Suffolk University International Student & Study Abroad Advisor in Boston, Massachusetts

International Student & Study Abroad Advisor

Professional/AdministrativeBoston, Massachusetts



Suffolk University is seeking qualified applicants to consider for an International Student & Study Abroad Advisor position in the Center for International Programs and Services (CIPS) office.The Center for International Programs and Services (CIPS) is Suffolk University’s central international office. CIPS provides critical support to international students in achieving their educational goals, to adhere to institutional and governmental regulations, and to provide opportunities for students to enhance their career and personal development. In addition, CIPS enriches the undergraduate curriculum by providing all students with diverse educational opportunities, which include faculty-led programs and study abroad. The International Student & Study Abroad Advisor serves as an expert for applicable laws and guidelinesPrimary Responsibilities:

  • Advise students on study abroad procedures.

  • Develop returnee programming and alumni outreach.

  • Advise peer mentors programming in support of study abroad initiatives.

  • Develop procedures to support faculty led programs

  • Organize programming to support international student related to immigrations regulations and cultural adjustment, including international alumni.

  • Serve as the Designated School Official (DSO) and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) to the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of State, respectively.

  • Ensure compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and guidelines pertaining to international students, scholars and their families.

  • Process immigration documents and determine eligibility for immigration benefits including issuance of initial I-20 or DS-2019, employment, and transfer.

  • Develop direct social media and web-based strategies to better communicate policies and procedures to study abroad and international students.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Masters preferred

  • 1-3 years of experience in higher education working with international students

  • Knowledge of immigration law, policies and procedures

  • Working knowledge of SEVIS

  • Demonstrated intercultural communication skills

  • Ability to serve as both a DSO and an ARO (U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident)

  • Strong computer and analytical skills.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Experience with Study Abroad programs in an educational setting.

  • 1-3 years of student advising experience preferred.

  • Experience in living abroad preferred; familiarity with foreign languages and cultures and a broad international outlook.

  • Must be committed to providing the highest level of customer service and responsiveness.

  • Demonstrated experience working in a high volume, deadline oriented customer focused environment.

  • Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team.

  • Must be creative and proactive. Must have ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and handle difficult situations.

  • Standard hours of this position are 8:45am to 4:45 pm, M-F.

Suffolk at a GlanceSuffolk University is a private, comprehensive, urban university located in the heart of downtown Boston. Our college green is the Boston Common. We are steps from dozens of historic sites including the Old State House, Faneuil Hall, and the Massachusetts State House. We have no real boundaries to our campus—Boston and Suffolk blend together.

Since 1906, Suffolk has been committed to creating an exceptional learning experience. Our vision is to be recognized as a dynamic institution that fosters engaged learning, rigorous scholarship, innovative thinking, and community collaboration across disciplines. We will ensure that Suffolk graduates are versatile and prepared for modern society and the new world market. We will provide rich curricula, experiential learning opportunities and professional mentoring through increased collaboration with alumni and community partners. We will recruit, mentor, and support a diverse faculty of teacher-scholars who are passionately committed to preparing our students to be leaders in the global community. We will inspire investment in a Suffolk community that is built on ethical, forward-thinking leadership, teamwork, and cooperation.

Suffolk University is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse community. We are actively seeking applicants from groups that might be under-represented because of race/color, gender, religion, real or perceived disability, national origin or LBGTQ status. See yourself here with our terrific benefits package. Benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Harvard Pilgrim medical/Delta Dental at low employee costs

  • Retirement options including both Standard Retirement Plan (SRP) and Voluntary Tax Deferred Annuity (VTDAP). The University contributes 9% to your SRP when employees contribute 5% after eligibility guidelines have been met.

  • All employees and faculty members who are at least half-time are eligible for the tuition free course benefit in the College of Arts and Sciences and in the Sawyer Business School. There are additional tuition benefits for spouses, domestic partners, and children.

  • Generous time-off program. Vacation accrues monthly. Vacation for part-time employees is pro-rated based on the employees’ regularly scheduled hours. Additional holidays are announced each year and are separate from the employee’s vacation allowance.

  • Pre-tax commuter benefit

  • Discounted home and auto insurance

Suffolk University conducts Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) checks relative to prior criminal convictions and pending cases, as well as Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) checks relative to prior sexual offenses committed as a contingent offer of employment for all positions. Suffolk University requires specific written authorization to conduct background checks. Failure to provide such authorization shall preclude candidates from being hired.Please submit your resume along with a cover letter for the position in which you are applying to.