Job ID: 136845

Assistant Director (7399U)

University of California Berkeley

  • Jan. 22, 2020
  • Assistant Director (7399U)
  • University of California Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Director
  • Administration - General

Assistant Director (7399U)

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: January 29, 2020.

For full consideration, please submit your application by February 3, 2020.

Departmental Overview

The Berkeley International Office functions to ensure that all visiting international students and scholars have successful academic and personal experiences during their stay at UC-Berkeley. We provide advising on matters related to a wide array of federal regulations, academic procedures, personal adjustment, and career development. We also support a wide array of academic units through visa processing for students, scholars, staff, and faculty.


Under the general supervision of the Director of the Berkeley International Office, this position has responsibility for overseeing and managing the employment based visa program. This includes developing and recommending UC Berkeley campus policies and procedures around all employment based visas - both immigrant and non-immigrant in nature. This position is responsible for overseeing the preparation and submission of petitions for the following non-immigrant visa classifications: H-1B Temporary Worker status, O-1 Status for Non-immigrants of Exceptional Ability, TN (NAFTA) Business Professional status, and E-3 temporary worker for faculty, academic researchers, and professional staff. In addition, this position is responsible for facilitating petitions for permanent residency between campus units and outside counsel. This position instructs and advises campus units and international scholars/employees on compliance with the federal regulations governing these and a number of other nonimmigrant statuses, determining the appropriate status in which to bring international scholars/employees to the University, and resolving difficult immigration-related matters. This position will be full-time and will supervises two full-time staff.
  • Serve as the lead employment based advisor
  • Provide complex analysis and interpretation of U.S. immigration-related laws, regulations, and procedures.
  • Develop and recommend campus policies and procedures related to H-1B, O-1, TN and E-3 temporary nonimmigrant statuses for University of California, Berkeley academic and professional staff employees.
  • Provide advice to the BIO Director in establishing campus policies that insure that the University is in compliance with complex government regulations related to nonimmigrant employment classifications (H-1 B, O-1, TN and E-3 visas).
  • Advise international scholars, employees, faculty and administrative staff on complex and sensitive immigration related matters, including decisions about appropriate immigration status options, maintenance of legal U.S. immigration status, and assistance in resolving individual employees immigration-related problems
  • Assume responsibility for obtaining H-1B, E-3 and TN temporary nonimmigrant statuses for all University of California, Berkeley academic and professional staff employees, based on expert knowledge of a variety of federal immigration laws, regulations, policies and procedures (Department of Homeland Security, Department of Labor, Department of State), and knowledge of University policies.
  • Assume responsibility for facilitating O-1, and permanent resident status for all University of California, Berkeley international academic and research staff employees hired into temporary, or permanent positions, based on knowledge of a variety of federal immigration laws, regulations, policies and procedures (Department of Homeland Security, Department of Labor, Department of state), and knowledge of University policies.
  • Communicates and collaborates with campus units such as Assistant Deans of Schools and Colleges, Berkeley Regional Services, HR, Academic and Staff Personnel on campus policies relating to employment based visa.
  • Communicates and works with officials at the Department of Homeland Security, State Department, Department of Labor (DOL), and other Universities to resolve nonimmigrant employment petition issues and to assist international scholars/employees with problems in maintaining, extending or changing immigration status, entry to the U.S. and other immigration-related matters.
  • Supports efforts to realize office strategic goals.
  • Ensures that the employment based services creates a welcoming environment for our clients.
  • Creates and conducts training and informational workshops for campus administrative staff, international students and scholars/employees.
  • Responsible for creating, modifying and updating instructional and informational materials and forms required for the program.

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree and/or equivalent experience.
  • Knowledge of common, or ability to learn campus-specific and other computer application programs. Analytical/problem-solving skills.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with all levels of staff both verbally and in writing.
  • Strong skills in analyzing and synthesizing large amounts of data for preparing sound and relevant proposals.
  • Ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes.
  • Ability to use discretion and maintain all confidentiality.
  • Knowledge of campus processes, protocols and procedures.
  • Advanced knowledge of complex immigration-related laws, and Department of Homeland Security, Department of Labor, Department of State regulations and procedures.
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of common campus-specific computer applications.
  • Strong analytical/problem-solving skills.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with all levels of staff and influence, both verbally and in writing.
  • Small to mid-level project management skills.
  • Ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes.
  • Ability to use discretion and maintain all confidentiality.
  • Ability to effectively supervise staff.

Salary & Benefits

Annual Salary Range: $75,400.00 - $95,000.00

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Your application should include a cover letter, a detailed resume, and the name and contact information of three references. For help submitting an application online, please contact Berkeley Regional Services - HR/APS at: Telephone: (510) 664-9000, Option 3 or via California relay service: 1-800-735-2929.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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