Student Life Coordinator

Watkins College of Art welcomes applications for a Student Life Coordinator in the Office of Student Life.

About the Department:
The Office of Student Life oversees career services, accessibility services, counseling, housing and residence life, orientation, recreation, student activities, student orientation, student retention, and student health and wellness. Student housing currently consists of two 48-bed, apartment-style residence halls built in 2005 and 2008. The Office of Student Life consists of the Director, Student Life Coordinator, and work-study student support.

The mission of The Office of Student Life is to identify and provide learning opportunities designed to enhance the student experience at Watkins College of Art. We strive to create an environment of inclusion, safety, involvement, and community to produce successful practicing artists.

About the Position:
The Student Life Coordinator is a multifaceted position responsible for housing and residence life that reports to the Director of Student Life. Duties include student counseling, community partner relationship management, student crisis intervention and follow up, facilities management, residential student staff supervision, and other duties as required to enhance the student experience.

This position is a live-in position. Housing will be provided.

Specific duties include:

Housing Operations

  • Manage the administrative responsibilities of the residence halls
  • Coordinate room assignment procedures and occupancy of the residence halls
  • Maintain current resident data; coordinate returning student contract process
  • Oversee move-in and move-out, with the support of the Resident Advisors
  • Staff supervision of Resident Advisors: training and oversight
  • Serve in an emergency on-call rotation with the Director; provide crisis management to students
  • Coordinate the student conduct and mediation process
  • Maintain and distribute all printed and electronic housing publications, including housing applications and contracts. Develop new housing publications as appropriate.
  • Communicate with prospective residents prior to move-in. Track contracts and deposits.
  • Maintain Student Life social media, including Facebook, Instagram, and/or other accounts
  • Accessibility and Health/Wellness Services
  • Distribute and evaluate requests for academic and housing accommodations
  • Coordinate programming aimed at enhancing students’ holistic well-being
  • Maintain database of health resources for students
  • Ensure Watkins’s compliance with laws regarding Title IX and alcohol education for students

Student Experience

  • Facilitates social, educational, community service, career services, and multicultural programming designed to enrich the student experience in partnership with the campus and community.
  • Creates and maintains print and electronic publications regarding Student Life events and services.
  • Serve on various committees as related to Student Life as needed
  • Provide support as needed in other areas of Student Life
  • This is a full-time position with an expected workload of 40 hours a week. The nature of this position will require flexible hours, including some nights and weekends.

Successful candidates will be required to possess a BA or BFA degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Prior experience in a higher education and residence life setting is required.
  • Working knowledge of current trends and issues in student affairs and student development theory is preferred.
  • Successful candidates will have excellent verbal and written communication and organizational skills, have the ability to manage multiple projects, and adjust their leadership style and approach to accommodate the needs of students, faculty, and staff.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office required; experience with Google Suite and Adobe Creative Cloud preferred.
  • Candidates must be student-centered, flexible, and energetic

Application Procedure:
Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately. Applicants will be considered on a continuous basis until a decision is made. Watkins College of Art offers a rewarding work environment in one of the most dynamic creative institutions in Nashville; a full complement of benefits, including compensation commensurate with experience, health insurance, and retirement; a desirable work-life balance in a peaceful setting; and more.

Interested applicants may submit their resume and cover letter to Jerrica Mayo, Director of Student Life,

Watkins College of Art adheres to EEO guidelines, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability in hiring and employment policies and encourages candidates of diverse backgrounds to apply.