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Student Life Coordinator

Virginia Tech
Job Location:
Blacksburg, 24061
Student Affairs and Services

Job Description

We're searching for a Student Life Coordinator to join the Steger Center for International Scholarship team in Riva San Vitale Switzerland. The Student Life Coordinator will join a talented team of educators and faculty members who are leading semester-long programs at the Steger Center. The Student Life Coordinator cultivates strong relationships with the program faculty, full-time staff at the Steger Center, and students. The Student Life Coordinator demonstrates a high level of student engagement in the Steger Center including coordination of and presence at evening and weekend events, including planning and supporting regional travel. This may include traveling on program-specific trips.

In Virginia Tech's Division of Student Affairs, that's exactly what we're doing every day-guiding, nurturing, and supporting students as they learn and grow into the leaders and world-changers of today and tomorrow.

Each semester approximately 54 students from Virginia Tech's Blacksburg, Virginia campus study at the Steger Center and live in Casa Maderni, Virginia Tech's internationally based living-learning community. While in Riva San Vitale, students engage in academic courses while being immersed in a European context. The Student Life Coordinator along with the Steger Center team cultivate an environment that brings together students, faculty, and professional staff who are dedicated to making the most of their study abroad experience through community-engaged learning, a culture of well-being, and the development of intercultural competencies. The Steger Center is a learning laboratory for students to learn and enact the Principles of Community where nurturing their growth toward our Aspirations for Student Learning.

Here's what you need to know about the role:

1) You'll join both the Office of Living-Learning Programs team; a department that works to support intentional living-learning programs efforts for more than 5000 students and the Steger Center team, who work to share the best of Virginia Tech by working alongside communities across the world, specifically in the Ticino canton in Switzerland.

2) You'll jointly report to the Executive Director of the Steger Center for International Scholarship and the Director of Living-Learning Programs in a Restricted twelve-month, 100% Administrative Professional, two-year appointment. There is an option for one additional two-year term.

3) This position lives at the Villa Maderni (which houses the Steger Center) in Riva San Vitale Switzerland (in a one-bedroom apartment) and enacts the vision set by the Executive Director to create a holistic and integrated living-learning community experience for students studying at the Steger Center.

4) In coordination with the Executive Director you will coordinate and implement programming including shared meals, guest speakers, and local and regional activities (including community service) that connect students to students in Ticino Switzerland, and the rest of Europe.

5) In this role, you will facilitate student well-being by engaging in ongoing support and mentorship to students through one-on-one conversations, group discussions, travel, and other educational interventions. You will also serve as the primary student conduct officer at the Riva San Vitale campus, working closely with the Student Conduct Office in Blacksburg to uphold policies from the Student Code of Conduct and Steger Center Handbook.

6) You'll be offered a base compensation package between $65,000 and $69,000 with a comprehensive benefits package. An on-site one-bedroom furnished apartment and meals at the Steger Center are provided. A half-fare rail card is provided to facilitate program travel requirements.

Required Qualifications

- Bachelor's degree and full-time experience supporting students within a university setting

  • Demonstrated commitment to student engagement, development, and success
  • Experience working with diverse populations of students in complex institutional settings and fostering sensitivity to diversity issues in the University community.
  • Demonstrated vision and creativity in program design, promotion, and implementation
  • Experience that reflects adaptability, initiative, and ability to manage multiple and competing priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • Articulated commitment to student engagement and success
  • Ability to work collaboratively and successfully maintain programmatic excellence
  • Strong oral, written, and interpersonal skills.
Preferred Qualifications

- Master's degree in Higher Education, International Education and related field; and full-time experience supporting students within a university setting.
  • Proficiency in both English and Italian language
  • Experience with living and/or working internationally
  • Experience collaborating with faculty
  • Knowledge of student development theory
  • Demonstrated creativity in identifying, brainstorming, implementing, and evaluating student needs within a study abroad setting.
Pay Band


Appointment Type

Restricted, two-year appointment with an option for one additional two-year term.

Salary Information

$65,000 - $69,000

Review Date


Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

About Student Affairs: Student Affairs at Virginia Tech fosters a community where each student creates a customized experience to meet their goals. Building on our motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice our Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our ongoing efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth. We seek people to join our community and help us prepare leaders for the world. Our people in Student Affairs are committed to student well-being and assuring that all students Experience VT by demonstrating, supporting, and operationalizing our Aspirations for Student Learning. If you are someone dedicated to ensuring student success, we want you to consider joining our team!  

About Office of Living-Learning Programs: The mission of the Office of Living-Learning Programs (OLLP) is to create, sustain, and grow inclusive environments across Virginia Tech's residential communities that enrich the lives of students, faculty, and staff through the Aspirations for Student Learning.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants based on age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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