Student Job: Student Program Coordinator


Department: Activities & Programs


  • Current University of Minnesota student meeting Student Employment Eligibility while holding position
  • Able to be scheduled 15-20 hours a week during the academic year and up to 30 hours a week during the summer
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Strong organizational, customer service, and leadership skills including the ability to understand, set, and achieve goals, work independently and in a committee
  • Demonstrated ability to think critically and solve problems independently
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficient in Google Applications Suite
  • Ability to receive and delegate tasks

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior work in a team-focused atmosphere
  • Prior event programming and/or event coordination experience
  • At least one year of past involvement with Student Events and Entertainment or Student Unions and Activities
  • Completed at least two semesters of coursework at the university/college level
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher.

Essential Functions:

Student Unions & Activities (SUA) Student Events and Entertainment intends to further the cultural, educational, social, entertainment, and recreational needs of the students and campus community through providing both in-person and virtual campus-wide programs. The SUA Student Events and Entertainment shall be responsible for initiating, developing, and implementing a diverse event schedule, including annual events such as Homecoming and Spring Jam . SUA Student Events and Entertainment intends to develop program planning skills, leadership experience, and interpersonal development for participating students.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Complete monthly tracking and reporting, including but not limited to supply inventory, vendor & performance information, sustainability initiatives, and event attendance
  • Provide feedback on Homecoming marketing assets with Student Unions & Activities Marketing department
  • Research events and best practices happening on campus, in local communities, and at other institutions to inform programming decision made by SUA Student Events and Entertainment committees
  • Help promote and represent SUA Student Events and Entertainment to University constituents
  • Assist in planning, implementing, and executing Student Events and Entertainment Showcase and, Homecoming components as assigned, with the option of continuing to assist with planning, implementing, and executing of Spring Jam™
  • Oversee SUA Student Events and Entertainment general budget, in cooperation with Program Director and Program Advisors, including expenses and revenues received, and forecasting expenditures for assigned events.
  • Coordinate event details and maintain positive mutually beneficial working relationships with University departments and external vendors and outside constituents such as Landcare, University of Minnesota Police, University of Minnesota Alumni Association, Gopher Sports, Parking & Transportation, and others.
  • Assist in recruitment, interviewing, and training of the Student Events and Entertainment Event Planners
  • Summer projects as assigned

Other Duties May Include:

  • Serve as a representative of Student Events and Entertainment to the Board of Governors.
  • Assist in the execution of Student Events and Entertainment all-committee retreats
  • Serve as a representative on the Student Activities Grants Committee.
  • Manage overall Student Events and Entertainment master calendar of events.
  • Manage Homecoming Royalty candidate selection process, court appearances, and communications in conjunction with Royalty timeline.
  • Manage, track, and recruit student group and departmental partnerships
  • Recruit and manage the SUA Street Team and Homecoming volunteers
  • Facilitate bi-weekly Student Events and Entertainment team meetings during the academic year
  • Other duties as assigned

Opportunities for Skill Development on the Job:

Students participate in experiences outside the classroom which allow them to develop and demonstrate life skills. These skills and characteristics for success and citizenship are learned and refined during their college years and beyond. The Office for Student Affairs has developed seven Student Development Outcomes that the Student Unions & Activities has incorporated into the student leadership positions in the Unions. Here is a listing of the Student Development Outcomes with some examples of how you can learn or further develop your own skill set.


  • Actively supports policies in daily job and confronts policy violations
  • Attends and contributes to all scheduled meetings and skill building sessions suggesting future agenda items and topics
  • Takes on a leadership role among co-workers and is comfortable training in new employees and volunteers


  • Develops and shares new ideas and initiatives with supervisor and co-workers that will improve work area
  • Communicates effectively with supervisors; keeps supervisor informed and uses good judgment on when to defer questions, complaints, and issues
  • Works effectively with co-workers in teams and independently

Goal Orientation

  • Seeks alternative ways to finish tasks in a more efficient manner
  • Can prioritize tasks by importance and time constraints
  • Takes on additional tasks and duties without any direction from supervisor


  • Uses personal strengths to help unit meet departmental goals
  • Can adapt communication style and strategies to meet the communication needs of others
  • Consistently demonstrates professionalism and acts as a positive role model for coworkers and customers


  • Effectively handles last minute changes to tasks and can efficiently work under time constraints
  • Uses bad experiences to proactively find ways to prevent them from happening in the future
  • Adapts behavior in response to instruction and constructive criticism from supervisor

Appreciation of Differences

  • Role models respectful behavior toward all customers, peers and supervisor and expects same behavior from others
  • Seeks opportunities to learn from others who have different backgrounds
  • Understands differences in customers and peers and treats everyone respectfully

Tolerance of Ambiguity

  • Creates new and challenging initiatives for work area
  • Embraces a task without assurance of success or certainty about the outcome
  • Able to undertake a project with little or no direction and seek out information independently of supervisor

*The employer reserves the right to change or add duties to this position as long as the changes and/or additions are consistent with the job classification.