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Alumni Relations & Volunteer USI

Posted on 6/21/2019

Administrative Support: Coordinate/manage events, activities and programming timelines. Assist in managing all aspects of USI Student Alumni Association, it's committees, events and programming. Serve as co-advisor with assistant director. Primary duties include:

  • Assist with development and execution of strategic social media initiatives that promote, support and enhance awareness of USI Alumni Association, Student Alumni Association, Volunteer USI and Parents and Families Association programs, activities and events that drive support and engagement of alumni, students and friends of the University.
  • Build Excel spreadsheet for department budget and account reconciliation.

Periodic duties include:

  • May assist with maintenance of Alumni Relations, Volunteer USI and Student Alumni including editorial content and page development, day-to-day site maintenance and creation of site analytic reports.
  • Work with Alumni Relations and Volunteer USI team to conduct strategic and purposeful evaluations of Alumni Association, Student Alumni Association, Volunteer USI and Parent & Families communication, activities, events and programming.

Applicant must currently be working towards a graduate degree at USI. Work with constituent groups, managing projects, leading teams, and MS Office experience preferred. 

Skills | Knowledge | Abilities:

  • Knowledge and skills with various social media to promote organization, events and activities
  • Ability to work with groups, ability to coordinate details and time lines
  • Advise student group

Appointment Start Date: July 2019

For more information please contact Mrs. Janet Johnson at

David L. Rice Library

Posted on 06/12/2019 - 2 positions available

Administrative/Research Support: Assist Research and Instruction Librarians by being the first point of contact for users who need help with basic library usage. Primary duties include:

  • Answer reference questions from users via chat, in person and by phone call;
  • Assist students with basic research needs; Refer students to Research Librarians;
  • Assist users with a variety of technology; Provide good customer service.

Periodic duties include:

  • Assist Checkout desk when necessary;
  • Maintain Reference Desk Area;
  • Provide tours of Library when necessary;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Applicant must currently be working towards a graduate degree at USI. Customer Service and/or Library Work experience preferred.

Skills | Knowledge | Abilities:

  • Comfortable learning and using a wide variety of technology;
  • Attentive;
  • Able to appropriately interact with users;
  • Independent worker.

Appointment start date: August 12, 2019

For more information please contact Mr. Shane White at

Library Services

Posted on 06/12/2019

Administrative/Research Support: Provide circulation services for all hours on Saturdays and Sundays that the library is open, including clearing the building of patrons and closing the library. Primary duties include:

  • Monitor the building, perform security checks
  • Assist with basic reference questions, such as how to find information on research topics or assisting with Microsoft Office products
  • Monitor Chat line
  • Provide assistance with printers, copier, University ID machine, scanners and microform readers
  • Open and close the library

Periodic duties include:

  • Collect fines, write receipts
  • Collect and assess data
  • Assist with special projects from other library departments
  • Assist with updating research guides, resources and checking for dead links
  • Will receive training in emergency procedures: fire, severe weather, active shooter scenarios
  • Contact Public Safety and Facilities when necessary

Applicant must currently be working towards a graduate degree at USI.

Skills | Knowledge | Abilities:

  • Customer Service
  • Must be a self-starter
  • Ability to perform office work, supervise student employees and respond to a variety of patron requests

Appointment Start Date: August 12, 2019

For more information please contact Mrs. Debra Clark at

Library Services

Posted on 06/12/2019

Administrative/Research Support: Assist with special projects in the archives and daily operations of the University Archives and Special Collections unit. Duties will include working with students, staff and faculty on research assignments. Some digitization and working with archive processes and procedures. Primary duties include:

  • Assist University Archivist with processing new acquisitions and accessions, including University records; Regional History collections; Communal Studies collections; Manuscript collections; and print and digital media collections; while using archival methods for preservation and conservation. Create and maintain finding aids; research guides; and tutorials for the unit.
  • Assist Library Associate in the digitization of the University, Regional and Communal Studies collections. Working to clean up metadata on records, research information on local collections, and finalize ongoing projects.

Periodic duties include:

  • Assist Senior Library Assistant in providing materials, reference, and instructional services in the UASC patrons which could include responding to researchers and visitors in person; via telephone; e-mail; and fax communications. This includes assisting University students; faculty; and staff; as well as news media; visiting scholars; and the general public.
  • Assist Senior Library Assistant in developing and preparing presentations and exhibits for the unit and in support of various civic organizations in the area, using UASC material and social media platforms.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Applicant must currently be working towards a graduate degree at USI. One year experience preferred. 

