Staff Openings

Careers at OCU

Join the Mighty Oaks

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 [email protected].
  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 [email protected]

    Current Full Time Openings

    Athletic Trainer

    Full-Time | Main Campus

    The Athletic Trainer will work in coordination with the Director of Athletics to provide medical care for intercollegiate student-athletes. The position will require weekly afternoon, evening, and weekend hours.           


    MS degree; at least 1 year of experience that is directly related to Athletic Training; specialized training required  Certified Athletic Trainer. Must have athletic trainer license through the State of Indiana.

    Essential Functions:

      • Direct coverage of intercollegiate athletic contests, intercollegiate athletic team practices, and general athletic training room activities.
      • Keep records for injury evaluations, therapeutic treatments provided, physician referrals, and any incidents occurring during qualifying incidents.
      • Develop, implement and maintain overall sports medicine program for the University, including: injury prevention programs, injury evaluations, injury management, injury treatment and rehabilitation, educational programs and counseling for student-athletes and athletic staff.
      • Perform duties with professionalism, which includes relating to others in a courteous, cooperative, sensitive and congenial manner.
      • Maintain the confidentiality of athletic training room records and university information by following HIPPA and FERPA procedures.
      • Practice OSHA and OCU Guidelines for Blood Borne Pathogens Exposure Control.
      • Perform other duties to assist the department of athletics.
      • Provide emergency care for all student-athletes and athletic staff personnel and coordinate an Emergency Action Plan in the event of an emergency situation occurring during athletic events.
      • Responsible for the formation of the University’s athletic training staff, including training and supervision of assistant/associate athletic trainers. Hiring for the Athletic training staff should be completed in collaboration with the VP for Administration.
      • Assist Athletic Director and Business Manager in the development of the athletic medical program budget.
      • Evaluate and recommend new techniques and equipment that would enhance the benefit of the athletic medical program.
      • This position will require travel and weekly afternoon, evening and weekend hours.
      Band Director of the Mighty Oaks Marching Band/Pep Band

      Full-Time | Main Campus

      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.

      Review of applications will begin immediately until the position has been filled. This position will require a commitment to OCU’s “Life In Community” statement.

      The successful applicant will have significant experience with marching/athletic bands at the high school and/or university level, including expertise/experience in drill design that encompasses a variety of styles. In addition, it is expected the successful candidate will possess a high level of musicianship, with excellent rehearsal technique and teaching skills, as well as exceptional administrative and leadership ability. This unique position will have the opportunity of starting the OCU marching band which will demand a dynamic leader, capable of leading the Mighty Oaks Band/Pep Band program into the future.  

      The university prefers educational experience and academic credentials which would allow for a faculty level appointment with teaching responsibilities in the area of music.

      For the 2023-2024 academic year, the director will be responsible for building the program including equipment purchases, music purchases, uniform design, departmental structure, teaching, and recruitment of the students. 


      • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
      • Marching band director experience at the high school or college level is required. Experience working within a higher education setting is preferred. Experience conducting and rehearsing a marching band program is required.
      • Music teaching experience at the college level preferred.
      • Recruiting experience preferred.
      • Experience developing and maintaining working relationships with other departments and offices is required.
      • Knowledge of financial management and budget experience is required.

      Essential Functions:

      • Provide direction for the Mighty Oaks Marching Band/Pep Bands and their performances at athletic games/competitions as well as on-campus and off-campus events.
      • Lead the recruiting efforts for the Mighty Oaks Marching Band/Pep Band student members in coordination with the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.
      • Collaborate with University Advancement Office to assist with and coordinate fundraising efforts.
      • Teaching responsibilities in the area of music, if candidate possesses appropriate academic credentials.
      • This position reports to the Associate Vice President for Student Life.

      Work Environment:

      • This position will regularly require evening and weekend work, especially during football and basketball seasons.
      • This position also requires some travel and coordination of student travel, travel for student recruitment, and travel for out-of-town games and appearances.


      Salary commensurate with experience & qualifications.

      Deadline to Apply:

      Applicants will be reviewed and interviews held until the position is filled.

      Executive Director of the Center of Calling and Career

      Full-Time | Main Campus

      Under the direction of the Associate Vice President for Student Life, the Executive 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. The three main pillars of the Center include Career Planning, Academic Support Services, and Community Engagement. This position will work with internal and external constituents.

      The successful candidate 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 director 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 developing and maintaining 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 (ASCEND Indiana).

      The Executive Director must excel and thrive in a team approach setting and possess strong organizational, interpersonal, written and oral communication skills. A strong knowledge and comfort with technology, including digital media, social media, Microsoft Office, web publishing packages and databases is a plus.

      Minimum 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.

      Strong relationship-building skills and cross-organizational collaboration.

      Desirable Qualifications:

      Experience building and developing a teamwork environment, including collaboration with constituents outside the department.

      Relevant experience assisting students with career placement.

      Planning and implementing student and/or business-sector events.

      Strong experience connecting business and industry to education.

      Comfortable with technology, internet resources, social media, and contemporary communication methods.

      Experience in understanding and managing grants.

      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.


        • 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.


        • 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 (10%)

        • Work closely with the Student Life team in the overall operations of student life at Oakland City University.
        Head Men's Volleyball Coach

        Full-Time | Main Campus

        Oakland City University is seeking a qualified individual to lead our men’s volleyball program.  Master’s Degree preferred but not required.  It is a Full-time position.  Oakland City University is an NAIA full member as well as a member of the River States Conference.  The head coach’s responsibilities will include, but not limited to, managing all aspects of an intercollegiate program, including practice and game planning and management, recruiting, fund-raising, budget management, travel, public relations, facility use, and compliance to Oakland City University rules, policies, and guidelines.

        Send cover letter, resume, and at least three references to:  Briley Lamey, [email protected], New Hire Coordinator, Oakland City University, 138 Lucretia Street, Oakland City, Indiana 47660.

        For further position details contact:  T-Ray Fletcher, Director of Athletics, 812-749-1576.  Oakland City University is an equal opportunity employer.

        Current Part-Time Openings

        Assistant Women's Volleyball Coach

        Part-time | Main Campus

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


        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
        Personal Counselor

        Part-time | Main Campus

        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.

        Oakland City University seeks qualified applicants for the position of Personal Counselor (Part-time).  Review of applications will begin immediately until the position has been filled. This position will require a commitment to OCU’s “Life In Community” statement.

        Counsel individuals and groups to promote optimum health and well-being.  Help individuals cope with life and transition issues in healthy ways.


        Masters in Social Work or equivalent in the area of specialized training or experience.  Knowledge of human behavior and development; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment of mental and emotional disorders.  Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of physical or emotional disorders, and for career counseling and guidance.  Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, and cultures and their history and origins.

        Essential Functions

        • Maintain confidentiality of records relating to clients’ treatment.
        • Encourage individuals to discuss emotions and experiences and help them develop insight into themselves and their relationships.
        • Guide clients in the development of skills and strategies for dealing with their struggles.
        • Prepare and maintain all required records and reports.
        • Counsel individually and in group sessions and provide periodic assistance in overcoming dependencies, adjusting to life, and making healthy changes. Current topics include but are not limited to, substance abuse, bullying, anger management, depression, stress, transition issues, relationships, loss, etc.
        • Actively help clients build coping mechanisms to guide them through stressful situations.
        • Collect information about clients through interviews and observation.
        • Act as an advocate to coordinate required services or to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations.
        • Develop and implement treatment plans based on clinical experience and knowledge.
        • Maintains current with licensing, professional development, and best practices.
        • Participates in Behavioral Intervention & Threat Assessment Meetings

        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.