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Student Activities & Leadership Coordinator

Sewanee: The University of the South
Sewanee, TN

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Open Date:


Classification Title:

Student Activities and Leadership Coordinator


Student Success


Student Life

FLSA Status:

Exempt (Overtime exemption status is determined at the time of hire based on the rate of pay)

Career/Pay Band:


Work Schedule:

Full Year

Full Time vs Part Time:

Full Time



Primary Function:

Reporting to the Assistant Dean of Campus Activities, the Student Activities and Leadership Coordinator serves on the Campus Activities team and plays an integral part in creating a healthy, engaged, and flourishing student community. The Coordinator plays a primary role in creating and executing innovative and diverse campus-wide programs that will attract a variety of students, including advising the student programming board as they plan different events and activities throughout the year. In partnership with the Student Organizations and Leadership Coordinator, this position will oversee the development of a comprehensive student leadership program for both individual students and student organizations. While in Campus Activities in Student Life, this position works closely with a variety of campus partners to build programs that help students thrive.

Typical Duties & Responsibilities:

Supervise/Advise the Tigers Entertainment Board:

  • Select and train the student board on an annual basis
  • Meet weekly with the board’s leadership team and attend the board’s weekly meetings
  • Lead a biannual retreat to plan for each semester’s event calendar
  • Advise the board on every program and event, from planning to implementation to assessment and evaluation
  • Oversee and manage the board’s budget
  • Facilitate contracts and agreements with outside vendors, bands, entertainers, etc.

Plan, implement, and assess campus-wide traditions and events, including but not limited to:

  • Orientation/welcome week activities
  • Homecoming (Homecoming court, campus-wide concert)
  • Reading Day and exam week programs
  • Weekly movies, indoor and outdoor (when appropriate)
  • Campus Activities traditional “thank you card” events

Student Leadership Development:

  • Perform a student-wide needs assessment for leadership development and programming
  • Utilizing assessment findings and best practices, plan and create an innovative and engaging comprehensive leadership development program for students to include personal and organizational development, values exploration, goal setting, integrity and ethical decision making, etc.

Collaborate with campus partners to build and create a healthy, flourishing campus community:

  • Partner with the Area Coordinators in Residential Life for in-hall programming and community building
  • Partner with Athletics to create special events for students at athletic events throughout the academic year
  • Create other campus partnerships as needed

Play an integral role in holistic student success and flourishing in Campus Activities:

  • Help select, train, and supervise Campus Activities work study students
    • Event work study students (for movies, other large-scale events)
    • Office support work study students
    • Athletics/school spirit work study students
    • Marketing/PR work study students
  • Assist in the strategic planning for the Campus Activities mission and goals
  • Assist the Assistant Dean as needed
  • Serve on various campus committees as needed

Judgment Required:

Performance of the essential duties of this position is dependent upon independent ingenuity and developmental efforts.

Budgetary Responsibility:

Monitors expenditures against budget; prepares budget data for review/approval by supervisor/department head.

Machines & Equipment Used:

Must be able to drive university vans; lift up to 35lbs and move equipment with care and caution for event setup.


Bachelors required; Masters preferred, in a field relevant to higher education/student affairs in combination with educational experience.


Prior experience working with college students/young adults in programming and advising. Event management experience, leadership experience, and prior work in a college setting is beneficial. Previous experience with Engage or a similar platform is preferred.

Job Related Skills:

Proficiency with MS Office Suite, including Word, Excel and some publishing software. Ability to learn and apply web interface design tools.


Class F Driver’s License TN (or the ability to acquire a TN license)

Student Contact:

Student contact will be frequent and professional, particularly with student leaders.


Student Life staff, faculty and staff, advisors.


Vendors, music/entertainment agents

Supervision Received:

This position works with considerable independence and self-direction. Only general direction and scope of the work to be accomplished are discussed with supervisor.

Positions Directly Supervised:

Student Activities Board, Sewanee Union Theatre

Confidential Information:

This position may be exposed to confidential student information from time to time.

