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Program and Advising Coordinator for First-Year Initiatives

Categories: Mid Atlantic Region 2


Academic Achievement Center


University of Lynchburg - Lynchburg, VA

Date Posted:

Jan 10 2022 3:40PM

Close Date:

Feb 11 2022

Position Description

The University of Lynchburg, a private regional university, located in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Central Virginia is seeking a full-time program and advising coordinator for first-year initiatives to join the Office of First and Second Year Initiatives team. The program and advising coordinator for first-year initiatives reports to, is supervised by, and evaluated by the director of first and second-year initiatives. The evaluation of work performance will be ongoing and will be carried out by the director of first and second-year initiatives. It will include the specific duties and responsibilities of this position description plus employee attitude and general working behavior.


In conjunction with the director of first and second-year initiatives, develop, improve and implement effective orientation programs and welcome week events for all first-time full-time first-year students; coordinating these activities. Assist the director of first and second-year initiatives with managing, coordinating, and improving programs and services for all first-time full-time first-year students.
Assist in managing transition programs for first-time full-time first-year students including the recruitment, selection, and training of Connections Program staff (Connections Program Coordinators, Connection Leaders, and Orientation Leaders) who serve as peer mentors, educators, and coaches.
Provide individual academic advising for first-year students.
Advise students on the development and selection of course schedules consistent with students’ goals.
Teach two seconds of General Studies (GS) 104: College Success Strategies Course.
Provide direct service support to individual first-year students on matters related to transition, academic progress, major selection, and student development.
Assist in the assessment of first-year student services and programs.
Develop and teach courses designed to meet the needs of entering first-time full-time first-year students. Provide coaching services to first-year students, as well as other students, as needed.
Serve as chapter advisor for Phi Eta Sigma National Freshman Honor Society.
As part of the Academic Achievement Center, and in coordination with other departments on campus, participate in initiatives that support student success.
Co-chair the First-Year Experience Committee.
Performs other duties as required.

Application Process

Submit an employment application and email or mail a résumé and contact information of three professional references, to: University of Lynchburg Office of Human Resources 1501 Lakeside Drive Lynchburg, VA 24501 The selected candidate must successfully pass a background check that is satisfactory to the University.

Institution Information

The University of Lynchburg is committed to diversity within its community and welcomes applications from persons of color, women, Indigenous/aboriginal people of North America, persons with disabilities, the LGBTQIA+ community, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the University of Lynchburg community. The University of Lynchburg is an equal opportunity employer.

Additional Information

Pay range: $40,000 - $42,000
University of Lynchburg employees are required to have COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters.

Contact Information

Jonathan Fries (434) 544-8422


Required Qualifications

A minimum of one year experience working in an educational setting (preferably higher education) with students in transition and handling multiple priorities. Graduate assistantship counts as work experience. Excellent communication skills in person, small or large groups; effective public speaking skills, and the ability to interact with a wide range of diverse constituents. Excellent written language skills. Experience working in either orientation, transition, retention, academic advising, or student affairs.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience working in orientation, transition, or retention. Experience in academic advising. Experience working with first-year students. Experience with advising a student organization. Experience working on committees and working in a team environment. Experience supervising, hiring, and training student leaders. Teaching experience.