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Student Affairs Fellows

The Division is seeking at least 4 Fellows, with the possibility for additional opportunities. The current open positions will support the Office of the Dean of Students, in Student Engagement and Inclusion, including student engagement and multicultural student services, and Orientation & New Student Programs. Responsibilities will be focused on event planning and coordination, program and student/student organization support. Night and weekend work will be required, with the potential for a non-traditional (outside 8am-5pm) schedule.

Programmatic responsibilities depend on the particular Fellows’ assignment, but generally include assisting students, faculty, and staff with program design, implementation, and/or support services related to the assigned program.  Consistent with student self-governance, Fellows will not be expected to create and manage programs on their own, but will be expected to partner with and support students in designing and implementing the programs.

Student support responsibilities include assisting, mentoring, and training student leaders; helping students solve problems; and responding appropriately to questions and challenges.  While work will be primarily student-facing and focused, Fellows may be expected to respond to questions from parents, faculty or staff and other stakeholders. Fellows may also encounter students who need support or assistance related to interpersonal problems, policy violations, psychological issues, or other concerns and may be asked to triage and provide referrals and resources to students experiencing such difficulties.

Other duties as assigned may include duties as assigned by deans or senior VPSA staff. Fellows will be expected to assist with unforeseen priorities that emerge in Division of Student Affairs unit in which they are hired. Fellows may be asked to assist the agency or State government generally in the event of an emergency declaration by the Governor.

Candidates must have the following required knowledge areas, skills, and abilities:

  • A degree from UVA with recent demonstrated knowledge of student self-governance and the student experience at the University of Virginia;
  • Strong commitment to the division’s core values of academic rigor, health and wellness, honor, public service and student self-governance;
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and belonging;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Excellent operational and project management skills, including the ability to prioritize and multi-task;
  • Ability to exercise discretion in prioritizing tasks, sharing information, and using independent judgment; and
  • Ability to work in collaboration with cross-functional teams.

A competitive applicant for the Fellow positions will have many of the following preferred knowledge areas, skills, and abilities:

  • Ability to coordinate resources, evaluate information, and identify creative solutions;
  • Understanding of the University's educational mission, strategic aims, and programs; 
  • Experience with event planning and coordination; and
  • Experience and/or domain knowledge specific to the Student Affairs program in which the Fellow will work.

These positions have a 12-month term limit, with an anticipated start date in August of 2021. At the conclusion of the appointment, the Fellow will be required to submit a written summary report of accomplishments, including recommendations for current and future initiatives. The anticipated hiring range for these positions is $40,000 - $45,000.

With a hiring freeze recently lifted and the fall semester fast-approaching, candidates are encouraged to have complete applications submitted by July 15, 2021, though positions will remain open until filled. Requested application materials include a letter of interest or cover letter; resume or curriculum vitae; and the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least three professional references. All applications, nominations, and inquiries will remain confidential.

Located in central Virginia, the University of Virginia is a highly selective public research institution with a major commitment to undergraduate education. The student experience is grounded in the institutional core values of academic rigor, diversity and inclusion, health and wellness, honor, public service and student self-governance. For more information about the University of Virginia and the Office of the Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer visit:

The University of Virginia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
Women, racial minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.