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Transfer Academic Advisor #443458

Lamar University
Beaumont, TX

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Position Title:

Transfer Academic Advisor #443458

Position Type:



Undergraduate Advising Center

Job Summary/Basic Function:

About This Role:

Lamar University’s Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC) is administratively located within the Division of Enrollment Management and Marketing and the Transfer Academic Advisor position reports directly to the Transfer Coordinator in the Undergraduate Advising Center, and ultimately to the Director of the Undergraduate Advising Center. The position aligns with the entry-level Academic Advisor role within the UAC but specifically focuses on assisting new junior and senior transfer students to Lamar University.

This position is responsible for providing comprehensive academic advising and student success support to an assigned cohort of newly transferred students. The Transfer Academic Advisor will assist students in the transition to LU, ensure correct application of transfer credits to their degree plan, and help them transition to their academic department for advising after their first semester. The position focuses heavily on enrollment, reenrollment, departmental and academic requirements for transfer junior and senior students during their initial term of enrollment. This role assists their cohort of students in connecting with their academic department during their first semester, helps students identify root causes to any issues or challenges they face during their first term, and refers students to University resources that can assist in meeting their needs.

Individuals in this position may occasionally work after hours and a few weekends on a rotating schedule. There are occasional travel opportunities to professional meetings and conferences.

What You’ll Do – Position Duties

As a member of our team, you will have an impact on our clients through accomplishment of the following responsibilities:

  • Holistically assist students on the start to their journey at Lamar University, with specific focus on each piece of the matriculation cycle to include:
    • initial enrollment
    • work with academic departments to ensure correct placement and transfer course applicability
    • support during their first term for successful completion of courses
    • referrals to pertinent support offices
  • Assess each student individually and provide a “one student at a time” approach in the academic advising and student (customer) service strategies.
  • Lead students through the process of sound decision-making, goal setting and the steps to execute a plan to fruition.
  • Advise students regarding educational opportunities, academic core and departmental requirements, and academic policies and procedures.
  • Ensure that university policies and state mandates are carried out in advising and enrolling students.
  • Advise students on appropriate course selection and placement. For students that are TSI-restricted, explain their placement into developmental courses, complete a TSI Success plan and monitor their TSI progress updating plans as needed.
  • Help students transition to LU and acquire relevant information on services focused on meeting their academic needs and developing learning strategies and skills to be successful in college.
  • Verify, compile, interpret, and record a wide variety of data and student information. Track student interactions, input notes, and monitor student success data to influence successful outcomes and provide follow up with students as needed. Responsible to consistently report pertinent data to direct supervisor.
  • Utilize degree audit reports to advise students on appropriate course selections and evaluate student’s degree progress. Assist students in interpreting degree audit and requesting any exemptions or course substitutions from the academic departments that may be needed.
  • Use predictive analytic software for targeted advising and monitoring of student academic progress. Provide guidance on possible courses of action and refer students to appropriate campus resources. Assist students in developing an academic success plan and provide follow-up guidance and support.
  • Conduct end of term processes such as checking grades and schedules and assist with probation, suspension and reinstatement procedures.
  • Utilize advising systems and technologies (e.g. Banner, Navigate, DegreeWorks) to support delivery of advising services and keep accurate records of student advising contacts and progress toward degree completion. Maintain and update student files and records in accordance with federal, state and university regulations.
  • Participate on committees, working groups, or special projects as needed. Assist in academic advising outreach at university and recruitment events.
  • Assist in the on-going assessment activities of the department and division.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned.

Who We Are:

Lamar University is a diverse and accessible global university for life-long learners with a passion for broad-based community engagement. As a vital contributor to the socioeconomic wellbeing and resilience of the Gulf Coast region, our expertise is recognized locally and beyond. Lamar University is home to more than 17,000 students and is among the fastest growing Texas colleges and universities. LU is a member of The Texas State University System, which is the first higher education system of Texas and maintains the lowest average tuition and fees of any university system in Texas. With more than 100 degree options and a community that cares, Lamar students are always proud to be Cardinals.

Lamar University is committed to fostering a culture of diversity where students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds can learn, work, and serve.

Benefits – Job Perks:

At Lamar University one of the ways we show value to our team members is by offering the following perks:

Our Comprehensive Benefits Package

  • Health, dental & vision insurance
  • Life insurance
  • State of Texas Retirement plans
  • Tuition reimbursement for employees, spouses and/or eligible dependent
  • Paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays.

