Transfer Student Success Advisor

Oswego, New York
May 24, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (Research Foundation for SUNY) located at the State University of New York at Oswego, invites applications for a 12 month, full-time position of Transfer Success Advisor for the Transfer Gateways and Completion program funded through a Department of Education First in the World (FITW) grant.  Transfer Success Advisors are committed to helping students persist and succeed in their academic endeavors, and understand the demands and challenges that low income, first generation students may face while attending college.  While this position is located on the campus of Onondaga Community College, this is a Research Foundation position, NOT a New York State position.

Posting Date: May 24, 2017

Review Date: Review of applications will begin June 12, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

Salary:  Per approved grant budget.  In addition, The Research Foundation for SUNY offers an excellent benefit package:

Date of Appointment:  Immediate

Job Description: The Transfer Student Success Advisor focuses on the engagement of 2 year college students at Onondaga Community College (OCC) who are considering a transfer to SUNY Oswego, or other four year institutions, to pursue and complete a 4 year degree.  The advisor provides one-on-one assistance to underserved college students in resolving financial, academic and personal issues. 

The Advisor will collaborate with partners and stakeholders with the First in the World Grant initiatives.  Through the grant, SUNY Oswego, three regional community colleges (Onondaga Community College, Mohawk Valley Community College and Cayuga Community College) and On Point for College (a best-practice college access and success program) are partnering to provide interventions to low-income, first generation students to assist them with finding pathways from two-year completion to four-year completion.  The Transfer Student Success Advisor may also be required to travel if needed.

Responsibilities also include:

  • Provide up-to-date and accessible transfer resources for students and faculty
  • Advise students with course selection and registration, career development, and graduation audits
  • Coordinate on-campus visitations by four-year colleges and maintain strong associations with transfer partners
  • Design and conduct programming on transfer processes and timing of the transfer process in collaboration with the Coordinator of Transfer Services
  • Assist with the coordination of Transfer Fairs
  • Develop collaborative relationships with OCC service related offices, the Transfer Success Advisors at partner institutions, On Point for College, and FIPSE FITW grant personnel
  • Develop FITW grant assessment practices based on grant priorities and create reports as the grant requires
  • Present success strategies and facilitate appropriate referrals to college services relevant to the needs of individual students
  • Other duties as assigned by the Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management at OCC


  • Master’s Degree by time of appointment
  • Experience with and knowledge of college programs and/or student populations;
  • Effective written, oral and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Understanding of the needs of students from high-risk backgrounds and has passion for student success.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with student support services, financial aid, college admissions, residence life and housing, academic advisement, transfer services, EOP/TRIO programs, or educational instruction.

To Apply:  Submit a letter of application addressing qualifications, a copy of unofficial transcripts, resume and contact information for three professional references to:

Requests for reasonable accommodations of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to: Karen Valentino at 315-312-2645.

If you have any questions about the position, please call or email:

Karen Valentino, Search Committee Chair

315.312.2645 or email to:

Official transcripts are required prior to hiring.  Files must be complete to be considered.

Visa sponsorship not available for this position.

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The Research Foundation at SUNY Oswego is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is actively engaged in recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students.  We encourage applications from qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction. 

Description of SUNY Oswego: Founded in 1861, SUNY Oswego is a public comprehensive college located in Central New York on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, 45 minutes from Syracuse. Named one of "Top Up-and-Coming Schools" in U.S. News “America’s Best Colleges” in 2010, a Kiplinger's “Best College Value” for 2015, and a "Best Northeastern College" by Princeton Review every year since the first edition in 2003, Oswego offers its 8000 undergraduate and graduate students preeminent academic programs in the arts and sciences, business, communications, and teacher education. The College’s success is built on providing students outstanding educational experiences with attention to a liberal arts and sciences foundation, practical applications, interdisciplinary approaches, independent scholarly and creative work, and skills for living in multicultural and global communities. The emphasis on faculty-mentored student research and creative projects is evidenced by Quest, a daylong symposium spotlighting original student research; a stipend program for students engaged in research and creative work; and the Global Laboratory, a STEM-based research abroad program at top-ranked universities around the world. SUNY Oswego is an unusually collegial and vibrant community and is in a time of wonderful opportunities with extensive facilities construction and renovation, a forward-looking strategic plan, and expanded outreach to regional, national, and international communities.

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