Student Life Coordinator

Employer: Bader College - UK campus of Queen’s University (Canada)

Campus: Herstmonceux Castle, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1RN

Hours: 40 per week

Contract type Fixed term contract for one year

Salary: £23,000 per annum plus accommodation onsite in an ensuite room and meals during term-time

Closing date: 14 February 2023, 5pm GMT


The role of the SLC provides an exciting opportunity to live and work at an English countryside estate castle. SLCs are critical to the social and professional community within Bader College. SLCs are responsible for dealing with a wide variety of issues facing students, while promoting a sense of belonging and facilitating a positive and respectful community among students.

In the role, SLCs will provide advice and support to students, develop activities that promote intellectual development and personal growth, assist in the conduct process, and facilitate intentional living and learning experiences that enhance student growth and well-being. The Student Services team delivers a significant amount of social and educational programming on campus that reinforces the university’s academic mission and contributes to the students’ overall learning experience.

SLCs will be pro-active, and work as part of a team in which effective communication and reliability is key. In addition to regular programming duties, SLCs will each get the opportunity to take on one specific portfolio. Each portfolio engages current students and SLCs will be responsible for mentoring and leading them toward a common goal.

This position requires incumbents to live in the student residence and participate in a 24 hour on-call rotation. Bader College is committed to employment equity, inclusion and diversity and supports fair treatment and opportunity for all. No job applicant, employee or worker is discriminated against either directly or indirectly on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Position Details

The role of SLC is a challenging position. SLCs live in the student residence and take responsibility for dealing with a wide variety of issues including offering advice and support to students, assisting in the conduct process, facilitating intentional living and learning experiences that enhance student growth and well-being, promoting intellectual development, and guiding student development as individuals and community members.

The nature of the work requires SLCs to work a shift pattern as determined by the Director of Student Experience & Residence Life and the needs of the students. Duties will vary somewhat, but SLCs will be required to be on call approximately 10-14 days per month in either a primary or back-up on-call role. Being on-call at Bader College requires staff to carry a work phone 24/7 so they can be reached in concerning and emergency situations.

SLCs are part of a relatively small team, the majority of whom live in the residence building. SLCs will be the first point of contact for the students and will be called upon to exercise sound judgement in crisis situations. SLCs are allotted 33 days paid holiday per annum including bank holidays. They will be required to be available at key times of the year, such as Fall, Winter and Summer Orientation, training and the opening and closing dates, as well as being available for Mid-Term Trips and on occasional weekends.

Vacation times must be approved by the Director of Student Experience & Residence Life in advance with an expectation that breaks of greater than 6 consecutive days, including weekends, are to be scheduled in the break periods between terms.

Person Specification

We are looking for individuals who are self-starters and can take initiative and work in a fast-paced and busy environment. The ideal candidate will have experience living and working in a university residence setting and/or experience working or volunteering in student affairs or student life roles. Applicants are expected to be educated to an undergraduate degree standard or equivalent and have suitable experience delivering programming in a university environment. Experience in, or familiarity with, the Canadian post-secondary sector would be an asset. The successful candidates must be eligible to work in the UK (see job description for visa details). Please note applicants will be required to satisfactorily complete a Criminal Record check from their country of origin and/or an enhanced UK Disclosure and Barring Service Check.

Who we are

Bader College, located at historic Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex, is the overseas campus of Queen’s University, Canada. The campus occupies a 600-acre estate, including a range of academic, residential, and recreational facilities. Our dedicated faculty and staff provide exceptional academic programming for undergraduate and postgraduate students from Canada and around the world. We also serve as a venue for international conferences and meetings. Our wholly owned trading subsidiary, Herstmonceux Castle Enterprises Limited, is responsible for running the gardens and grounds, corporate events, and other functions.

Bader College is committed to employment equity, inclusion and diversity and supports fair treatment and opportunity for all.

What we can offer you

In addition to salary and holiday pay, we offer several other benefits, including:

  • 100% of accommodation costs. Accommodation is available on a single-person basis and consists of one en-suite room in the residence building. Shared staff laundry facilities and a staff lounge in the residence building are available.
  • full meal plan is included, and is available except during the College’s closure periods.
  • remuneration includes free Wi-Fi and in-room wired internet, as well as a TV (TV licence must be purchased separately).
  • an internal telephone service is provided in your residence room. Your phone number will be listed in some staff manuals.
  • auto-enrol pension scheme with guaranteed contribution from the College.
  • opportunities for relevant training and development.
  • free on-site parking.
  • free campus gymnasium.
  • access to the College lending library: books, DVDs, CDs and more.
  • access to Castle gardens and grounds during breaks in the working day, at weekends and during holidays from work.
  • a working environment comprising an historic building with beautiful gardens and grounds.
  • friendly, supportive colleagues in the close-knit Castle community.


How to Apply

For a complete job description and list of required qualifications please visit to obtain full details of the vacancy together with a job description and person specification.

To apply please complete submit your cover letter, resume, and 2 references to

Cover Letters may be addressed to Katja Gee

The closing date for applications is 14 February 2023, 5pm GMT

Applications must be received by 17:00 GMT (12:00 EDT).

Please direct any questions concerning the role to


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