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Residential Fellow(s)

Christopher Newport University
Job Location:
Newport News, 23606
Residence Life and Housing
Position Number: GA348

Chief Objective of Position

The Residential Fellow will support the Office of Residence Life in its mission to create a safe and inclusive community for all students that complements the educational mission of the University. Reporting to an Assistant Director for Residence Life, the Residential Fellow will provide ongoing support for all residential students, student staff, and professional staff. This position requires an on-call duty rotation including after hours, weekends, and university holidays/academic breaks. While serving on call, the Residential Fellow will need to remain within a 15-minute response time from campus with reliable transportation. Additional support may be needed during university holidays/academic breaks in case of emergency. This is a required live-in, 12-month position (June 1, 2024 - May 31, 2025). Upon mutual agreement, Residence Life may extend a contract for one additional year (May 31, 2026).

This position is open to December 2023 or May 2024 graduates of Christopher Newport University.

Work Tasks
  • Assist in the day to day supervision and support of student staff to include: Resident Assistants (RAs), front desk assistants (FDAs), and a Senior Resident Assistant.
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of August and December Resident Assistant and Front Desk Assistant Training along with informal training throughout the year.
  • Facilitate weekly staff meetings for Resident Assistants and individual meetings on a regular basis.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for day-to-day operational needs of designated residential community.
  • Plan and execute the Residential Community Connection Plan (residential curriculum) to foster an engaging and educational living and learning environment for staff and students.
  • Support the planning of programs and events for residential students with student staff members.
  • Mediate and address conflict involving roommates, staff, and residential communities.
  • Provide campus resources to students and make referrals to campus resources as appropriate.
  • Serve on an on-call rotation, providing support to residents and student staff members. On-call includes after hours, weekends, and university holidays/academic breaks.
  • Serve as a hearing officer in collaboration with the Center for Honor Enrichment and Community Standards (CHECS), adjudicating cases involving lower level violations.
  • Participate in departmental processes including but not limited to openings, closings, staff recruitment, and staff training.
  • Report facilities-related concerns to University Housing and assist with student support-and follow-up - including occupancy management-related responsibilities.
  • Assist Residence Life summer operations, including supervision of summer student staff members (Residential Desk Assistants), provide support for the closing of ten and twelve-month occupancy spaces, and preparing for the fall move-in process.
  • Provides support to the Residence Hall Association (RHA).
  • Assist and provide support for University-wide programs to include Setting Sail (First-Year Orientation), Changing Tides (Transfer Student Orientation), Move-In, Welcome Week, Freshman Dessert Receptions, Pancake Breakfast, May Commencement Activities, admissions events, and other university events as requested.
  • Promote the mission of Christopher Newport University and adhere to all departmental policies and procedures and support additional University programs that enhance the overall experience for students, as approved by their supervisor. This may include, but is not limited to Signing Day, Senior Week, Commencement activities, and Admission events.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrates a positive and professional attitude. Practices inclusive leadership and treats everyone with dignity and respect. Values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees as well as fully supports the "Students First" value at Christopher Newport.
  • Review and communicate 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.
  • Report unsafe work conditions to your supervisor
  • Immediately report work-related incidents 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

December 2023 graduate or May 2024 graduate of Christopher Newport University.

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 with the Office of Residence Life.

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 2nd among public regional universities in the South and 5th 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

Posting Number: AP313P

Number of Vacancies: 6 or more

Application Deadline: 01/21/2024

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 at 11:59PM ET on January 21, 2024.
Applications received after 11:59PM ET on January 21, 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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