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Founding Director, Transfer Student Services

Categories: North Central Region 6


Enrollment Management


University of Minnesota, Morris

Date Posted:

Jan 16 2020 10:00PM

Close Date:

March 16 2020

Position Description

Transfer Student Services (TSS) is a new unit that reports to the vice chancellor for enrollment management. The office will facilitate transfer students’ attendance at UMN Morris, helping transfer students successfully transition to the university and developing strategies to encourage successful and timely completion of transfers’ undergraduate degrees. Informed by best practices, the TSS director will lead collaborative efforts on campus to develop programs and initiatives to connect prospective, new, and continuing transfer students to the university community.


The TSS director will work to foster a concertedly holistic and student-centered environment for transfer students consistent with the university’s mission and vision.
In this leadership role the director will:
• Oversee daily operations of transfer student services.
• Work with faculty and staff to strengthen transfer student enrollment, persistence and success. Ensure that transfer students have a clear pathway to progress through completion at UMN Morris. Provide leadership on matters of policy, procedure, and strategic enrollment related to transfer students, including development, implementation, and continuous assessment of services designed to inform and support transfer student academic preparation, transition and progression to graduation.
• Develop campus capacity to provide structure and support for transfer students, including collaborations with academic affairs and student affairs to enhance transfers’ curricular and co-curricular experiences. Coordinate with transfer specialists within the Offices of the Registrar and Admissions as well as with staff in the Office of Academic Success, One Stop Student Services, and International Student Programs.
• Lead work with internal and external constituents to develop transfer relationships and articulation agreements between community and tribal colleges and UMN Morris. Pursue articulation agreements and serve as point of contact for new articulation agreements.
• In collaboration with other campus units, develop a transfer student organization and associated transfer student peer-mentoring program.
• Generate regular reports on transfer student success, including persistence and graduation.
• Serve on appropriate committees, work groups, and task forces.
• Plan and facilitate faculty and staff professional development opportunities around the academic and holistic needs of transfer students.

Application Process

Applications will be reviewed beginning February 15, 2020 and will be considered until the position is filled. To review a full position description and to apply for this position, go to the U of M employment portal: and search for requisition # 335070. Please complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter, current resume, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three professional references.

Institution Information

A distinctive undergraduate campus within the University of Minnesota system, the University of Minnesota Morris combines a student-centered residential liberal arts education with access to the resources and opportunities of one of the nation's largest universities. A founding member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), UMN Morris provides students with a rigorous academic experience, preparing them to be global citizens who value and pursue intellectual growth, civic engagement, intercultural competence, and environmental stewardship. The student body of nearly 1600 is supported by approximately 130 faculty members with a student/faculty ratio of 13:1. UMN Morris serves one of the most diverse student bodies in Minnesota. Forty percent of UMN Morris students are Native American, persons of color, or of international origin. UMN Morris is the only federally recognized Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institution in the Upper Midwest. UMN Morris is highly ranked by national publications – U.S. News & World Report as a top-ten public liberal arts college; Forbes as one of the best colleges and universities in the nation; and Fiske Guide to Colleges includes Morris campus in its list of “the best” and “most interesting” schools in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom. Morris students are taught by a faculty with the highest per capita representation in the University of Minnesota’s Academy of Distinguished Teaching and students consistently win national awards, as demonstrated by UMN Morris’s status among the top baccalaureate institutions producing student Fulbright awards. The campus is also a national leader in sustainability, evidenced by receipt of the inaugural Excellence in Sustainability award from the National Association of College and University Business Officers and an AASHE STARS Gold rating.

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Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree and 6 years of experience

Preferred Qualifications

Desired Qualities and Experiences:
• Master’s degree and at least four years’ experience
• Knowledge and understanding of community and tribal colleges
• Ability to collaborate effectively with a variety of stakeholders • Familiarity with current national issues in higher education and awareness of their implications for liberal arts colleges
• Capacity to think strategically and to work creatively, and the skills and discipline to bring initiatives to fruition
• Ability to lead and collaborate in campus efforts to foster a respect for diversity in persons, ideas, and experiences
• Ability to represent campus effectively and in various capacities at the University of Minnesota System level and to collaborate with system partners