Student Life Specialist
Indiana University

Richmond, Indiana

Posted in Education and Training

Job Info



Department Information

Indiana University East , a regional campus of Indiana University, offers residents of eastern Indiana, western Ohio, and beyond, a broad range of bachelor's degrees and select master's degrees and certificates through its traditional main campus in Richmond, off-campus sites, and online program options. IU East values a diversity of backgrounds, experiences, and intellectual perspectives among its faculty, staff, and students and in its contributions to the cultural and economic development of the communities it serves.

Job Summary

Indiana University East is accepting applications for a Student Life Specialist in the office of Campus Life. The Student Life Specialist will work collaboratively with the Director of Campus Life. The Student Life Specialist coordinates the delivery of a comprehensive program of student activities, student clubs, student organizations, and student government and supports a broad range of student programming activities, all aimed at enhancing student engagement and retention.

Department-Specific Responsibilities

  • Plans, develops and implements plans for major student activities such as: Back with the Pack, Welcome Back, Homecoming, as well as concerts, comedians and other major Campus Life events.
  • Coordinates activities of student clubs and organizations, Student Government Association, Student Activities Advisory Team, directly advising and mentoring selected clubs and serving as a resource for student leaders and club officers.
  • Assists with coordinating the preparation and dissemination of flyers, posters, social media postings, and other communication materials to promote student activities and maximize student involvement.
  • Collaborates with other campus offices and units (Title IX, Career Services, Financial Aid/Literacy, Academic schools, The Den, etc.) to develop a comprehensive student life calendar and to engage an increasing number of students.
  • Works with campus spirit groups, cheer, dance, pep band, and mascot, on planning and executing programs.
  • Regularly conducts outcomes assessment on all programming, while evaluating student needs and satisfaction.
  • Provides support to other campus events as needed, including New Student Orientations, Commencement, and Title IX events.
  • Performs other duties incidental to those described herein and as assigned and co-supervises (with Director of Campus Life) student workers and work-study students.
General Responsibilities
  • Develops and implements programs and initiatives geared at improving student engagement and involvement outcomes at the program, department/division, or campus level.
  • Interfaces directly with students, attending student life events and programs and gathering satisfaction feedback from student participants to implement into future student life initiatives and objectives.
  • Collaborates with staff in own department and other departments, as well as student organization leaders, on shared student life goals, often coordinating funding to sponsor student life initiatives.
  • Measures and evaluates effectiveness of student life initiatives against projected outcomes; regularly prepares reports and presents to stakeholders on effectiveness and to secure funding for initiatives moving forward.
  • Provides guidance to student organizations regarding operations, budget, leadership, activities, recruitment, registration, policies, and compliance. Promotes leadership and student development through advising of individual student leaders and volunteers. Contributes to formation, interpretation, and implementation of student organization policies.
  • Plans and coordinates communications for student life initiatives to ensure student participation and inclusion.
  • May provide guidance to other Student Life Specialists; makes process recommendations to manager for improved delivery of service.



  • Bachelor's degree in public affairs, public health, counseling, social work, education, business, or a related field.
  • Master's degree in higher education student affairs or a related field.

  • 2 years in student services, higher education, or a related field.
Combinations of related education and experience may be considered.


  • Proficient communication skills.
  • Maintains a high degree of professionalism.
  • Demonstrated time management and priority setting skills.
  • Demonstrates a high commitment to quality.
  • Possesses flexibility to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment.
  • Seeks to acquire knowledge in area of specialty.
  • Highly thorough and dependable.
  • Demonstrates a high level of accuracy, even under pressure.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidential information.
  • Demonstrated customer service skills.
  • Commitment to working with people from diverse backgrounds and demonstrated cultural competency.
  • Ability to build strong partnerships with students and other university departments.

Working Conditions / Demands

This role requires the ability to effectively communicate and to operate a computer and other standard office productivity equipment. The position involves sedentary work as well as periods of time moving around an office environment and the campus. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential functions with or without an accommodation.

Work Location

IU East Campus

Richmond, Indiana

Advertised Salary

$36,000.00 per year

Job Classification

Career Level: Career

FLSA: Exempt

Job Function: Student Services

Job Family: Student Life

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Posting Disclaimer

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be differences in the working conditions as advertised in our standard job postings (e.g., the ability to travel from one campus to another, etc.). If you are invited for an interview, please discuss your questions or concerns regarding the working conditions at that time.

This posting is scheduled to close at 11:59 pm EST on the advertised Close Date. This posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University, but will remain open for a minimum of 5 business days. To guarantee full consideration, please submit your application within 5 business days of the Posted Date.

If you wish to include a cover letter, you may include it with your resume when uploading attachments.

New employees will be provided with information regarding Indiana University's COVID-19 vaccine policy, which includes the opportunity to request an exemption. To learn more, view our COVID-19 vaccine information page.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment based on individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status. Indiana University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admission, as required by Title IX. Questions or complaints regarding Title IX may be referred to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or the university Title IX Coordinator. See Indiana University's Notice of Non-Discrimination here which includes contact information.

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