International Student and Scholar Advisor

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Work type: Staff
Location: Sacramento
Categories: Unit 4 - APC - Academic Professionals of California, Probationary, Full Time, Student Services, Telecommute eligible (work onsite as scheduled and/or as requested and telecommute as scheduled)

Working Title: International Student and Scholar Advisor

Classification Title: Student Services Professional II

Posting Details 

Priority Application Date (Posting will remain open until filled): Sunday, February 25, 2024 @ 11:55pm PT

Hiring Preference
Not Applicable 

Position Summary

Under the general direction of the Director of International Programs and Global Engagement, the International Student and Scholar Advisor supports the coordination of services delivered to international students and scholars.

The International Student and Scholar Advisor assists F-1 students as a Designated School Official (DSO) with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) post admission/pre-arrival, during studies, and after graduation in all aspects of university life including academic/ personal advising, employment options, immigration reporting and processing, and federal agency requirements (SSA, DMV, IRS) to ensure F-1 students maintain their immigration status in accord with DHS and Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) rules and regulations.

The International Student and Scholar Advisor is responsible for assisting with the administration of the J Visa Exchange/Non-degree program for the university. This program allows students to attend the university for 1-2 semesters on partner university one-to-one exchanges and CSU system-wide International Program exchanges. Students from non-partner universities can also study on the general Non-Degree Student Program. These duties include serving as the primary J visa Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO); advising students on federal government, state, and CSU policies and procedures; and serving as liaison with staff and faculty of partner universities, government agencies, embassies and consulates. The International Student and Scholar Advisor is responsible for assisting J-1 students in maintaining their immigration status and ensuring the university remains in compliance with SEVIS and US Department of State regulations.

The International Student and Scholar Advisor assists in the operation of the International Research Scholar Program. Duties include liaising with Academic Affairs, department chairs, school deans, faculty, administrative and services offices and the US State Department. The International Student and Scholar Advisor supports advising international faculty scholars on J visa immigration regulations, university policies and procedures, services, and personal problems; and advising academic departments and faculty regarding immigration policies as they pertain to international scholars.

Because the incumbent serves as advisor to matriculating students on F-1 visas, as well as all incoming J-1 students and scholars (J-2 dependents), it is imperative for the International Student and Scholar Advisor to have a working knowledge of federal government immigration policies pertaining to Student Exchange and Visitor Information System (SEVIS), F and J visa immigration regulations, and procedures for the issuance of appropriate Certificate of Eligibility for Non-immigrant Status (I-20s) and Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J1 status, DS-2019s) in order to independently research, interpret and implement the complex immigration regulations, which pertain to F and J visa programs.

FLSA: Exempt (not eligible for overtime compensation)

Anticipated Hiring Range: $4,610 per month - $6,300 per month commensurate with candidate's education, experience, and training

CSU Classification Salary Range: $4,610 per month - $6,556 per month

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Salary Grade/Range: 1

Recruitment TypeRegular (Probationary)

Time BaseFull-Time

Pay Plan12 months 

Work Hours: Monday - Friday; 8am - 5pm

Department Information 

International Programs & Global Engagement (IPGE) is a home away from home for international students and aspires to provide meaningful and purposeful global opportunities for students working with faculty and staff across the University. The IPGE will be a recognized leader in supporting the University’s mission, vision and values through global engagement.

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Minimum Qualifications 

Knowledge and Abilities:

Working knowledge of the practices, procedures and activities of the program to which assigned; general knowledge of the methods and problems of organizational and program management. General knowledge of research and interview techniques; and of the principles of individual and group behavior.

Ability to interpret and apply program rules and regulations; use initiative and resourcefulness in planning work assignments and in implementing long-range program improvements; obtain factual and interpretative information through interviews; reason logically; collect, compile, analyze and evaluate data and make verbal or written presentations based on these data; advise students individually and in groups on routine matters where required; recognize multicultural, multi-gendered and multi-aged value systems and work accordingly; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with faculty, CSU administrators, student organizations, private and public agencies and others in committee work, and student advising and community contacts; and, rapidly acquire a general knowledge of the overall operation, functions and programs of the campus to which assigned. Demonstrated ability to make decisions and carry through actions having implications with regard to other program or service areas Services Office.

Possession of these knowledge and abilities typically is demonstrated through the Experience requirements below.


Possession of these knowledge and abilities is typically demonstrated through the equivalent of two years of professional experience in one of the student services program areas or in a related field; experience should give evidence of competence and indicate the potential for further growth. A master’s degree in a job-related field may be substituted for one year of the professional experience.


Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university in one of the behavioral sciences, public or business administration or a job-related field. Additional specialized experience during which the applicant has acquired and successfully applied the knowledge and abilities shown above may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.

Required Qualifications 


  1. Experience advising international students and scholars.
  2. Experience interpreting complex issues and managing records and data.


  1. Knowledge of U.S. and non-U.S. educational systems, curriculum, admissions policies, and academic programs.
  2. Working knowledge of international student and scholar services.
  3. Knowledge of and ability to interpret complex policies, regulations, and procedures related to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), US Department of State, and the Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) as it relates to F/J visa holders.
  4. Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural skills
  5. Strong verbal and written communication skills
  6. Strong organizational skills
  7. Proficiency using standard office software (e.g. Microsoft Office Suite)
  8. Ability to effectively interact with ethnically and culturally diverse individuals and groups
  9. Ability to handle sensitive information and situations
  10. Ability to translate courses, units and grading systems between educational systems.
  11. Ability to meet the requirements per government regulations for Designated School Official (DSO) and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO), e.g. possession of US citizenship or US legal permanent resident status
  12. Commitment to maintaining a welcoming and inclusive work environment with diverse colleagues and constituents including faculty, students, staff, and members of the community.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Ability to successfully pass a background check.

Preferred Qualifications 

  1. Master’s degree in a job-related field (such as education, business administration or social science)
  2. Experience living/studying abroad
  3. Working knowledge of one or more foreign languages
  4. Familiarity with California State University, Sacramento international student admission policies and academic programs.
Documents Needed to Apply
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

Failure to upload required documentation, may result in disqualification.

About Sacramento State

Sacramento State is located in the heart of California’s capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State is a Hispanic and AANAPISI serving institution with about 31,000 students coming not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1,800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission:

“As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students to lead, serve, and succeed. Sacramento State will be a welcoming, caring, and inclusive leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sacramento State is dedicated to learning and student success; teaching, research, scholarship and creative activity; justice, diversity, equity and inclusion; resource development and sustainability; dedicated community engagement, and wellness and safety.

As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued.  Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning. 

To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.

Equal Employment Opportunity
California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States.

It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit

The University is committed to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. For more information on mandatory training for new employees, visit

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Fire Safety Right-To-know Act Notification:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is available for viewing at
The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.

Background Check Disclaimer

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position.

COVID19 Vaccination Policy

Effective May 2023, per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is strongly recommended that all California State University, Sacramento employees who are accessing office and campus facilities follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications. 

Out of State Employment

Sacramento State University, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees (up)on date of hire to reside in the State of California.

As of January 1, 2022 the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.

Eligibility Verification

Candidate must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. California State University, Sacramento is not a sponsoring agency for staff and management positions (ie. H-1-B Visa).

Note to Applicants:

Possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview unless required by collective bargaining agreement.

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