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.

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 qualified individuals to apply for full-time employment as a Videographer in the Office of Communications.

Job Summary

The Videographer films and produces promotional video for Southern Virginia’s Office of Communications and will be responsible for maintaining and organizing the university’s video archives. He/she also helps generate creative content for Southern Virginia’s website, blog, social media accounts and other promotional materials. Serving under the umbrella of university communications, this position’s assignment is to advance Southern Virginia University’s mission and increase its visibility in the community, state, country and world by actively communicating the institution’s key messages to the public through high-quality video.

General Duties

  • Plan, organize, film, edit, and produce high-quality video for use with Southern Virginia’s website, blog, social media accounts and other promotional materials
  • Manage and organize the university’s video archives
  • Regularly seek out opportunities to help promote the university
  • Create, train and supervise a small team of interns for video production

Essential Abilities, Experience, and Skills

  • Attention to detail and commitment to excellence, ability to meet strict deadlines and manage multiple projects simultaneously, and to work independently and with a team from pre to post-production
  • Capacity to work effectively with a wide range of individuals in a diverse community
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to create storyboards and scripts
  • Understanding of how to capture high-grade audio; experience with lighting an interview or in an event situation
  • Knowledge with a variety of camera formats, mainly DSLR and AVCCAM
  • Proficient in Final Cut Pro X, After Effects and other editing platforms
  • Familiarity with YouTube, for uploading and posting finished projects

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 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.

Student Positions

Working on campus is one of the best ways to help afford a top-tier education and make a difference at Southern Virginia University. Before you can apply for jobs on campus, you must first get your “Blue Card” from Student Financial Services (Main 215). Your Blue Card demonstrates to campus supervisors that you have completed all necessary paper work and are eligible for hire.

How to get your Blue Card

Step 1: Create an account with our new Employee Onboarding Panel

  • Visit https://secure.efficientforms.com/EHX/SVUU/employeelogin.asp
  • Below the User ID and Password fields, select the “First Time User? Click here to register” link
  • Select “Student” from the initial Employee Type drop-down menu
  • Input required personal information, create a password and pin (choose something easy for you to remember), and click “Continue”

Step 2: Complete all required employment forms

  • I-9 (Verification of eligibility to work in the U.S.)
  • W-4 (Federal tax forms)
  • VA-4 (Virginia tax forms) — Please select Virginia, not your home state
  • Direct Deposit (Southern Virginia requires all employees to enroll in direct deposit)

Note: University policy prohibits the university from providing guidance regarding personal tax forms. Please consult your parents or accountant for help completing forms and determining exemptions.

Step 3: Show ID to Student Financial Services and receive your Blue Card

  • Bring ID to Student Financial Services (Refer to list off acceptable documents attached to I-9)
  • Student Financial Services will verify your ID and complete your I-9
  • Receive your official Blue Card
  • Apply for campus jobs

Available Positions

As an Auxiliary Services Assistant you will assist the Auxiliary Services Coordinator, as well as the auxiliary services team, with various tasks. These tasks include, but are not limited to: inventory management, Mail Center services, and assisting with shuttle program (including driving). This position requires:

  • High level of dependability
  • Ability to work various times of day
  • Ability to lift moderate weight
  • Eye for detail and professionalism

We are not accepting applications at this time. For further information contact Darlynn Smit at darlynn.smit@svu.edu or call 540-261-8486.

We will announced position openings as they become available. If you would like to be considered for a future position, please contact Melissa Davis in the Von Canon Library at 540-261-4087 or melissa.davis@svu.edu.

Job Description

As a Community Tutor you will assist children with English, reading and math. Hours are congruent with local public schools, typically 2:30-5:00pm.

This position is for students who demonstrate academic excellence and can work well with children. Students with work-study awards are preferred.

This position requires:

  • Teaching ability
  • Clear communication
  • Solid GPA and academic aptitude
  • Availability Mondays and Tuesdays from 2:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m
  • Personal interview

Pay Rate: $7.25/hour

Please contact Melissa Davis in the Von Canon Library to request more information at 540-261-4087 or melissa.davis@svu.edu.

As an Events & Operations Assistant you will assist the Events & Operations Coordinator, as well as the operations team, with various tasks. These tasks include, but are not limited to: set-up/take-down of events, including athletic events, and inventory management. This position requires:

  • High level of dependability
  • Ability to work various times of day
  • Ability to lift moderate weight (e.g. Chairs, Tables, etc.)
  • Eye for detail and professionalism

We are not accepting applications at this time. For further information contact Darlynn Smit at darlynn.smit@svu.edu or call 540-261-8486.

Job Description

As a member of the facilities management team you will assist with mowing, trimming, various repairs, and/or cleaning campus facilities. You will be working outside and indoors.

This position requires:

  • Morning work
  • Ability to bend, lift, stand
  • Operate basic hand tools and equipment
  • Operate basic cleaning equipment
  • Good work ethic
  • Assist with repairs
  • Personal interview

Pay Rate: $7.25/hour

We have no open positions at the moment. If you would like to be considered for a future position, please contact Byron Porter at byron.porter@svu.edu.

If you would like a position with Food Services, please fill out the Dining Hall Employment Application. If you have any questions, please contact Darlynn Smit at darlynn.smit@svu.edu or 540-261-8486.

We are not accepting applications at this time.

Job Description

As a Food Service Aid you will assist with food preparation, dish washing, and general cleaning in kitchen and cafeteria. Food service workers have the option of working early in the morning until evening. Plenty of weekend hours are also available.

This position requires:

  • Ability to stand on feet for long periods of time
  • Good work ethic
  • Ability to listen
  • Weekend availability

Pay Rate: $7.25/hour

We will announce positions as they become available. If you would like to be considered for a future position, please contact Melissa Davis in the Von Canon Library to request more information at 540-261-4087 or melissa.davis@svu.edu.

Job Description

As a Student Library Assistant your duties will include checking books in/out, shelving/organizing books, collecting money for copies, inventory (shelf reading), answering basic library questions and special projects. Hours are available from early morning to late at night.

Students who have work or volunteer experience in libraries are highly preferred and will be expected to become experts in all library resources.

This position requires:

  • High level of dependability
  • Honesty
  • Commitment
  • Good work ethic
  • Understanding of library policies and procedures
  • Personal interview

Pay Rate: $7.25/hour

As an on-campus tutor you will work approximately two hours per week during the afternoons/evenings tutoring a specific subject. Faculty recommendations are required.

This position requires:

  • Personal interview
  • Teaching ability
  • Knowledge of subject

Pay Rate: $7.25/hour

If you are interested in this position, please contact Melissa Davis in the Von Canon Library at 540-261-4087 or melissa.davis@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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