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Oakland City University is a Christian faith-based community dedicated to the enhancement of intellectual, spiritual, physical, and social development for positive leadership. This mission statement defines our every step as a university community and provides the basis for our search for the best and most qualified candidates for each open position we seek to fill.

To Apply

  1. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of at least three personal references electronically to bburgess@oak.edu.
  2. If you don’t have a resume, please complete the downloadable application form as follows:
    1. Download the OCU Employment Application
    2. Fill in all the information
    3. Save the form
    4. Email it to bburgess@oak.edu

    Current Full Time Openings

    Director of Center for Career and Calling

    Full-time | Main Campus

    Under the direction of the Associate Vice President for Student Life, Director of the Center for Calling and Career will improve and increase student success through the development of the center, management of the career pathways programs and success communities, and the systematic coordination of career exploration, advising, development, and placement.

    This position will work with internal and external constituents.

    Director of the Center for Calling and Career will develop and implement strategies to enhance career and life planning efforts through the career pathways program, manage the OCU success communities, and work with the campus to increase student success and retention. This includes conducting one-on-one coaching sessions, workshops and seminars, as well as writing and updating handouts and brochures, and creating and maintaining career resources and websites. In addition, the person will work with staff and faculty to design and maintain activities and events that connect students with potential employers for internships and full-time employment.

    Duties also include working with the Career Development Staff to develop and maintain an employer database for work-based-learning opportunities, and full- and part-time positions, organizing career events and activities, and using technology to facilitate the company-student connection.

    The Director will work to incorporate career activities with the other student development and student service efforts of the College.

    The Director must excel and thrive in a team approach setting and possess strong organizational, interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.

    Qualifications:

    Experience in and/or commitment to working with students from diverse cultural, ethnic, socioeconomics, academic and disability backgrounds.

    Bachelor’s degree is required with at least two years of experience in student development, case management, career services, career technical program areas, and/or a substantive combination of the above.  Master’s degree preferred.

    A strong knowledge and comfort with technology, including digital media, social media, Microsoft Office, web publishing packages and databases is a plus.

    Essential Functions:

      Management of the Center for Calling and Career (30%)

      • Develop, implement, and manage the Career Pathways program which is a career development program for students which begins during their first year on campus. Students engage in career building practices and skills each year they attend OCU.
      • Coordinate the operations of the Center with other Student Life offices (religious life, inclusion and diversity, student advising, etc.) to enhance student success and retention.
      • In collaboration with the Career Development Coordinators and other career personnel, utilize, maintain, and modernize an appropriate software system that leverages placement, graduate tracking, labor market information, and job openings.
      • In collaboration with Academic Affairs and School Deans, provide direction and development of a comprehensive Career Advising system which strategically coordinates and integrates all aspects of career development, career exploration, work-based-learning, job placement, and career planning with a student’s academic curriculum and major.
      • Oversee, manage, and revise annual budget for the Center, maintain expense records, make recommendations for budget revisions and prepare reports for submission.
      • Develop strategies to meet specified goals and evaluation of progress in meeting program goals.
      • Serve on appropriate college, local, and regional committees related to career development and placement
      • Assist with other student service activities performed by staff or as directed by the Associate Vice President for Student Life.

      Student Success Communities (30%)

      • Manage and direct the Student Success Communities for first year students. These success communities are essential to the success and retention of our first year students. 
      • Recruit and train success coaches to lead the success communities.
      • Provide information, programs, and materials for the success coaches to use and employ within the success communities.
      • Conduct annual evaluations of the effectiveness of the success communities.

      Job Search Assistance/Career Coaching (25%)

      • Counsel with students one-on-one about strategies for their job search including self-assessment, exploration, decision-making, job search skills (resume & cover letter writing, interviewing skills, negotiation skills, etc.) and self-directed job search strategies.
      • Develop and conduct workshops, seminars or classes relevant to self-assessment, job search skills and job search strategies
      • Conduct seminars and presentations in ongoing classes and through student organizations on self-assessment, job search skills and job search strategies
      • Develop plans to market career planning strategies to students and alumni
      • Maintain and develop a Career Resource Center including books, magazines, job postings and other career resources
      • Coordinate on-campus interview opportunities
      • Work closely with faculty and departments to evaluate, improve and coordinate services, especially internships management. Maintain a database of current and potential industry contacts for internships.

