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Assistant General Counsel-Immigration

Apply now Job no: 502740
Position Type: Staff
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: General Counsel

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and a world leader in experiential learning. The same commitment to connecting with the world drives our use-inspired research enterprise. The university offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Our campuses in Charlotte, N.C., San Francisco, Seattle, and Toronto are regional platforms for undergraduate and graduate learning and collaborative research. Northeastern pursues advanced research in security and materials at the Innovation Campus in Burlington, Massachusetts, and in coastal sustainability at the Marine Science Center in Nahant, Massachusetts.


About the Opportunity:

The Office of the General Counsel at Northeastern University seeks a full-time Assistant General Counsel for Immigration to advise the university and its various colleges and departments on immigration matters. The Assistant General Counsel for Immigration will evaluate immigration sponsorship eligibility for international faculty and staff, and prepare and file employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant petitions/applications with the U.S. federal government (specifically, nonimmigrant visa petitions in the H-1B, TN, O-1 categories; PERM labor certifications; and immigrant visa petitions in the EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 categories). The Assistant General Counsel for Immigration will also serve as the primary advisor for I-9 and E-Verify compliance working in close partnership with Human Resources Management and Student Employment.  In addition, the Assistant General Counsel for Immigration will advise and support global mobility and hiring at all of Northeastern’s global campuses and global program locations.  The Assistant General Counsel for Immigration reports to the Associate General Counsel & Chief Advisor for International and Immigration Services


Prepare and file employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant petitions/applications with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the U.S. Department of Labor, including: H-1Bs, TNs, O-1s, P-3s, PERM labor certifications, and I-140 petitions. Advise and support global mobility and hiring at all of Northeastern’s global campuses and global program locations.  Manage the creation and maintenance of employee immigration files and public access/audit compliance files, including STEM OPT training plans. Draft visa support letters and other documents as necessary for sponsored international faculty and staff employees. Partner with Human Resources Management, Student Employment, and colleges and departments at the University to promote effective on boarding of sponsored employees, and advise on I-9 and E-Verify compliance. Complete I-9/E-Verify for sponsored faculty and staff hires. 

Manage client and key partner relationships, including communicating clearly both orally and in writing with clients, department/college key contacts, as well as with government agencies. Track all client communications and government correspondence. Assist clients in gathering necessary information/documents. Provide educational trainings to the University community and undertake special projects as assigned to represent the University in a variety of legal matters and render legal advice on issues relating to the operation of the University and higher education in general.  As a member of the Office of the General Counsel team, participate in the selection and supervision of Northeastern Law School co-op program.

Manage and maintain the electronic Sunapsis case management software for immigration sponsorship and monitor filing deadlines and expiration dates. Keep current in, and compile reports and analyze data, to promote compliance with immigration laws, regulations and policies as well as other federal, state/provincial and local laws and regulations, and University policies.


Other matters as may be assigned from time to time by the General Counsel and/or Deputy General Counsel.



J.D. from an accredited law school; strong academic record strongly preferred with at least 3-5 years of employment-based immigration experience. Northeastern will evaluate the mix of experience that is most beneficial to its needs.  Experience in, but not limited to, the following areas is desired:

  • Global mobility/immigration sponsorship and I-9 and E-Verify compliance
  • International student and scholar visa categories and compliance requirements.
  • Providing educational trainings and informing the community of immigration requirements, policy changes and best practices.

Additional background requirements:

  • The highest of ethical standards.
  • Ability to effectively analyze immigration regulations and policy changes as well as other applicable legal and regulatory requirements to mitigate the university’s risk.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to foster and participate in an environment built on teamwork and strong collaboration.
  • Ability to establish, develop and maintain relationships, trust, and confidence in an academic environment where rigorous inquiry is the norm.
  • Excellent time management and ability to prioritize time-sensitive deadlines.
  • Exceptional organizational and case management skills.
  • Ability to identify and find creative solutions.
  • A strong people orientation and sensitivity to cultural diversity.
  • Ability to work independently as well as with supervision.


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Additional Information:


Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see



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