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International Student Advisor, International Student Services

International Student Advisor, International Student Services

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Institutional Overview:

Located in the historic Back Bay neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts, and having recently merged with the Boston Conservatory of Music, Berklee is the world’s leading educational institution in the instruction of contemporary and classical music, dance, and musical theater. The Berklee community consists of 5,500 talented and diverse students, 820 faculty members, over 600 dedicated staff, and an extended alumni network.


Berklee is committed to being an engaged, culturally inclusive campus and embodies the diversity and enrichment international students contribute to the institution. Its international students comprise approximately 35% of the student population—among the highest percentage of international students of any college/university in the nation.


Departmental Overview:

The Office of International Student Services (ISS) is an integral part of a dynamic Student Enrollment and Engagement division and operates under the Associate Vice President/Dean for Student Advising and Success. ISS serves approximately 2,000 students annually and is planning for significant future growth and diversification. The office provides a wide range of assistance and support to promote the transition and success of Berklee’s international student population. The office and its staff advocate on behalf of international students both within the college and to federal regulatory agencies to ensure that they are afforded every opportunity to complete their educational and professional objectives. ISS promotes a greater understanding and appreciation for all cultures across the institution.


Position Overview:

Reporting to the Associate Director of International Student Services and Principal Designated School Official (PDSO), the International Student Advisor (ISA) serves as a Designated School Official (DSO), and along with the other DSOs, ensures institutional compliance with all federal regulations as well as maintenance of student and campus records through the Student Exchange and Visitor Information System (SEVIS).


The ISA helps international students integrate into the culture in the United States, Boston, and Berklee. The ISA provides advisement and counsel on social, cultural, academic, personal, financial, career, and immigration matters; assists in the planning and execution of international student success programs; and researches and implements best practices for effective service delivery. The ISA collaborates with campus partners to provide a holistic approach to international student success and serves as a resource for students, staff, and faculty with regard to international student support.


The ideal candidate is passionate about helping international students transition to their new life in the United States and supporting them throughout their educational journey at Berklee. We are seeking an enthusiastic professional who takes initiative in implementing new ideas based on their own experiences living/working abroad and serving diverse constituencies. Candidates must be willing and able to work some nights, weekends, and holidays.






  • Serve as Designated School Official/international student advisor and point of contact for ~600 students.
  • Ensure compliant reporting to federal governmental agencies via SEVIS and International Student and Scholar Manager (ISSM) as required by Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
  • Research, interpret, and apply federal and institutional regulations and policies to the specific situations of international students in F-1 non-immigrant status.
  • Cultivate relationships and advise international students in regards to complex issues related to immigration regulations: maintaining lawful status; eligibility for part-time enrollment, vacation semester, Form I-20 (Certificate of F-1 Eligibility) revalidation, program extensions, practical training, campus employment, and other F-1 benefits under DHS regulations.
  • Issue new Form I-20s for authorization and prepare relevant documentation and applications.
  • Maintain integrity of student data in student information systems (Colleague and PowerCampus), and all campus technology platforms.
  • Assist students with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) applications. Prepare supporting documentation for applications such as “change of nonimmigrant status” or “reinstatement.”
  • Consult with other professionals/immigration attorneys when appropriate.
  • Refer students to other staff within the College and to other campus or community resources, as appropriate
  • Advise students on non-immigration matters, including on-campus academic and personal support resources, clubs and organizations on campus, and related academic, logistical, financial, health, travel, and career development issues.
  • Provide consulting services to offices, faculty, and staff with regard to international student issues (e.g., work permission, intercultural topics, etc.).


Student Success Programming 

  • Assist in the facilitation of workshops/informational/educational sessions on cultural- and immigration- related topics.
  • Assist in the planning and delivery of international student orientation for entering international students each semester focusing on their transition to American culture and the academic and cultural expectations of Berklee.
  • Collaborate with international student faculty/advisors to support student needs.


