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Columbus State University
  • Position Number: 4778298
  • Location: Columbus, GA
  • Position Type: Student Affairs and Services

Student Development Coordinator, Student Connection and Engagement

Job ID: 265454
Location: Columbus State University
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

About Us

Founded in 1958, Columbus State University, with an enrollment of nearly 8,000, is part of the University System of Georgia. CSU offers more than 70 programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels and is ranked among the top public regional universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report. Columbus, located 100 miles southwest of Atlanta and the second-largest city in Georgia, is recognized as a vibrant and contemporary cultural community -

Columbus State University has a nationally recognized track record of partnership and outreach through efforts such as the Cunningham Center for Leadership Development, Coca-Cola Space Science Center, Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, and its own residence the Spencer House in Oxford, England. The University has two primary campus locations in Columbus, Georgia: the original campus on 150 acres in midtown Columbus and a beautiful campus in historic downtown Columbus overlooking the Chattahoochee River. The Columbus region, with more than 350,000 residents, is home to world-class enterprises such as Aflac, Synovus, W.C. Bradley Company, TSYS and Ft. Moore, the U.S. Army's Maneuver Center of Excellence headquarters. For additional information about the University visit our website at<> .

Job Summary

Columbus State University is currently accepting applications for a Student Development Coordinator, Student Connection and Engagement in the Student Life & Development department. Reporting to the Director for Student Life & Development, the Student Development Coordinator is responsible for working to enhance engagement and student success for a broad array of student populations. The Coordinator is responsible for creating new enrichment and student success programming designed to meet the particular research identified challenges of student populations and assessing outcomes for that programming in support of retention and progression. Additionally, the Coordinator will partner with existing offices and programming throughout the University serving various student populations, thus augmenting service and program effectiveness.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Primary oversight for student special population programming related to connection and engagement.
  • Create and develop program opportunities that support the needs of students on both the Main and RiverPark Campus; populations served through new programming and campus partnerships include, but are not limited to, first-generation students, student veterans and dependents, students of color, commuting students, adult learners, LGBTQ+, fully online students, students with disabilities, graduate learners, dual enrollment students, and international students.
  • Recruit, train, and advise a Graduate Assistant and student leadership team of Peer Educators.
  • Plan and conduct workshops, awareness programs, forums, and leadership training and activities; develop co-curricular objectives and initiatives that support the growth and development of college students through collaboration with faculty and staff. Major programs include Diversity Forum, Legacy Celebration, Courageous Conversations, Pride Week, MLK Day of Service, InterFaith initiatives, and programmatic efforts in collaboration with various campus partners including the Center for Accommodations and Access, Military Connected Student Services, and Center for Global Engagement and more.
  • Maintain and facilitate professional interactions among university constituency, university administrators, community members, and prospective and current students and their families.

    Oversee and collaborate with aspects of various programmatic/leadership areas (e.g. Student Activities, Orientation, Leadership, and Service programs etc.).

    o Serve as the co-advisor for Cougar Kickoff welcome back events including student committee oversight, programming and events, promotion, and logistics.
    o Oversee departmental assessment efforts for annual reporting, institutional reports and evaluation of programmatic efforts.
    o Serve on appropriate university committees and governing boards.
    o Work closely with students, faculty, staff, and external stakeholders to collaborate on programmatic initiatives designed to capture the college student's experience. Perform support activities which assist the operational needs of the Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Student Life and Development.

    University System of GA African American Male Initiative (AAMI) Responsibilities
    Grant pending component
  • Implement the policies and procedures of the AAMI Initiative; ensure programs are meeting stated outcomes and/or goals and direct the day-to-day operations of initiatives including student support, programs, training, reporting, assessment, student supervision and collaborative efforts.

    Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Higher Education Administration, Student Affairs, Educational Policy, Counseling, or other closely related field is highly preferred.
  • Experience (typically 1-3 years) working in higher education in advising, developing, coordinating, and evaluating student life programs.
  • Experience working closely with students from diverse backgrounds within higher education settings.
  • Extensive experience initiating, planning, implementing, and evaluating episodic and ongoing programmatic efforts.
  • Experience developing and implementing strategic planning and knowledge of assessment methods and activities; ability to assess programs and review students' learning outcomes to ensure achievement of objectives and strategies.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and experience with supporting special populations, program design, and team development.
  • Ability to work in a high pace environment, manage multiple projects/assignments, implement program assessment, attentiveness to broad vision as well as administrative (task) detail, and strong project management skills.
  • Ability to plan, develop, and implement programs and activities related to the co-curricular experiences of college students.
  • Demonstrate effectiveness in creating innovative and inclusionary educational activities related to student practices in the student affairs profession.
  • Ability to successfully guide student leaders through training, advising, educational opportunities, mentorship, and creative problem solving.
  • Proficient verbal and non-verbal communicator who can articulate and write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to manage and maintain supervision of student staff, budget, and fiscal responsibilities.
  • Ability to collect, analyze, disseminate, and report data, as well as provide current and future trends regarding student development.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from internal and external stakeholders and constituencies.

    Proposed Salary


    Required Documents to Attach
    • Cover Letter/Letter of Application
    • Resume

    Contact Information

    If you have any questions, please contact the Human Resources Office at 706-507-8920 or e-mail to

    Conditions of Employment

    Successful completion of a criminal background investigation and legal authorization to work in the US prior to employment is required.

    Equal Employment Opportunity

    It is the policy of Columbus State University to recruit, hire, train, promote, and educate persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

    Other Information

    Columbus State University offers a variety of benefits to full-time benefits-eligible employees and some of our half-time (or more) employees. Benefits that may be elected could include health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, Teachers Retirement System (or Optional Retirement Plan), as well as earned vacation time, sick leave, and 13 paid holidays. Also, our full-time employees who have been employed with us successfully for more than 6 months can be considered for the Tuition Assistance Program. Consider applying with us today!

    Special Applicant Instructions

    All applications and required documents must be submitted using Columbus State University's online employment site and a complete packet must be submitted for full consideration.

    To apply, visit

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