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University Fellow - President's Leadership Program

Christopher Newport University
Newport News, VA

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Working Title:

University Fellow - President's Leadership Program

Position Number:




Appointment Type:

Full Time

Sensitive Position:


Sensitive Position Statement:

A sensitive position requires a fingerprint-based criminal history check.

This is NOT a sensitive position.

Campus Security Authority:


Campus Security Authority Statement:

This position is designated as a Campus Security Authority. A Campus Security Authority (or CSA) is defined as an “official of the institution with significant responsibility for student and campus activities.” A CSA is required to immediately report any crime that is reported to them to the University Police who will then review, evaluate, and investigate the reported crime. Annual training is required by the Department of Education for all personnel who have been designated as a Campus Security Authority.

Designated Personnel:


Designated Personnel Statement:

This position is a “designated position” meaning this position could potentially be required to work (depending on the event) during an emergency closing.

Statement of Economic Interest:


Statement of Economic Interest Statement:

This position does NOT require a Statement of Personal Economic Interest.

Restricted Position:


Restricted Position Statement:

A restricted position would be subject to availability of funding.

This is NOT a restricted position.

Chief Objective of Position:

The President’s Leadership Program Fellow will support the President’s Leadership Program (PLP) by welcoming and orienting new students to Christopher Newport University and the President’s Leadership Program. This position is generally a one-year appointment. Upon mutual agreement, the President’s Leadership Program may extend a contract for one additional year (May 31, 2026)

Work Tasks:

  • Work with individual PLP students, particularly first year students, regarding transition issues, developing their leadership qualities, and contributing to the CNU and local communities.
  • Assist in the oversight of the areas of Experiential Learning, Student Success and Leadership Development.
  • Assist with overall programming efforts, presentations, university initiatives, and annual events.
  • Oversee general communication to current students through the PLP Weekly, Social Media, and individual outreach.
  • Review and communicate safety issues to assure a safe and healthy workplace and a reduction in work related absence.
  • Follow workplace safety regulations and adhere to applicable standards, processes, and programs established for your position.
  • Report unsafe work conditions to your supervisor.
  • Immediately report work-related incidents to your supervisor and participate in accident investigation requests.
  • Demonstrates a positive and professional attitude. Practices inclusive leadership and treats everyone with dignity and respect. Values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees as well as fully supports the “Students First” value at Christopher Newport.
  • This position is designated as a “responsible employee” who has the authority to redress sexual violence, who has the duty to report incidents of sexual violence or other student misconduct, or who a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (KSA's) related to position:

Excellent interpersonal communication skills. Demonstrated organizational and time management skills. Must be highly motivated, innovative and creative. Strong computer skills. Ability to foster positive internal and external public relations. Ability to work both independently and on a team.

Required Education:

Must be a 2022, 2023 or 2024 graduate of Christopher Newport University.

Additional Consideration - Education:

December 2023 or May 2024 Graduate of Christopher Newport University preferred.

Experience Required:

Significant demonstrated experience providing leadership to peers.

Additional Consideration - Experience:

Prior experience and involvement with extracurricular activities and community service.

CNU Information:

Selected by The Princeton Review to be included in the 388 Best Colleges: 2023 Edition, Christopher Newport University is a public school offering a private school experience – great teaching, small classes, and a safe, vibrant campus. The University is located in Newport News, Virginia, enrolls approximately 4,500 students, and is dedicated to the ideals of scholarship, leadership, and service. Academic programs at Christopher Newport University encompass more than 90 areas of study, from biology to business administration and political science to the performing arts. The University is ranked by U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges guide as the #1 public regional university in Virginia and #3 in the South. The campus, convenient to neighborhoods, parks and the James River, features stunning public art and grounds and classical architecture.

Christopher Newport University is committed to ensuring that all people are welcomed, honored, and fully engaged in the life of our academic community. We recruit exceptional and diverse faculty and encourage applications from individuals who are underrepresented in their profession. For further details and information about Christopher Newport, visit

Posting Number:


Number of Vacancies:

1 or more

Posting Date:


Review Begin Date:


Application Instructions:

Interested parties are requested to submit a cover letter; current resume; and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references at the time of application.

This position will be posted until filled, however for priority consideration, please apply by May 2, 2024.

Search finalists are required to complete a CNU sponsored background check.

Christopher Newport University (CNU) will make a reasonable effort to accommodate persons with disabilities in the application and/or interview process. Persons with disabilities who require accommodation should contact the CNU Human Resources Office by calling (757) 594-7145.

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EEO/Diversity Statement(s):

Christopher Newport University, an EO Employer, is fully Committed to Access and Opportunity.

Notice of Non-Discrimination & Title IX Policy Statement

Christopher Newport University and its employees demonstrate a positive and professional attitude. Practices inclusive leadership and treats everyone with dignity and respect. We value diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, as well as fully support the “Students First” value.

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