Administrative and Other 

  • Use visual aids and design techniques to create materials (forms, handouts, presentations, etc.) that effectively communicate complicated information to students.
  • Coordinate the maintenance of the Policy and Procedures Manual (web-based) for international advising in conjunction with supervisor.
  • Assist in development and documentation of policies and procedures concerning international students.
  • Oversee system of communications to international students regarding F-1 status: travel guidelines, SEVIS compliance, immigration updates/reminders, etc.
  • Assist with projects within ISS to enhance efficiency and customer service.
  • Recruit, hire, train, and supervise ISS student employees.
  • Serve on College committees and participate in College events.
  • Participate in association/industry committees, regional and national professional meetings (Third Thursdays, NAFSA, etc.) in order to stay current with international student advising policies and practices.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with key partners within and outside of the college.
  • Network with other international student services professionals to ascertain best practices in the field. Understand trends/regulations nationally and internationally that will impact international student recruitment and services.
  • Some weekend and evenings required.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Required Skills
  • Ability to communicate with a diverse student population, especially international students; good listening, assessment, and problem solving skills demonstrated by relevant professional experience.
  • Ability to understand and explain the complexities of college, academic and curricular policy to students, and assist students in implementing their educational plans while maintaining F-1 status.
  • Ability to organize multiple tasks with a high degree of attention to detail. Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including developing creative communication (email, presentation, handouts, etc.) and facilitating large group discussions and presentations for non-native speakers of English.
  • Excellent judgement and ability to deal with difficult situations.
  • Knowledge of advising and counseling techniques, including student mental health and supporting students in navigating and adjusting to cross-cultural differences.
  • High degree of emotional intelligence, including a strong social perceptiveness to be aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Required Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. legal permanent resident as mandated by federal regulations for all DSOs.
  • Previous employment, study, or residence in another country; knowledge of world geography and cultures.
  • Professional or paraprofessional experience at the university/collegiate level, in the field of International Education and/or Student Affairs (Education abroad, International Student Services, Multicultural Affairs, etc.) working directly with students (experience as a graduate assistant may be applied).
  • Demonstrated intercultural competency; commitment to student service and ability to work effectively with students, faculty, and university representatives from diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Experience specifically working with international students and competence in working with students from diverse cultures.
  • Creative, strategic and analytical thinker with the ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends.


Preferred Qualifications 

  • Master’s Degree from a regionally-accredited institution preferably in counseling, student affairs, education, social sciences, international affairs, or a related field.
  • Bilingual in English and another language.
  • Experience working closely with ESL students.
  • Familiarity with higher education systems in other countries.
  • Knowledge of DHS regulations governing F-1 students; knowledge of SEVIS regulations and reporting requirements.
  • Experience with SEVIS, Real-Time Interactive (RTI), and batch reporting systems. Knowledge of ISSM, Colleague, and/or PowerCampus.
  • Experience interpreting federal legislation and policies.


The above information on this position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by individuals within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. Requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” employment relationship. External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case-by-case basis.


*** Application Instructions Specific to this Position ***
Currently enrolled Berklee students may not apply for staff or faculty positions.
Applicants who are both interested and qualified should submit the following materials:
• Cover letter that addresses the applicant’s capabilities and experiences.
• A resume or CV.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. The position will remain open for applications until filled. 


Berklee College of Music is committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths in this area.


Additional perks:
Berklee provides a diverse and inclusive work environment
We all share a universal love for listening to, and creating music
We work on Macs
Great benefits




Job Location
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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ERC Advanced Grant HisTochText / Ingénieur d’Etudes Microscopie

One-year position / Ingénieur d’études sous contrat à durée déterminée

Location: CRC du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, 57 Rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris

Gross monthly salary:  2 305,51 €

The Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE) is a large institution of higher education and research, member of the Comue Paris Sciences et Lettres (PSL), and founding member of the Campus Condorcet project. The EPHE is established on several sites in France and French Polynesia.


1 year contract in the framework of the ERC project “History of the Tocharian texts of the Pelliot collection”. This ERC project focuses on the study of Buddhist culture in the Kucha region of the Tarim Basin (present-day Xinjiang, China) in the second half of the 1st millennium CE. For this purpose, documents in Tocharian and in Sanskrit of the Pelliot Kuchean Collection, held in the French National Library (BNF), will be studied by both historians and linguists and physicochemists.

– Within this large project, the job consists in providing information on the manuscript material constituents in order to enhance the codicological knowledge of these documents and to help classify manuscripts by combining data from studying texts (linguistics, content of texts …) and from scientific results achieved by material analysis. To do this, should be identified: tree species for documents on wooden tablets and fibers for paper documents, using mainly optical and digital microscopy techniques. Digital microscopy could also provide additional information by observing the surface of documents.