      Student Life Team (15%)

      • Work closely with the Student Life team in the overall operations of student life at Oakland City University.
      Director of Student Activities

      Full-time | Main Campus

      The Director of Student Activities will be a member of the Student Life Team and reports directly to the Director of Student Life. S/he will be responsible for supervising the day-to-day operations of the various programs and services that fall under the banner of Student Life Activities and that are representative of the mission of Oakland City University.  Must be a self-starter who has the ability to work autonomously with limited supervision. The position will require the regular exercise of independent judgment and seasoned discretion to provide direction and support in the form of advocacy for the advisement of clubs and organizations, Student Government Association, Campus Activities Board, and other student led programs. The position will also oversee the Fitness Center and Intramural program. The Director of Student Activities will utilize student development theory and strategies to impact student’s leadership and organizational development.

      Due to the nature of this position, evening and weekend commitments will be required. A typical workweek will be Tuesday – Saturday during the academic year and Monday – Friday during the summer sessions.

      Qualifications:

      A bachelor degree is required with 1-2 years of proven success in student affairs (student activities, housing or leadership development) is preferred.  Candidate should display potential for success within student development, campus and community relations, event management, student group advisement, and effective utilization of information technology. Candidate should possess superior written/oral communication skills, ability to multi-task and meet deadlines in a fast-paced work environment, and display collaborative leadership. In addition, effective time management skills, a valid driver’s license, and a good driving record are necessary to perform the duties of the position.

      Essential Functions:

        Program Development:

        In collaboration with the Director of Student Life and other members of the Student Life Team, will:

        • Design and implement a non-academic continuing curriculum of education through training, thematic programs, workshops and activities for the student body (main campus) at Oakland City University;
        • Develop new programs to meet the needs of the students, both for developmental purposes as well as for retention purposes; and
        • Be responsible for the development and execution of learning goals, assessment tools, and year-end reports for all programs and services that fall under student activities.

         

        Events Management and Support:

        • Be responsible for the development and execution of events such as, but not limited to: New Student Orientation/Welcome Week, Family Weekend, Homecoming, Clubs & Community Involvement Fair, Spring Fling Week and weekend programs;
        • Oversee the Fitness Center and the Intramural Program;
        • Coordinate with various student groups and departments to provide cohesive, well-planned campus-wide programming for both residential and commuter students; and
        • Be responsible for the development and execution of learning goals and assessment tools for these events.

         

        Advising:

        • Provide advising services for the Student Government Association (SGA) and the Campus Activities Board (CAB);
        • Work with various student and campus-wide committees to plan events and programs as they pertain to the mission of the Student Life Department and OCU;
        • Work with the Director of Student Life, the Director of Housing, and other campus colleagues to plan and conduct training workshops for student organizations and identify areas for enhancement and improvement; and
        • Act as a liaison between various student groups, faculty, the Department of Student Life, and the larger OCU community.

         

        Administration:

        • Review all policies and guidelines established for student groups annually;
        • Initiate procedures for revisions of policies and guidelines for student groups, as appropriate,
        • Monitor Student Activities budgets regularly;
        • Review Student Activities expense reports with the Director of Student Life; and
        • Participate in department and campus committees, programs, and other projects as assigned by the Director of Student Life.

         

        Orientation Leader Selection, Training, and Development:

        • Work closely with the Orientation Coordinator (Director of Student Life) to select and train the Orientation Team;
        • Advise the Orientation Team Leaders in the development of the training curriculum and execution of the curriculum including the development and execution of an assessment of the training; and
        • Be responsible for supervising the entire Orientation Team during New Student Orientation and Welcome Week activities at OCU.

         

        Professional Development:

        • Keep abreast of current literature and developments in related professional organizations and fields;
        • Attend, as schedule allows, pertinent conferences; and
        • Present information gained from conferences, webinars, and other professional development opportunities to the Student Life Team for shared development.
        Head Coach/Coordinator of eSports Program/Audio-Visual Coordinator

        Full-time | Main Campus

        This unique position combines the responsibilities of campus audio/visual coordinator and coaching of the university’s new Esports program.  As Head Coach for eSports, the position is responsible for all facets of the esports program.  The primary emphasis for the position is recruitment and retention of qualified student- eAthletes, and the administration of a competitive esports program including but not limited to planning practices, event preparation, competition coaching, recruiting budget management, scheduling, academic monitoring, and general supervision of student-eAthletes.  The position also coordinates with the Department of Information Technology by providing management of the audio/visual needs of the university.

