Columbus State University — Student Development Coordinator, Student Leadership & Service

Student Development Coordinator, Student Leadership & Service

Job ID: 248538
Location: Columbus State University
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

About Us

Columbus State University provides a creative, deeply personal, and relevant college experience. Serving the Southeast, while attracting students from around the world, Columbus State thrives on community partnerships to deliver excellence for students who want to achieve personal and professional success in an increasingly global environment. Just 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, Columbus State University is a proud member of the University System of Georgia, enrolling more than 8,400 students in a wide variety of degree programs.

CSU 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. Benning, 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 Leadership & Service in the Student Life & Development department. Reporting to the Director of the Student Life & Development (SLD), this position is responsible for the administration, coordination, development and direction of activities and events regarding leadership and service opportunities for the students of Columbus State University.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Student Leadership

  • Serve as the primary advisor for campus Student Leadership Programming (30%)
    • Plan and execute campus-wide annual Cougar Leadership Conference
    • Coordinate monthly Leadership Workshop Series and the Leadership Forum Student Simulcast
    • Recruit, train and advise a Student Leadership board
    • Provide workshops and training for Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) and advisors
    • Serve as the primary oversight for the continued development and facilitation of iLEAD in collaboration with Servant Leadership Program
    • Organize an annual Student Leadership Recognition Awards program

Student Service

  • Oversee Service functional areas and campus initiatives such as: Volunteer programs, Day of Service, MLK Day of Service, Alternative Spring Break, Volunteer Fairs, and Cougarthon.
    • Oversee planning and administration of annual campus-wide Day of Service, as well as manage other institutional service projects including collaboration with campus departments.
    • Planning and administration of regular service day opportunities and the annual philanthropic event, Cougarthon, including training and oversight of the student executive committee.
    • Oversee Alternative Service Breaks (ASB), which includes promotion of student leadership development; planning and facilitation of workshops, trainings, or retreats; and experience with risk management as it relates to community service programming.
    • Advise and plan the annual Cougarthon event including student program board, fundraising, and
      programming efforts.
  • Maintain regular contact with non-profit service organizations to determine volunteer opportunities.
  • Inform students of opportunities via weekly newsletter and other online tools.
  • Provide individual volunteer referrals for local non- profits.
  • Collaborate across diverse stakeholders, including community partners and campus departments.
  • Maintain and collect impact data regarding service hours for annual reports and additional initiatives including the President's National Service Award and President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Student Life & Development

  • Oversee and collaborate with aspects of various programmatic/leadership areas (e.g. Orientation, Student Activities, Diversity Programs, Leadership, and Service programs etc.).
    • Serve as the co-advisor for Homecoming annual events including student committee oversight, programming and events, promotion, and logistics
    • Serve on appropriate university committees and governing boards.
    • Work closely with students, faculty, staff, and external stakeholders to collaborate on programmatic initiatives designed to capture the college student experience

Required Qualifications

Minimum qualifications include:

  • Master's degree in Higher Education Administration, Student Affairs, Educational Policy, Counseling, or other closely related field.
  • Experience (typically 1-3 years) working in higher education in advising, developing, coordinating, and evaluating student life or volunteer 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.
  • Experience working collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, and external stakeholders in a wide variety of university initiatives and committees.
  • Experience in developing and implementing student-driven programmatic efforts.
  • Extensive display of understanding college student development, student development theoretical frameworks, college student personnel, organizational structure in higher education, and facilities management.
  • Ability to successfully guide student leaders through training, advising, educational opportunities, mentorship, and creativity.
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate events.
  • Ability to compose effective correspondence.
  • Ability to maintain complex administrative records and prepare appropriate reports.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and communicate with administrators, co-workers, students, and the general public.
  • Considerable knowledge of the principles of office management, office procedures, and systems.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Excellent organization, communication and human relation's skills are essential.

Proposed Salary

The annualized salary range for this position is $40,000 – $43,500 and includes full benefits.

Required Documents to Attach

  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcripts

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

Columbus State University is committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a sense of belongingness for a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. 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.

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.

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