– She/He should Identify the materials (wood, paper) constituting the supports of manuscripts by microscopic techniques (optical, digital).

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– She/He should Set up a non-invasive identification and analysis & testing protocol for wood and paper substrates by microscopy.

Analyzes on manuscripts shall be conducted at the BNF (Richelieu site) using transportable equipment (several weeks planned on site). Mission preparation and data processing will be done at the Centre de recherche sur la conservation (CRC) on the site of the Museum national d’histoire naturelle, Paris. At CRC, he / she will work under the responsibility of a research scientist in strong interaction with the various researchers of the laboratory involved in this project.


– She/He should work in Multidisciplinary collaboration with physicochemists and historians specializing in manuscripts studies

– She/He should take part in international meetings

– She/He should write papers on research works



– She/He should have a Good knowledge of plant anatomy and xylology,

– She/He should have a Good working knowledge of English and particularly in the scientific field

– Great interest in studying ancient manuscripts materials would be appreciated


– Good knowledge in the identification of wood species, and possibly of paper fibers

– Strong knowledge or even mastering optical and digital microscopy techniques.

Soft skills

– She/He should be predisposed to working independently  and showing initiative while at the same time working cooperatively within the research team, and collaborative working relationships;

– She/He should be aware of health and safety rules


Initial training in sciences, graduated with a Master degree

With a Specialty in Plant Anatomy

Previous experience in the characterization of ancient manuscripts will be appreciated

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For further information, please contact:

[email protected] ,  +33 1 40 79 53 18


If you want to apply,  please email  your resume and your letter of motivation to :

[email protected] (Principal Investigator)

[email protected] (Project manager)

le[email protected] (Scientific partner – supervisor)

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Masters Scholarships

Māori Electoral Option MA Thesis Scholarship


The scholarship covers stipend of $15,000, plus tuition fees for the thesis component

Tenure of award:

One year

Closing dates for applications:

15 November 2018

Number of awards offered:


History or background of award

An MA Scholarship is available for a thesis in the 2019 academic year, associated with the ‘Big Data Approach to the Problem of Electoral Turnout’, a Marsden-funded research project, under the supervision of Professor Jack Vowles. Taking a ‘big data’ approach, using marked electoral rolls indicating whether or not the 30,000 people sampled cast a vote, this research maps and seeks to explain stability and change in voting and not voting over two general elections and two local elections. The proposed research will analyse movement between the general and Māori rolls during 2018, using both the matched sample and the entire rolls before and after the change.

Purpose of award

Applications are sought from those who are eligible at the time of application, or who will have become eligible at the start of Trimester 2 the following year, to enrol for a Master’s degree by thesis worth 90 points or more. This will either be Part 2 of a two-year, 180 point Master of Political Science (MPols) degree (course code POLS595, 90 points) or a 120 point Master of Arts (MA) thesis in Political Science (course code POLS591).

Selection criteria

* Applicants would normally be expected to have completed a Bachelor’s degree or Honours or Master’s degree Part 1 in political science or an appropriate social science subject demonstrating academic achievement equivalent to a First-Class Honours degree from a New Zealand University.
* Applicants undertaking a 180-point Master’s degree may be eligible for this scholarship provided that they conduct the research under POLS595 (as a 90-point thesis).
* Scholarships will be awarded solely on the basis of academic merit.
* The research will require a willingness to engage with and analyse data, using various methods of quantitative analysis and experience in using statistical methods will be an advantage. Assistance in learning such skills, if required, will be available from the project research assistant in the first half of the year, and throughout from the supervisor.

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How do students apply?

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Decision makers

Professor Jack Vowles, Dr. Matthew Gibbons, Professor Jon Fraenkel.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

Entry into MA or MPols programme

For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact:

Position: The Scholarships Office
Organisation: Victoria University of Wellington
Address: PO Box 600 Wellington 6140 New Zealand
Phone: +64 4 463 5557
E-mail: [email protected]

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Masters Scholarships

Vision Matauranga – Deep South Challenge Masters Scholarship (by Thesis)


Up to $20,000 ($15,000 stipend and a fees contribution of up to $5,000)

Tenure of award:

One year

Closing dates for applications:

15 November 2018

Number of awards offered:


