About Charles River Associates

For over 50 years, Charles River Associates has been a premier consulting firm that offers employees a place to learn from a diverse group of consultants, industry experts, and academics.  At CRA you will be exposed to leading minds who use economic, financial, and business analysis to solve complex world problems for an impressive roster of clients, including major law firms, Fortune 100 companies, and government agencies.  Through a collegial environment, formal and informal training opportunities, and a broad array of professional development resources, your experience at CRA will open doors for you as you launch your career.

Job Overview

The Immigration and Employment Case Specialist role provides a unique opportunity for an experienced immigration professional to gain in-house experience while expanding their subject matter expertise in the employment law and administration field. You must have excellent communication skills, attention to detail, analytical and problem resolution skills, and an ability to build relationships at all levels of the organization.  In addition to building relationships across the firm, you will collaborate closely with recruiting, legal and other functional teams to support CRA.

Our Commitment to Diversity

Charles River Associates is an equal opportunity employer. As part of our focus on equity and inclusion, we work to ensure a fair and consistent hiring process. We celebrate diversity and we are committed to an inclusive work environment.

The Specialist is responsible for working with our Global Immigration Counsel in managing CRA’s U.S. immigration matters.  Specific responsibilities include:

  • Serve as the primary point of contact for U.S. immigration case processing
  • Manage CRA’s campus hiring program, including oversight of F-1 OPT cases and OPT STEM extension training plans
  • Oversee our annual H-1B cap lottery filing process, in addition to H-1B transfers, amendments and extensions
  • Own the Labor Condition Application process, including Public Access File compliance and audits
  • Provide exceptional customer service to employees, including 1x1 meetings to discuss their individual cases, tracking milestones, timelines, and action items
  • Guide stakeholders and employees through the permanent residency process for PERM and EB-1 cases
  • Review, gather appropriate information and internal approvals, initiate, and monitor cases in partnership with outside counsel
  • Works collaboratively with the Manager to provide data on case metrics
  • Ensure application deadlines are met and regularly drive progress on applications in process
  • Provide case consultations, guidance on hiring practices and policies, status updates for all cases as needed by partnering with recruiters, hiring managers, human capital, foreign national employee, counsel, and other stakeholders
  • Ensure onboarding compliance for all employees including I-9s, E-Verify, and other document collection
  • Support our employee relations function with hiring, terminations, employment status, wage and hour compliance, and investigations. 

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years of professional experience with high volume employment-based immigration including end-to-end case management for F-1, H-1B and PERM cases
  • 3+ years of experience facilitating OPT and STEM OPT programs including partnering with managers to draft training plans
  • Keen focus on providing high-touch support with a strong sense of accountability; ability to anticipate needs and effectively manage expectations
  • Candidate will possess strong technical aptitude and demonstrated ability to leverage technology tools to create efficiency and client satisfaction.
  • Working knowledge of MS Office Suite, with an intermediate level knowledge of Excel required; Candidates with prior Workday experience strongly encouraged to apply
  • Strong research, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality
  • Flexibility and resiliency in the face of change and business pressures with the ability to work in a high volume, fast paced environment with changing priorities
  • Process improvement oriented
  • High standards of client service and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly and concisely
  • Well-organized with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to prioritize, willing and able to ask questions and be a team player when necessary to effectively complete work
  • Strong business acumen

What can CRA do for you?  

  • Formal and informal training programs, including:
    • Research and analysis training program focused on technical skills, consulting skills and networking with colleague
    • Quarterly technical training taught by in-house experts and affiliated professors
    • On-demand library of technical training workshops
    • Presentation skills and management training
  • Graduate school coaching and workshops, featuring small group Q&A with top admissions officers
  • Mentorship and coaching from an assigned senior staff colleague
  • Flexible feedback framework to provide continuous on-the-job feedback
  • Opportunities in recruiting, training, corporate sports teams, and volunteer activities in the local community
  • Tuition reimbursement program to cover training and skill development outside of CRA
  • Wellness program to promote health and well-being (e.g. nutrition counselling, financial wellbeing seminars, team fitness competitions)
  • Excellent benefits package

How to Apply:

To be considered for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter.

CRA is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer (EEO/AAE): Minority/Female/Veteran/Disabled.





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