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St. Bonaventure University Coordinator for International Student Services in St. Bonaventure, New York

Coordinator for International Student Services

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Coordinator for International Student Services


St. Bonaventure, NY

Job Type

Full Time



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Advises and supports international students, oversees compliance with federal and institutional policies regarding student immigration, and serves as the university’s Principal Designated School Official (PDSO). Assists with student success and retention initiatives, especially for international students.

Examples of Duties

Maintain F-1 student records in SEVIS and university databases in accordance with SEVP policies and procedures; maintain and update the university’s I-17 documentation in order to prepare for and file for biennial recertification. 25%

Anticipate and proactively respond to international students’ needs; plan and implement programs to assist with transition, culture shock, integration, and belonging. Advise international students to support their academic and personal success. Intervene, in collaboration with other University offices, when concerns about international students arise. Provide holistic advising, support, and programs aimed at contributing to the success, retention, and overall achievements of international students.25%

Coordinate the enrollment and arrival process for international students, helping them obtain and maintain their F-1 status.

  • Instruct admitted students regarding processes, documents and tasks needed to obtain F-1 status;

  • Evaluate financial and immigration-related documents to determine immigration status; create and issue I-20 and related immigration documents.

  • Collaborate with the appropriate university offices (enrollment, orientation, student affairs, etc.) to ensure international students are completing requirements to matriculate successfully.

  • Coordinate the arrival of international students on campus with appropriate university offices (residence life, athletics, orientation, center for student wellness, etc.).

  • Facilitate, in cooperation with appropriate staff, the international student orientation for all new international students.


Act as the primary liaison with government agencies including SEVP, DHS, USCIS, and ICE. 10%

Assist international students with the processes to obtain documents and services while they are in the United States (social security number, driver’s license, etc.), explore student employment options (including CPT and OPT), and change their major, program or degree level. Monitor course registration and satisfactory academic progress.10%

Assist the Admissions and Records offices to identify and maintain institutional student records for international students who are not F-1 students. 5%

Assist students who want to explore, apply, and prepare for semester-long study abroad programs; advertise and explain opportunities offered through partner programs; refer students to faculty-led summer and winter programs as appropriate; coordinate with the Registrar’s Office to evaluate course equivalencies and transfer credit. 5%

Supplemental Functions:

  • Assist with programs and activities sponsored by the Student Success Center

  • Other duties as assigned

Typical Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree required

Two to four years’ experience working with international student populations.

At least two years’ experience working in a student-facing role in higher education setting is required is strongly preferred, especially with international student populations. Familiarity with SEVIS, Slate, and/or Ellucian Colleague preferred.

As mandated by federal restrictions for all P/DSOs, the incumbent must be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States and be able to provide acceptable evidence, as defined by SEVP, of this status.

Driver’s license valid in NYS (ability to transport students in University vehicles) is strongly preferred

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. on an ongoing basis without sponsorship.

Working Conditions / Physical requirements

Standard office environment. Regular exposure to computer monitors and video display screens. Occasional night and weekend availability is required.

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St. Bonaventure University (NY)


3261 West State Road St. Bonaventure, New York, 14778