets of daily interactions with the specified population, ensuring compliance with relevant domestic and/or foreign laws, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  2. Coordinates the issuance of all relevant government documentation to students and/or scholars; serves as the university's liaison with U.S. and/or foreign national agencies, regulatory bodies, and services.
  3. Implements policies and develops procedures for dealing with non-immigrant matters such as work authorization, health insurance, and enrollment requirement. Provides technical and/or professional coordination and leadership in the execution of day-to-day program/project activities, as appropriate to unit objectives.
  4. Advises and assists the international population regarding all non-immigrant compliance issues, such as visa adjustments, employment, travel, and re-entry into the country; prepares informational materials, and plans, develops, and implements comprehensive orientation programs.
  5. Monitors and resolves individual government compliance violations as they arise; instructs department administration on preventing and avoiding compliance violations.
  6. Designs and develops or assists with design and development of educational, training, and/or cultural adjustment program(s) or project(s) in support of the international population and may manage such program(s) or projects(s).
  7. Provides academic and related advisement services, as appropriate, to the specified student population, and makes referrals for the resolution of academic and personal problems in alignment with UNM academic policies and administrative procedures.
  8. Advises university faculty and staff on processes, procedures, rules, and regulations associated with the international movement of students to and from the U.S.
  9. Develops and maintains working relationships with government immigration authorities, immigration attorneys, international agencies, and other specialists in the field; keeps the university community informed of changes and trends in immigration, laws, rules, and regulations.
  10. Develops and implements data management systems to collect, maintain, analyze, and report on all issues associated with the specified student population; oversees the maintenance of all records, ensuring compliance with government reporting regulations.
  11. Oversees, trains, and coordinates the activities of lower level advisement and/or administrative staff, as appropriate.
  12. Provides technical and/or professional coordination and leadership in the execution of day-to-day program/project activities, as appropriate to program objectives and area of expertise.
  13. Serves as Campus Security Authority as outlined by the Clery Act.
  14. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to monitor and maintain accurate and efficient recordkeeping systems and implement procedures to ensure regulatory compliance.
  • Ability to interpret and explain complex federal regulations as they apply to F-1 and J-1 visa holders, and other immigration categories.
  • Plan and give presentations to students and groups.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Skill in the use of computers, preferably in a PC, Windows-based operating environment.
  • Ability to maintain up-to-date knowledge and understanding of relevant laws and regulations pertaining to individuals holding non-immigrant visas.
  • Knowledge of the structure, processes, and policies of domestic and/or foreign government agencies, as pertaining to non-immigrant visa holders.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Ability to design and implement systems necessary to collect, maintain, and analyze data.
  • Knowledge of the range of administrative and life needs of foreign nationals in a university environment.
  • Ability to create, compose, and edit written materials.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Knowledge and understanding of legal provisions and institutional responsibilities associated with non-immigrants.
  • Ability to provide technical advice and guidance in the area of non-immigrant visa and associated compliance requirements.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging issues and trends associated with non-immigrant foreign nationals.
  • Knowledge of budgeting, cost estimating, and fiscal management principles and procedures.
  • Interviewing and academic advisement skills.
  • Knowledge of U.S. Department of State and Department of Homeland Security reporting regulations and requirements pertaining to non-immigrant foreign nationals.

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a US citizen or have Permanent Resident Alien status.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017