Coordinator of First and Second Year Experiences

Carson-Newman University is a Christian, liberal arts-based University built upon the Lordship of Jesus Christ as evidenced historically and revealed in the Scriptures. 

Job Title:                          Coordinator of First- and Second-Year Experiences                                                

Department:                 Department of Student Experiences                                     

Reports To:                 Vice President for Student Services                                     

FLSA Status:                Exempt

Time Requirements:    40 hours                                 

Summary Description: The Coordinator of First- and Second-Year Experiences is responsible for assisting with fall Orientation, First- and Second-Year Experience, summer camps, and the operation of the Butler-Blanc Gymnasium, and other events sponsored by the Student Experiences Office. The Coordinator of First- and Second-Year Experiences is a 12-month appointment.

Functional Description:

  1. As an intentionally Christian academic community, Christian employees are hired to advance the mission of Carson-Newman as expressed in our strategic plan, Acorns to Oaks.
  2. First and Second Year Services
  3. Develop a functioning support community around first year students to include activities, events, and collaboration with academic departments and campus resources.
  4. Promote the First- and Second-Year Experience through all appropriate means, including the Liberal Arts 101 class and event programming.
  5. Maintain Eagle Guide Placement for LA-101 courses and their calendar
  6. Assist in the design and coordination of fall First Year events in connection with the Eagle Guide Program
  7. Administration
  8. Prepare yearly goals and objectives and assessment plans, and organize and report results
  9. Participate in annual job performance evaluations
  10. Attend weekly departmental staff meetings
  1. Monitor the Student Experiences webpage for necessary updates
  2. Enhance and schedule meetings with Eagle Guides.
  3. Coordinate or assist with other department or division events, as needed (including Homecoming, Early Registration and Accepted Student Visit Day).
  4. Update, monitor, and encourage others to use the Carson-Newman App
  5. Assist in coordinating and executing Winter Welcome orientation for new incoming students in the spring semester.
  6. Assist in planning Family Weekend
  7. Assist the Director of Student Experiences with other administrative tasks as needed
  8. Other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:  Assist in overseeing Eagle Guides and student workers.

Education:  Bachelor’s degree, with two years of experience in student affairs.

Experience:   One to two years in an area of Student Affairs/Higher Education preferred, or in the field of recreation, facilities management, counseling, and leadership development.

Required Skills:  The successful candidate will be skilled in facility and personnel management; have knowledge and experience in multiple areas of facilities management, leadership development and event management; be proficient in organizing and administering a diverse range of events and programs; possess computer skills in programs such as Microsoft Office, and social media; and be organized and able to manage several tasks simultaneously in multiple areas.

Physical Demands:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The position requires working at a computer for moderate periods of time, daily walking (including up and down stairs) to various areas of Butler-Blanc, the ability to lift and move 25-50 pounds (for moving and setting up equipment, tables, chairs, etc.), and the ability to walk and be outside for moderate periods of time in varying weather conditions to monitor outdoor activities and events.

General Information:  The position involves working closely with students, faculty, and staff within the university setting as well as members of the local community.  The ability to develop and maintain good personal relationships is essential.  While some of the jobs are office related, the work environment includes gymnasiums, recreational fields, and other campus environments.

Employee Expectations:  The University expects all employees to conduct themselves in a manner that is appropriate for a Christian institution and to be worthy examples in moral conduct and behavior for the students of the University and fellow employees.