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  • Title International Student Advisor
  • Department International Student Office
  • Job Type Full Time
  • Available From Oct 10, 2016


Job Title: International Student Advisor                  

Department: International Student Office

Reports to: Associate Director

Position Overview: Work independently and as a member of a team under moderate supervision to advise and support international students regarding immigration status and related matters.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Advise international students on their rights and responsibilities under the law for nonimmigrant status (primarily F-1) to ensure compliance with federal regulations.
  • Serve as the first point of contact for walk-in advisement, phone calls, e-mail and in-person inquiries.
  • Provide comprehensive advisement and counseling on financial, personal, cultural and academic concerns to assist international students successfully adjust to life at SVA.
  • Serve as a Designated School Official (DSO): conduct routine to complex business with U.S. government officials of the Student and Exchange Visitor Program; Citizenship and Immigration Services; Customs and Border Protection and others.
  • Issue the Certificate of Eligibility, I-20 forms (initial, continued attendance, change of educational level, transfer, program extension and shortening program).
  • Review eligibility for employment authorization and process Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT) for F-1 students.
  • Maintain an accurate student file by documenting advisement, and follow other standard record-keeping procedures.
  • Counsel students who are considering an interruption of studies; identify students of concern and make appropriate referrals; monitor progress and conduct follow-ups.
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of International Student Orientation events.
  • Assist with workshops and information sessions; conduct occasional presentations as necessary.
  • Assist with the International Student Office Cultural Partner Program.
  • Assist with implementing cultural activities and events to help international students acclimate to the College community.
  • Work closely with parallel offices on matters relating to international students.
  • Actively participate in staff meetings.
  • Attend professional development and training programs as needed.
  • Handle other routine administrative duties as assigned.


  • Undergraduate degree. 
  • Two-to-three years of related work experience.
  • Accurate data entry and record-keeping skills; meticulous attention to detail.
  • Strong interpersonal communication and customer service skills; must have a strong command of business English.
  • Cross-cultural sensitivity and prior experience living abroad or facility in a second language, preferred.
  • Must be able to work well and develop rapport with individuals of diverse cultures and ethnic groups with varying levels of English proficiency.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, be well-organized and task-oriented, perform effectively under pressure and adapt to changing demands and priorities.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Basic knowledge of current U.S. federal regulations and SEVIS functions pertaining to F-1 nonimmigrant status.
  • Familiarity with Colleague (training will be provided); SEVIS-batch processing software; MS Word, Excel, and social media.
  • Interest and commitment to meeting the needs specific to international students. 
  • U.S. federal regulations require a Designated School Official (DSO) to be a US citizen or lawful permanent resident.


School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City is an established leader and innovator in the education of artists. From its inception in 1947, the faculty has been comprised of professionals working in the arts and art-related fields. SVA provides an environment that nurtures creativity, inventiveness and experimentation, enabling students to develop a strong sense of identity and a clear direction of purpose.


To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected] 

No walk-ins or phone calls please. 

The School of Visual Arts is an equal opportunity employer.

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