Columbus, Georgia
The salary is commensurate with education and experience.
May 12, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Columbus State University has an opening for a Student Development Specialist II located in Student Life and Development. This position will report to the Director of Student Life and Development and provide vision and direction for the development and implementation of a comprehensive array of leadership and co-curricular student learning initiatives designed to increase student interaction, build community, promote civic engagement and global awareness, support community partnerships, and enhance leadership development. This position will also be responsible for advisement, education, and management of all leadership programming as well as coordination of campus special projects.

The responsibilities for the position include but are not limited to:

  • Serving as the primary advisor for campus Student Leadership Programming (55%)
  • Plan and execute campus-wide annual Cougar Leadership Conference
  • Coordinate monthly Leadership Workshop Series and the Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum Student Simulcast
  • Recruit, train and advise a Student Leadership board
  • Organize an annual Student Leadership Recognition Banquet
  • Provide workshops and training for student organizations and advisors
  • Assist in the implementation of iLead and the President’s Leadership Council
  • Management of associated program state-funded budgets
  • Oversee and advise Campus Initiatives and Special Projects (40%)
  • Advise campus Welcome Back programs and initiatives; Cougar Kickoff
    • Provide primary oversight of the publicity, events, and campus collaborations for the fall and spring initiatives
    • Recruit, train, and oversee a student programming board for Cougar Kickoff
    • Management of associated program state-funded budgets
  • Serve as the liaison and primary programming oversight for the RiverPark Campus
  • Coordinate student programming efforts and visibility at RiverPark including leadership, special events, and activities
  • Maintain visibility at RiverPark and hold office hours
  • Collaborate with aspects of various programmatic/leadership areas (e.g. Camp PROWL, Student Activities, Orientation, Diversity Programs, etc.). Work closely with students, faculty, staff, and external stakeholders to collaborate on programmatic initiatives designed to capture the college student experience
  • Serves on appropriate university committees and governing boards (5%)

Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in Higher Education Administration, Student Affairs, Educational Policy, Counseling, or other closely related field from an accredited college or university. A Master’s degree is highly preferred. The selected candidate must possess a demonstrated experience in responsibility in both supervisory and budgetary management; experience working closely with students from diverse backgrounds within a higher education setting as well as working collaboratively with faculty, staff, and the community in a wide variety of university initiatives and committees; extensive experience initiating, planning, implementing, and evaluating episodic, ongoing, and student-driven programmatic efforts; proficient oral and written communication skills; possess the ability to manage and maintain budget and fiscal responsibilities; possess the ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from internal and external participants; the ability to direct such activities as maintenance requests, supply needs, repairs, mailings, and file management; and the ability to manage and coordinate other duties as assigned.                                                                            

The salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position has been filled. Columbus State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, Committed to Diversity in Hiring. A successful criminal background check will be required as a condition of employment.

Required Documents to Submit with Online Application

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

All applications and required documents must be submitted using the Columbus State University’s online employment site.   To access the Columbus State University’s online employment site, please visit                                                                                  

If you have any questions, please contact the Human Resources Office at 706-507-8920 or e-mail to