        Qualifications:

        • Bachelor’s Degree required in subjects related to audio-visual technology.
        • Knowledge of eSports games and competition required. Prior eSports coaching and recruiting experience preferred.
        • Work experience in Audio Visual Technology in at least an entry level position.

          Essential Functions:

          eSports Head Coach (55%)

          1. Adhere to University and sport governing body policies and procedures.
          2. Administer esports program, including recruiting, scheduling, budgeting, and practice plans for a pre-determined roster size.
          3. Organize and implement a successful esports recruiting program, including summer camps.
          4. Coordinate and evaluate as-needed coaching sessions, ensuring that effective principles, techniques, strategies, and methods to achieve proficiency in games is happening; observe eAthletes during practice to determine opportunities for growth.
          5. Organize and conduct competition and tournaments. Cooperate with college staff/officials in directing the preparation of facilities to be used in competition for home contests.
          6. Develop and maintain Twitch channel and esports website, including, but not limited to roster, schedule, stories, etc.
          7. Ensure that all esports participants have completed all required eligibility forms prior to participating.
          8. Assist in the development of marketing and communications materials for the eSports program.

          Technical Support Analyst (45%)

          1. The coordinator responds to request for audio visual needs for various events on the university campus. These events can be regularly occurring events or singular events.
          2. The coordinator surveys the requested events and audio-visual needs and identifies the equipment requirements needed for the event.
          3. The coordinator is responsible for setting up various equipment including microphone, speakers, camera, projector, and all other equipment for events. After all the equipment is set, the coordinator conducts tests to ensure that all the equipment is working properly and are safe to use as well.
          4. The coordinator looks after the repair and maintenance of all the equipment. The coordinator regularly checks equipment and resolves issues arising with the equipment.
          5. The coordinator will have a team of student workers who assist with audio visual set up. The coordinator will manage the recruitment process and trains the student workers.
          6. The coordinator manages a work schedule to allow efficiency and timely response to requested duties while responding to malfunctions and user needs.
          7. The coordinator assists in the analysis of problems (both technical and operational) to develop workable solutions.

          Physical Characteristics:

          1. Punctual, regular and consistent attendance.
          2. Frequent standing.
          3. Work is primarily indoors.
          4. Significant evening, night and week-end work required.
          5. May be exposed to steady, loud noises.
          Head Women's Volleyball Coach

          Full-time | Main Campus

          As coach, lead and manage the volleyball program.  Responsible for recruitment and retention of players; management of schedules and travel for athletic competition; Assist in the overall operations of the OCU athletic program. 

          Qualifications:

          • B.S. minimum, M.S. or higher preferred.

          • Must have thorough working knowledge of NAIA rules and regulations.

          • Must possess an area of specialized training or experience for teaching or administrative duties; demonstrates a sincere desire to aid all students.

            Essential Functions:

            Coaching (75%)

            • Recruit a minimum number of student/athletes; varies by sport.
              • Volleyball – 15
            • Organize and conduct fund raising efforts to supplement budget.
            • Organize and conduct practices/workouts throughout the sport season in compliance with University and NAIA regulations.
            • Provide off-season workout guide for student/athletes. To include pre-season conditioning when applicable.
            • Prepare and coach student/athletes for intercollegiate events as well as post-season competition in compliance with NAIA regulations.
            • Prepare and submit to the Athletic Director an annual budget for sport/team.
            • Prepare and submit to the Athletic Administrative Assistant monthly budget reports that reconcile with the detail ledger report for sport/team.
            • Prepare and submit travel expense request for away contests and other sport/team expenses in a timely manner.
            • Travel with team to away games.
            • Conduct seasonal maintenance of sporting fields as applicable
            • Hire or have officials/umpires hired for home games when applicable.
            HVAC Technician

            Full-time | Main Campus

            Supervises daily Facilities Services department tasks.  Maintains and promotes a positive working relationship with facilities services employees and Director of Facilities Services.

            Qualifications:

            Organizational and leadership skills; 5 years’ experience in field of physical plant maintenance, minimum; High school diploma; Valid Driver’s license

            Essential Functions:

              • In collaboration with the Director of Facilities Services, coordinates the care, condition, appearance, repair, or replacement of all physical equipment, buildings, facilities, and grounds. When requested, delegates cleaning and maintenance tasks to team members.
              • Recommends the purchase of necessary parts for repairs to Director of Facilities Services.
              • Oversees equipment and building repairs as needed.
              • Conducts periodical inspections of buildings, identifies areas of risk, and reports areas of needed repairs to Director of Facilities Services and VP for Administration.
              • Monitors the safety and cleanliness of interior and exterior areas.
              • Promotes good safety practices and procedures by ensuring proper safety measures and security measures in the workplace.
              • Collaborates with the Director of Facilities Services in the preparation of work schedules.
              • In collaboration with the Director of Facilities Services, schedules routine inspections and emergency repairs with outside vendors.
              • Oversees the inventory procedures for supplies, materials, and equipment as directed by the Director of Facilities Services.
              • Develops and maintains records for the physical plant and maintenance department, as assigned.
              • Serves as a source of information on areas involving buildings and grounds.
              • Assists with operational planning, including preparing the physical plant for changing weather conditions.
              • Keeps informed of new maintenance techniques and operations, engages in professional development, and maintains appropriate licensing.
              • Assists in the coordination of the maintenance all heating and air-conditioning under control of the university.
              • Conducts other duties related to those assigned by the Director of Facilities Services or the Vice President for Administration.
              Residence Hall Director for Female Halls

              Residence Life at OCU has seen an increase in students living on campus over the past 4 years.  Due to this growth, during the summer of 2021, we begun to professionalize the RHD positions that were formerly filled by upper class students with previous RA experience. In the summer of 2022, we hired our second full-time RHD.

               At this time, we have an immediate vacancy for our female RHD for the spring 2023 semester and are accepting applications. This position will require a commitment to OCU’s “Life In Community” statement.

               Oakland City University is a Christian faith-based community dedicated to the enhancement of intellectual, spiritual, physical, and social development for positive leadership. This mission statement defines our every step as a university community and provides the basis for our search for the best and most qualified candidates for each open position we seek to fill.

              The role of the Residence Hall Director is one of facilitating student development, enhancing student life, and promoting the general wellbeing of individuals living in residence hall facilities. RHDs will oversee the day-to-day operations of two residence halls and supervise 1-2 Assistant Residence Hall Director(s), and up to eight Resident Assistants (RAs).  Each RHD will spend approximately 20 hours a week holding office hours in the Student Life Center (SLC); the remaining hours will be spent in their halls, building relationships with students, attending hall programs, etc. This is a 12-month, live-in position.

              Qualifications:

              • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Education, Psychology, or Social Work; and a minimum of two years of experience as a Resident Assistant or other student leadership role
              • Live a Christian lifestyle and be a positive role model for others
              • Possess moral responsibility and respect confidentiality
              • Ability to manage a live-in schedule that will require working outside of a normal, set schedule
              • Ability to communicate with students, parents, etc. and maintain professional relationships at all organizational levels
              • Fortitude to be assertive, yet caring toward students
              • Ability to understand developmental behavior of the college student
              • Willingness to work/live within the framework and policies of the Residential Life program at OCU and have an understanding of the university’s goals related to student success and retention

              DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

              Supervision and Training of Staff:

              • Interviewing and evaluating prospective staff
              • Orientation and training of residence life staff
              • Develop and coordinate staff duty within the halls
              • Encourage residence life staff to develop caring communities – know your residents and their needs
              • Ensure that all staff are well informed and sensitive to general activities, student thinking, and resident needs
              • Directly supervise the staff members assigned to your residence halls
              • Hold regular (usually weekly) staff meetings
              • Develop an administrative style that encourages creativity and provides motivation for the hall staff

              Administrative:

              • Coordinate the opening and closing procedures for the housing facilities at the beginning and end of each semester, and during holiday and break periods
              • Facilitate the smooth operation of all matters related to building occupancy and building security
              • Assist the Office of Student Life in keeping accurate and up to date room rosters by managing the room change process for students moving into and out of their assigned residence halls
              • Complete health and safety inspections for your assigned residence hall rooms/suites as designated by the Associate VP for Student Life (usually twice per semester)
              • Complete maintenance requests for your buildings and monitor completion progress
              • Create duty schedule each semester for your residence halls
              • Serve as the overnight emergency contact for your staff and participate in the rotating duty schedule with the other Residence Hall Director and Assistant Residence Hall Directors
              • Maintain office records of activities/programs, room keys and fob inventories, incident reports, building maintenance, and other special situations with the housing facilities
              • Attend staff meetings with the Associate VP for Student Life and workshops as scheduled
              • Assist in the formulation and facilitation of policies and procedures related to the Department of Residence Life
              • Represent the Department of Residence Life to students, parents, guests, and members of the university community
              • Provide weekly office hours (approximately 20 hours per week) to assist students and provide relevant referrals to campus resources
              • Review the nightly duty logs provided by the residence life staff
              • Assume other administrative duties as delegated from the Associate VP for Student Life

              Working with Students:

              • Become well acquainted with the residents in your halls and encourage your RAs to do the same
              • Respond to student requests/questions in a timely and informative manner
              • Provide counsel and appropriate referral services to individual students
              • Facilitate the resolution of conflict between individuals and groups. Facilitate student involvement in the resolution of behavioral problems and conflicts

              Student Conduct/Adjudication:

              • Consistently enforce the Student Code of Conduct and residence hall policies through guidance, education/corrective discipline and effective follow-up/through; be firm, fair, and consistent
              • Receive and review Incident Reports
              • Upon review of each incident, take appropriate measures to mitigate the situation under the guidance of the Associate VP for Student Life
              • Serve as a Hearing Officer or on judicial hearing boards as needed by the Associate VP for Student Life

              Counseling/Advising:

              • Make referrals that will provide aid to students in obtaining assistance from other campus offices
              • Assume responsibility for initial disciplinary counseling with students in the residence halls and encourage students to accept responsibility for behavior inconsistent with the spirit of university policies

              Student Development Programming:

              • Encourage and promote residence hall programs throughout the academic year
              • Work with students in developing and maintaining an atmosphere conducive to study within the residence halls
              • Be willing to provide additional assistance to new students regarding their orientation to the university
              • Work with hall staff in developing educational, cultural, recreational, spiritual and social programs/seminars consistent with the philosophy of residence living that meet the needs of a diverse student population
              • Encourage maximum participation by students in attending hall programs and other campus activities
              • Attend hall functions and be visible to resident students
              • Encourage, support, and assist student leadership within the halls

              Unusual Working Conditions:

              • Subject to emergency calls outside of scheduled working hours
              • Required to live-in residence hall

              Accountability:

              • To the Associate VP for Student Life

              Current Part-Time Openings

              Assistant Women's Volleyball Coach

              Part-time | Main Campus

              Assist head coach in all aspects of coaching of respective sport.

              Qualifications

              Bachelor’s degree minimum, Master degree preferred. A proven record of integrity and high principles with demonstrated skills in developing and motivating student/athletes academically and athletically. Must be knowledgeable of NCAA and Oakland City University policies, rules, and guidelines and be committed to upholding those policies, rules and guidelines. Good organizational skills and excellent written and oral communication skills required.

              Essential Functions

              • Attend games/matches as assigned by the head coach.
              • Travel with team to away contest
              • Assist in scouting and recruiting of athletics for respective sport
              • Assist with on-field practices
              • Assist with off-season conditioning and workouts

              Equal Employment Opportunity of Oakland City University

              Oakland City University is committed to the achievement of equal opportunity within OCU. In this regard, OCU will recruit, hire, promote, educate, and provide services to persons based upon their individual qualifications. OCU prohibits discrimination based on arbitrary considerations of characteristics such as age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, marital status, national origin, race, or veteran status.

              In full and complete compliance with federal laws and laws of the State of Indiana and all regulations appertaining thereto, the University does not discriminate against students on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, gender, or other status or condition protected by applicable state or federal laws in conducting its educational programs and activities.

              In the employment of personnel, the University does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, gender, veteran or other status or condition protected by applicable state or federal laws. This policy applies to all conditions of employment, including but not limited to hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, demotion, selection, recruitment, employment, advertising, layoff and termination, compensation, and all other terms and conditions of employment. The University is a private church-related institution and strives to attract those who espouse the Christian faith or those who would be comfortable in such a religious context and environment.

              All offices, schools, departments and other units of Oakland City University operate pursuant to all applicable laws relating to equal employment and educational opportunity, including but not limited to, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1973, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Age Discrimination In Employment Act of 1967, Section 402 of the Vietnam Era Readjustment Act of 1974, Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Act and Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972.