Student Engagement and Campus Life offers students the opportunity to work in a team-oriented environment. We take pride in our customer experience and welcome students interested in helping us execute our mission through event planning, facility operations, event production, retail, the arts, and supporting off-campus students.
Our student employees are treated and valued as key members of our team. Working with us affords students experience with office management, client experience, programming, systems management, teamwork, and more.
Competitive Starting Rate
Student Engagement and Campus Life offers a competitive starting wage. Opportunities for promotion and growth are available.
A Student Engagement and Campus Life student employee has a choice of working at 4 locations and 14 different offices on campus: Squires Student Center, the Graduate Life Center, the War Memorial Chapel, and Johnston Student Center. The hours are flexible as we value that our employees are students first.
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Opportunities by Area
Student Building Manager
The Squires Student Building Manager is a prominent position among Student Engagement and Campus Life student employees and is hailed as an invaluable senior experience. Building Managers have the ultimate responsibility for the smooth, efficient operations of Squires Student Center and its employees during the assigned shifts. The student building manager must exhibit exceptional leadership abilities, interpersonal skills, accountability and the ability to supervise and delegate successfully. Student building managers must exercise sound judgment and exhibit a professional image at all times.
The Operations Specialists’ main responsibility is working with event set ups and assisting with the operation of Squires Student Center during their shifts. This position utilizes leadership skills ranging from time management and delegation to staying organized and completing multiple tasks that may have time implications. This position must prioritize tasks during the course of their shifts while working independently; ultimately, the ability to operate in the team setting will ensure the success of the operations staff of Student Engagement and Campus Life as a whole.
The Information Specialist position is a customer service based position working at the Squires Welcome Desk. Information Specialists also work directly with the lost and found system, Crowd Find, for all items brought to Squires Student Center. Employees of this area must be capable of assisting Squires Student Center patrons (students, faculty, staff, and visitors) with a multitude of information related services in a prompt, professional, courteous, and effective manner.
Student Building Manager
The Johnston Student Center Student Building Manager is a unique and character building position within Student Engagement and Campus Life. Student Building Managers have the ultimate responsibility for the smooth, efficient operations of Johnston Student Center and its employees during the assigned shifts. The SBM must exhibit exceptional leadership abilities, interpersonal skills, accountability, supervision skills, and ensure the safe operations of Johnston during events. Student Building Managers must exercise sound judgment and exhibit a professional image at all times.
The Operations Specialist position is an integral part of the continuous efficient operations of Johnston Student Center. The work of the Operations Specialists can be summarized in four different categories. The primary responsibilities are maintaining a clean facility, meeting room setups and restoration of equipment after use, service to patrons, guests, students, faculty and staff who are using the facility, assistance with the security of Johnston Student Center, which includes continuous patrolling as well as securing of interior and exterior doors at the end of the day.
GLC Building Manager
Building Managers support the Graduate Life Center at Virginia Tech. This position works closely with the Student Engagement and Campus Life Operations Coordinator and the Graduate School to provide services to the patrons of the GLC. This includes providing excellent customer service, oversight of the information desk, reserving rooms, basic cleaning (wiping tables, vacuuming, etc.), administrative support, marketing, and clerical duties. Shift hours vary but may require weekends and may include early morning, day, evening, and holiday hours as needed.
Lead Recreation Assistant
Directs and organizes several types of recreation programs, including leagues and tournaments. Serves as a group team leader and training assistant for members of the recreation assistant staff. Team leadership includes monitoring and coordinating a weekend closing team and assuring team dependability. Leaders are expected to demonstrate leadership skills and serve as examples to the recreation assistant crew in all employment aspects. The lead recreation assistant also assumes responsibility for programmatic marketing, event promotions, and administrative projects as directed by the recreation center manager.
Serve as the front-line of customer service for the Breakzone, where they assist students, faculty/staff, and community members in using Breakzone offerings. Breakzone Recreation Assistants are trained to maintain the bowling machines and other equipment in the space to ensure a positive user experience for all customers and guests. In addition, the Recreation Assistants field general questions about Breakzone and Virginia Tech in person, over the phone, and over email, along with manage reservation requests from the campus community. There are internal opportunities for growth within the Breakzone team for interested and qualified Recreation Assistants.
This position will conceptualize and create graphic needs for Student Engagement and Campus Life. Duties will include meeting with clients to determine design needs, the creation of graphic materials (logos, newsletter templates, annual report template, programmatic promotion, etc.) and photography for departmental social media outlets.
This position will develop storytelling ideas and fulfill assignments in collaboration with the ExperienceVT Communications Manager. Projects may include news-style videos, videos made for social media sharing, photography for print and digital projects (including social media and web), and event coverage tied to ExperienceVT. The goal of this team member is to use photos and video to build meaningful connections and encourage community engagement at Virginia Tech. This position requires occasional night and weekend shifts to attend events.
