Position Information

Position Information

Position Number 32560
Type of Recruitment External
Position Summary

This position is responsible for creating and delivering pre-arrival services to newly admitted international students. These services include developing an online pre-arrival orientation; advising students during their transition to the university on immigration, academic and university requirements; reviewing students’ academic, admission and financial documents to coordinate the processing of appropriate immigration documents; collaborating with departments across campus to assist students’ arrival to the US and communicating the arrival process to students. This position serves as a DSO and an ARO and is responsible for maintaining up to date knowledge of appropriate federal regulatory procedures and requirements and applying these to university processes.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree.
One year experience advising international students at the higher education level.
US citizenship or Permanent Residency is required per Department of Homeland Security regulations.
Demonstrated understanding of F-1 immigration regulations.
Terra Dotta experience or demonstrated ability to learn and apply new technology and software to position requirements.
Demonstrated organizational and communication skills, both written and verbal, particularly in a cross-cultural environment.
Ability to work in a busy, cross-cultural setting maintaining accuracy and attention to detail.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in International Education, Educational Leadership, Student Affairs or related field.
Two years experience as an international student advisor and working with SEVIS.
One year experience studying or working abroad.
Competency in a foreign language.
Experience creating and delivering orientation programs or related academic programming at the university level.
Experience working with Terra Dotta or other batch related immigration software.

Duties & Responsibilities

Responsible for determining eligibility for and the issuance of initial immigration documents for newly admitted international students.
Ensure university and federal policies are upheld when issuing documents to maintain compliance with DHS regulations.
Review international student requests and issue appropriate documents in a timely manner.
Plan, create and maintain new international student pre-arrival orientation for delivery through the Terra Dotta software system.
Develop and maintain pre-arrival communication with students to assist in matriculation to the university.
Advise students on F-1 transfer or immigration matters (as appropriate), visa attainment, university policy and arrival processes.
Responsible for maintaining up to date knowledge of ever changing federal regulations related to international students and scholars.
Deliver face-to-face and online services to an international community of students and scholars.

Supervision Exercised


Message to Applicants

You must submit an on-line application in order to be considered as an applicant for this position.

Cover letters may be addressed to the Hiring Committee.

Employee Group Professional & Administrative -Salary
Staff Pay Level<br><br><a href=
Pay Range $32,000 - $42,000
Division Academic Affairs
Department International Affairs
Position Status Regular
Position End Date
Employment Status Full-Time
FTE 1.0
Position Type 12 month
Weekly Work Schedule Monday - Friday, 8:00a.m.- 5:00p.m.; evenings and weekends as required
At Will? No
Location Mount Pleasant, MI
About the Department
About CMU

Founded 125 years ago, Central Michigan University is a major, national university with 26,000 students, more than 30 remote locations in the U.S. and Canada, and 225,000 alumni worldwide.

CMU offers more than 200 academic programs at the undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral levels. Academic excellence is found in programs considered among the best in the nation, such as engineering, information systems, neuroscience, physician assistant, physical therapy, sales, logistics, fashion merchandising and design, advertising, marketing, public relations, and broadcasting. Central has been a pioneer in extended learning for nearly 50 years, and its online programs for undergraduates and the military, as well as its online MBA and online graduate education for teachers and school leaders, are nationally ranked.

Central Michigan University expands its academics with immersive, hands-on opportunities such as research, volunteering, study abroad, internships and leadership experiences.

The fourth-largest university in Michigan began with the mission of addressing a demand for teachers prepared and qualified to lead classrooms and educate future generations. That commitment to fulfilling unmet needs continues today through many newer programs, including our College of Medicine, which in May 2017 graduated its first class of doctors dedicated to serving medically underserved communities.

Employees have access to fitness facilities and a nationally recognized wellness program as well as health care and benefits that exceed regional, state and national norms.

With student-athletes who are expected to perform equally well in the classroom and on the field, CMU is a member of the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference. CMU Athletics regularly earns accolades for student excellence in the classroom (almost 30 percent of our students were honored in spring 2017 for GPAs of 3.5 or higher) and on the field, with frequent men’s and women’s championship seasons in sports such as football, basketball, gymnastics, field hockey, soccer, baseball and softball, and wrestling.

Central is located in a quaint, tight-knit community in the heart of central lower Michigan. Our community offers a robust mix of outdoor opportunities, family attractions. and restaurants and brew pubs. Mount Pleasant’s small-town life is complemented by cultural activities on campus, including concerts, plays and guest speakers. Mount Pleasant is an hour or two from most Michigan destination spots, including Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Ann Arbor, as well as the state’s sunset beaches, golf and ski resorts, and our famous “Up North” communities, state parks and lakes.

EEO Statement

CMU, an AA/EO institution, strongly and actively strives to increase diversity and provide equal opportunity within its community. CMU does not discriminate against persons based on age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religion, sex, sex-based stereotypes, sexual orientation, transgender status, veteran status, or weight (see

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Posting Begins 03/04/2018
Posting Ends
Open Until Filled Yes

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Are you a U.S. citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident as required per Department of Homeland Security regulations to serve as a Designated School Official?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have an understanding of F-1 immigration regulations and are able to demonstrate your understanding?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have a minimum of 1 year experience advising international students?
    • yes
    • no
  4. * Have you completed a Bachelor's degree or higher?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * How did you learn of this vacancy? Please indicate the specific source by title (i.e., CMU website,, Higher Education Recruitment Consortium, The Chronicle, specific professional association, specific list serv, etc.):

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Are you currently an internal employee of CMU according to the <a href="">university's definition</a>?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * If yes, to which employee group do you belong? (If not applicable, select "Not Applicable").
    • Not Applicable
    • Office Professional
    • P&A, SO or Faculty
    • Public Broadcasting
    • Police
    • Service Maintenance
    • Supervisory/Technical

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Recommendation Letters
  2. List of References