Employment

Please check our website frequently, as our information changes on a regular basis.

This is the Human Resources page of the Southern Virginia website. Here you can find faculty, staff and student employment forms, as well as open positions at the university.

When jobs become available they will be accessible through the accordion menus below along with detailed descriptions, qualifications etc. Southern Virginia University, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is a four-year residential liberal arts college that provides a rigorous undergraduate education to faithful members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and others who live by our standards. Its mission is to prepare leader-servants in the workplace and the world, in the community and the church, and in the home. Applicants are encouraged to comment on their familiarity with the university’s mission and its code of honor in their letter of application.

If you are unable to obtain the information you seek on our website, please contact us by email at hr@svu.edu.

Contact Information

Office of Human Resources
212 Main Hall
1 University Hill Dr.
Buena Vista, VA 24416
Phone: 540-261-8411
Fax: 540-266-3874

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Full & Part-time Positions

Southern Virginia University invites qualified individuals to apply for full-time employment as an Admissions Advisor in the Office of Admissions.

Job Summary

Admissions Advisors provide support and guidance for prospective-students throughout the admissions process. They help supervise the work of the Admissions Representatives (student-employees), and contribute to the admissions team by planning and carrying out on-campus and off-campus recruiting events. Through innovatively approaching their work, the advisor seeks to attract, assist, and retain prospective students to the university. This individual will also embody the Core Values of Southern Virginia: Scholarship, Discipleship, Accountability, Enthusiasm, and Refinement.

General Duties

  • Contact prospective students via phone, email, text, or in-person to guide them through the admissions process
  • Make recommendations to the Admissions Committee regarding acceptance and academic scholarships for incoming students
  • Assist incoming students with registering for classes and housing
  • Plan and organize on-campus and off-campus events
  • Develop and implement solutions for new student recruitment strategies
  • Conducts tours of Southern Virginia campus providing maps and information
  • Hours are typical business hours and regular evening with some Saturday work

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (Seniors graduating in May will be considered)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Enthusiasm for the Southern Virginia University experience
  • Ability to supervise student employees and delegate appropriate tasks
  • Manage multiple tasks and deadlines simultaneously
  • Good sense of humor and strong work ethic

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from Southern Virginia University
  • 2-3 years of experience working in a relevant area; or an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience
  • Experience working in an admissions setting
  • Established relationships with targeted students
  • Previous work with a database management system
Southern Virginia is an equal opportunity employer. Review of applications will begin immediately. To be given full consideration, applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Completed applications will include a cover letter, resume and letters of recommendation and/or professional references. These materials should be submitted (preferably electronically) to:
Office of Human Resources
Southern Virginia University
One University Hill Drive
Buena Vista, VA 24416
Fax:540-266-3874

Or electronically to hr@svu.edu.

Southern Virginia University invites qualified individuals to apply for temporary, full-time employment as a Café Assistant Manager in Auxiliary Services.

Job Summary

Responsible for the operations of the café and supervision of the student employees in the café.

General Duties

  • Hire, train, and assist student employees to ensure high-quality customer service and efficiency
  • Oversee cash accounting and procedures and ensure accurate accounting of cafe inventory
  • Ensure proper procedures and regulations are followed to ensure food quality and safety
  • Occasionally meet with regulators to perform inspections
  • Make food and supply orders with vendors ensuring proper inventory and best pricing
  • Contribute to marketing ideas and execution

Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the principles of food service industry
  • Attention to detail and communication and customer service skills
  • Ability to work under pressure in handling multiple tasks in a fast-paced work environment
  • Ability to use discretion and independent judgment to resolve issues and make sound decisions
  • Proficiency with typical office equipment
  • Proficiency with kitchen equipment including ovens, range, mixer, slicer, steamer, dish machine, deep fryer, grill, can opener, steam tables, salad bar, etc.

