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Program and Advising Coordinator for First-Year Initiatives

University of Lynchburg
Job Location:
Lynchburg, Virginia
Academic Advising

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.

Job type:

  • Full-time, exempt, benefits eligible

Job purpose:

  • To provide direct service support to first-year initiatives in the Academic Achievement Center through individual work with advising students and in small group activities/workshops. To assist with the planning of activities, programs, and services that contribute to the success of first-year students. These include but are not limited to assisting with orientation, advising, teaching and coaching programs and services. In addition, the program and advising coordinator for first-year programs will serve as the academic advisor to first-year students each year. Additional responsibilities may include assisting with the administration of other programs as offered by the Office of First and Second Year Initiatives, as well as the Academic Achievement Center.

Job duties:

  • 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 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.



  • 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (7.5 hours/day with some evening and weekends)


  • 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.
  • Strong interpersonal and writing skills, as well as the ability to supervise student leaders are essential.
  • Experience in planning and executing special events and orientation is desirable.
  • Developed analytical skills and ability to use technology software to collect and analyze data and trends.
  • High personal motivation, organization, and follow-up skills necessary as is the ability to multitask, meet deadlines, work effectively as a team member with a collegial and collaborative style.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a high volume environment.

Physical demands:

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 30 lbs.
  • Some tasks may involve walking, stooping, kneeling, bending, lifting or carrying.

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.


  • A Master’s degree in an appropriate field is required (higher education, student personnel, counseling, or other related programs).

Work remotely:

  • No

We seek candidates who are committed to the University of Lynchburg’s efforts to create an environment that fosters a student-centered environment, develops the breadth of knowledge associated with liberal education, respects and supports diversity, equity, and inclusion, values and celebrates diverse faith traditions, and sustains close working relationships among faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community partners.

How to Apply

Submit an employment application and email or mail a résumé and contact information of three professional references, to:

University of LynchburgOffice of Human Resources1501 Lakeside DriveLynchburg, VA 24501

The selected candidate must successfully pass a background check that is satisfactory to the University.

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.

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