College Transition & Success Advisor, Admission/Upward Bound

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April 6, 2022

The College Transition & Success Advisor is a full-time, 12-month position with duties shared between the TRIO Upward Bound Project (50%) and Enrollment Management (50%).  The College Transition & Success Advisor (CTSA) will guide Upward Bound high school seniors through each step of the college admissions and financial aid application processes, facilitating their successful transition to college.  The CTSA will also be part of the Enrollment Management Division serving as a point of contact on campus to ensure all students are connected to appropriate resources, through annual events such as Orientation and Truman Week, as well as yearlong through coordination of services across various offices.

Upward Bound Advising

  • Use a case management approach to coordinate and oversee the holistic provision of services to students across multiple areas (academic, financial, social, personal, etc.) in order to increase college preparation, enrollment, retention and success
  • Support and guide students as they explore colleges, prepare applications, complete financial aid applications, and enroll in post-secondary programs of study
  • Monitor and document the utilization of services and progress towards goals, with frequent outreach to and follow up with students and families
  • Coordinate Bridge to College summer programming to support successful transition from high school to college for recent graduates
  • For Upward Bound:  Travel 3-4 afternoons/evenings per week (2:30-6:30pm) during the academic year to meet with high school students in afterschool meetings

Office of Admissions Visit Team Member

  • Report to the Assistant Director of Admissions – Campus Events & Visits
  • Serve on the Visit Team with the Assistant Director of Admissions – Campus Events & Visits and the Campus Visit Coordinator
  • Monitor the Weekday Visit Evaluations, both individual, group, and group visits. Follow-up on evaluations, as needed.
  • Maintain documentation of event/visit program responsibility processes (Student Ambassadors, Visits, Orientation, etc.) for future reference

Orientation Coordinator

  • Serve on the Orientation Planning Team in developing and implementing plans for the University’s summer orientation program for first-year students
  • Coordinate and confirm details of events including session locations, room reservations, catering, signage, orientation packets, etc.
  • Regularly monitor and report on Orientation RSVPs beginning in mid-March through June
  • Coordinate the freshman and transfer pre-orientation/pre-enrollment processes
    • Collaborate with staff responsible for pre-orientation material processing to ensure timely delivery of advising files and incomplete communication
    • Implement processes for processing returned questionnaires and placement exams, preparing materials for enrollment of students through the Center for Academic Excellence
  • Work with the Processing Team with the preparation, printing and mailing of appropriate materials
    • Coordinate digital and hard-copy mailings related to orientation including the initial information packet, confirmation mailings, and survey collection
  • Provide support to the Admissions Counselor on the Visit Team responsible for coordinator of Orientation Leader Team

New Student Programs Support

  • Serve on the Truman Week Committee
  • Serve on the College Cup subcommittee responsible for the planning and implementation of the College Cup during Truman Week
  • Serve as backup to Admissions Counselor on Move-In Day Committee

Campus Event Primary Assistant

  • Provide support to the Assistant Director of Admission – Campus Events & Visits to plan and organize event activities including, but not limited to, annual Showcases, Admitted Student Events, and other Special Events

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Exceptional communication skills (written & oral) and a strong commitment to customer service and relationship-building;
  • Evidence of successful interactions with people from diverse backgrounds and age levels
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment within the University and with external constituencies
  • Proficiency in multiple office suites (Microsoft, G Suite), spreadsheet and presentation applications
  • Experience with various digital collaboration tools (social media platforms, videoconferencing, design)
  • Ability to work responsibly with sensitive and confidential information
  • An understanding of the academic, financial, and social barriers to college access and success faced by students from diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to transport items ranging up to 40 lbs. in weight
  • Ability to be able to stand and move for extended periods of time
  • A valid driver’s license

Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree related to business, communication, education, psychology, social work or other relevant field;
  • Experience in event management/planning
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate, support and advise students for success in post-secondary education
  • Experience with learning managements systems and virtual learning platforms
  • Knowledge of financial aid options, college admissions processes, and community-based resources available

To Apply:

Submit a cover letter addressing your ability to fulfill the job responsibilities as described, resume,

Human Resources Office
Truman State University
100 East Normal
McClain Hall 101
Kirksville, MO. 63501

Questions may be directed to Human Resources at 660-785-4031 or Final candidates will be expected to undergo and successfully pass a background check.

Review of applications will begin April 14, 2022, and continue until position is filled. Letter composition, proof-reading, spreadsheet calculations, and prioritization/time management exercises will be included as part of the interview process for finalists.

Truman State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff.  Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.  In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, Truman State does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its program or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs.  Inquiries may be directed to the Institutional Compliance Officer, 660-785-4354 and

Truman State is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.  To request this document in an alternate form or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources, McClain Hall 101,  100 E. Normal, Kirksville, MO  63501, 660-785-4031 or

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