Preferred Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Two year’s food service experience

Most work is performed in a kitchen or dining area; as such, there will be exposure to hazards such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, exposure to high heat, and exposure to chemicals. This can be a high-stress environment, especially at peak service hours. The worker is required to lift 50 pounds occasionally.

Southern Virginia is an equal opportunity employer. Review of applications will begin immediately. To be given full consideration, applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Completed applications will include a cover letter, resume and letters of recommendation and/or professional references. These materials should be submitted (preferably electronically) to:

Office of Human Resources
Southern Virginia University
One University Hill Drive
Buena Vista, VA 24416
Fax: 540-266-3874
Email: hr@svu.edu

The Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at Southern Virginia University seeks an Assistant/Associate Professor of Computer Science to join its Computer Science Program. The successful candidate will teach a wide range of Computer Science courses and must be highly committed to excellence in undergraduate education.

The typical teaching load is four courses per semester. Small class sizes optimize instructor-student interaction; hands-on activities translate theory into practice. Because the Program is entrepreneurial and market driven, its academic programs respond to industry dynamics. Consequently, the College particularly values industry and other practical experience for its faculty and students. While Southern Virginia does not have a research requirement, there is an expectation of ongoing professional growth and involvement with students in undergraduate research projects. Additional responsibilities include course/curriculum development, student advising, industry outreach, student team/project supervision, and service to the program, division and university.

The ideal candidate will have a proven teaching record, industry software development experience and a Ph.D. in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Data Mining, Data Science or related field. Candidates with a master’s degree and significant industry experience and/or professional accomplishments will be considered and are invited to apply. Similarly, ABD candidates with degree completion expected within one year of initial appointment are encouraged to apply. Rank will be determined based on qualifications of the successful candidate (promotion to the highest faculty rank of Professor at Southern Virginia University requires a terminal degree, normally Ph.D. or equivalent).

Application must include the submission of a letter of interest specifically addressing the desired qualifications, a resume/CV and contact information (names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses) for three references.

Computer Science Search Commitee
Office of the Provost
Southern Virginia University
One University Hill Drive
Buena Vista, VA 24416

Or electronically to provost@svu.edu

A review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Southern Virginia University is a four-year residential liberal arts university that provides a rigorous undergraduate education primarily to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and others who live by like-minded values. Applicants are encouraged to comment on their familiarity with the University Mission Statement and the Code of Honor in the letter of application.

Southern Virginia University is an equal opportunity employer.

Southern Virginia University invites qualified individuals to apply for full-time employment as Lead Programmer in the Information Technology Department.

Job Summary

The Lead Programmer serves as the primary source of campus software programming, including but not limited to design, project management, implementation and support. The Lead Programmer also serves as an IT Support Technician as needed.

General Duties

  • Develop, design and support original software for implementation within the university
  • Provide technical expertise and information on programming related projects
  • Assist the IT Support Director in training the team of support personnel providing information technology support to the members of the university community
  • Advise the IT Director regarding emerging best practices for software programming and applicable software that help IT staff provide better support and/or harm technology currently used by the campus community
  • Provide technical support to other university departments on issues relating to transactional security and interfacing with campus enterprise software
  • Manage and support the remote updating of standardized campus software
  • Serve as a first-responder to IT Support tickets, assist walk-in customers, and work as an IT support technician when necessary
  • Lead and serve the University and the staff by example in supporting the University’s mission, core values (which are scholarship, discipleship, accountability, enthusiasm and refinement), and policies in their work ethic and overall job performance
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Bachelor Degree in Computer Science from an accredited college or university or five years of experience in the Information Technology field
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Enthusiasm for the Southern Virginia University experience
  • Manage multiple tasks and deadlines simultaneously

Preferred Qualifications

  • Five years of programming experience
  • Proficiency with Jenzabar
  • Proficiency in Comp TIA A+, Network+, and Security+

Southern Virginia is an equal opportunity employer. Review of applications will begin immediately. To be given full consideration, applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Completed applications will include a cover letter, resume and letters of recommendation and/or professional references. These materials should be submitted (preferably electronically) to:

Office of Human Resources
Southern Virginia University
One University Hill Drive
Buena Vista, VA 24416
Fax:540-266-3874

Or electronically to hr@svu.edu

Southern Virginia University invites applications for a full-time professor of psychology.

