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Coordinator of Residence Life and Programming

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Coordinator of Residence Life and Programming

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Reporting directly to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Retention, the Coordinator of Residence Life and Programming serves as one of the primary professional contacts for residence life and is responsible for supervision of all residence life student staff and residence life programming. This position will also oversee Pioneer WOW, advise Student Government Association, and serve as the point of contact for registering and maintaining student clubs and organizations. The Coordinator will coordinates with campus constituencies to plan and manage student engagement activities throughout the academic year.


  • Master’s degree required;
  • Earned educational credentials preferred within (but not limited to) the following disciplines: college student life, college student personnel, higher education administration, counseling, or related fields;
  • Experience in Residence Hall management, student staff supervision, problem solving, and conflict resolution.
  • Experience planning and implementing student engagement programming in a higher education environment required; and
  • Experience working with underrepresented and/or minority student populations.


  • Work collaboratively with the campus community to develop educational programming and/or quality student life programming;
  • Select, supervise, evaluate, and develop all residence hall student staff and Pioneer Peers;
  • Develop and implement training programs for residence hall staff and Pioneer Peers;
  • Serve as the Office of Student Affairs advisor to the Student Government Association (SGA), Tusculum Activities Board (TAB), assist with leadership development for clubs and organizations, and provide guidance in planning student engagement events across each semester;
  • Provide data and metrics for programming to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Retention;
  • Assist Student Affairs in managing housing matters;
  • Develop, collaborate, and communicate events for the Pioneer Week of Welcome, Homecoming, Pioneer Weekend, Career Fairs and the Lantern Ceremony
  • Assist in carrying out daily Office of Student Affairs functions;
  • Maintain on-call responsibilities during opening, closing, assigned breaks, and throughout the operational year as assigned by the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Retention
  • Participate in student pick-up/drop-off shuttle services to and from regional airports
  • Follows academic and other related administrative policies; and
  • Promotes the mission of Tusculum University to all faculty, staff, students and community at large.


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


  • Strong leadership, organizational, and communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and make value judgements, which may set new policy.
  • Ability to schedule and organize workflow to meet key deadlines and support effective practices.
  • Ability to exhibit a high degree of tact, energy, and resourcefulness in dealing with a variety of situations and people.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong computer literacy, particularly with Microsoft Office applications, and student information systems.


  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment. You may be required to work occasional irregular hours, including some nights and weekends.
  • Able to lift up to 25 pounds on occasion.
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Must be able to walk distances, sit or stand for long periods of time, and climb stairs.
  • Ability to talk and hear.
  • Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Mission Statement

Building on a rich Presbyterian heritage and a pioneering spirit, Tusculum University provides an active and experiential education within a caring Christian environment to inspire civic engagement, enrich personal lives, and equip career-ready professionals.

Nondiscrimination Statement

Tusculum University provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.

The above job description supersedes all previous descriptions. This job description is intended to be a tool to describe the primary purpose of the job and the fundamental duties and responsibilities and is not an exhaustive list of duties, responsibilities, and skills required for this position. Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.

How to Apply:

Only online applications will be accepted. Send a cover letter, CV, copies of transcripts, name and contact information of 3-5 references, and Tusculum University application (located at the top of the web page electronically to Attn: Coordinator of Residence Life and Programming


Working at Tusculum University

At Tennessee’s first college, join students from across the country and across the world who’ve come together  to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others.

Our unique Civic Arts focus takes the liberal arts a step further in a nationally recognized approach to educating individuals of integrity and ideals.

wide range of majors – from museum studies to nursing – are combined with service learning and travel opportunities, an Honors Program and a Bonner Leaders Program.

Plus Tusculum offers scores of student-run clubs and projects to prepare you for anything!

If you’re seeking a smaller college away from urban stress and suburban sameness, Tusculum is the right size and in the right place. A small college like ours encourages you to be who you are and to try new things, knowing you’ll never be lost in the crowd. 

It’s easy to get involved at Tusculum. Organize campus events, become a resident assistant, direct a play, lead Freshman Orientation, hold an office in the Student Government Association, or join one of the many other clubs on campus.

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