Senior Coordinator, Student Transitions

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Senior Coordinator, Student Transitions


VPSA-Student Transitions

About the University of Georgia:

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

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Benefits Eligible

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Full Time

Additional Schedule Information:

Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm, Evenings & weekends as needed

Advertised Salary:

Commensurate with Experience

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Location of Vacancy:

Athens Area

EEO Policy Statement:

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

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Student Services Paraprofessional/Professional



Job Family:

Student Services



Minimum Qualifications:

Requires technical knowledge in the field acquired through an apprenticeship, a 2-year degree, or professional certificate. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree in College Student Affairs, Higher Education Administration or a closely related field.

Position Summary:

The Senior Coordinator, Student Transitions reports to the Director of Student Transitions and provides dedicated support, in coordination with campus partners, for key times of student transition, including entry into the University and throughout their educational journey. This position works closely with campus partners to integrate and innovate transition resources and meet the unique needs of individuals and identified student populations, in particular under-represented, rural, first-generation, transfer, and other underserved students.

The primary focus of this position will be in the creation and implementation of initiatives to meet the transitional needs of students throughout their enrollment. The Senior Coordinator will serve as the lead for Welcome UGA, the Transfer Experience, and provide direction for the Transition Ambassadors. This position is charged with developing and implementing experiences to meet the needs of new and returning UGA students each semester, along with meeting the transitional needs of underrepresented and underserved students.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

•Experience working with students in transition and/or programming within a student affairs setting.
•Advising and directing student groups. Demonstrated experience selecting, training, teaching and supervising undergraduate students.
•Strong organizational and computer skills as well as excellent written and oral communication.
•Demonstrated knowledge working effectively within a team, with individuals, and with groups that include various identities, cultures, and backgrounds.
•Aptitude to manage multiple complex initiatives
•Strong interpersonal and creative problem-solving skills as well as a positive, collaborative approach to working with students and colleagues.
•Exhibits sounds judgement and discretion.
•Navigating and managing a large, complex public university.

Physical Demands:

Drive 7-12 passenger vans.
Work occasionally in the evenings and on weekends.
Lift up to 25 lbs as needed and climb multiple flights of stairs.

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Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?:


Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications):


Credit and P-Card policy:

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


Transition Initiatives:
Develop, implement and promote robust initiatives and pathways for students to navigate key transitions during their college experience, with a particular focus on underserved students. Design shared experiences to facilitate learning, foster belonging, and promote inclusion throughout students’ UGA journey. Work in conjunction with the Director to design new transition experiences for undergraduate students entering the University in January. Serve as the program lead for Welcome UGA, the UGA Welcome Experience designed to increase student accessibility to programs and events planned for students during the beginning of the academic year. Coordinate the Transfer Student Experience initiative, enhance the learning environment for transfer students, and advance institutional partnerships with units serving transfer students. Advise the Transition Ambassadors and attend their respective meetings and events. Assume primary responsibility for Dawg Camp Connect, including but not limited to full programmatic implementation, administration, and assessment. Assist in maintaining and monitoring any budgets associated with programs along with budgetary management and compliance.

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Engagement, Marketing and Leadership Development:
Create and implement annual training/retreat/leadership development opportunities for students engaged in transition experiences. Recruit, select, and train any additional student staff needed for these experiences. Implement effective risk management strategies for all initiatives. Advise honor societies or student organizations that have a mission dedicated to students in transition. Develop and maintain virtual engagement resources for all respective programs and initiatives within position portfolio. Oversee the Student Transitions social media sites, web pages, and marketing for programs directly related to transfer and Transition Ambassador work.

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Supervision and Learning:
Supervise graduate assistant, practicum students, and interns who assist with program development and implementation. Maintain personnel files and provide training and sufficient orientation to work responsibilities for paraprofessionals. Stay abreast and informed about current trends in higher education and student development; infuse this knowledge into intentional educational development and student learning. Provide individual and group guidance to students to assist in their well-being and development of essential skills. Advise students on university policies and procedures.

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Serve as an office liaison and representative for university panels, resource fairs, and other events for perspective, new, and returning students including but not limited to transfer initiatives, transfer admission panels, career events, etc. Establish and maintain partnerships throughout the University that are critical to the ongoing development and success of transition initiatives. Serve on various Student Affairs and University-wide committees as needed. Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

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Posted: 6/4/2021
Application Due: 9/2/2021
Work Type: Full Time