Transfer Credit Specialist

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Classification:Student Services Technician 3
Grade:Grade 77
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit:UAA VC Student Affairs
Location: Anchorage
Categories: Academic Advising/Support, Student Affairs/Services

Position Summary:

The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) invites applications for the position of Transfer Credit Specialist within the Office of the Registrar. UAA's Office of the Registrar is a forward-looking group working behind the scenes to find and produce innovative ways to improve the student, faculty and staff experience at UAA. The Office of the Registrar maintains several software applications that assist in production of the university catalog, degree audits, registration, and scheduling. Applicants should appreciate the structure policies and regulation provide and be ready to operate in a fast-paced, technology-rich environment aimed at generating efficiencies. We are looking for a highly motivated, team-oriented individual with stellar organizational skills, attention to detail who is current (within the last 3-5 years) in multiple software applications and database management. Applicants are expected to address in their cover letter their current (last 3-5 years) experience and skill sets related to the use of technology and its relevancy to this position.

Duties:

10Systems testing and maintenance: - Responsible for in-depth testing for all system upgrades and making recommendations for software corrections and enhancements. - Actively participate in Statewide committee related to transfer and collaborate to improve overall transfer experience. - Collaborate, cross-train with, and provide assistance to the other teams within the Office of the Registrar to improve overall function of the office. - Proactively research, analyze and test possible advances to transfer credit practices and processes, as well as self-service (UAOnline) enhancements related to transfer.Essential
15Interpret, communicate, and provide customer service: - Maintain current and historical knowledge of the interpretation and application of transfer credit policies and practices, and provide interpretation of academic regulations and requirements for students, faculty, staff and advisors as they pertain to transfer work. Provide regular follow up and clarification regarding catalog policy and course equivalency decisions to students, staff and advisors via phone, email and in person. - Use this expertise in transfer credit evaluation to serve as a resource for all matters pertaining to UAA's transfer processes within the Office of the Registrar. Serve as specialist on all inquiries regarding transferability of credits, coursework, test scores, and non-traditional credit, including explaining why courses did not transfer or meet certain requirements. - Collaborate with students and faculty to apply exchange and study abroad credits to UAA degree programs for study abroad and National Student Exchange participants. Refer students and staff appropriately for questions regarding admissions, financial aid, graduation, requests for exception, academic petitions, and other support services. - Create and deliver trainings and presentations to students, faculty, staff and advisors on transfer credit practices and processes, transfer credit websites, national and international evaluation databases, and regional accreditation websites and more. - Monitor Registrar's Office websites related to transfer for accuracy, and address errors and recommend improvements. Contact other university departments if made aware of erroneous information on their websites specific to transfer or Registrar's Office functions/processes.Essential
15Maintain records and policies: - Maintain confidentiality of student records as required by FERPA. - Manage an extensive archival library of historical policies and catalogs and serve as an expert resource for these archives when called upon by administrators, faculty and others. - Provide feedback through the University Registrar to the Office of Academic Affairs regarding concerns related to transfer credit policies and integrity of practices. - Work with the academic departments of each university, as well as the transfer evaluation teams at UAF and UAS, to improve the transferability of UA coursework and ease in which students can use UA system coursework for degree completion. - Regularly update and manage dynamic transfer credit websites/tools for students, faculty and staff, and provide reports and statistical data upon request.Essential
60Understand, research, analyze, and evaluate transfer credit: - This position requires detailed understanding and knowledge of university functions, admissions and graduation criterion, student petition processes, and degree structure (including a thorough understanding of grade values, systems of academic credit, course levels, prerequisites, and the individual requirements of general education, college and major/minor requirements). - Research the accreditation, grading system, course level, and degree program contexts for each institution from which a domestic course is being evaluated. - Using multiple resources, independently determine transfer equivalency for each course (approximately 60,000 annually) and determine UAA equivalency. - Evaluate transfer work totaling more than 150,000 credits/year from over 1000 institutions, as well as non-traditional credit sources (e.g. local credit by exam, certified experience credit, concurrent enrollment, military credit sources, etc.). - Maintain a strong working knowledge of international credential evaluation process. - Perform transfer credit evaluation services for the community campuses of UAA and provide expertise.Essential

Job Summary:

UAA’s Office of the Registrar is a forward-looking group working behind the scenes to find and produce innovative ways to improve the student, faculty and staff experience at UAA. The Office of the Registrar maintains several software applications that assist in the production of the university catalog, degree audits, registration and scheduling. To learn more about our office please visit our website at https://www.uaa.alaska.edu/students/registrar/

We are looking for motivated, team-oriented individuals with strong technical and organizational skills and previous experience with relational databases. Applicants should appreciate the structure policies and regulation provide, be able to interpret and implement them, and be ready to operate in a fast-paced, technology-rich environment aimed at generating efficiencies.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

Knowledge of transfer evaluation and articulation practices, grading policies and procedures, and enrollment and degree verifications in higher education. Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality. Aptitude for learning new skills. Ability to interpret and explain policies for students, staff, faculty, and administrators. Positive attitude, strong sense of initiative and an attention to detail. Ability to establish and maintain positive, cooperative relationships with co-workers, students, faculty, staff, and others. Public speaking and conflict resolution skills. Ability to prioritize work, perform well under pressure and maintain productivity despite consistent interruptions. Knowledge of student information systems preferred, especially Banner. Ability to recognize and provide excellent customer service, make sound judgment calls, critically analyze and solve problems, multi-task, and work both independently and as part of a team. Skill in operation of modern communication tools, computers and relevant software, especially related to data entry.

Required Experience:

Experience working with complex web applications, database management systems, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, calendaring, email, and web browsers within the last 3-5 years. Familiarity with Banner, Toad/SQL and Transfer Evaluation System (TES) within the last 3-5 years is preferred. Substantial experience working with post-secondary education and programs. Prior knowledge of policies, admission requirements, student petition process, and graduation criterion or equivalent. Experience providing excellent customer service when interacting with students, faculty, staff, administrators.

Typical Education or Training:

Associate degree or equivalent. Baccalaureate degree preferred. Substantial experience working in a post-secondary educational environment, or equivalent customer service environment where rules and regulations are applied to individual client/customers.

Application Instructions:

Please attach a cover letter, current resume, and contact information for three professional references. Applicants are expected to address in their cover letter their current (last 3-5 years) experience and skills sets related to the use of technology and its relevancy to this position.

This is a full-time, Grade 77, minimum $21.59.hr, DOE, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package. This is an open until filled recruitment with the initial application review taking place on February 28, 2020. 

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resource by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination 

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug Free Workplace. 

University of Alaska campsuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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