Assistant Director Undergraduate Student Engagement
April 13, 2018
Created in 1972, the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University-Bloomington is a professional school with nearly 100 full-time faculty members and 80 full-time staff members serving 2,100 undergraduate students. SPEA's mission is to build a better world by helping people solve complex problems at the crossroads of policy, management, and science. SPEA promotes sound decisions, well-managed organizations, just and healthy societies, and a sustainable environment through education, scholarship, and civic engagement. SPEA gives students the knowledge and skills to have a significant impact in diverse settings around the globe.
The Assistant Director develops, implements and manages a portfolio of student programming initiatives that align with the School's strategic approach grounded in student development theory and oriented around five, interdependent, focal areas; Academic Achievement/Enrichment, Civic Engagement; Leadership Development, Professional Preparation, and/or Global Citizenry. This portfolio will include, but is not limited to, the coordination as well as implementation of the School's new student, residential orientation, SPEA Launch. In addition, incumbent will be asked to prioritize student engagement initiatives that support the recruitment and conversion of prospective students to SPEA including but not reserved to summer camp activities like Model United Nations, Debate, and degree-oriented/career mentoring workshops. The assistant director will be encouraged to explore/propose new programming start-ups based on research of best practices that cater to special interest activities that have the potential to generate and/or transition interest to SPEA's academic offerings. The incumbent will be expected to maintain and enhance relationships as well as work collaboratively with faculty and lead administrators at the University, on campus, and in the School to enhance the undergraduate student engagement strategy. Assesses needs and interest, tracks and monitors as well as evaluates programming in areas of responsibility on a regular basis including weekly meetings, via periodic reporting and an annual comprehensive review. Serves as ambassador for the engagement function/undergraduate programs office with external stakeholders and at University meetings/events. Actively participates in/contributes to budgeting process related to programming purview. As relevant, works collaboratively with other engagement and advising professionals, advises student organizations, and routinely supervises student assistants in support of operational/programming goals.
REQUIRED: Bachelor's degree in higher education, public affairs, public policy, philanthropy, business, marketing, communication, or related field and two years of experience in higher education administration.
Formal training and experience with best practices in undergraduate student engagement. Exceptional administrative skill set including ability to: balance multiple projects/programs concurrently; operationalize; evaluate/assess; and adapt to shifting priorities and deadlines. Must demonstrate capacity to work independently AND within a team setting. Creativity in engaging strategic partners, and talent at parceling out assignments and ensuring completion. Ability to be entrepreneurial and innovative resulting in high-profile programs that will raise the profile of SPEA, attract prospective students, and enhance the overall student experience. Must commit to an attitude about work that conveys professionalism and instills enthusiasm. Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to establish and maintain strong, positive working relationships with students, faculty, staff, as well as relevant external stakeholders. Maintain confidentiality of work related information and materials. Flexible work schedule. Basic to Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Excel, Access, Word, and PowerPoint). Valid Driver’s license.
Master's degree (or near completion).
Salary Plan: PAE
Salary Grade: 3SA
Department: PUBLIC & ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS (BL-SPEA-IUBLA)
Internal Number: 45888
About Indiana University
Founded in 1820, Indiana University is the state’s public university system, comprised of two core campuses—IU-Bloomington and IUPUI—and six regional campuses located throughout the state. Combined, the total student population is more than 114,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional school students. IU is one of the largest employers in the state, with over 20,000 faculty and staff. Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. Diversity and inclusion remains a core commitment to IU’s mission to cultivate an educational environment that supports equal access, participation and representation on all of its campuses and that provides educational and career opportunities for all.