Student Organizations Coordinator, Student Involvement and Leadership (Student Life Specialist)

Job Description

  • Job Title Admin / clerical / secretarial




Department Information

The Indiana Memorial Union (IMU) has been the heart of the Indiana University Bloomington campus for more than 100 years. Every day thousands of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests enjoy the many amenities and opportunities the IMU has to offer.

The Division of Student Affairs is focused on building a strong foundation to ensure every student's IU experience is positive, safe, healthy, and meaningful. The Division of Student Affairs staff and 21 departments aim to help students navigate their time at IU, providing the tools they need to be successful in school and after graduation. Students are our priority, and their health, safety, and overall well-being are our core mission.

Within the Division, the Student Involvement and Leadership Center fosters growth and learning among all students by designing and supporting inclusive experiences and engaging opportunities that connect those we serve with the campus, the community, each other, and themselves. Housed within the Indiana Memorial Union, the Center is home to a number of programs that engage the student body including student organization support, advising of key University Student Organizations, leadership programs, community engagement, Outdoor Adventures, Late Nite programs, and Bowling & Billiards.

Job Summary

This position has the primary responsibility for oversight and support of IU Bloomington student organizations.

Department-Specific Responsibilities
  • Provides an extensive span of professional work in advising and programming for students and student groups.
  • Designs and administers student life initiatives to increase student engagement and involvement, foster development, build community, and improve the student campus experience.
  • Provides guidance to student organizations and student leaders 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.
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.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of the foundational principles of the Student Affairs profession, including knowledge of student development theory and the ability to apply theory to practice.
  • Knowledge of current trends in student engagement, the legal landscape related to student organizations, current issues related to IU campus policy and procedure, and general finance.
  • Ability to relate well with a diverse population of college students ranging from first-year students to graduate and non-traditional-aged students, including international students, and to create environments that promote and embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Ability to establish strategic goals, develop program curricula, create and assess learning outcomes, evaluate programs, and track data.

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.

The position requires some evening and weekend work, and may involve travel.

Work Location

Indiana Memorial Union

900 E 7th Street

Bloomington, Indiana


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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