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Associate Director of Student Leadership Programs (Student Life Specialist)

Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana, United States (on-site)
14 days ago


Founded in 1972 as SPEA, the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs is a world leader in public and environmental affairs and the largest school of public administration and public policy in the United States, boasting an alumni network of more than 36,000.
Our Mission
The O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs works to build a better world by helping people solve complex problems at the crossroads of policy, management, and science. We promote sound decisions, well-managed organizations, just and healthy societies, and a sustainable environment through education, scholarship, and civic engagement. We give our students the knowledge and skills to have a significant impact in diverse settings around the globe.
Our Guiding Values
Our commitment is shaped by these shared and guiding beliefs:
  • All people deserve to live in thriving and sustainable communities.
  • Strong, healthy communities depend on well-educated, innovative and ethical leaders, and informed and engaged citizens.
  • Creative, current, and rigorous research informs sound decision-making.
  • Leaders need both relevant information and the skills necessary to interpret and use information and data effectively.
  • Successful leaders must be able to bridge public, private, and nonprofit sector boundaries.
  • Conversation and collaboration among individuals with diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and skills leads to more vibrant ideas and solutions.
We seek to foster a welcoming and inclusive workplace environment at O'Neill and in our team, ensuring all individuals are valued and recognized for their contributions, talents, and unique perspectives. Diversity information found here

Job Summary

The O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs seeks an Associate Director of Student Leadership Programs to develop, implement, and manage a portfolio of leadership programs and initiatives that will support students participating in the NextGen Leadership Program, Civic Leaders Center, Indiana Leadership Program, and Service Corps. This position will support the growth and development of student leadership programming across undergraduate and graduate communities at the O'Neill School and Indiana University.
Department Specific Responsibilities
  • Manages the planning, execution, and assessment of leadership seminars offered through the NextGen Leadership Program and Civic Leaders Center
  • Manages the planning, execution, and assessment of leadership, advocacy, and additional professional development workshops offered through the NextGen Leadership Program, Civic Leaders Center, and Indiana Leadership Program/Service Corps.
  • Manages daily operations of Indiana Leadership Program and Service Corps, including, but not limited to, communications, external relations, internship placements, and program and student evaluations.
  • Measures and evaluates effectiveness of leadership programs and prepares reports and presentations to stakeholders.
  • Supervises a team of graduate and undergraduate student staff.
  • Manages leadership program budget and student awards and compensation processes.
  • Grows and maintains internal and external partnerships in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to support student leadership programs.
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 related field
  • Master's degree in higher education student affairs or related field
  • 2 years in student services, higher education, or related field
Combinations of related education and experience may be considered
  • Proficient communication skills
  • Maintains a high degree of professionalism
  • Demonstrates 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
  • Demonstrates ability to maintain confidential information
  • Demonstrates 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

Bloomington, Indiana
This position may qualify for 1 remote day per week in accordance with O'Neill and IU policies on remote work arrangements.

Work Hours

This position will also require some time working outside of regular business hours and requires a flexible work schedule with the ability to travel.

Benefits Overview

For full-time staff employees, Indiana University offers a wide array of benefits including:
  • Multiple plan options for medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Health Savings Account with generous IU contribution
  • Life insurance, LTD, and AD&D options
  • Base retirement plan contribution from IU, subject to vesting
  • Additional supplemental retirement plan options
  • Tuition benefit for IU classes
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Learn more about our benefits by reviewing our online Benefits Brochure .

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.
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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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Job Information

  • Job ID: 67873214
  • Workplace Type: On-Site
  • Location:
    Bloomington, Indiana, United States
  • Company Name For Job: Indiana University
  • Position Title: Associate Director of Student Leadership Programs (Student Life Specialist)
  • Job Type: Full-Time
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