Southern Virginia University invites applications for a full-time assistant professor of psychology to begin August 2017. Graduate students finishing their dissertations (ABDs) will be considered, but the Ph.D. must be finished within a predetermined time to be eligible for appointment on a Continuing Faculty Status track.

Southern Virginia seeks psychology faculty who can teach within a rigorous curriculum in the liberal arts and sciences. Prior teaching experience, relevant professional experience, and a strong commitment to student learning are strong positives. Ability and willingness to teach psychology major core courses is required. Electives can be refined and reflect the candidate’s field of specialization. Southern Virginia emphasizes excellence in teaching, but the candidate should also be committed to scholarly research. Additional responsibilities include committee work and academic advising.

Send a cover letter, CV, minimum of two letters of reference, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and a copy of graduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts will suffice) electronically to:

provost@svu.edu

We prefer electronic applications, but will also accept paper applications mailed to:

Psychology Search Committee
Office of the Provost
Southern Virginia University
One University Hill Drive
Buena Vista, VA 24416

A review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Southern Virginia University is a four-year residential liberal arts university that provides a rigorous undergraduate education primarily to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and welcomes others who live by like-minded values. Applicants are encouraged to comment on their familiarity with the University Mission Statement and the Code of Honor in the letter of application.

Southern Virginia University is an equal opportunity employer.

Southern Virginia University invites qualified individuals to apply for full-time employment as a Salad Bar Preparer in Dining Services.

Job Summary

Responsible for set­up, replenishment, sanitation, and break­down of salad bar. Assists supervisor and cooks in rotation of fresh produce and works in production of quality products for presentation in the salad bar.

General Duties

  • Set up salad bar daily and replenish food items as needed throughout daily service times
  • Prepare salad bar food items according to recipes, prep lists, and food standards
  • Adhere to proper food handling procedures
  • Maintain proper rotation of food to assure top quality and freshness and collect, cover, label, and properly store leftovers
  • Maintain clean and orderly refrigerators and work areas. Make sure stations are cleaned, sanitized, and organized daily
  • Maintain clean presentation equipment. Make sure salad bar is emptied, cleaned, and sanitized daily.

Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the principles of food service industry and ability to follow standard recipes
  • Attention to detail and communication and customer service skills;
  • Ability to work under pressure in handling multiple tasks in a fast-paced work environment;
  • Ability to use kitchen equipment including ovens, range, mixer, slicer, steamer, dish machine, deep fryer, grill, can opener, steam tables, salad bar, etc.

Preferred Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Two year’s food service experience
  • Culinary education desired
  • Possess or be willing to obtain ServSafe Food Handler Certification

Most work is performed in a kitchen or dining area; as such, there will be exposure to hazards such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, exposure to high heat, and exposure to chemicals. This can be a high-stress environment, especially at peak service hours. The worker is required to lift 50 pounds occasionally, 20 pounds frequently, and 10 pounds usually to move objects. The worker will be required to stand for extended periods of time and to perform repetitive tasks.

Southern Virginia is an equal opportunity employer. Review of applications will begin immediately. To be given full consideration, applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Completed applications will include a cover letter, resume and letters of recommendation and/or professional references. These materials should be submitted (preferably electronically) to:

Office of Human Resources
Southern Virginia University
One University Hill Drive
Buena Vista, VA 24416
Fax: 540-266-3874
Email: hr@svu.edu

Southern Virginia University invites qualified individuals to apply for full-time employment as a Short Order Cook in Dining Services.

Job Summary

Prepares and cooks to order a variety of foods that require only a short preparation time. Takes orders and serves guests at food service counter.