Working Environment:

This position will work frequent evenings and weekends for event management.

Physical Requirements:

Must be able to lift between 21-50 pounds (Medium work)

University Information:

The University of the South, commonly known as Sewanee, comprises a nationally ranked residential College of Arts and Sciences and a School of Theology. The University is strongly committed to the values of intellectual inquiry, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and living and serving in community. Situated on 13,000 acres atop Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, Sewanee is known for its stunning natural beauty while providing easy access to Chattanooga, Nashville, and Huntsville. The University is affiliated with the Episcopal Church and seeks to help employees of all backgrounds and identities flourish.

EEO Statement:

The University of the South is an equal opportunity educational institution that is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus environment.

Employment Prescreening:

Eligibility for employment is contingent upon successful prescreening

Non-Discrimination Statement:

The University of the South stands firmly for the principle that its employees, students, and participants of university-sponsored programs and activities have a right to be free from discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, pregnancy and childbirth, and genetic information. As required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the University does not discriminate on the basis of sex or other protected categories in the educational programs or activities which it operates. This requirement of non-discrimination extends to admission to and employment in those programs or activities. The University is committed to sustaining a community in which the dignity of every individual is respected. Key to this value are efforts to nurture an environment of civility and mutual respect and to foster a culture of reporting concerns so that the University can respond promptly and equitably whenever an incident occurs. All employees, students, and participants of university-sponsored programs and activities have the right to be free from harassment and retaliation.

Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be addressed to:

The University’s Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Sylvia Gray, at:

Woods Lab, 138

(931) 598-1420

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]


Working at Sewanee: The University of the South

Known familiarly as “Sewanee” by its students, faculty, staff and friends, The University of the South offers an unmatched educational experience. The university remains purposefully small and dedicated to building a sense of community. All classes are taught by professors, not graduate teaching assistants, and close faculty-student interaction ensures that each student enjoys a rich and personal educational experience. It is not unusual for students and faculty members to work shoulder to shoulder on research projects and journal articles, to meet for coffee at a local eatery, or to serve together as members of the university orchestra, volunteer fire department, and other civic groups.

The result of such individualized education is clear in the academic success of Sewanee students and alumni. The university has had 26 Rhodes Scholars—a number that puts Sewanee in the top four nationally among American liberal arts colleges—as well as 27 NCAA Postgraduate Fellows, 43 Watson Fellows, and dozens of Fulbright Scholars, and has an acceptance rate to graduate and professional schools that far outpaces its peers. The School of Theology has added to its alumni ranks countless bishops, including three of the last four presiding bishops of the Episcopal Church.

Sewanee offers 36 majors, 32 minors, and 15 special programs, along with pre-medicine, pre-nursing, pre-law, and pre-business. More than 40 percent of students participate in study-abroad programs, and a comprehensive endowed program that provides financial support for summer internships has greatly strengthened career development for undergraduates. See more about Sewanee in the "Sewanee Snapshot" here.

In an era of specialization, Sewanee upholds the broad-based ideals of liberal education as a surer means to success. At the University of the South, the adherence to outstanding liberal arts education and enduring traditions of honor, community, and respect have transformed many generations of students, and have earned the abiding loyalty and support of alumni who are enjoying lives of integrity, leadership, and service.

The University is located atop the Cumberland Plateau between Nashville and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Sewanee’s physical environment, which includes the 13,000–acre Domain (as the campus and surrounding area is known), provides a remarkable academic and recreational resource, and an unparalleled place in which to study and reflect. It invites students to engage in both a multitude of outdoor activities and careful study of the natural environment.

As the University celebrated the 150th anniversary of its founding in 2007–2008, it looked back on a rich history and forward to new opportunities for the next generations. “The essence of Sewanee is consistent from generation to generation,” said Vice Chancellor emeritus Joel Cunningham. “We are a university dedicated to liberal education, to time-honored traditions, and to our commitment to serve our students and this nation. We have been successful in advancing our mission, and I believe we have the resources and the will to ensure that Sewanee’s best years are still to come.”

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