The primary responsibility of the director of external affairs and special projects is to provide leadership for the promotion of Division programs and services to the university community and external stakeholders. As an integral member of the vice chancellor’s executive team, this position also provides managerial support to Division activities, programs, and business operations on behalf of the vice chancellor and on behalf of the Division of Student Affairs to all external contacts including the student body. The director of external affairs and special projects also serves as an advisor to the vice chancellor. This position works with other senior staff in the Division to ensure the effective promotion of the mission, programs, services, processes, and learning opportunities. This position is responsible and accountable for multifunctional program management within the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.
Provide oversight and direction for Division-wide communications and marketing initiatives including supervision of the multimedia specialist and the Multimedia Production Center, supervision of the Division’s communications specialist, and developing and executing the Division’s marketing and communications plans with a focus on strengthening the return on investment. Serve as project lead for large-scale Division marketing and communications projects such as website redesigns. Serve as the Division liaison to IU Communications and the Office of the Chancellor.
Serve as project manager for a variety of ongoing campus-wide programs and emergent initiatives of the vice chancellor’s office providing leadership for defining program needs and parameters, creating partnerships across campus to deliver programs, and working with the director of assessment and planning to determine program effectiveness. Provide leadership and oversight for the Division’s Graduate Summer Internship Program. Serve as the chair of the Division’s professional development and provide leadership for creating and executing professional development opportunities for all Division staff.
Serve as advisor to the vice chancellor, attending meetings on his behalf. Direct the vice chancellor’s strategic communications, preparing communications as needed and editing all Division-wide reports for external distribution. Conduct benchmarking research of other divisions of student affairs and universities as needed to determine best practices.
Provide oversight and direction of the Division’s development initiatives. Serve as the Division’s liaison to the IU Foundation and IU Alumni Association and represent the development interests of individual departments on committees, councils, and task forces. Work with Division units to develop and execute the Division’s alumni relations program including regular communications with alumni with a connection to the Division.
REQUIRED: Bachelor’s degree in related discipline and five years of progressive administrative experience in higher education.
Ability to effectively communicate and exchange information. Highly developed interpersonal skills for interacting with parents, students, and division staff in crises and difficult situations. Excellent organizational and administrative skills. Ability to manage multiple priorities under pressure and accomplish short and long term goals.
Master’s degree in education, higher education student affairs, college student personnel, or related fields. Bilingual in Spanish.
Working Conditions/Physical Demands:
Ability to use a computer and phone and remain stationary for long periods of time. Must be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without an accommodation.
Salary Plan: PAE
Salary Grade: 4SA
Campus: IUPUI - Indianapolis
Department: STUDENT LIFE (IN-STLI-IUINA)
Internal Number: 73824
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.