Employment at ArtCenter

Center for the Student Experience

International Student Advisor

This position is a member of the Center for the Student Experience (CSE) team, under the leadership of the Associate Provost for Student Affairs/Dean of Students and under the supervision of the Associate Director for International Student Services. In support of the core educational mission of the College, the International Student Advisor provides academic, immigration, cultural, and personal advising to international students. Advisement covers matters related to their immigration status, cultural adjustment, employment, and academic policies that affect their nonimmigrant F-1 visa status. The Advisor serves as a Designated School Official (DSO) and utilizes the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) for required reporting and processing of F-1 student documents and benefits. The position also coordinates and assists with the planning and delivery of events and special programs for international students and the international education community at the College.

Reports to: Associate Director, International Student Services

FLSA status: Non-exempt


Job posted 8/31/2017. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Qualified applicants should send cover letter with resume and employment application to HR@artcenter.edu and reference “Intl Student Advisor” in the subject line.


Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree in education, counseling, international relations, foreign affairs, or related studies from an accredited college or university
  • Must be a US citizen or Legal Permanent Resident to meet Department of Homeland Security (DHS) qualifications for the Designated School Official (DSO) role
  • 1–3 years of progressive experience in administrative support in an office environment, or advising in a higher education environment
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, detail-oriented, highly organized, able to balance priorities, takes initiative, reliable and resourceful
  • Ability to work well in a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural environment with students, faculty and staff
  • Ability to cultivate positive and collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including but not limited to students, staff, faculty, families, domestic and foreign government representatives and program sponsors
  • Ability to handle multiple projects in a fast-paced office with frequent interruptions in the workplace
  • Strong computer skills with proficiency in MS Office Suite
  • A commitment to diversity, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within ArtCenter’s diverse communities
  • Ability to handle all information with tact and discretion and recognizes the confidential nature of ArtCenter business


Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in higher education administration, multicultural or intercultural or international education from an accredited college or institution
  • Prior experience in higher education 
  • Knowledge of international student advising processes
  • Knowledge of Department of State (DOS), and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations pertaining to international students and exchange visitors
  • Working knowledge of SEVIS reporting and processing
  • Prior experience living or working abroad (outside of the U.S.)

Essential Functions

Advising – 50%
  • Advise and assist international students on the issues related to immigration status, cultural adjustment, employment, and institutional policies that affect their nonimmigrant status
  • Assist and coordinate international student orientations (three times per year, prior to each academic term) and F-1 employment workshops
  • Develop and implement programs and activities that add to the breadth of the international student’s educational experience and success
  • Assist with adult life issues advising for international students such as navigating off-campus housing, and understanding student health insurance
  • Collaborate with CSE staff to implement Design Culture Immersion (pre-enrollment transition program for newly admitted international students), including orientation and co-curricular experiences
  • Work with college administrators and constituencies outside of Art Center (SEVIS Help Desk, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Motor Vehicles, Social Security Administration, immigration attorneys, etc.) in problem solving and advocacy on behalf of international students
  • Refer students to on-campus and/or off-campus resources that support their success (e.g., ArtCenter’s Enrollment Services or Career and Professional Development, or offices, organizations, and agencies in the greater Los Angeles Area that provide legal assistance or immigration support)
  • Stay abreast of changes in federal regulations that affect international students

Administration – 45%

  • Serve as one of ArtCenter’s Designated School Officials (DSOs) for SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitors Information System) of DHS
  • Maintain SEVIS data integrity and ensure timely reports via SEVIS
  • Maintain up-to-date detailed changes and knowledge of F-1 regulations affecting international students and stay current on institutional policies & procedures that affect international student immigration status
  • Process departmental and immigration documents for on-campus employment, program extensions, Curricular and Optional Practical Trainings, and other documents required for international students in order to maintain F-1 status
  • Assist with the maintenance, management, and organization of international student record including immigration, financial and government documents
  • Monitor and update International Student Handbook, Inside.ArtCenter online web resources, and social media for international students
  • Develop and maintain high level of knowledge of College’s student database
  • Initiate reports and report structures for international students from a variety of databases as needed
  • Process checks and purchase order requests for international student events and programs
  • Create and distribute campus events announcements and promotions, as needed
  • Provide training to student workers who assist staff in international student advising and processing immigration documents

Campus Life – 5%

  • Assist CSE with implementation of other campus life initiatives, co-curricular programs, leadership development activities, and other outreach and education projects that contribute to student success
  • Develop and implement co-curricular programs that address intercultural fluency, global citizenship, and art and design excellence
  • Participate in College committees, task forces, shared governance groups, etc., as appropriate
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director and/or Dean of Students

Physical Demands and Working Environment


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office setting with frequent interruptions and distractions; extended periods of time viewing computer monitor; interactions with other individuals. Due to the nature of the work environment, there is regular exposure to fumes, dust and noise.

Physical: The position is generally sedentary. Employees sit most of the time, but may walk or stand for brief periods of time. Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight (up to 20 pounds); to operate modern office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: Must be able to have the visual capacity to perform activities such as preparing and reading reports, viewing a computer terminal and other normal office work with or without correction.

Hearing: Must be able to communicate effectively in the course of normal office communication or exchange ideas with or without correction.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the employee assigned to this job; they do not purport to describe all functions. Employees may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may be changed from time to time as necessary.


ArtCenter College of Design is committed to excellence through the establishment of a diverse faculty and staff that best represents our student body and its surrounding communities. The College considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Applicants who wish to request an accommodation for a disability may contact the Human Resources Department at (626) 396-2270.