Skills | Knowledge | Abilities:

  • Good customer service skills required.
  • Must be able to effectively serve and communicate with a diverse group of internal and external individuals, particularly USI faculty; students; and staff; and be able to accurately interpret and explain policies to UASC users.
  • Good organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills and good interpersonal skills are required. Must be able to accurately interpret both written and verbal instructions.
  • Ability to work independently without frequent direct supervision is required. Must be self-motivated.
  • Working knowledge of computer software, scanners, and digital cameras.
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint applications.
  • Preferred knowledge of archival standards, digitization of materials or library operations.

Additional Comments:

  • Remaining in a stationary position at a desk or work station for extended periods of time for the most of assigned duties.
  • Obtaining information from written documents and using computers for prolonged periods of time requires visual acuity.
  • Effective problem-solving and the presentation of a professional demeanor while meeting deadlines and achieving outcomes; must be flexible and able to effectively manage change, even under demanding conditions such as multiple priorities and short-notice deadlines.

Appointment Start Date: August 14, 2019

For more information please contact Mrs. Jennifer Greene at

RCOB Advising Center

Posted on 06/12/2019

Research/Instructional Support: The Graduate Assistant will assist in advising duties of students in the Romain College of Business (RCOB) Advising Center. Primary duties include:

  • Advise RCOB students
  • Update student records
  • Collect and analyze data
  • Help with student programming

Periodic duties include:

  • Advise incoming students at orientation
  • Help with graduation paperwork

Applicant must currently be working towards a graduate degree at USI. Experience working with undergraduate students preferred. 

Skills | Knowledge | Abilities:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to create and foster relationships
  • Knowledge of University policies and procedures
  • Excel or database experience

Appointment Start Date: August 1, 2019

For more information please contact Mrs. Christy Nolan at

Recreation, Fitness and Wellness Center

Posted on 06/12/2019

Administrative Support: Assist in the administration of all aspects of the Outdoor Adventure program including Equipment check out. There will also be opportunities to work with other areas in the RFW. Primary duties include:

  • Oversee day to day operation of climbing wall and bouldering area
  • Responsible for planning, scheduling, supervision and safety for all outdoor adventure trips
  • Develop and operate within a budget to provide and offer trips
  • Oversee daily operation of outdoor adventure equipment checkout and care
  • Organize, coordinate, administer, and evaluate Low Ropes program
  • Recruit, select, train, and schedule student workers

Periodic duties include:

  • Assist with Special Events. (Labor Day at the Lake, Rec Madness and more)
  • Assist in the operation of the Recreation, Fitness and Wellness Center
  • Assist with Student Wellness programs
  • Attend weekly Professional Staff meetings
  • Assist with payroll of student employees
  • Help with care of, maintenance and inventory of all equipment.

Applicant must currently be working towards a graduate degree at USI. Bachelor's degree in Sport Management or related major and one to two years campus recreation experience preferred.

Skills | Knowledge | Abilities:

  • Good Interpersonal and Communications skills
  • Ability to Teach, Mentor and Lead students

Appointment Start Date: August 5, 2019

For more information please contact Mr. David Enzler at

Student Development & Student Activities

Posted on 04/03/2019

Administrative/Research Support: Assist in the delivery of programs and services by Student Development Programs. This position has primary responsibility for the development and implementation of marketing and promotional plans for events and services offered by Student Development Programs. This position will also assist with program implementation as needed. Primary duties include:

  • Develop and manage marketing plans for the programs and services offered by Student Development Programs, in consultation with staff.
  • Oversee graphic design projects such as posters, digital ads, apparel designs, etc.
  • Assist with the development of marketing videos and video advertisements.
  • Assist in developing strategies for using social media to engage students and encourage involvement. Administer the department's social media accounts.
  • Manage review process and updates to the departmental web pages.
  • Coordinate photography and video support when needed.
  • Track and assess marketing efforts for the department.
  • Learn EagleSync software and develop and implement a marketing plan to market its usage to students and student organizations. 
  • Assist in the creation of weekly student activities electronic newsletter for campus, First Year at USI newsletter for new students and other promotional messaging using Constant Contact.
  • Contribute to the creation, promotion and execution of special events and programs.
  • Assist in marketing divisional programs.
  • Participate in all Student Development Programs staff meetings.
  • Participate in one on one meetings with supervisor and other staff as needed.
  • Assist professional staff in the development of various programs, resources, or research as determined by departmental need.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Applicant must currently be working towards a graduate degree at USI in a related field.

Skills | Knowledge | Abilities:

  • Photography and video editing experience preferred.
  • Experience using Adobe software or Canva for graphics production preferred.
  • Familiarity using a variety of social media platforms and website management is preferred
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Professional (Excel, Access, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and Publisher).
  • Ability to work with and relate to a diverse public required.
  • Strong organizational, time management, and written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple demands in a setting of high student contact and interaction required.
  • Must possess critical thinking skills and ability to understand and communicate university policies.

Appointment start date: August 1, 2019

For more information please contact Ms. Jennifer L. Garrison at


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