Minimum Qualifications:

What You’ll Need to Succeed – Minimum Qualifications

To be successful in this role and a great addition to our team we need you to come with the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • At least 1 year of experience in academic advising or related experience.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of dependability, professionalism & customer service.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including active listening and ability to present information clearly and professionally to a range of audiences.
  • Effective decision-making and problem-solving skills. Ability to use sound judgment, discretion and diplomacy when working on sensitive issues with students.
  • Contribute to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of professional skills among a team all working toward the goal of elevating students, their success, and the department’s commitment to a high level of student (customer) service.
  • Promote diversity in all actions and exchanges as this role engages with many other cultures and backgrounds.
  • Develop and perpetually expand academic advising strategies and in addition to learning the Lamar University, academic department, college and UAC policies and procedures and assist students in navigating these when appropriate.
  • Successful experience working with and building positive advising relationships with target student populations in higher education.
  • Work well as part of a team and establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with various constituencies to include students, colleagues, faculty and administrators. Ability to work in a diverse environment and be sensitive to issues of diversity and inclusion.
  • Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports. Knowledge of basic computer operating system, word processing, spreadsheet, and database programs.

EEO Statement:

Lamar University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Veteran's Preference Statement:

Lamar University is proud to provide employment preference to veteran applicants in accordance with Texas 805 Government Code, Section 657.003.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred Qualifications:

In addition to the amazing qualifications and experiences listed above, if we had our say, we would also look for:

  • Master’s degree.
  • Bilingual abilities are a plus, Spanish preferred.
  • Previous work with transfer students.

Security Sensitive Statement:

This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.


$37,000 - $39,999

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Open Until Filled:



Texas Roots. Infinite Possibilities.

Lamar University students enjoy small classes where they can build lasting friendships with professors and peers. The 270-acre campus is in Beaumont, Texas, located about 90 miles east of Houston and 25 miles west of the Louisiana border. A comprehensive public university, Lamar gives students a chance to explore a variety of interests to prepare them to succeed in whatever fields they choose.


A member of the Texas State University System, Lamar University offers 63 undergraduate, 47 master's and nine doctoral degree programs. The university has more than 13,000 students enrolled in five academic colleges - Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Development, Engineering, Fine Arts and Communication. Lamar also offers the College of Graduate Studies and academic programs such as the Center for General Studies.

Students have access to numerous opportunities for scholarships, undergraduate research and study abroad programs. Lamar University students have: 

  • Performed research for NASA and flown experiments on NASA reduced-gravity flights.
  • Presented original research at academic conferences as undergraduates in fields including mathematics, business and sociology.
  • Enjoyed a 73 percent acceptance rate to medical and dental schools in recent years, compared to a 39 percent acceptance rate statewide.
  • Gone on to lead major companies and make a name for themselves in fields from art and music to nursing and engineering.


Students can participate in or cheer on their peers in more than a dozen NCAA Division I sports. Last year, the Cardinals were Southland Conference champions in men's golf, cross country and women's tennis. The volleyball and men's basketball teams were regular season co-champs and the women's basketball team was Southland Conference East Division champion. The LU baseball program has produced several major leaguers. The women's soccer program is entering its second season. The golf team has topped national rankings in recent years.

LU is beginning to rebuild a football program. A coach was hired in 2008. The stadium and athletic complex are being renovated, and the Cardinals plan to return to the gridiron in 2010.

Campus Life

A building boom at Lamar University in the past decade has given students access to state-of-the art facilities for learning, playing, dining and living.

Residents of Cardinal Village, the modern residence halls, have private bedrooms, high-speed Internet and amenities including an outdoor pool, basketball courts and community centers. The new dining hall offers a bistro ambience with international and American cuisine.

Working out in the Sheila Umphrey Recreational Sports Center is like a trip to an exclusive gym where students have an automatic membership. Features include a 43-foot climbing wall, an elevated jogging track, new cardiovascular and weighttraining equipment, and courts for sports such as basketball, racquetball and indoor soccer. Competitive types can participate in intramural sports ranging from basketball and flag football to dodgeball, cricket and pool.

Making friends and building a social network is easy at Lamar with more than 100 clubs and organizations registered on campus. Through campus organizations, students can:

  • Join a fraternity or sorority
  • Get involved in community service
  • Delve into a cause
  • Nurture spiritual beliefs
  • Start networking in future professions
  • Do all of the above.

LU is a short drive from many outdoor adventures: a day at the beach, canoeing or fishing on area rivers and bayous, hiking in the Big Thicket National Preserve. Shopping and entertainment options also are nearby including theaters, museums and live music venues large and small.


Lamar University was founded in 1923 as South Park Junior College a few blocks from the current location. The name changed to Lamar College in 1932 to honor Mirabeau B. Lamar, second president of the Republic of Texas and the "Father of Education" in Texas. In 1951, the school became Lamar State College of Technology, a state-supported four-year institution, the first junior college in Texas to make such a transition. The name changed to Lamar University in 1971. The university joined the Texas State University System in 1995.


Visit campus to learn more about all Lamar University has to offer. Guided campus tours normally are scheduled at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

To arrange a campus visit, call (409) 880-8316 or e-mail [email protected]

To apply for admission, financial aid and scholarships, go to


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