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Operations Specialist, International Students and Scholars Services Office

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Work type: Full Time
Location: Troy, NY
Categories: Staff, Administrative Support

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Job Summary

The Operations Specialist provides operational support for, oversees the day-to-day operations of, and serves as the first point of contact for the office of International Services for Students and Scholars (ISSS), and provides secondary support to the Office of International Programs (OIP). The Specialist also provides triage of student immigration issues and handles multiple issues and concerns as they arise from students, staff, faculty, administrative offices and, on occasion, parents and families.

Minimum Qualifications

High School/Equivalent and three or more years of experience in a related setting.

Relevant combinations of education, training and experience may be considered.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in Higher Education processes related to international services, students, and scholars. 

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

• Proficiency with MS Office (word, excel, access, outlook)
• Ability to prioritize work
• Excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills
• Must possess the skills necessary to deliver exemplary customer service
• Ability to work with a diverse community and create an inclusive environment
• Ability to handle several tasks simultaneously
• Must be able to work well under pressure in a fast-paced office

Preferred Knowledge, Skill, and Abilities

• Knowledge of BANNER, OSCAR, and OBIEE software
• Basic understanding of F-1 and J-1 nonimmigrant visa regulations
• Knowledge of SEVIS and/or Terra Dotta Software (or similar tracking software)


Business Hours: Monday - Friday


No travel


No Driving

Starting Salary/Rate

Expected hiring range: $19.00 - $21.92 / hr

Pay transparency disclosure: The selected candidate’s salary will be determined based on factors that include the available budget, internal equity, and the final candidate’s qualifications, experience, education and other job-related credentials. This hiring range is provided as Rensselaer’s good faith estimate of the expected hiring range at the time of posting.

Application instructions

Follow the on-screen prompts to create a brief online profile. Please be ready to upload your resume and cover letter.

If you need assistance with the online application process, please contact

Job Posted Date

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Culture of Safety at Rensselaer

Rensselaer is committed to providing a safe and healthy living, learning, and working environment for its faculty, staff and students.  As such, we strongly recommend that faculty, staff and students obtain a COVID-19 vaccination and remain current with available boosters to protect themselves, as well as to protect vulnerable members of the community.

Total Compensation and Benefits Information

Rensselaer’s Total Compensation Program is designed to provide stable pay growth, a comprehensive and affordable benefits package, and a comprehensive and affordable retiree medical and prescription plan. Rensselaer is recognized locally and nationally for the depth and breadth of its compensation and benefits program. Our goal is to provide you and your family with a comprehensive health and welfare program as an umbrella of financial security and protection during your employment. For more information, please visit Benefits | Human Resources (

We welcome candidates who will bring diverse cultural, ethnic, national and international perspectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, Race/Gender/Veterans/Disability Employer.




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