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Initial Review Date (IRD): 06-14-2021
Dept Marketing Statement The Division of Global Engagement (GE) advances the University's teaching, research and service mission by working collaboratively throughout the institution to promote global engagement and advance campus-wide internationalization by facilitating international mobility for students and faculty. GE serves as the primary unit responsible for improving the international student and scholar experience and engagement on campus, promoting faculty engagement in international initiatives, and developing strategic partnerships abroad. GE interacts with campus leadership on strategic planning and initiatives to elevate the reputation of UCSC globally. GE units include Global Learning, International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), Global Programming and Global Initiatives.
Under the general supervision of the Director of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), this position will lead the employee and scholar based immigration services of the unit, recommending and assisting with the development and implementation of campus policies and procedures around the same.
The Assistant Director will use skills as a seasoned, experienced professional with a full understanding of analytical practices and organization policies and procedures. The Assistant Director researches, analyzes and develops solutions to a wide range of immigration related issues and processes involved with employment-based immigration (H-1B, TN, E3, LPR, etc.) as well as J-1 Exchange Visitor categories within an academic setting. The ideal candidate: demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions; primarily deals with policies, programs and proposals which are complex in nature and diverse in scope; and develops new programs, policies or procedures for possible implementation and continuous improvement.
In collaboration and consultation with the ISSS Director, the Assistant Director will use advanced knowledge of complex immigration regulations, laws and processes, and campus policies to develop, recommend and implement procedures to successfully obtain immigrant and non-immigrant employment status for university employees, and ensure campus compliance with immigration laws and regulations. The position requires independent judgment to analyze and interpret federal immigration regulations and policies in a variety of individual cases, after a review of a campus unit's needs, and to as well analyze the international scholar's present and any prior nonimmigrant status in the US. The Assistant Director advises international employees, faculty and administrative staff about immigration-related matters, including decisions about appropriate immigration status options, maintenance of legal US immigration status, and assistance in resolving individual employees' immigration-related problems. The Assistant Director will also develop and implement a series of programming designed to enrich the experience of the scholar and employee population.
This position is responsible for advising and petitioning for immigration categories which include but are not limited to: J-1, H-1B, TN, E-3, and LPR employees, for faculty, academic researchers, and professional staff. This position instructs and advises campus units and international scholars on compliance with the federal regulations governing these and a number of other nonimmigrant statuses, determining in consultation with the director the appropriate status in which to bring international scholars to the University, and resolving difficult immigration-related matters. Responsibilities may also include a cohort of international students, and employees present in F-1 OPT status.
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule Salary Information: $65,000 - $75,000 / Annually. Salary commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience.
Provides the full range of immigration services to the scholar and employee population served by ISSS. Independently interprets complex federal immigration regulations and researches responses before providing advice to scholars, departments and faculty, including preparation of immigration documents and the successful petitioning for sought-after immigration status.
Researches, analyzes, and executes internal processes, procedures, policies with regard to scholar and employee immigration.
Researches, monitors and analyzes regulations (USCIS, DHS and DOL), legislation, and UC policies for impact on the organization and its stakeholders.
Conducts post-implementation process analysis to determine the need for further enhancements, finer distinctions and/or additional process/policy components.
Coordinates efforts and maintains relationships with a variety of external and internal contacts and constituents, including outreach, training, and workshops; researches organizational structures, policies and procedures and summarizes best practices in field.
Leads the scholar-related services offered by the advising team and supports the student advising team by assuming a partial caseload of student advising services.
Develop and implement informational, educational, and social programming for scholars and employees.
Other Duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
Expert knowledge of employment- and scholar-based immigration laws and regulations.
Demonstrated successful experience overseeing scholar or employment based advising and filings.
Demonstrated skills displaying intercultural competency and experience working with international population.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with all levels of staff; both verbally and in writing.
Strong skills in analyzing and synthesizing changing regulations for preparing sound and relevant solutions for campus stakeholders.
Ability to multi-task within demanding timeframes.
Ability to use discretion and maintain confidentiality.
To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit, they must be submitted on or before the initial review date (IRD) via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site; https://jobs.ucsc.edu. A computer is available at the UC Santa Cruz Staff Human Resources Office located at Scotts Valley Center. The Scotts Valley Center is located at 100 Enterprise Way, Suite E100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. To learn more or to request disability accommodations, call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service at 800-735-2922. UC Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.
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