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Pre-Transfer Advising Specialist

Categories: Rocky Mountain Region 10


Academic Affairs


University of Colorado - Boulder

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Position Description

The Office of the Vice Provost & Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education welcomes applications for a Pre-Transfer Advising Specialist. This is a newly created professional position 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 Director of the UEAC, and will include close ties to the Office of Admissions. Pre-Transfer Advising Specialists work directly with prospective 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 Advising Specialist will be the primary point of contact for questions from prospective 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 in order to streamline the process of review for transfer coursework, including connecting regularly with the variety of faculty and staff who have a role in the transfer process at CU Boulder.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. Pre-Transfer Advising Specialist 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. The individual in this position should be comfortable reviewing courses for applicability and making concise recommendations to departments. 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. Pre-Transfer Advising Specialists should be able to make knowledgeable recommendations to both students and staff regarding particular transfer student situations.


  • Facilitate Individual meetings, small group work, and presentations for prospective transfer students (via scheduled appointments, drop-ins, phone, and email interactions).
  • Engage in outreach and partnership with Admissions and academic departments to support prospective transfer students.
  • Assist students in planning for and making informed decisions about a choice of major, intended college outcomes, and potential career or graduate school direction.
  • Help students to navigate the systems, academic processes, and policies at CU-Boulder.
  • Work with students to personalize their academic path and connect with appropriate individuals in their chosen or intended department.
  • Assist and support transfer students’ support network, including parents.
  • Develop Advising & Departmental Partnerships
  • Liaise with partners across campus in support of the transfer student experience. This will include targeted meetings with specific constituents as well as attendance at greater organizational meetings and participation in cross-campus committees as necessary.
  • Collaborate with campus partners to explore potential improvements to transfer student processes at both the campus wide and department-specific levels.
  • Support the transfer course review process in a variety of capacities will be a key duty; this includes developing rubrics for review standards, reviewing and making recommendations for specific courses, and partnering with the people responsible for review in specific departments and/or colleges.
  • 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.

Application Information

To apply, please submit the following materials to this posting at A current resume. 2. A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications. Please combine materials into one document and upload as titled: Last-First-12290.Please do not upload references at this time.

Institution Information

The Division of Academic Affairs is responsible for meeting the academic mission of the University of Colorado Boulder to be a comprehensive graduate research university with selective admission standards, offering a comprehensive array of undergraduate, masters and doctoral degree programs. Our path in accomplishing this mission is articulated in the vision that the University of Colorado Boulder will become a leading model of the “new flagship university” of the 21st century—by redefining learning and discovery in a global context and setting new standards in education, research, scholarship, and creative work that will benefit Colorado and the world.

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Contact Information

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Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of professional advising experience in a higher education setting.
  • Experience working with transfer students.
  • Experience managing student and parent concerns.
  • Experience with student success initiatives.
  • Experience applying student development theory.  
  • Demonstrated interpersonal excellence with colleagues.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in higher education or related field.
  • Experience managing student success initiatives in a higher education setting.
  • Five (5) or more years of 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.