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Job id: 091947. Salary: £43,205 - £50,585 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.

Posted: 08 July 2024. Closing date: 21 July 2024.

Business unit: Students & Education. Department: Student Administrative Services.

Contact details: Antoni Tucker (Head of Visa Compliance). antoni.tucker@kcl.ac.uk

Location: Strand Campus. Category: Professional & Support Services.

About Us

The King’s community is dedicated to the service of society. King’s Strategic Vision 2029 sets out our vision for the future, shaped around five priority areas: educate to inspire and improve; research to inform and innovate; serve to shape and transform; a civic university at the heart of London; and an international community that services the world. Our ambitious Education Strategy sets out the actions that we must take to transform how we teach, how and where our students learn and how we support them during their time with us. 

The Visa Compliance Service is essential in ensuring King's College London adheres to Home Office Student visa sponsorship requirements. Our team is dedicated to safeguarding the university's ability to sponsor international students by ensuring full compliance with UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) regulations. We provide comprehensive support and guidance to students, helping them navigate visa requirements and maintain their legal status. By continuously monitoring compliance processes and implementing improvements, we ensure the university remains a trusted and reliable sponsor. Our work not only supports the university's strategic goals but also enhances the student experience by providing a secure and compliant environment for international students.

We are part of the Students & Education Directorate, a collection of wide-ranging professional services in place to support King’s students and their education. As a directorate we manage the student lifecycle from application to graduation and beyond, to ensure a coherent and seamless student experience and effective administrative processes, working closely with King’s faculties to do so. 

About the role

As a specialist in UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) compliance, the Visa Compliance Manager will lead and manage a dedicated team to ensure the university's adherence to Home Office Student visa sponsorship requirements. This role involves overseeing key operational processes, providing training and support to staff, and acting as the primary contact for UKVI inspections and audits. The manager will collaborate with internal stakeholders to offer comprehensive guidance to students and continuously improve compliance processes. By monitoring and reporting on key performance indicators, the manager will inform strategic decision-making, maintaining a robust and cohesive approach to UKVI compliance across the university. This position is integral to upholding King's commitment to supporting international students and ensuring regulatory compliance.

This is an exciting opportunity for candidates looking to make a significant impact in the field of visa compliance and immigration services, and who wish to utilise their skills and expertise in managing complex compliance processes and leading a dedicated team. This is an opportunity to grow your skills in team leadership, informing strategic decision-making, and stakeholder collaboration.

We encourage applications from candidates who have experience from both within and outside of the Higher Education sector where they can demonstrate the skills needed to succeed in this role

This is a full time post (35 Hours per week), and you will be offered an indefinite contract.

About You

To be successful in this role, we are looking for candidates to have the following skills and experience:

Essential criteria

  1. Relevant work experience and/or education: We think a wide range of different work and educational experiences could support you to be successful in this role. Relevant work experience might include work in immigration compliance, higher education administration, or regulatory affairs. Relevant educational experiences might include higher education in a related discipline, professional qualifications, or other training in visa compliance and immigration regulations. 
  2. Line management experience and experience of motivating others. 
  3. Proven track record of managing complex processes and delivery to strict deadlines. 
  4. Strong communication and interpersonal skills, including experience working with international students and providing immigration guidance; high level of literacy and ability to draft documentation for various audiences. 
  5. Experience of devising and delivering high quality presentations, training sessions, and workshops for students and staff. 
  6. Ability to draft documentation for various audiences and manage detailed compliance processes. 
  7. Proven ability to retain a broad and detailed knowledge base, and to respond quickly to constant changes in legislation and regulations. 
  8. Strong organisational skills with attention to detail. 

Desirable criteria

  1. Experience of implementing policy, ideally including UKVI experience in a Higher Education setting. 
  2. Project management experience and experience of planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating projects and systems. 
  3. Experience of building networks and developing effective links with key internal and external organisations. 
  4. Analytical skills for monitoring and reporting on KPIs. 

Full details of the role and the skills and experience required can be found in the attached job description which is provided on the next page. 

Further information

We pride ourselves on being inclusive and welcoming. We embrace diversity and want everyone to feel that they belong and are connected to others in our community.

We are committed to working with our staff and unions on these and other issues, to continue to support our people and to develop a diverse and inclusive culture at King's. We ask all candidates to submit a copy of their CV, and a supporting statement, detailing how they meet the essential criteria listed in the advert. If we receive a strong field of candidates, we may use the desirable criteria to choose our final shortlist, so please include your evidence against these where possible.

To find out how our managers review your application, please take a look at our ‘How we Recruit’ pages.

Interviews are due to be held on in w/c Monday 5 August 2024