Transitions Coordinator - Campus Life - #242614

Azusa Pacific University

Date: 05/04/2021 21:30 PM

City: Wrightwood, California

Salary: $20 - $25 / hour

Contract type: Full Time

Work schedule: Full Day

APU is seeking employees who desire to engage in our thriving culture by cultivating community through professional interactions, demonstrating a posture of lifelong learning, and modeling Christ-like character. Working together, employees at APU commit to establishing a university atmosphere that is pleasing to God and edifying to one another.

The Transitions Coordinator supervises and manages the programs, services, activities, day-to-day operation and staffing for undergraduate transition programming within Campus Life.

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Master's degree in college student affairs, higher education or other related field from an accredited institution preferred.
  • Education/experience in higher education/student development preferred

Required Experience

  • 1-2 years as a professional in higher education; demonstrated competence in program development and implementation, staff development and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Understanding of issues related to new students (first-year and transfers) and second-year students and how to develop these students holistically through education, resources, and events.
  • Understanding of first-year transitional experience
  • Understanding of second-year student experiences and challenges
  • Understanding of transfer student issues and challenges

Primary Duties/Essential Functions

  • Supervise Alpha Program and Transitions graduate assistants
  • Supervise Alpha Program, APUTWO, and Transfer Connections undergraduate interns
  • Contribute to the hiring and training of Campus Life undergraduate interns and graduate assistants.
  • Aid in office management and covering of Administrative Assistant duties if necessary.
  • Responsible for daily electronic timekeeping as it applies to the scope of this position.

Alpha (Peer Mentorship) Program

  • Provides overall leadership, supervision, and development of the Alpha Program.
  • Manage the Alpha Program operational budget.
  • Provides overall leadership for the creation, organization, and implementation for the student leadership hiring and training of Graduate Assistants, Alpha Interns, Alpha Coordinators, and Alpha Leaders.

Welcome Weekend

  • Collaborate with the Director of Campus Life for fall and spring welcome weekend programs.
  • Train and prepare student leaders involved in welcome weekend programming.
  • Collaborates with various departments across campus to implement and execute welcome weekend programming.
  • Demonstrates and develops top quality customer service integrated into all welcome weekend programs.

New Student Support

  • Assist with Undergraduate Admissions student onboarding as needed (i.e. Summer Orientation).
  • Provide programming opportunities for new students to connect and thrive during their transition into their first semester at APU.
  • Serve on APU CARES (Cougar, Alert, Refer, & Engage System) committee representing active new students.

APUTWO (Second-Year Programs)

  • Manage the APUTWO operational budget
  • Provides overall leadership, supervision, and development of second-year transitional programming.
  • Collaborative programming with offices, faculty and staff to provide support to students in their transition.
  • Serve as the Division of Student Affairs representative for committees related to second-year initiatives

Transfer Connections (Transfer Programs)

  • Manage the Transfer Connections operational budget
  • Provides overall leadership, supervision, and development of transfer transitional programming.
  • Collaborative programming with offices, faculty and staff to provide support to students in their transition.
  • Serve as the Division of Student Affairs representative for committees related to transfer initiatives.

Other Responsibilities

  • Serve in a collateral assignment within Student Affairs.
  • Regular, punctual attendance as required by the supervisor based on department needs.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Director of Campus Life.


  • Knowledge of relevant ethical and legal parameters of professional practice.
  • Public speaking and presentation for training and programming purposes.
  • Excellent communication skills, including strong command of grammar, writing, and verbal skills.
  • Able to work independently and with little supervision, be proactive and take initiative. Actively seeks out opportunities for growth and professional development.
  • Demonstrates sensitivity and commitment to the unique needs of student experiencing emotional, interpersonal and spiritual concerns.
  • Demonstrates respect, professionalism and consideration when dealing with students, faculty, and staff.
  • Ability to manage details and follow through.
  • Must be collaborative and an effective team member and team builder.

Mental Demands

  • Ability to utilize effective organizational skills and flexibility.
  • Ability to work in a busy student environment and to positively impacts the lives of students.
  • Ability to think abstractly, solve problems and effectively balance managing people and tasks.
  • Ability to understand and relate well to students and others of diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to maintain and manage confidential information and situations.
  • Ability to manage challenging situations including student conflict and campus crises.
  • In agreement with the purpose and goals of Azusa Pacific University in providing a Christian-based higher education for its students.

Physical Demands

  • Requires repetitive motion and sitting at computer keyboard.
  • Hearing and speaking on the telephone.
  • Meetings may require walking and/or driving to various University locations.
  • Ability to pull, push, bend, grasp, reach and lift up to 20 lbs.
  • Must be able to climb stairs multiple times in a work day.

Visual Demands

  • Computer monitor and reading.


  • Pleasant office setting, comfortable temperature.


  • Proficient in Google Apps., Microsoft Office, Word, and Excel.


  • Grade 7: $19.94-$25.33/hourly.
  • Salary will be commensurate with qualifications, experience, and internal equity.

Azusa Pacific University is a Christ-centered, multicultural community that values and seeks faculty and staff who are committed to diversity, work effectively with diverse populations, and engage others in ways that honor our rich cultural mosaic and biblical foundation.

Click below to discover some of the many benefits APU employees enjoy including competitive health care options and a generous tuition discount.

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Azusa Pacific University will conduct a background check on all final candidates, including a DMV check.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled unless otherwise stated. Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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