International Student Coordinator

  • D'Youville College
  • Buffalo, NY, USA
  • Sep 15, 2020
Full time   Admissions/Retention/Enrollment Mgmt. Advising/Counseling/Support Other Administrative Positions

Job Description

International Student Coordinator

The International Student Coordinator provides support services to International students. S/he assists with admission, and works with campus community for orientation. S/he monitors student educational progress, responds to early alerts, and assists students with identifying and utilizing college and community resources that support retention and degree completion.

 International Student Coordinator acts as the Designated School Officer for the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). S/he issues I-20 forms to international students and works with other designated school officers to meet the requirements of federal reporting for international students. S/he serves as the Advisor for the International Student Association. This individual performs additional duties as determined by the Vice President of institutional Effectiveness and Planning specifically for International Program development and partnerships.


  • Provides advising and information to international students and the community regarding D’Youville policies, safety and conduct, housing, health insurance, cultural adjustments, financial matters, program availability and selections, etc.
  • Serve as a Designated School Official (DSO) and assures compliance with DHS rules and regulations.
  • Advises students on their federal, state and local requirements to maintaining their status in the U.S.
  • Works with SEVIS and internal database to issue I-20s, process Registration, address updates, student requests for employment in a timely manner.
  • Monitors SEVIS alerts and communicates with students as required.
  • Processes international admissions applications, enrollments, payments, and I-20s for international student programs.
  • Communicates clearly and effectively with academic units, students, and international representatives regarding the admission process.

Required Qualifications

  • Must serve as a Designated School Official (DSO).
  • Previous experience working with an international student population.
  • Experience advising international students on DHS/DOS rules and regulations.
  • Interpersonal skills, ability to work with diverse populations and understands multicultural competencies
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Accuracy with data entry and maintaining student information
  • Working knowledge of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) regarding F-1, B-1/B-2, WT/WB and J-1/J-2 visas.
  • Working knowledge and experience as a DSO in processing nonimmigrant visa documents and fulfilling SEVIS (Student Exchange Visitor Information System) reporting requirements set by the Department of Homeland Security.

Responsibilities of a DSO

  • Federal law requires DSOs to update and maintain student records in SEVIS.
  • A DSO also helps international students by helping them do things through required processes.
  • Some questions international students may have or should report to a DSO are:
  • Working in the United States.
  • Applying for a driver’s license.
  • Applying for a Social Security number.
  • Changing their major, program or degree level.
  • Changing their education level.
  • Transferring to a new school or taking a leave of absence.
  • Taking a break from school.
  • Traveling outside the United States.
  • Moving to a new address.
  • Changing their name.
  • Requesting a program extension.


  • Experience working with database that communicates with SEVIS system.
  • Possess strong organizational and communication skills. 
  • Proficiency with current MS Office and social networking practices. 
  • Able to represent and promote D’Youville in a competitive environment. 
  • Possess good interpersonal skills as well as a sincere interest in student well-being and success. 
  • Exhibit initiative, resourcefulness, and problem-resolution skills. 
  • Able to exercise sound judgment, tact, courtesy, and dependability. 
  • Familiarity with higher ed, immigration policies and procedures with knowledge of academic departments/culture.

Job Specifications

  • Bachelor’s degree with minimum of one (1) year of practical experience; or equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
  • Designated School Official (DSO) - 1 years preferred
  • Citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the United States

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