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International Student and Scholar Advisor

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Work type: Staff Full-time
Location: UMBC Campus
Categories: Administrative/Professional, International Education Services


The Center for Global Engagement facilitates education abroad, immigration services, intensive English instruction, international partnerships and related functions that empower UMBC to extend beyond borders. 

Position Overview:

The International Student and Scholar Advisor will directly support international students and scholars at UMBC by providing counsel to and being an advocate for international students and scholars before, during and after their time at UMBC.

Why Work at UMBC?

UMBC offers competitive compensation. This role starts at $52,000 and has over 4 weeks of vacation for regular full time roles. Tuition remission is also available.

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A hybrid telework schedule may be available.


The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) in the Center for Global Engagement(CGE) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) seeks an International Student and Scholar Advisor to join its team. The CGE coordinates education abroad, immigration services, international partnerships, international student recruitment and related functions that empower UMBC to extend beyond borders. This position will directly support international students and scholars at UMBC by providing advice and counsel to international students and scholars before, during and after their time at UMBC. This position will serve as an advocate and ally for the needs and interests of the international student and scholar community by fostering strong and collaborative relationships with key campus and community stakeholders. This position reports directly to the Assistant Director of International Student and Scholar Services.

Specific Responsibilities include: 

  • Serving as a Designated School Official (DSO) of the university’s F-1 international student program and ensuring student and university compliance with Department of Homeland Security regulations.
  • Serving as an Alternate Responsible Office (ARO) of the university’s J-1 Exchange Visitor Program, by providing advising and support to students and scholars in all J-1 Exchange Visitor categories.
  • Maintaining individual immigration records in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) database and UMBC’s immigration case management system.
  • Working with international scholars in H-1B, TN and other employment-based statuses.
  • Maintaining an accurate and up-to-date knowledge of immigration regulations and procedures in the F, J, and H-1B categories.
  • Facilitating and supporting a variety of programming in collaboration with campus and community partners designed to ensure a successful transition to UMBC and to support retention of international students and scholars.
  • Supporting international student enrollment by working with international students through recruitment and yield.
  • Serving on various campus committees and working groups.
  • Supporting strategic initiatives, special projects, and reporting within both the ISSS team and the CGE.
Required Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree 
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and as a member of a team
  • Interest in working effectively with people from different cultural, academic, ethnic and linguistic backgrounds
  • Eligibility to receive approval from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to serve as Designated School Official and approval from the U.S. Department of State to serve as an Alternate Responsible Officer (requires U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residence)
Preferred Qualifications: 
  • Master's Degree
  • Previous experience as a Designated School Official/Principal Designated School Official and/or Alternate Responsible Officer/Responsible Officer
Background Screening Statement:

A background check will be required. 

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Upload a cover letter and a resume.  

Closing Date: For best consideration, apply by April 10, 2024. Position is open until filled. 

UMBC offers a rich benefits package.

Regular and grant funded regular positions (Full benefits summary click here):

Generous Leave which includes accruing:

  • 22 Days of Annual Leave  
  • 15 Days of Sick Leave  
  • 15 Holidays
  • 3 Personal Days

Tuition Remission:

  • 8 credit hours per semester
  • Tuition remission at UMBC for eligible dependents after two years of FT employment

Additional Benefits:

  • Life and disability insurance
  • Retirement plans (including the choice of joining the pension plan)
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Wellness opportunities
  • & Much more

Contingent II positions may include some benefits

Benefits offered align with type (Regular, Contingent II, etc.) of position. 

Salary: Salary starts at $52,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Hours: Full-time
Type: Contractual - Contingent II 
Additional Information: Please note that this is a full-time contractual staff position. The contract term will be for a one-year period, with the option to renew.
FLSA Status: Exempt
 Equal Opportunity Statement: UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, minority group members, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Title IX: As an institution that receives federal financial assistance, UMBC adheres to Title IX and does not discriminate on the basis of sex. For more information about Title IX and contact information for Title IX Coordinator click here.   


If you require a reasonable accommodation for a disability for any part of the employment process, please contact the Human Resources Department at 410-455-2337 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Work Authorization:  As required by the 1986 Immigration Act, be prepared to present acceptable documentation upon hire showing your identity and that you are a U.S. citizen or an alien who is authorized to work.

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Applications close: Open Until Filled

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