Immigration Specialist

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Position type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass President's Office
Campus Location: Westborough
Department: PO-General Counsel
Categories: Legal Affairs
Advertised: Eastern Standard Time
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Job Summary:

Under the direction of the Office of General Counsel (“OGC”) immigration attorneys, coordinate and perform numerous and varied highly confidential and complex duties concerning the University’s immigration matters. 

This is a hybrid position, working two days per week onsite in Westborough MA.

Essential Functions:

  • Assist OGC immigration attorneys in the preparation and filing of employment-based immigration petitions with appropriate government agencies.
  • Work with campus partners to develop Sunapsis web-based services and database technology to enhance visa processing, internal communication, and improve overall efficiency of the immigration support function.
  • Collaborate with University IT Services (UITS) to implement Sunapsis employment-based/HR functionality based on business need, develop electronic service production, and maintain database integrity.
  • Monitor EB immigration casework through Sunapsis alerts, queries, eForms, templates, etc. Prepare and monitor data for compliance, case management tracking, and institutional reporting.
  • Assist in documentation of business improvements for EB immigration processing system, and maintain and push forward multiple projects.
  • Work collaboratively on various compliance program initiatives. 
  • Excellent written and oral communication with University partners and employees
  • General administrative support duties.
  • Submit or assist in travel and other expenses for attorneys.
  • Arrange out-of-state travel.
  • Assist with matter assignments and data reports from OGC portal.
  • Review incoming mail, faxes, telephone calls and/or other communications for appropriate handling.
  • General administrative support duties for OGC.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience):

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent.
  • Exceptional working knowledge of Sunapsis.
  • Experience processing employment-based immigration petitions and related filings, including H-1B Petitions.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel and Power Point), proficient in legal data management software, preferably Salesforce.
  • Excellent computer skills including learning new technologies with minimum training.
  • Experience documenting process improvements with accuracy and detail.
  • Strong organizational and written skills with ability to present complex information in a clear and effective manner.
  • Ability to multi-task, work collaboratively with various institutional partners, and manage complex system-wide projects.
  • Sound analytical thinking and resourcefulness when identifying, analyzing and solving problems.

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience):

  • Understanding of the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).
  • Experience with the Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).
  • Experience with SQL, queries, and large data review.
  • Experience working in a higher education environment or law firm.
  • Experience delivering client services in a large and diverse organizational setting with a high level of customer satisfaction.

Working Conditions:

Standard office workplace, located in Westborough, with hybrid schedule (two days per week on-site) as directed by the General Counsel; travel by car as necessary to University campuses in Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell and Worcester, Massachusetts state and federal courts, Massachusetts administrative agencies, and other in-state locations.

Additional Details:

Salary commensurate with experience up to $78,000.

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The University of Massachusetts is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class.