Assistant Director, International Student Life (Student Programming Specialist)

Job Description

  • Job Title Admin / clerical / secretarial




Department Information

About the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs (OVPIA)

The Vice President for International Affairs and the teams of staff in OVPIA's offices are the stewards of international activity across all campuses of Indiana University. We provide strategic leadership and advocacy for all international programs and projects and coordinate the resources necessary to sustain their growth. Our goal is to enable as many students, faculty, and staff as possible to pursue international and intercultural knowledge and experiences and to become engaged global citizens.

Learn how OVPIA provides leadership and support for IU's international efforts.

Within OVPIA, the Office of International Services (OIS) is dedicated to helping international students and scholars achieve their goals. Our staff recruit, admit, and enroll international students from all over the world. We provide social and cultural programming and visa- and immigration-related advising among other assistance to all international students and scholars. Join our nationally recognized team and help us serve the amazing and incredibly diverse international population at IU.

Read more about the Office of International Services

Job Summary

The orientation program for undergraduate students is designed within the framework established by the Office of First Year Experience (FYE), and duties will be split between OIS and FYE according to area of expertise. The goal of this programming is student engagement and inclusion, both within the international student population and between the international and domestic students on campus, and it must incorporate the student voice.

Department-Specific Responsibilities
  • Develops and delivers a comprehensive orientation program for all new international students in collaboration with own department and other campus departments: pre-arrival, arrival to campus, and throughout their first year of study at IU Bloomington.
  • Assists in training and supervising a team of student staff and volunteers to carry out and implement programs.
  • Performs other duties as assigned, when needed.
  • Works closely with the Associate Director for International Student Life to provide cultural, co-curricular academic and social programming for international students at IU.
General Responsibilities
  • Develops and implements programs and initiatives geared at enhancing and reinforcing the academic engagement and experiential learning capacity of the student experience.
  • Projects programming outcomes at the program, department/division, or campus level.
  • Interfaces directly with students, attends student programming events and gathers satisfaction feedback from student participants to implement into future student programming initiatives and objectives.
  • Collaborates with staff in own department and other departments, as well as academic and campus leaders, on shared student programming goals, often coordinates funding to sponsor student programs.
  • Measures and evaluates effectiveness of student programs against projected outcomes; may prepare reports on impact to students and budget and may present to stakeholders on effectiveness and to secure funding for initiatives moving forward.
  • May serve on committees and perform student programming research across the field of higher education and at peer institutions to identify and recommend best practices.
  • Plans and coordinates communications/outreach for student programming initiatives to ensure student participation and inclusion.



  • Bachelor's degree in education, social work, public affairs, counseling, business, or related field
  • Master's degree in higher education student affairs 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
  • Develops and delivers effective presentations
  • Demonstrates customer service skills
  • Demonstrates ability to maintain confidential information
  • Demonstrates excellent judgment and decision making skills
  • Demonstrates excellent tact, and diplomacy
  • 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 is expected to be primarily remote, until the completion of the Ferguson International Center.

Remote work arrangements are subject to change based on university policy and business needs.

Advertised Salary

$43,000 to $46,000 annually

Work Hours

This position is required to work occasional evenings and weekends with a flexible schedule to accommodate event and student supervision responsibilities.

Job Classification

Career Level: Core

FLSA: Exempt

Job Function: Student Services

Job Family: Student Programming

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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.

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