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Coordinator, President's Leadership Program

Christopher Newport University
Virginia, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted Date
Jun 2, 2022

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Administrative, Student Affairs, Other Student Affairs
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Full Time
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Working Title

Coordinator, President's Leadership Program

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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 position is NOT a restricted position.

Chief Objective of Position

Support the President’s Leadership Program (PLP) by developing and coordinating the programmatic components of the President’s Leadership Program with an opportunity to offer creative and innovative solutions, and make a tremendous positive difference in the lives of students. Reporting to the Associate Director, engages students in learning outside the classroom in areas such as one-on-one student success meetings, campus involvement, student leadership positions, service, internships, study abroad, etc.

Work Tasks

  1. Assists in the implementation of the department’s long-term vision for applied leadership development by coordinating the creation, implementation, and evaluation of programming that facilitates leadership competency development and growth of PLP students.
  2. Under the direction of the Associate Director, coordinates the planning and execution of program elements of Leadership Adventure, PLP’s extended orientation program for approximately 400 incoming PLP students.
  3. Provides direct supervision of the Student Directors of Leadership Adventure. Coordinates the recruitment, selection, and training of all Leadership Adventure student staff.
  4. Engages individual students by providing direction and support for personal leadership development, academic success and personal growth through individual student Success Meetings.
  5. Creates and hosts workshops (PLP Passport Destinations) designed to advance student exploration and application of leadership skill development. Identifies and recommends community service opportunities to PLP students.
  6. Assists with the logistics for the President’s Leadership Speaker Series and the PLP Senior Celebration.
  7. Responsible for coordinating a number of competing projects, working to prioritize University objectives and individual needs of students .
  8. Tracks and monitors engagement of PLP students for purposes of verifying scholarship renewal eligibility and to provide appropriate support to students at-risk academically or programmatically.
  9. Collects data and information to assist with assessment efforts and reports; integrates assessment into program initiatives to ensure student development and growth as related to leadership knowledge, skills, and abilities that complement the academic study of leadership.
  10. Creates civic engagement, social justice, and cultural awareness opportunities that will enhance exposure to and leadership competencies in these areas through service projects, speaker series, and Passport Destinations.
  11. Promotes and provides resources for student leadership development and application opportunities on campus and beyond.
  12. Assists Director and Associate Director with retention efforts.
  13. Serves on institutional, divisional, and departmental committees as assigned.
  14. Represents PLP and participates in university events that support the mission of the University, to include but not limited to Commencement, Orientation and Leadership Adventure, Move-In, Admission events, and other special events. This may include work at night and on weekends.
  15. Develops a customer service approach to more effectively promote the “students first” initiative ensuring that all constituents are served in a fast, friendly, efficient and effective manner. 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 CNU Traditions and the “Students First” value at CNU and routinely goes the extra mile in providing service.
  16. Safety issues are reviewed and communicated and goals are set to ensure a safe and healthy workplace and a reduction in work related absences. Any violation of safety rules are addressed promptly.
  17. 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.
  18. Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (KSA's) required

Current knowledge of applying best practices in student affairs and student leadership development. Excellent interpersonal communication skills. Must be highly motivated, innovative and creative. Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks with competing deadlines and organize work to ensure the timely delivery of services and support. Ability to work collegially with faculty and University administrators, bridging the gap between academic and out-of-classroom experiences. Excellent written and presentation skills. Excellent organizational and time management skills. Strong computer skills to include word processing, spreadsheets and databases. Ability to work a schedule that can accommodate weekend and evening events.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (KSA's) preferred

Knowledge of leadership theories and concepts. Strong familiarity with Microsoft Office and Google Suite.

Required Education

Master’s degree in leadership studies, higher education, student affairs or related field, at time of start date.

Preferred Education


Experience Required

Experience in providing leadership development programs; retention and transition experience; educational program experience. Prior experience and involvement with extracurricular activities and community service.

Experience Preferred

Membership in an undergraduate collegiate leadership development / honors program. Demonstrated professional experience in providing leadership development programs in a university setting. Experience implementing orientation and transition programs at the university level.

CNU Information

S​elected by The Princeton Review to be included in The 387​ Best Colleges: 2022 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 5,000 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 3rd among public regional universities in the South and 6th overall, and has recently completed more than $1 billion in capital construction on its 260-acre campus. 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


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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.

Review of applications will begin June 16, 2022.

Applications received after June 16, 2022, 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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