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International Advisor

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA497z at by October 24, 2017; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information (optional).

Position Information

Position Information

Department UL - Office of International Programs and Services (OIPS)
Alternate Department Description
Criminal Background Check Standard Background Check
Motor Vehicle Background Check No
Restricted Position?
Job Category Admin or Professional Faculty
Role (State) Job Title International Advisor
Working Title International Advisor
Job Type Full-Time
Position Number FA497z
Recruit Number Faculty - 7168
Working Hours
Location Fairfax
Pay Band
Salary Mid-$40,000s
Web Announcement

International Advisor

The George Mason University Office of International Programs and Services invites applicants from an enthusiastic and energetic individual for an International Advisor position within the office. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.


This position is responsible for advising on federal regulations and nonimmigrant status in the United States; and assisting nonimmigrants sponsored by, or attending, George Mason University to access resources on or off campus to help them reach their academic, professional and personal goals while affiliated with the university. Regulatory advising, certifications, endorsements, and SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Program) actions are undertaken with the goal of ensuring that George Mason University is in full compliance with federal regulations governing nonimmigrant students, scholars and faculty under the university’s sponsorship.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, including full-time professional experience directly related to the responsibilities of the position (working with nonimmigrants on a college campus, advising nonimmigrants on regulatory issues, serving as a DSO [Designated School Official] and/or RO [Responsible Officer], or similar responsibilities);
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, particularly in explaining abstract concepts to nonnative speakers of English;
  • Effective cross-cultural and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to use discretion and maintain confidentiality in accordance with federal law and university policy;
  • Ability to research and analyze complex federal regulations and apply them to specific cases involving nonimmigrants in a higher education setting;
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills, including the ability to balance multiple priorities and adapt to changing demands;
  • Ability to work independently as well as to collaborate successfully in a team setting;
  • Excellent work habits—including timeliness, reliability in meeting deadlines, strong interpersonal communication with colleagues and supervisors, and effective stewardship of time and resources;
  • Ability and willingness to perform job responsibilities outside of normal working hours when required to achieve service goals and performance objectives; and
  • U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residence (required by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as a condition of endorsing documents for nonimmigrant students and scholars).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in international education, student personnel, area studies, or another field related to the responsibilities of the position;
  • At least one year of experience as an F-1 DSO or J-1 RO or Alternate Responsible Officer;
  • Familiarity with cross-cultural communication and adjustment; and
  • Experience living, studying or traveling abroad.
Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA497z at by October 24, 2017; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information (optional).

For Full Consideration, Apply by:
Posting Date 09/27/2017
Job Close Date 10/24/2017
Open Until Filled? No
Telework Friendly? No
Mason Ad Statement

Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report “Up and Coming” spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!

George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition.

Equity Statement

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * This position requires US Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residence. Do you meet this requirement?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you currently possess a Master's degree?
    • Yes
    • No

Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. List of Professional References