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University of Michigan-Dearborn

We are proud of our 50+ year history:  UM-Dearborn was first created as the Dearborn Center of the University of Michigan in 1959.  Ford Motor Company gave the University of Michigan approximately 200 acres, including beautiful grounds along the Rouge River in Dearborn, as well as $6 million to build the campus’ first four buildings.  The campus was initially established with an emphasis on cooperative education. In 1971, it became a four-year undergraduate school, with some master’s level graduate programs.  Since then, the campus has experienced steady growth in both enrollment and in range of programming to include undergraduate, graduate and doctoral-level programs. UM-Dearborn is among the top-tier comprehensive public universities in the Midwest with approximately 9,250 students, outstanding faculty and staff, and beautiful facilities and grounds.

Summary

The Director of International Affairs is responsible for the strategic direction and operations of the Office of International Affairs (OIA) and English Language Proficiency Program (ELPP).  In addition, the director works in liaison with various departments, constituents, and student organizations to meet the needs of international students and scholars; oversight and administers all aspects of immigration-related services including documentation and record-keeping for employment-based immigrants, H-1, J-1, B1/B2, TN and WB personnel and scholars. Oversees all matters of F-1, H-1, B1/B2 and J-1 immigration, health insurance, cultural, and academic adjustment issues; acts as an advocate for international education in the campus community.

Responsibilities*

  • Develop, monitor and make necessary adjustments to the recruitment efforts of undergraduate admissions and ELPP students 
  • Serve as Principal Designated School Official (PDSO) and Responsible Officer (RO) for authorized visa programs    
  • Oversee and manage the budgets for OIA and ELPP
  • Oversee the maintenance of records which comply with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of State (DOS) specifications for F and J visa holders 
  • Maintain student records for the Student & Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), while ensuring compliance with complex government regulations and requirements
  • Interpret immigration regulations governing the F and J, and all other nonimmigrant visa types 
  • Provide immigration advising primarily to F and J students, as well as advice on academic, financial and personal matters 
  • Monitor regulatory updates and apply necessary changes to operations, forms, and advising practices to maintain compliance 
  • Respond to communications related to immigration processes and transactions from academic units, other campus departments, students, government agencies, and the community at large 
  • Oversee the development of workshops and information sessions regarding international issues facing U of M Dearborn students, and if applicable, faculty and staff, in collaboration with other departments in EMSL and across campus 
  • Coordinate the development, implementation, and review of immigration policies and procedures for International Students
  • Ensure compliance with DHS regulations by understanding and adhering to SEVIS and SEVIS II reporting requirements related to international student records
  • Oversee the coordination the necessary training, adopt the applicable institutional policies and implementation, with support from the Information Technology, of the SEVIS system 
  • Approve and process immigration documents related to passports, visas, employment authorization, changes in legal status, and transfers to and from other academic institutions
  • Oversee International orientation programs and pre-enrollment services for all international students
  • In collaboration with Admissions and Orientation and the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, oversee the planning, writing, editing and publication of brochures, flyers, email announcements and content of the OIA and ELPP website
  • In collaboration with Student Engagement and other applicable departments, assist with the design and implementation of educational and social programs to increase international awareness both on campus and in the community
  • Collaborate with the Office of Institutional Advancement with cultivating our international alumni population as possible donors, and engaging them to become active in the alumni community
  • Serve as Staff Advisor to the International Student Association, as necessary

Required Qualifications*

  • A master’s degree is required
  • A minimum of 7+ years of progressive experience as an International scholars/advisor at a college/university or equivalent
  • Recruitment of international students experience
  • Excellent leadership and managerial skills
  • Excellent financial and budgeting skills
  • Extensive knowledge with SEVP regulations
  • Excellent communication both verbal and written
  • Demonstrated organizational, and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of Ellucian Banner, Perspectives and Immigrations system is preferred

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.