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Pre-Transfer Advisor

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Boulder, CO

Employment Type:

University Staff



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Job Summary

The Pre-Transfer Advisor is designed to enhance the admissions process for prospective transfer students. The position will be housed in the University Exploration & Advising Center (UEAC), reporting to the Assistant Director of Transfer Initiatives, and will include close ties to the Office of Admissions. The Pre-Transfer Advisor works directly with prospective and admitted transfer students in order to facilitate useful engagement with staff and/or faculty around campus and ensure timely responses to relevant questions regarding transferring to CU Boulder. In many cases the Pre-Transfer Advisor will be the primary point of contact for questions from prospective/admitted transfer students and will work to connect the student with an appropriate advising contact in a given department or college/school/program. Additionally, a key responsibility for the individual in this position will be building relationships across campus and connecting regularly with the variety of faculty and staff who have a role in the transfer process at CU Boulder, to aid in a successful transition to the university for incoming transfer students.
This is a position that focuses on the overall experience of incoming transfer students and works to support the process for individual students wherever possible. The Pre-Transfer Advisor will build partnerships across campus in an effort to improve or create processes in order to better recruit potential transfer students and to ensure a smooth transition for these students once they commit to enrolling. This may include aspects of project management, strategic planning, and/or assessment. Other important facets of this role include building a broad knowledge base of requirements and content for departments across campus, a commitment to professional growth and development, and a strong dedication to team collaboration and innovation. The Pre-Transfer Advisor should be able to make knowledgeable recommendations to both students and staff regarding particular transfer student situations.

Who We Are

The Office of Undergraduate Education (UE) is a campus office reporting to the Provost. Its charge is to examine the entire undergraduate student experience, assess outcomes, identify gaps, and launch and support student-facing campus initiatives.  Current key projects in UE include a focus on first-year academic programs with the development of First Year Seminars; the coordination of undergraduate academic policies; the development of a coordinated campus advising structure; and the coordination and assessment of campus retention and persistence initiatives. We are currently working on a two-year initiative, Foundations of Excellence, which is focused on optimizing the first-year experience of our undergraduates. 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Student Support
  • Individual meetings, small group work, and presentations for prospective and admitted transfer students (via scheduled appointments, drop-ins, off-site community college visits, phone and email interactions) and related administrative duties; student need will vary over the course of the year so included in this role is proactive outreach and partnership with Admissions and academic departments to support prospective/admitted transfer students. The Pre-Transfer Advisor will assist students in planning for and making informed decisions about a choice of major, intended college outcomes, and potential career or graduate school direction; they help students to navigate the systems, academic processes and policies at CU-Boulder; and they work with students to personalize their academic path and connect with appropriate individuals in their chosen or intended department. The Pre-Transfer Advisor will offer availability to students’ overall support network, including parents.  Additionally, the individual in this position will need to leverage Office of Admissions and campus advising information technologies to track, evaluate, and document the content, success, and volume of their prospective/admitted student interactions. 
Develop Advising & Departmental Partnerships
  • Liaise with partners across campus in support of the transfer student experience. This will include regular targeted meetings with college/school advising units and transfer evaluation staff to ensure continuity of service and consistent referral processes.  Additionally, the Pre-Transfer Advisor will attend greater organizational meetings and participate in cross-campus committees as necessary. 
Strategic Planning & Student Success Initiatives 
  • Plan and collaborate with the both the University Exploration & Advising Center and the Office of Admissions, including regular team meetings, trainings and evaluation. 
Professional Development
  • Including but not limited to relevant conferences, mentoring opportunities, coursework, workshops, and research.

What You Should Know

  • This position will be traveling occasionally within the state to visit community colleges. 
  • Occasional evening and weekend hours may be required.

What We Can Offer

The starting salary is $48,000.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Bachelor’s Degree + 1 year of Professional Advising experience in a Higher Education setting OR a Master’s Degree.
  • Experience managing student and parent concerns. 
  • Experience with student success initiatives.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal excellence with colleagues.

: Degree must be conferred by July 1, 2019.

What You Will Need

  • Empowerment 
  • Inclusivity 
  • Integrity 
  • Collaboration 
  • Innovation 
  • Positivity 
  • Student-centered

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Master’s Degree in higher education administration or related field + 1 year of Professional Advising experience in a Higher Education setting.
  • Experience working with transfer students outside of the classroom; specific experience working with transfer coursework at the college level.
  • Experience working with students on the CU Boulder campus and familiarity with CU Boulder majors, minors, and certificate programs and undergraduate policies and processes.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
  1. A current resume. 
  2. A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.
You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

Please apply by April 26, 2019 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer