Requisition ID:  28387

Student Affairs Specialist

About Our Opportunity:

The Student Affairs Specialist will serve as an active member of Student Life Student Activities and Organization team working with registered student organizations. Responsible for advising numerous student organization leaders, officers, and advisors.  Provide comprehensive direction, guidance, approval and denial on student organization activities, travel, and events.  Manage, coordinate, and support the Student Involvement Programs and student organization officer training on key areas.  Responsible for managing and understanding the Campus Labs web-based database, the various branches, as well as work with campus partners to ensure the highest level of performance. Cultivate and manage University-community partnerships, faculty partnerships and alumni networks that enrich campus activities. Collaborate with students, staff, and departments to enhance the quality of student life on the Purdue campus. Advise at least one student organization within the SAO advising structure.


What We’re Looking For:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Human Resources, education, or related field. 
  • Two years of professional experience in student affairs or a related field.
  • Two years of a graduate assistantship in a college union or a student activities program equals one professional year.
  • Strong skills in decision making, communication, interpersonal and intercultural relations.
  • Ability to coach and lead others, strategic thinking, and drive for results.
  • Ability to supervise of volunteers and work with diverse student populations. 
  • A clear understanding of student development theories, co-curricular development, learning outcomes and ability to collaborate.
  • Ability to relate well to students, develop rapport, trust, and work within a shared decision-making model with the students.
  • Quick learner with attention to details.
  • Ability to collaborate and relate to people of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Must represent the university with professionalism, tact, and diplomacy at all levels. 
  • Ability to work evenings and weekend hours as business need dictates.


  • Experience coordinating or participating in student groups. Experience managing volunteers, students, or staff.

Additional Information:  

  • To learn more about Purdue’s benefits summary CLICK HERE
  • Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position  
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position 
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible For Overtime) 
  • Retirement Eligibility:  Defined Contribution Waiting Period 
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply

Nearest Major Market: Lafayette