The Reservations Assistant is an entry-level, student position within Event Services. This position serves as frontline customer service representatives to university departments, student organizations, and non-university entities who are looking to schedule reservations in SECL-managed campus spaces for their events. The Reservations Assistant also acts as a primary assistant to Event Services professional staff, and assists with all assigned duties and tasks including event scheduling, reserving outdoor equipment and advertising resources, maintain the collection and communication of necessary documents and permits required for events relating to liability and risk management, other administrative projects that may be assigned, and upkeep of general office tasks such as cleaning, filing, mailing, and copying, etc. Reservation Assistants must participate in team meetings and all required trainings. This position reports to the Reservations Manager and will also work under the supervision and direction of the other professional staff, including the Assistant Director. Once Reservation Assistants have proficiency in their role they will move up to the next level as a Lead Reservations Assistant.
Lead Reservations Assistant
The Lead Reservations Assistant is a promoted position for Reservation Assistants who have exhibited proficiency and reliability within their role. Leads are responsible for handing all Reservation Assistant tasks when they’re not available, as well as providing front line customer service for university departments, student organizations, and non-university entities who are looking to schedule reservations in Campus Common Space locations. This position has elevated expectations to communicate and maintain various reservation requirements pertaining to forms, documents, and/or permits, communicate with various campus stakeholders and facility managers, attend Lead focused trainings and meetings, as well as other general office tasks and administrative projects as assigned. This position reports to the Reservations Manager and will also work under the supervision and direction of the other professional staff, including the Assistant Director.
Student Maintenance Assistant
The Student Maintenance Assistant will perform preventative maintenance tasks throughout SECL facilities: Squires and Johnston Student Centers, Chapel, and Graduate Life Center. They will also assist the SECL Maintenance Staff with various projects in both Student Centers. Successful candidates will have a rudimentary knowledge of basic maintenance procedures, be able to use basic hand and power tools, be able to work from ladders, be dependable, and have a strong work ethic.
The Student Liaison supports the missions of Off Campus Housing by providing students and parents with education, information and student-based services. This position involves facilitating educational presentations, providing university information, and helping maintain the VTOCH area. Students in this position assist with on and off-campus events, housing fairs and workshops, as well as working with housing partners and departments for marketing.
Passport Office Attendant
Selected applicants process applications and review them for authenticity at the Passport Office. A big key to success in the Passport Office Attendant position is having a flexible schedule while being organized on your shift. Also, applicants will be collaborating with different university departments, athletics, and external clients to help with their passport needs. Other than processing Passports, the top priority of the Passport Office Attendant is customer service.
Gallery attendants provide assistance to the art program director by managing front desk operations and overseeing the security of the gallery. Duties included: greeting gallery patrons, staying informed about current exhibits, assisting the public with questions concerning exhibits, providing building, campus and/or town information to patrons. Gallery attendants also assist with exhibit installations and participate in gallery reception set-up/clean- up and hosting. Gallery attendants may work with our Art Reach program, providing art- making opportunities to VT students and members of the larger community.
Production Tech I
The Production Technician I is an entry-level, student position within Production Services. This position provides labor, audio, video and lighting support for events taking place in the Squires Student Center, Burruss Auditorium, Graduate Life Center and other campus indoor and outdoor venues. This position reports to the Production Services Manager but will work under the leadership of the Production Technician II and student Supervisors to learn basic sound reinforcement, audio, video and lighting principles and systems operation. Proficiency in these areas is necessary for moving up to the next-level.
Production Services Administrative Assistant
The Production Services Administrative Assistant is an entry-level, student position within Production Services. This position provides office support to the full-time staff in Production Services by assisting in core administrative duties of the office. This position will be responsible for incoming information to the Production Office and ensuring its effective route to the correct individual, keeping information in a centralized place, and maintaining event records and information. Additionally, this position ensures that someone remains in the office during working business hours to greet clients, field client questions and media, and provide assistance when needed. This position reports to the Production Services Manager but will work under the leadership of the Assistant Director of Production Services for certain tasks and responsibilities.
Engagement Ambassadors are responsible for helping fellow Hokies find their community through peer advising and student organization membership. Engagement Ambassadors also support student leaders as they identify ways to help their organizations thrive at Virginia Tech. These goals will be accomplished through social media and mass communication, peer advising, workshop facilitation, and managing the student organization resource center, The Source. Project focus areas include but are not limited to Organization Outreach, New Organization Support, and Organization Recognition. Project assignments will be based on interview, experience and student goals.
The Programming Interns are the responsible for weekly student experiences. The primary responsibilities of the intern team will be planning and executing programmatic opportunities for the VT community, along with supporting other programs within the department. These interns may also assist with benchmarking, assessment, and planning efforts on behalf of the Experiences team.
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