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International Student Advisor

Kennesaw State University
Job Location:
Kennesaw, Georgia
International Programs and Services
International Student Advisor

Job ID: 233394
Location: Kennesaw, Georgia
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

About Us
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university's vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 126 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit

Our Kennesaw campus is located at 1000 Chastain Road NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144. Our Marietta campus is located at 1100 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA 30060.

Job Summary
Ensures international students and the university are in compliance with federal rules and regulations for F-1 and J-1 visa holders. Serves as Designated School Official (DSO) and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) for the University and advises on visa, immigration and SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) processes. Works closely with students to provide guidance on visa policies and procedures related to academic standing and university policies.

  • Serves as Designated School Official (DSO) and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) for KSU's F-1 and J-1 programs and as such, advises on a range of issues including immigration, academic matters and life in the US with a primary focus on F-1 student advising
  • Advises the International Student and Scholar Services Office (ISSSO) Director on issues related to SEVIS and visa compliance within ISSSO
  • Creates and participates in ISSSO programming, workshops, and events
  • Liaises with campus partners and departments as assigned and performs outreach collaboration for campus support and local community services
  • Contributes to the development of the office through both short-term and ongoing projects and duties
Required Qualifications
Educational Requirements
Bachelor's from an accredited institution of higher education in International Relations, Foreign Languages & Literatures, or related field

Other Required Qualifications
Must be a US citizen or legal permanent resident per Federal government requirements for SEVIS access

Required Experience
Two (2) years of previous experience in higher education

Preferred Qualifications
Additional Preferred Qualifications
Ability to speak another language
Demonstrated intercultural competency and/or experience working with individuals from other cultures
Knowledge of F and J visa regulations
Knowledge of SEVIS, Sunapsis and related software

Preferred Experience
Experience studying or living abroad

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Able to advise students, faculty/staff and administrators on visa compliance
Able to navigate University systems for student enrollment, payment and retention services
Able to interpret visa requirements as they relate to academic and university policies
Able to handle multiple tasks or projects at one time meeting assigned deadlines

Knowledge of F-1 and J-1 visas
Knowledge of SEVIS visa compliance rules and accompanying tracking and reporting systems

Excellent interpersonal, initiative, teamwork, problem solving, independent judgment, organization, communication (verbal and written), time management, project management and presentation skills
Proficient with computer applications and programs associated with the position (i.e., Microsoft Office suite, SEVIS, Sunapsis)
Strong attention to detail and follow up skills
Strong customer service skills and phone and e-mail etiquette

Equal Employment Opportunity
Kennesaw State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Kennesaw State University to recruit, hire, train, promote and educate persons without regard to age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, national origin race religion, sexual orientation, or status as a protected Veteran. Kennesaw State University is a participant in the Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify) effective October 15, 2007. Participant ID: 61415

Other Information
This is not a supervisory position.
This position does not have any financial responsibilities.
No, this position will not be required to drive.
This role is considered a position of trust.
This position does not require a purchasing card (P-Card).
This position will not travel
This position does not require security clearance.

Background Check
  • Standard Enhanced + Education
Per the University System of Georgia background check policy, all final candidates will be required to consent to a criminal background investigation. Final candidates may be asked to disclose criminal record history during the initial screening process and prior to a conditional offer of employment. Applicants for positions of trust with screening results which confirm a disqualifying criminal history will be immediately disqualified from employment eligibility.

All applicants are required to include professional references as part of their application process. Some positions may require additional job-based screenings such as motor vehicle report, credit check, pre-employment drug screening and/or verification of academic credentials.

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