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Program Advisor

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Categories: Staff
Department: College Union

Davidson College has an anticipated opening for the position of Program Advisor. This is a full-time, salaried staff position.


The Program Advisor's primary functions are to support student organization programming on campus and to assist in the coordination of new student transition programs, including Orientation and Davidson 101. The Program Advisor assists students in developing events that contribute to the social, cultural, and educational enrichment of the Davidson College community and provides leadership training and guidance to student leaders. As a primary advisor to the Union Board, the major student programming organization on campus, the Program Advisor is responsible for working closely with the College Union operations, technical and student activities staff to support evening and weekend programs as well as large-scale student-initiated events. The Program Advisor also works closely with the Associate Dean of Students to implement New Student Orientation, Davidson 101, and Family Weekend.  The Program Advisor's primary supervisor is the Assistant Director for Programs for the College Union and also reports to the Associate Dean of Students.


College Union

  • Co-advise the Union Board, campus-wide programming organization with an annual budget of $400,000 that produce over 150 events per school year. Meet with 8-9 students (Committee Chairs and other Board Members) for weekly one-on-one advising sessions. Support students in coordinating events with the technical services, information services manager, and operations staff. Assist in the overall training of the Union Board and provide regular and ongoing leadership training for Union Board officers and members. Negotiate contracts with agents of performers, speakers, and vendors for committee events. Provide weekend support for Union Board events on a rotating basis and support major programming board weekends, including Spring Frolics, Winterfest, Fall Fling, major concerts, etc.
  • Develop and implement Wildcat Welcome Week, social and educational programming for new and returning students during the first week of classes.
  • Serve as a resource and advisor to all student organizations interested in planning events on campus. Meet with student leaders individually for advising sessions. Assist students in coordinating events with the technical services, information services manager, and operations staff. Negotiate contracts with agents of performers, speakers, and vendors for student organization events.
  • Oversee and serve as advisor to student organizations and departments interested in showing films on campus and contracting with distributors to purchase public viewing rights for film and television screenings.  
  • Co-lead bi-weekly round tables for presidents of major student organizations.
  • Hire, Train, and Supervise four student workers in the Student Activities Office.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Dean of Students Office

  • Assist the Associate Dean of Students in planning, implementing, and assessing New Student and Parent Orientation events, sessions, orientation team training, and publications.
  • Plan and implement Family Weekend programs under the direction of the Associate Dean of Students.
  • Supervise and assist an administrative assistant in the coordination, assessment and implementation of the Davidson 101 program.
  • Hire and supervise a student editor for the Wildcat Handbook, an annual publication distributed to all incoming students featuring a class directory as well as inside information about Davidson College from the student perspective.


In and out of office environment. Must be able to work extended hours for special events including Orientation, Wildcat Welcome Week, Family Weekend, Homecoming, and week-night/weekend Union Board programs and meetings.


  • Master's degree in Higher Education Administration, College Student Development, or similar field required.
  • 1-3 years in relevant professional experience in student programming/leadership development and/or new student orientation preferred. Two years of graduate school experience will be considered equivalent to one year of professional experience.
  • Successful candidates must possess an appreciation for the liberal arts, the ability to work independently, and excellent communication skills. Candidates should also be detail-oriented, problem solvers, and creative. A comprehensive understanding of student development theory and knowledge of best practices for the administration of student activities and new student and family programs is highly preferred. Strong computer skills required, especially in the areas of word processing, publishing, and database management. Experience with Photoshop and InDesign appreciated.


Priority consideration will be given to applications received by May 24, 2017.   All applicants interested in being considered should submit an application at http://employment.davidson.edu Please attach a resume and cover letter to the application.


Compensation includes a competitive salary with full benefits. Davidson College is an equal opportunity employer and offers domestic partner benefits. Pay Grade 7. $35,117 - $64,807.


Negotiable- July 17th Preferred


Emily Eisenstadt, Assistant Director of the College Union - Programs

Post Office Box 7182

Davidson, NC  28035

704.894.2192 (office)



Leslie Grinage, Associate Dean of Students

Post Office Box 7179

Davidson, NC  28035

704-894-2225 (office)



Founded by Presbyterians in 1837, Davidson College is ranked among America's strongest and most highly selective private, coeducational, liberal arts colleges.  The campus is 665 acres with 124 buildings (18 residence halls), plus 110 acres on Lake Norman offering water sports.  Currently, there are 1950 students working towards a Davidson degree. About 21% of students are from North Carolina and an additional 26% are from the Southeast. 25% are students of color and 6% are international. Davidson College features a traditional liberal arts curriculum with 26 majors. The average SAT score of about 1350, and the four year graduation rate is 90%, and first-year retention rate is approximately 95%. Davidson offers nearly 200 student organizations on campus providing opportunities, needs, and outlets for a variety of issues, topics, and initiatives. About 45% of Davidson students are affiliated with a fraternity or a woman's eating house and approximately 75% of students study abroad during their time at Davidson. The Davidson College athletic program supports 21 NCAA Division I intercollegiate teams and an extensive intramural and club program. Approximately 26% of students are varsity athletes. Other identifying characteristics of the College are the strong freshman year residence hall experience program, the extensive Junior Year Abroad program, campus-wide commitment to civic engagement, need-blind admission policy where all demonstrated need is met by grants rather than loans, and the pervasive Honor Code. 


Davidson College is located 19 miles north of Charlotte, North Carolina (nation's second largest financial center) on Lake Norman.  The town has a small-town atmosphere with large town/city access just a few minutes' drive.  The area is very accessible to nearby attractions including the Blue Ridge Mountains (3 hour drive) and the Atlantic Ocean (4-hour drive).

Davidson is strongly committed to achieving excellence and cultural diversity, and welcomes applications from women, members of minority groups, and others who would bring additional dimensions to the college's mission.



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