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Leadership Fellow (Fairfield University Graduate Students Only)

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Fairfield University is a co-educational, comprehensive Jesuit university with a 200-acre campus located along the scenic shoreline community of Fairfield, CT. The University is comprised of approximately 3,500 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate students pursuing degrees within 5 schools: The College of Arts and Sciences, The Charles F. Dolan School of Business, The School of Engineering, The Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies, and School of Education and Human Development. As an expression of our Jesuit, Catholic mission and identity, Fairfield embraces a liberal humanistic approach to education, encouraging critical thinking, cultivating free and open inquiry, and fostering ethical and religious values.

Job Description:

Please Read: This position is only available to Fairfield University Graduate Students graduating May 2024.

Division: President’s Office

Sponsoring Departments: Academics, Enrollment and Advancement

Position and Program Summary:

The Leadership Fellows Program (LFP) is a full-time position that prepares you for a career at Fairfield University. It involves a series of three, cross-functional assignments within the University’s core business operations, namely, Academics, Enrollment and Advancement. During this two-year program, you will also participate in one or more formal leadership training and development programs as well as mentoring to supplement the work experience.

During each of the rotations, you will work with assigned supervisors on tasks and projects that help you gain valuable skills while learning how each function contributes to the performance of the University and successful student outcomes. These projects will involve analyzing data, troubleshooting and solving problems with existing processes, and to provide support with new initiatives related to the University’s systems, infrastructure, regulatory environment and strategic growth initiatives.

The LFP combines individual and team-based work assignments providing an immersive experience with critical business process and related workflows. During the program participants will have an opportunity to work with senior leadership, interface with internal and external customers and build productive relationships with University employees, functions and vendors.

Upon successful completion of the program, you may consider offers for continued employment including those from the sponsoring departments, or any other posted openings of interest for which you may be qualified.

Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Under the guidance of cognizant supervision, gain practical hands-on experience in the function by learning operations from subject matter experts, performing assigned tasks and collaborating with team members on projects.

  • Become familiar and utilize business processes, technologies and systems used in the function as appropriate.

  • Periodically meet with assigned mentor(s) to discuss assignments, insights and progress made in learning and mastering skills as well as any challenges or impediments encountered with the program.

  • Attend meetings and events to develop strong relationships and connections with other divisions of the University, its leaders, employees, customers and vendors.

  • Complete assigned training modules and development programs.

  • At the end of each rotational assignment, write a summary report outlining the projects / assignments completed, key learnings, skills acquired and a self-assessment of performance and progress in the program. Meet with supervision to discuss the program, work impressions and overall performance, including strengths and development opportunities, prior to moving to the next rotational assignment.


Requires a master’s degree from Fairfield University.


This is an entry level position that does not require any specific professional business experience; preprofessional experience that includes office administration or customer service is a desirable prerequisite. Candidates completing a graduate degree with up to two years of post-undergraduate work experience will be considered for this position. Other desirable skills include strong verbal and written communications, project management, analytics, problem solving and proficiency with Microsoft Office.

In-person position at Fairfield University's Fairfield, CT campus.


President - Admin

Performs such other duties, responsibilities, and activities as required by supervisor and as departmental/University needs indicate.


The above information indicates the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain and should not be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, activities, and/or qualifications required or expected of employees assigned to this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change and new ones may be assigned at any time, with or without notice.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a satisfactory background check.

Fairfield University provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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Fairfield Univesity

Our scenic, 200-acre campus is situated on the Connecticut coastline, just 60-minutes away from the heart of Manhattan and less than a mile from the beaches of Long Island Sound. But it’s more than just our surroundings that make our campus unique — it’s our commitment to each and every student’s personal and professional growth and their journey to becoming individuals of purpose.

For more than 80 years, Fairfield University has been graduating adept, accomplished, and socially responsible leaders in an academic community where the learning goes deeper, the friendships are more meaningful, and the experiences stay with you long after graduation. As a values-based, student-centric, outcomes-focused Jesuit Catholic University, we are committed to educating the whole person — mind, body, and spirit — and providing students with experiential learning and professional development opportunities that give them a competitive edge in today’s job market. At Fairfield, the future is filled with opportunities as limitless as your potential, and they all begin with you.

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