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Student Affairs Fellow

Job Details

Working Title:

Student Affairs Fellow

Position Number:




Appointment Type:

Full Time

Sensitive Position:


Sensitive Position Statement:

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

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 may require a Statement of Personal Economic Interest.

Restricted Position:


Restricted Position Statement:

A restricted position would be subject to availability of funding.

Chief Objective of Position:

The student affairs fellow will provide programmatic support for the Division of Student Affairs, including major campus-wide programs and divisional initiatives. The fellow works on special projects that enhance the Division Of Student Affairs mission. It serves as a source of significant project and administrative support for the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs. The position receives primary planning and strategic oversight from the Vice President of Student Affairs and the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs.

This is a 12-month position (June 2024-May 2025). Upon mutual agreement, Student Affairs may extend a contract for one additional year (May 2026). This position will require some nights and weekends.

Work Tasks:

  • Coordinate the logistics of special university events in consultation with the VPSA, AVPSA, DOS, and Directors. Events include but are not limited to; Honors Convocation, Latin Honors, PLP Celebration, Senior Week, Commencement, and Student Leadership Awards.
  • Provide daily administrative support to the Vice President of Student Affairs (VPSA), the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs (AVPSA), and the Associate Dean of Students (ADOS) through managing appointments and meetings as necessary.
  • Provide support to the Front Desk Student Workers in Student Affairs
  • Serve in a support role for various committees, such as student update meetings (sum), housing exemption request committee, and others as determined by the VPSA or AVPSA.
  • Collaborate with other offices across campus to ensure information is gathered and communicated. Office may include the president’s Office, Provost Office, Registrar, Admission, Alumni Relations, and University Events
  • Coordinate special projects for the Division as directed by the VPSA or AVPSA
  • Collect and maintain data related to best practices, trends, and legislative updates that directly impact student affairs
  • Coordinate divisional reports, including monthly Board of Visitor Student Life reports, annual end-of-the-year reports, and other reports as requested.
  • Coordinate the annual Student Handbook and Residence Life Handbook review.
  • Review the student affairs website regularly to ensure accurate information and staffing changes are updated accordingly.
  • Serve as the division liaison for onboarding new staff to the division
  • 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.
  • This position is a “designated position” meaning this position could potentially be required to work (depending on the event) during an emergency closing.
  • Develops and maintains very positive and professional customer service and/or relations within the office/department and with all constituencies to include students, faculty, staff, guests, and employees. Demonstrates a positive and professional attitude and treats everyone with dignity and respect. Fully supports the “Student’s First” value at CNU and routinely goes the extra mile in providing service.
  • Reviews and communicates 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.
  • Immediately report work-related incidents and unsafe work conditions to your supervisor and participate in accident investigation requests.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

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

  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to work both independently and on a team
  • Proven critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to handle and resolve conflict

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:

The successful candidate will have significant and active engagement in the co-curricular and academic life of CNU.Examples may include involvement with faculty, administrators, and other students, in addition to demonstrated experience providing leadership to peers

Additional Consideration - Experience:

  • Previous student employment at CNU.

Salary Information:

Starting at $36,269, commensurate with education and experience.

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.

Applications received after 11:59PM ET on April 16, 2024, will be accepted but considered only if needed.

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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