Coordinator of Student Involvement and Belonging | Bridgewater College


Bridgewater College, a private, four-year liberal arts institution, is inviting applications for the position of Coordinator of Student Involvement and Belonging. Located in a vibrant community within the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Bridgewater College serves approximately 1,400 students who hail from 26 states and 19 countries. Serving as the primary conduit for facilitating student engagement with clubs, organizations, and events on campus, the next Coordinator will prioritize deepening students’ sense of belonging for a community-focused campus environment. The ideal candidate will bring a demonstrated track record of success in fostering inclusivity, working with college students across diverse identities, and contributing to the cultivation of a welcoming and vibrant campus environment. If you are committed to student success, collaboration, and enhancing community within a college-campus environment, we encourage you to apply for this transformative opportunity.

The next Coordinator of Student Involvement and Belonging will report to the Director of Student Engagement and will be responsible for collaborative student programming with our programming board, CEAT (Campus Engagement and Activity Team), and other clubs and organizations. Fostering a sense of campus connectedness and community through spirit initiatives, enhancing campus traditions, and regular partnerships with Athletics, the Coordinator will serve as a member of the Engagement team that works collaboratively with other Student Life departments and offices around campus to develop and implement new engagement ideas.

This is a 12-month position, using the summer months to develop new programs and assist with new student orientations.


  • Developing robust, creative, and collaborative programming designed to build community and foster student connections, including weekly daytime drop-in events and weekend late-night programs that encourage a vibrant campus environment.
  • Providing primary supervision and oversight to the student programming board, Campus Engagement and Activity Team (CEAT), consisting of approximately 10 undergraduate students who plan, market, lead, and implement CEAT programming.
  • Liaising, coordinating, and collaborating with SAAC (Student Athletic Advisory Council) to create a programming partnership with Athletics.
  • Working closely with the Director of Student Engagement to enhance, implement, assess, and develop new Bridgewater College traditions.
  • Providing vision and direction for mascot programming, including costume development, establishment of mascot responsibilities and compensation, staffing, auditions, training, scheduling, and handling of all Ernie the Eagle appearances.
  • Working in partnership with the Director on building class affinities for the four distinct undergraduate classes through class programs, meetings, and fundraising efforts.
  • Working with the Director to create, implement, and maintain a creative social media platform that encourages student engagement with all facets of Student Life.
  • Demonstrating a willingness to be a team player and participate in and support inter-departmental initiatives that serve the College’s mission.


A master’s degree in a related field is preferred, although consideration will be given to candidates with a bachelor’s degree and experience with student programming. While not an exhaustive list, candidates for the position must have at least 1-2 years of demonstrated success in working to assess community needs, plan, and complete student programs that build community and develop a sense of belonging for students. The ability to supervise student employees, coach them to grow as leaders, mentor them in interpersonal communications to work collaboratively with others, and make thoughtful decisions is important. While this person is expected to work in a high-functioning team, being autonomous to keep programming going is highly valued.


  • Demonstrated experience with campus student event planning and management of social media platforms.
  • Demonstrated experience with assessing programs and creatively implementing data from the assessments.
  • Experience in supervising student employees and guiding them to be independent workers.
  • Flexibility to be available and work on student schedules that include both nights and weekends.
  • Outgoing and personable with the ability to connect with students and understand their wants and needs to engage them with campus and each other.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills that allow multitasking to work with students on day-to-day projects and future projects.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others to build relationships with other departments and student organizations.
  • Valid Driver’s License and a good driving record are required.


  • Experience in working with national programming organizations such as the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities (APCA) or the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA)
  • Experience in creating social media posts, flyers, and other media in online platforms such as Canva

Pay is competitive, and salary is commensurate with experience. This full-time position offers a full benefits package, including paid tuition at the College for eligible dependents.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Bridgewater College was founded in 1880 as a coeducational liberal arts college to serve the local community. Located in the scenic Shenandoah Valley, just minutes outside of Harrisonburg and within driving distance of Charlottesville, Washington D.C., and Richmond, Bridgewater is home to approximately 1,400 full-time students from 26 states and 19 countries. Bridgewater students study across 60 majors and minors, in addition to four graduate programs and 10 pre-professional programs. Bridgewater College is an NCAA DIII school with approximately 40 percent of its students participating in intercollegiate athletics on 23 teams. To learn more about Bridgewater College, visit:  


APPLICATION: Please complete our online application at Include a cover letter, resume and include the names, relationship, and contact information (email and mobile phone) for three references.

DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

COMMITMENT TO EQUAL OPPORTUNITY: Bridgewater College, an equal opportunity provider and employer, is a welcoming and vibrant community committed to supporting a diverse workforce and actively seeks applications from women, minorities, and other persons from traditionally underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Non-Discrimination Notice:

ANNUAL SECURITY REPORT AND ANNUAL FIRE SAFETY REPORT: The Bridgewater College Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report summarizes policies on campus security and personal safety, crime prevention, fire safety, and crime reporting, and includes crime and fire statistics for the past three years:

To request a printed copy, please call 540-828-5761

Related Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *