Coordinator, Transition Programs

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
21 Feb 2017
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21 Mar 2017

Description of Work Unit

Orientation and Transition Programs (OTP) at Colorado State University provides programming and services designed to assist first-year, second-year, and transfer students with a successful transition at Colorado State University. Organizationally, OTP is part of the Collaborative for Student Achievement, which reports to both Academic and Student Affairs and includes the following student service units: Advising for Undeclared Students, Community for Excellence Scholar Programs, Key Learning Communities, Orientation and Transition Programs (OTP), Outreach and Support Programs, and Health Professions Advising.

Position Summary

Orientation and Transition Programs (OTP) creates dynamic, student-centered experiences to inspire purposeful transitions. The Coordinator for Transition Programs in Orientation and Transition Programs provides coordination of post-summer orientation transition programming for first and second year students, assesses first and second year transition programs, and directs recruitment, selection, training and supervision of student staff for first and second-year transition programs.

The Coordinator for Transition Programs works collaboratively with campus colleagues in the Division of Student Affairs and the Division of Academic Affairs. This position reports directly to the Associate Director of Orientation and Transition Programs and joins the rest of the OTP professional staff team that includes three other Coordinators, an Assistant Director, and a Director. Additionally, OTP places high value on student leadership and development and employs over 350 student leaders to implement university-wide orientation and transition programming.

Required Job Qualifications

• Master’s Degree by start date in student affairs, social sciences, applied sciences or related fields OR Bachelor’s Degree plus two years of full-time, professional experience in a higher education setting
• One-year graduate or professional experience with orientation and transition programming designed to increase student engagement, retention and success.
• One-year graduate or professional experience with student staff training and supervision.

Preferred Job Qualifications

• Demonstrated experience in a higher education setting working directly with both first and second-year students.
• Demonstrated experience with new students orientation programs, first-year experience and/or second-year experience programming.
• Demonstrated experience in a higher education setting working with diverse student groups and commitment to diversity and inclusion.
• Demonstrated experience developing and implementing student staff training.
• Demonstrated experience developing and implementing learning outcomes and program assessment.
• Knowledge of student development theory and demonstrated application to first and second-year programing, student staff training and supervision.
• Demonstrated communication skills, including interpersonal communication, presentation, and facilitation and writing skills.
• Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with academic departments, student services and strategic campus partners.

Diversity Statement

•Demonstrated knowledge of, and relevant ability with, culturally diverse communities among potential target and constituent populations.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Program Coordination Duty/Responsibility

• Along with the Associate Director, provide coordination, leadership and vision for post-summer orientation first and second-year transition programming by researching cutting-edge initiatives across the nation focused on first and second year transition and retention.
• Work collaboratively with Orientation and Transition Programs staff and campus partners to implement first and second year programs including, but not limited to: First Year Student Networks, First 50 Days, Getting to Year 2 @ CSU and Year 2 @ CSU: Second Year Program.
• Coordinate Year 2 @ CSU, which includes programs to assist students with maintaining or enhancing their commitment to CSU in their second year, including Welcome Back Programming, a Residential Community, an Alternative Spring Break, Academic Transition Workshops, Alumni & Faculty Dinner Programs, Outdoor Experiences, regular communication with second year students and more. Coordination includes overall program logistics, marketing, developing learning outcomes and assessment, collaborating with campus partners (including TILT Learning Programs, Residence Life, Campus Recreation Outdoor Program, Student Leadership, Involvement & Community Engagement (SLiCE), the CSU Alumni Association and more), training, and communication of student staff.
• Coordinate Getting to Year 2 @ CSU, a program for first year students in the second semester to assist students with learning about the services available to support their second year. Coordination includes overall program logistics, marketing, assessment and collaboration with campus partners.
• Coordinate the First Year Student Networks, a non-credit and group experience for first-year students based off passions, interests and identities of students. Coordination includes overall program logistics, marketing, assessment, training and communication with both Network Staff Advisors and Network Leaders.
• Work with campus partners and other OTP staff to coordinate First 50 Days, a marketing campaign to assist new students with knowing what programs exist for them the first 8 weeks of the fall semester to enhance their engagement at CSU.
• Manage a $45K budget for First Year Student Networks, Getting to Year 2 @ CSU and Year 2 @ CSU including student staff salaries and programming funding.
• Support the Associate Director and the other Coordinator for Transition Programs with the coordination of various aspects of Ram Welcome and Transfer Ram Welcome (Fall Orientation/ Welcome Week) as necessary.
• Collaborate on maintain and updating websites and social media outlets designed and utilized for student engagement.
• Plan, implement, and collaborate on marketing efforts and publications for first and second year transition programs including website content management, design and coordinating all print publications.
• Develop and implement learning outcomes, assessment and evaluation methods and data reporting structure for programs.
• Serve as an Instructor for departmental New Student Seminar courses as necessary.
• Support the development of future opportunities for New Student Seminar courses to assist new students with the transition into the university.

Percentage Of Time 50 Job Duty Category Supervision and Training Duty/Responsibility

• Select, train, supervise and evaluate 15 First Year Network Leaders and is responsible for creating and facilitating the training curriculum including first year student needs, diversity and inclusivity, facilitation and communication skills, campus resources, customer service, and conflict resolution. Direct-supervision of staff includes regular meetings to provide and receive feedback.
• Select, train, supervise and evaluate 6 Year 2 @ CSU: Second Year Programs Board Members and is responsible for facilitating the training curriculum for students including second year student needs and issues, event planning and programming, and more. Direct supervision of staff includes regular meetings to provide and receive feedback.

Percentage Of Time 20 Job Duty Category University Responsibilities Duty/Responsibility

• Collaborate with faculty and staff members from across campus who serve as Network Advisors for the First-Year Student Networks.
• Collaborate with campus partners to design and implement First 50 Days, Getting to Year 2 @ CSU and Year 2 @ CSU initiatives, including specific programming, marketing, and logistics.
• Along with Associate Director, develop partnerships, relationships, and collaborations with academic affairs and student affairs to facilitate and enhance the resources and services provided to first year and second year students related to their transition.
• Conduct presentations across campus and in the Colorado community regarding the second year student experience at Colorado State University

Percentage Of Time 15 Job Duty Category Departmental Responsibilities Duty/Responsibility

• Support the Associate Director and other Coordinator for Transition Programs with the coordination of additional transition programming within the office.
• Serve as an effective and contributing team member through open communication and support of co-workers as well as of OTP programs and overall office goals and priorities.
• Act as a positive representative Orientation and Transition Programs, the Collaborative for Student Achievement and a positive role model for students.
• Other duties as assigned.

Note: some work occurs on evenings and weekends.

Percentage Of Time 15

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

A complete application includes a cover letter and a resume addressing all job qualifications, along with the names and contact information of three references including relationship and current supervisor. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. Please submit all materials via

Application materials will be accepted until position is filled, however for guaranteed full consideration, application materials must be submitted by March 12, 2017 at 11:59p.m. MDT. If you have questions about the position or search process, please contact Dani Magaña, Search Support, at or (970) 492-4142.

Conditions of Employment

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EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.