History or background of award

In collaboration with Victoria University, the VISION MĀTAURANGA science programme as part of the Deep South National Science Challenge, is offering two Masters Scholarships. The scholarships have been established to build cross-disciplinary research capability and capacity in global change studies to help meet the emerging demands of increasingly complex social, economic, political and bio-physical system changes facing Māori and wider Aotearoa/New Zealand society. Projects are sought that will contribute to the following four research themes:
Theme 1: Understanding climate change – linkages, pressure points and potential responses
Theme 2: Exploring adaptation options for Māori communities
Theme 3: Assistance to Māori businesses to aid decision-making and long-term sustainability
Theme 4: Products, services and systems derived from mātauranga Māori*
* Includes: Te Reo Māori and Tikanga Māori

Purpose of award

The scholarships have been established to build cross-disciplinary research capability and capacity in global change studies to help meet the emerging demands of increasingly complex social, economic, political and bio-physical system changes brought on by a warming climate facing Māori and wider Aotearoa/New Zealand society.

Applications are sought from those who are eligible at the time of application, or who will have become eligible within six months of notification, to enrol in a Master’s degree by thesis worth 90 points or more. In most cases this will be Part 2 of a two-year Master’s degree.

Selection criteria

Applications are sought from those who are eligible at the time of application, or who will have become eligible within six months of notification, to enrol in a Master’s degree by thesis worth 90 points or more. In most cases this will be Part 2 of a two-year Master’s degree.

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– Applications are invited from New Zealanders of Māori descent
– You must be eligible to undertake an MA or MSc at Victoria University of Wellington
– You must be enrolled in a full-time study
– Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit
– A suitable university supervisor must be agreed prior to acceptance
– Proposed research should be feasible and applicable
– Study must commence within 6 months of receiving this scholarship
Applicants across the physical and social sciences are encouraged to apply.

How do students apply?

Scholarship applicants must contact the School in which they wish to enrol directly so that their research proposal and the feasibility of supervision can be assessed. Enrolling as a Master’s student and applying for a Scholarship are two separate processes. The holding of Scholarship is conditional upon the scholarship recipient gaining enrolment as a Master’s student.
Applicants, other than those who have completed all of their study at Victoria, must include a certified copy of their academic record from other institutions with this application.
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Decision makers

Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit by the Deep South Challenge Kāhui Māori and  the Science Leader for the Vision Mātauranga science programme.

How and when do students learn of the decision?

Once the Selection Committee has made a decision applicants will be notified by email of their results, and any feedback from the Committee. The scholarship will be paid in monthly instalments following completion of a 6-monthly progress report by the student.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

Scholarship recipients will be expected to sign a Postgraduate Scholarship Contract.

Once the period of tenure of a scholarship has commenced, the Scholarships Committee may, at its sole discretion, grant a scholarship recipient a deferment of their scholarship for a period of up-to six months. In most cases such a deferment will coincide with a formal suspension from their enrolment in the Master’s degree.

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A scholarship shall be terminated and the corresponding proportion of the scholarship emolument forfeited, if a scholarship recipient ceases to resume the aforesaid programme of research or advanced study within one month of the last day of the period of deferment.

Scholarship recipients shall be required to devote themselves full-time to their programme of research during the tenure of the scholarship and may not hold a position of employment without the approval of the Scholarships Committee. Approval may be given for scholarship recipients to undertake paid employment (usually tutoring) for up to a maximum of 600 hours in one calendar year.

Each scholarship recipient and his/her principal supervisor shall provide a quarterly progress report to the Scholarships Office six months after the commencement of the scholarship. Where progress is not satisfactory, the matter will be referred to the Scholarships Committee.

The Scholarships Committee may at any time suspend or terminate a scholarship, if the scholarship recipient is not diligently pursuing their programme of research, has violated the University Statute on Conduct, or has failed to comply with any of the terms and conditions on which the scholarship was awarded.

Who else has information about this award?

For more information about this award and the Vision Mātauranga programme of science please contact:
Associate Professor Sandy Morrison
Deep South Challenge Vision Mātauranga Science Leader
Email: [email protected]

For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact:

Position: The Scholarships Office
Organisation: Victoria University of Wellington
Address: PO Box 600 Wellington 6140 New Zealand
Phone: +64 4 463 5557
E-mail: [email protected]

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