Another Chance to Work for the GPSO

UPDATE: This position has been filled for the 2013-2014 school year.

The Graduate and Professional Student Organization  serves over 10,000 graduate and professional students at IU Bloomington through providing academic support, advocacy, community-building and resources. The GPSO seeks applicants for the position of Communications Coordinator for the 2013-14 academic year.


The GPSO Communications Coordinator’s roles and responsibilities include:

  • Act as the primary representative for the GPSO by responding to e-mail and phone inquiries from current and prospective students, faculty, administrators, and the public.
  • Communicate with graduate department secretaries to coordinate GPSO presentations at each department’s new student orientation. Assist other Executive Committee members in carrying out graduate student orientation events.
  • Work to increase awareness of GPSO in the graduate and wider IU communities
  • Maintain and regularly update the GPSO website, including but not limited to posting GPSO events, information for GPSO Assembly members, blog posts and announcements, and managing content for various GPSO topics (e.g., health insurance, awards and grants, graduate student resources, etc.).
  • Design and distribute a weekly electronic newsletter to the GPSO Representatives consisting of announcements and events emailed to the GPSO, as well as searching for events online.
  • Publicize the Graduate Student of the Month Award to graduate department faculty, and manage nominations. Chair the GPSO Graduate Student of the Month Award committee and coordinate the judging of nominees. Interview and publicize award winner.
  • Write and distribute press releases when appropriate.
  • Assist GPSO Awards Officer in communicating with award applicants and winners. Maintain current awards information on the website and within awards applications.
  • Work with GPSO President to create agendas for various meetings. Distribute agendas electronically to GPSO Assembly and Executive Committee members. Attend, take attendance, and give reports at monthly GPSO Assembly meetings.

The Communications Coordinator serves on the GPSO Executive Committee, assisting special projects and programs as requested.  In addition, the Communication Coordinator’s graduate student orientation week responsibilities require some summer hours (max. 150).


The position requires knowledge in website maintenance and design, familiarity with mass and electronic communications, excellent verbal and written communication skills and proficiency with general office productivity and managerial panache.  Knowledge of HTML, CSS, and the WordPress environment are strongly preferred.  Candidates must be enrolled full time as an IUB graduate or professional student and must be a U.S. citizen or a non-citizen authorized to work in the United States for the period of the appointment (April 2013-April 2014).   NOTE: The Communications Coordinator may not concurrently hold positions as Associate Instructors, Graduate/Research Assistants, or be committed to other full- or half-time work.


The Coordinator is a 20-hour per week (50% FTE) position. Compensation includes full tuition remission for 12 credits per semester and 6 credit hours during summer session, excluding non-remittable fees; subsidized Student Academic Appointee Mandatory Health Insurance and a $12,000 stipend.

The Communications Coordinator may also work as many as 150 summer hours at a paid hourly rate of $12/hour during the summer 2013.

The assistantship is considered taxable income.


Interested parties should submit the following application materials in one PDF (the letter of reference may be sent separately if necessary) by 5 pm on Sunday, March 17th electronically to Dean Yolanda Trevino at

  1. Cover letter and résumé
  2. One current letter of recommendation from a source who can speak to the required skills
  3. Contact information for 2 additional references
  4. 300 word essay explaining your vision for increasing the relevance of the GPSO in the wider IU and Bloomington Community during the 2012-2013 academic year.

Applicants will be vetted by the GPSO Staff Search Committee. Candidates will meet with the GPSO Executive Committee and a decision made as quickly as possible.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding the position, contact the GPSO at