Student Affairs Fellows

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

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Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-09-02
Req: R0026180
The Student Affairs Fellows are full-time administrative positions created to provide professional staff experience in a fast-paced higher education environment to recent University graduates. As a staff member in student affairs, the Fellows work on programs and initiatives related to building community, belonging, and safety, while carrying out other essential duties related to the activities of the particular unit or sub-unit in which they are assigned. The Fellows will provide programmatic and student support services across the Division of Student Affairs, including areas such as the Office of the Dean of Students, Student Engagement & Inclusion, Orientation & New Student Programs, First Generation and Low Income student support, Housing & Residence Life, the Office of African-American Affairs, Career Services, Student Health and Wellness and the central Vice President’s Office. In addition to supporting programs and students, the Fellows may be asked to conduct research, coordinate outreach and communications, and manage special projects as assigned by their supervisor, who will be a student affairs professional staff member based in the Fellows’ area of appointment.

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. Additional possibilities may 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. For more information and an application, visit:

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment. PROCESS FOR INTERNAL UVA APPLICANTS: Please apply through your Workday Home page, search “Find Jobs”, and search for 'R0026180.' Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, address). PROCESS FOR EXTERNAL UVA APPLICANTS: Please visit UVA job board, search for 'R0026180,' complete the application and attach a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, address). Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the 'Resume' box. Applications that do not contain all of the required documents will not receive full consideration. Preference will be given to applications received by June 6, 2021. For information regarding the position or the application process, please contact Michele Jarman at


The job does occasionally require walking some distance to attend meetings and programs

COVID Vaccination Requirement

The University of Virginia expects all current and new employees (UVA Health System and Academic), to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

If hired to work within the University Health System, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or be willing to receive the vaccination. Employees may request a medical or religious exemption from vaccination.

If hired to work on the Academic side of the University, excluding the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, UPG, and the Health Systems Library, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or be willing to submit to mandatory, weekly prevalence testing. Employees that are working 100% remotely will not be subject to weekly prevalence testing; however, if the employee works on UVA Grounds (including the Medical Center) even intermittently, then they are required to be tested for COVID-19 once per week on an indefinite basis and follow masking mandates.

NOTE: Some medical and safety-sensitive positions require vaccination and are not eligible for an exemption. For more information on how the vaccination and testing requirements will apply to you at your work location, see the UVA New Hire Vaccination Requirements webpage.

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