The Managing Director provides collaborative leadership for Immigration Compliance & Services (ICS) team members, international employees, hiring departments, and university officers by creating a cohesive vision and exemplary services for international faculty and scholars at the university.
ICS serves all TTUHSC campuses (Lubbock, Odessa/Midland (Permian Basin), Amarillo, Abilene and Dallas). ICS files TTUHSC sponsored non-immigrant and immigrant visa petitions; provides employment immigration counseling; serves as the point of contact on immigration-related matters with federal and state agencies, and ensures Form I-9 and E-Verify compliance.
Our team members consistently live our vision and mission at TTUHSC through our Values:
ONE TEAM Unite and include diverse perspectives to achieve our mission
KINDHEARTED Exceed expectations with a kind heart, helping hands and a positive
INTEGRITY Be honorable and trustworthy even when no one is looking
VISIONARY Nurture innovative ideas, bold explorations and a pioneering spirit
BEYOND SERVICE Create and deliver positive defining moments.
Immigration Team Leadership and Administrative Management
Direct and manage immigrant and non-immigrant caseload for TTUHSC by providing guidance and advice in planning and determining the appropriate immigration procedure for foreign national faculty, scholars, and staff.
Oversee immigration petition caseload to ensure petitions are filed in a timely manner with a high level of accuracy and expertise.
Recruit, hire and train new staff members; conduct annual performance evaluations and foster career growth of team members.
Maintain expertise of federal regulations, processes, and procedures as they pertain to advising international faculty and scholars.
Guide staff through the processing of all immigrant and nonimmigrant petitions.
Provide training on international employment matters to faculty and staff.
Establish hiring department’s intent in proposing employment and developing a specific strategy for each case based on the particular facts and circumstances.
Oversee immigration services and processes pertinent to advising international faculty and scholars on U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of State immigration regulations and university procedures. Services include preparing and submitting complex immigration petitions including H-1B, E-3, O-1, and TN visa statuses; managing, preparing, and submitting I-140 petitions for employment-based permanent residency; and responding to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services requests for evidence.
Serve as Department of State Officer (ARO) for the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program.
Assist with the preparation of I-9 and E-Verify cases for international employees.
Provide expertise and guidance to team and external partners regarding regulatory changes and effect on institutional policy and practices.
Serve as a resource to team in handling complex immigration advising issues.
Develop resources and procedural materials for staff as needed.
Direct the maintenance of records of all immigration proceedings for each foreign faculty, scholar, and staff member.
Ensure compliance with Department of Homeland Security, Department of Labor, and Department of State rules and regulations.
Ensure adherence and accuracy in record-keeping, reporting requirements, and petition processing utilizing university technology.
In coordination with the Managing Director, recommend and develop policies and procedures to maintain compliance with applicable university, state, and federal rules and regulations related to international faculty and scholars.
Maintain frequent interaction with immigration agencies and other external agencies to advocate for international faculty and scholars.
Analyze critical cases and responds to government requests for evidence and other agencies inquiries.
Maintain current knowledge of applicable Federal, State, and University regulations as it relates to the employment of foreign nationals and their immigration status.
University Outreach and Support
Cultivate and maintain positive working relationships with university administrative and academic units to coordinate the delivery of services in support of international faculty and scholars.
Provide support to university departments on sensitive matters involving international faculty and scholars (e.g. employment matters that affect immigration status, crisis situations, etc.).
Coordinate programs and workshops for academic and administrative departments to increase their proficiency in working with international faculty and scholars.
Attend campus meetings to represent ICS and international faculty/scholar interests.
Oversee electronic information and publications including communication targeted to international faculty and scholars and department contacts.
Perform duties as necessary as a member of the Office of Institutional Compliance.
Bachelor's degree required; master's preferred. Seven years progressively responsible management experience required. Education beyond bachelor's level may substitute for required experience on a year-for-year basis.
JD or other advanced degree with significant experience in higher
Record of progressively responsible experience working with international faculty and scholar advising services in higher education.
Excellent written and oral communication skills including cross-cultural communication.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical policies and procedures manuals.
Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from employees and managers as well as groups of employees within the organization.
Ability to use sound judgement and apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
Knowledge of immigration law in an educational and/or healthcare setting.
Recommendation/Referral, Other Documents Supporting Qualifications
Compensation is commensurate upon the qualifications of the individual selected and budgetary guidelines of the hiring department, as well as the institutional pay plan. For additional information, please reference the institutional pay plan on the Human Resources webpage.
As an EEO/AA employer, the Texas Tech University System and its components will not discriminate in our employment practices based on an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or status as a protected veteran.
About Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Welcome to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (http://www.ttuhsc.edu/) where a dedication to strong values, education, patient care and research has made an impact on the health of West Texas and beyond for almost 50 years. We meet the health care needs of more than 2.5 million people who live throughout a vast 108-county area stretching from the Texas Panhandle south to the Permian Basin and west into eastern New Mexico.
We have established ourselves as a leader in education and patient care and are building a top-ranked research environment with significant studies underway in areas such as aging, cancer, reproduction, genetic diseases and rural health.
The AAMC has ranked Texas Tech #1 in faculty satisfaction (Promotion & Tenure Transparency, and Women's satisfaction in the workplace)
Top 10% in the U.S. for diversity
TTUHSC Graduating Medical students are in the top 15%
Clinical Research institute available to faculty-Biostatisticians, research nurses, etc.
Collaboration with two local hospitals, including a Children's Hospital
About Lubbock, TX
Lubbock, Texas (https://www.visitlubbock.org/) is a city in, and the county seat of, Lubbock County, Texas. The city is located in the northwestern part of the state. The Lubbock metro population is 318,679 with a catchment area of over 1.2 million.
Lubbock is a growing educational, commercial, medical and cultural center with a college-town atmosphere. The metropolitan population is in excess of 300K residents of whom 40K+ are Texas Tech students, who live in mild seasonal conditions with an average of 265 days of sunshine per year. Lubbock residents enjoy an easy lifestyle with low housing costs, unique restaurants, bars and boutique shopping, and a drive of less than 25 minutes to anywhere in the city. Lubbock also has great public and private school systems and over 66 public parks, resulting in a very family-friendly atmosphere.
Known as the ‘Hub City’ of West Texas, our diverse economy is based on manufacturing, agriculture, wholesale and retail trade services, as well as government, education and health care. Lubbock is the only city in the nation with a comprehensive university, a health sciences center, an agriculture college and a law school in one location making Texas Tech University the second largest contiguous university campus in the United States.
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About Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
The mission of the Office of Institutional Compliance is to advance an institutional culture of ethics, integrity and compliance with applicable laws, regulations and policies, which govern institutions of higher education through awareness programs, monitoring and responding to non-compliance. Our commitment to compliance involves development of general and special training, policies, and appropriate oversight and monitoring to assist members of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center's community in conducting their activities based upon the highest standards of integrity, confidentiality and excellence through professionalism and teamwork.