General Duties

  • Take customer orders according to University procedure and prepare orders to customer specifications
  • Perform food preparation such as slicing garnishes, carving meats, and cleaning produce
  • Grill and garnish hamburgers, hot dogs, and other meats
  • Grill, cook, and fry other food such as fries, eggs, and chicken
  • Prepare and serve hot and cold sandwiches to customer specifications
  • Maintain clean and orderly refrigerators and work areas. Make sure stations are cleaned, sanitized, and organized daily.
  • Maintain clean presentation equipment

Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the principles of food service industry and ability to follow standard recipes
  • Superior communication and customer service skills;
  • Ability to work under pressure in handling multiple tasks in a fast-paced work environment;
  • Ability to use kitchen equipment including ovens, range, mixer, slicer, steamer, dish machine, deep fryer, grill, can opener, steam tables, salad bar, etc.

Preferred Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Two year’s food service experience
  • Culinary education desired
  • Possess or be willing to obtain ServSafe Food Handler Certification

Most work is performed in a kitchen or dining area; as such, there will be exposure to hazards such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, exposure to high heat, and exposure to chemicals. This can be a high-stress environment, especially at peak service hours. The worker is required to lift 50 pounds occasionally, 20 pounds frequently, and 10 pounds usually to move objects. The worker will be required to stand for extended periods of time and to perform repetitive tasks.

Southern Virginia is an equal opportunity employer. Review of applications will begin immediately. To be given full consideration, applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Completed applications will include a cover letter, resume and letters of recommendation and/or professional references. These materials should be submitted (preferably electronically) to:

Office of Human Resources
Southern Virginia University
One University Hill Drive
Buena Vista, VA 24416
Fax: 540-266-3874
Email: hr@svu.edu

Student Positions

Students can find employment opportunities, both on-campus and in the surrounding area listed on the mysvu student portlet. Local employers interested in hiring students should contact Larissa Macfarlane, Student Professional Development Center Manager at larissa.macfarlane@svu.edu.

Payment Information

The University pays it employees every other Friday using direct deposit. The University no longer issues paper paychecks or paystubs. Paystubs and W-2 forms may be accessed via our Dominion Payroll Services employee self-service portal. A link to create your self-service account will be sent to your student email address when you submit your employment paperwork through our eHire employment portal. Please email hr@svu.edu if you have any questions regarding our student payroll process.

Retired Volunteers

Since the university’s inception, volunteers have been drawn to Southern Virginia’s uniquely fulfilling model of small classes and personalized education that allows retired educators to impact the lives of individual students. After their successful careers in academia and elsewhere, these retired volunteers provide powerful examples of service and allow the university to expand without raising tuition for students or straining resources for current professors or programs.

Retirees who volunteer at Southern Virginia enjoy the idyllic experience of life on campus in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. The university provides them with complimentary apartment-style housing and meals in the university’s Dining Hall. They are welcome to participate in the full life of the university – attending concerts, recitals, plays, athletic competitions, and student life events – and to use the library and recreational facilities. On weekends volunteers frequently visit historic sites in and around Virginia, including Monticello and Civil War sites, Williamsburg and Washington, DC. At least once a month volunteers gather for a Family Home Evening or potluck dinner. On Sundays they usually serve in one of the local Latter-day Saint wards.

Areas of Need

As teachers, volunteers are most needed in the following areas: art (especially 3-D design), business management, chemistry, child development, classical languages (Greek and Latin), communications, economics, foreign languages (French, German, and Italian), health and wellness, mathematics, physical education, physics, and psychology.

Applications to become a volunteer teacher should include a cover letter detailing the area or areas of interest and time available as well as a CV or resume. Inquiries and applications may be emailed to madison.sowell@svu.edu or mailed to:

Provost Madison Sowell
Southern Virginia University
1 University Hill Drive
Buena Vista, VA 24416

Preference is given to those who can volunteer for at least two semesters and whose specialty coincides with one of the teaching areas listed above.

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