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Hours Full-time, Part-time
Location Harrisonburg, Virginia

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Working Title Transfer Advising Coordinator Position Number 7525 Posting Number F2237 Position Type Administrative and Professional Faculty Position Status Full Time College/Division University Studies Department 100536 - University Advising Pay Rate Commensurate with Experience Specify Range or Amount Is this a JMU only position? No Is this a grant-funded position? No Is this a Conflict of Interest designated position? No
Position Summary Information
About James Madison University

We are a community committed to preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives.


To be the national model for the engaged university: engaged with ideas and the world.

Who We Are

Located in the heart of Virginia's beautiful Shenandoah Valley, the city of Harrisonburg is approximately 120 miles from Washington, D.C. and Richmond, VA. With a population of just over 53,000, Harrisonburg is one of the most diverse communities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. JMU is a selective, public institution with a growing national reputation for offering experiences that lead to an outstanding education and inclusive environment for students, faculty and staff. The student body includes approximately 20,000 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students, with over 1,000 full-time instructional faculty.

JMU offers thriving programs in the liberal arts, science and technology, and professional disciplines at the undergraduate, master's and doctoral levels. The university is committed to expanding diversity, fostering equity and inclusion, and supporting superlative teaching and scholarship. JMU has achieved national recognition for the high quality of its academic programs, focus on maintaining strong student/faculty interaction, and innovative faculty research.
General Information
The University Advising office at James Madison University is accepting applications for a Transfer Advising Coordinator. The Transfer Advising and Student Success team at JMU provides crucial support to students before, during and after their transfer to JMU. We work with students coming from two-year and four-year schools, in-state or out-of-state, hoping to transfer to JMU or already here. Much of our work focuses on providing one-on-one academic advising to prospective Virginia community college students who want to understand the pathway to JMU, take courses that will satisfy requirements in their intended major, and prepare to be successful after transfer. We also develop resources about processes and policies related to transfer, and we present at or organize events in support of transfer student success.

This position will serve as the primary advising contact for prospective students from community colleges in Virginia not already served by our Shenandoah Valley and Northern Virginia transfer advising coordinators, as well as from other four-year schools or from out-of-state. The position will have an office at JMU but will include some travel for regular office hours at Blue Ridge Community College and for several short trips per year to various partner locations around Virginia, including the Virginia Beach, Richmond, and Roanoke areas.

The Transfer Advising Coordinator position is a full-time, 12-month, Administrative & Professional (A&P) Faculty position reporting to the Associate Director of Transfer Student Success in University Advising, a unit that falls within the leadership of the Vice Provost of Student Academic Success and Enrollment Management.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Advise students on requirements for guaranteed admission, tools that they can use to evaluate transfer equivalence, and coursework that can be taken prior to transfer to satisfy requirements in general education and their intended major at JMU.
  • Develop and maintain a deep working knowledge of academic programs, degree requirements, and academic advising tools for JMU, Transfer Virginia, and Virginia's Community Colleges, in order to provide students with accurate academic advice.
  • Increase the visibility of the transfer advising program and transfer pathways to JMU. Promote the Guaranteed Admission Agreement and sign JMU Letters of Intent with students. Work closely with the JMU Office of Admission to communicate about prospective students and collaborate on visitation and on-site admission days for prospective students.
  • Foster strong collaborative relationships with transfer advisors, faculty, and administration at the Virginia Community Colleges, responding to questions about policies, procedures and requirements and promoting collaboration with JMU's academic departments as appropriate.
  • Assist with developing, writing, and posting informational materials for the transfer advising website, social media, Transfer Virginia portal, new transfer student enrollment modules, etc.
  • Serve on the Transfer Advising and Student Success planning team, including assisting with the development of new transfer student success initiatives. Assist with transfer student success presentations and events for Transfer Student Success, University Advising, Admissions, Orientation, etc. Contribute to the overall work of the University Advising Hub.
  • Develop and implement events for current JMU transfer students to promote sense of belonging and student success.
  • Maintain good program data and submit regular reports to the associate director.
Required Qualifications
  • Master's degree.
  • Experience related to the duties described, such as advising, teaching, or counseling.
  • Ability to articulate the importance of transfer and transfer student success.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, access, and inclusion, including fluency working with diverse student populations.
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills, including listening, conversing, writing, and presenting information.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a team that shares responsibility for supporting transfer student success.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Degree in counseling, higher education leadership, teaching, or a related field.
  • Experience in higher education, ideally to include familiarity with both the university and community college setting and/or with transfer pathways.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to student development and the needs of transfer students.
  • Ability to learn, interpret and explain complex academic requirements, policies, and procedures across multiple academic units and institutions.
  • Tolerance for ambiguity, enthusiasm for innovation, and capacity to manage multiple projects and support the implementation of change.
  • Familiarity with information technology and its applications to academic advising.
  • Ability to establish collaborative partnerships.
  • Experience with planning events for students.
Conditions of Employment
Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.

E-Verify Notice: After accepting employment, new hires are required to complete an I-9 form and present documentation of their identity and eligibility to work in the United States. James Madison University uses the E-Verify system to confirm identity and work authorization.
Posting Detail Information
Posting Date 08/04/2023 Beginning Review Date 09/04/2023 Closing Date Open Until Filled Yes Proposed Starting Date 09/25/2023 EEO Statement
James Madison University is committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.

We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality.

Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.
Reasonable Accommodation Request
If you are an individual with a disability and need assistance searching or applying for jobs please contact us at (540) 568-3597 or . You may also visit the JMU Human Resource Office, located at 752 Ott Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 and we will be happy to assist you.
Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report
Notice of Availability - Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention, the university police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures, protocols for the immediate notification of students and staff upon confirmation of a significant emergency on campus and other matters of importance related to security and safety. The report includes statistics for the most recent three-year period of reported crimes that have occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by JMU or its affiliates; and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report includes campus housing fire statistics for the most recent three-year period, a description of each on-campus student housing facility fire safety system, the number of fire drills held during the previous calendar year, policies or rules on portable electrical appliances, smoking, and open flames in student housing; and procedures for student housing evacuation in the event of fire along with other fire safety information.

The JMU Annual Security and Fire Safety Report includes the Harrisonburg campus and the three overseas branch campuses; Florence, Antwerp, and London. It is available electronically

You can obtain a copy of any of this report by contacting the Office of Public Safety, MSC 6810, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 or request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (540)568-6769/6913.
Minimum Reference(s) Required 3 Quick Link for Direct Access to Posting Additional Posting Information
Candidates should complete the online application and submit the following:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Inclusive Excellence: This statement should address the applicant's efforts towards diversity, equity, inclusion and/or justice to demonstrate a focus on inclusivity within the applicant's workplace activities. The statement should not focus on personal values and personal experiences, but rather on actions and experiences as they relate to inclusivity in the workplace."

JMU's Dual Career and Community Resources Program is available for candidates that will be relocating to the area. For more information, please visit