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University of Kansas Transition Programs Coordinator in Lawrence, Kansas


Job Title:

Transition Programs Coordinator


Ctr Orientation Transition Prg

Primary Campus:

University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

Job Description:

40% Welcome Programming

  • Coordinate and serve as the primary contact for all welcome programs for the Center for Orientation and Transition Programs. These include Hawk Week, Winter Welcome and other programs geared toward first year student success and transition.

  • Alongside OTP leadership, the Transition Programs Coordinator will plan, implement, and assess our welcome programs.

30% Transitions Programming

  • Work with OTP Assistant Directors to identify gaps in the student transition experience and plan and implement programs designed for these gaps, including Rest, Relax, Recharge, I am KU, Your First Year, and other efforts following the first weeks of the semester.

  • Work closely with OTP staff and campus partners to identify other areas where student programming support would be beneficial.

20% Orientation Support

  • Provide programmatic support for Orientation.

  • May participate in the selection and training of Orientation Assistants, may help to provide campus-wide training sessions for campus partners related to OTP events and programs, and may participate in outreach activities for the Center for Orientation and Transition Programs, including prospective student recruitment events, the orientation opportunities fair and related programs, and other programs hosted within the division of Academic Success.

10% Other Duties as Assigned

Req ID (Ex: 10567BR) :



The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, Room 1082, Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).

Work Schedule:

Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm

FLSA Status:


Conditions of Employment:

Contingent on Funding

Contact Information to Applicants:

Alex Cruse alexcruse@ku.edu

Required Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree PLUS one (1) year of related professional experience OR Associate's Degree PLUS three (3) years' of related professional experience OR High School Diploma PLUS five (5) years' related professional experience.

  2. Experience working with diverse student populations.

  3. One (1) year of experience with student programming and/or event planning.

  4. Strong written communication skills as demonstrated by application materials.

  5. Prior work experience requiring strong attention to detail.

Employee Class:

U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Advertised Salary Range:

Minimum $43,000 Final Determination Commensurate With Experience



Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Two (2) years’ experience working with diverse student populations in a university setting.

  2. Experience with Canvas, the myKU portal, Rock Chalk Central or CORQ, and Enroll and Pay.

  3. Experience with student programming or event planning in a virtual setting

  4. Experience working with staff and faculty at KU.

Position Overview:

The Center for Orientation and Transition Programs (OTP) coordinates Orientation, Hawk Week, and other first-year transition programs designed to help students discover, engage and belong at the University of Kansas. The Transition Programs Coordinator is responsible for coordinating our signature welcome program, Hawk Week, and other programs for undergraduate students designed to enhance their experience and increase their academic success. This position is the primary contact for and coordinator of all transition programs and supports the many initiatives and programs of OTP, including Orientation. The Transition Programs Coordinator must have strong communication skills, demonstrated ability to work in a detailed manner with strong attention to accuracy, and a desire to build and maintain robust campus partner and stakeholder relationships.

The Center for Orientation and Transition Programs is housed within the Centers for Orientation and Academic Advising Programs, a division within Academic Success. This position reports to one of the Assistant Directors of the Center for Orientation and Transition Programs.

The University of Kansas offers great benefits to employees with up to 176 hours of paid vacation per year, 96 hours of sick leave earned per year, 9 paid holidays plus one discretionary day, a great retirement program, medical and dental insurance, life and disability insurance, other benefit plan options and state of Kansas discounts offered by various vendors. The University of Kansas also offers employees educational opportunities and is a great place to work!

About Lawrence, KS

The University of Kansas is located in Lawrence, a community of about 95,000. Only 35 miles west of Kansas City and 20 miles east of Topeka, you will never be far from barbecue, jazz, museum culture, and more. Lawrence has a lively downtown and a thriving arts and music scene, and its local government has enacted ordinances supporting equality for all members of its population. Lawrence locals covet the numerous sports and recreational opportunities, local shops, and a wide range of locally-owned restaurants.



Application Review Begins:


Anticipated Start Date:


Additional Candidate Instruction:

A Complete application includes:

  1. Resume.

  2. Cover letter addressing how the required and preferred qualifications are met.

  3. Contact information for three (3) professional references.

  4. Completion of the online application.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • Application review begins Monday, June 12, 2023 and continues until a pool of qualified applicants is identified.

Job Family:


Work Location Assignment:


Position Requirements:

  1. This position requires working on-site.