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Student Life Counselor

Ball State University
Indiana, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jun 30, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Counseling, Disabled Student Services, Other Student Affairs, Residence Life, Student Activities & Services
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Information

Position Title

Student Life Counselor

About this Opportunity

Inclusive Excellence Statement

At Ball State University, inclusiveness and freedom of expression are a part of our enduring values and inform all of our efforts. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our Inclusive Excellence Plan to learn more about our commitment and to identify how you might contribute to these efforts.

Benefits and Community



Administrative Exemption



Length of Assignment

10 Month At-Will

Position Function

Work with high school students to make significant contributions to their academic, personal, social, and physical development; encourage involvement in Indiana Academy programs and events; provide opportunities for problem solving and honest feedback; plan and support activities and be involved in student retention efforts; maintain a healthy relationship with the students while remaining professional at all times. (10-month contract)

Minimum Education

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university by date of first pay period.

Minimum Experience

Experience working with students or youth of any age; or experience as a volunteer, working with, or helping others in a school, in-home, or any other setting

Minimum Other

Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and be insurable under the university’s auto fleet policy; must be 21 years of age. Authorization to work in the US Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.

Authorization to work in the US

Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.

Preferred Education

Preferred Experience

Experience as a resident assistant or summer residential camp counselor; experience with gifted high school students.

Preferred Other

Pre-Employment Screening : Requires successful completion of a Drivers License check, Requires successful completion of a background check and education verification.

Pre-Employment Screening

Requires successful completion of a Drivers License check, Requires successful completion of a background check and education verification.

Position Title(s) Supervised

Academy Student Peer Assistants.

Required Certifications

EEO Statement

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

About Ball State University

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. We engage students in educational, research, and creative endeavors that empower our graduates to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives enriched by lifelong learning and service, while we enhance the economic, environmental, and social vitality of our community, our state, and our world.


Indiana Academy:800140

Department Information
  • This is a 10-month, full-time, live-in position that is renewable annually upon good review.
  • We only house the employee and cannot house any spouse, significant others, children, dependents, and/or pets.
  • A valid driver’s license for at least three years is required and the successful candidate must be insurable under the Ball State Fleet insurance policy.
  • The starting salary is $27,360 for a 10-month contract.
  • We provide a furnished apartment; there is no commute.
  • Housing costs (heating/cooling, internet, utilities, repairs, etc.) are covered.
  • Each apartment includes a private bathroom and bedroom space. Additionally, the apartment has a living room/office space that is shared when on duty but functions as a private living room when off duty.
  • Full university benefits including health insurance, retirement, and tuition remission are offered/included.
  • There is no meal plan included with this position, though meals are provided during the two weeks of initial training.
  • Because this position involves working with minors, the successful candidate must pass a background check and complete additional training.
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Duties & Responsibilities



Job Duty

Willingness and commitment to work with the Academy’s high school students regarding the following areas: be a positive role model and example to others; protection and safety of all residents of the building; addressing conflict resolution; addressing all behavior concerns and problems; counseling and referrals; encourage students to do community activities and events; facilitate recreational and/or intramural activities; communicate maintenance needs to the Administrative Coordinator and Associate Director of Residential and Student Affairs; work with teachers and Academic Affairs in supporting students in academic endeavors; work with, assist, and help support other areas of the school like Student Health Care and Mental Health and Support services; know all students by name that reside on appropriate floor by first midterm.



Job Duty

Assess and provide feedback to students regarding residence life coping skills.



Job Duty

Provide supervision of students; be timely, effective, and consistent in confronting and re-directing behaviors that are contradictory to the mission and the goals of the Academy with confidence and consistency.



Job Duty

Participate in the orientation program and retention efforts by students.



Job Duty

Participate in staff training and development sessions.



Job Duty

Supervise one or two Academy Student Peer Assistants.



Job Duty

Provide programming for the residence hall: responsible for 10 programs/activities per semester; plan, organize, and implement weekend activities a few times per semester; support Peer Assistants in planning and implementing programs for individual floors.



Job Duty

Enforce all Academy regulations and policies.



Job Duty

Communicate regularly and be an effective resource to students, parents, teachers, and other professional staff.



Job Duty

Keep all documentation up to date and professional.



Job Duty

Complete various desk duties, rounds check-ins and curfew checks as part of daily residential operations.



Job Duty

Work cooperatively with floor co-professionals and team leaders.



Job Duty

Perform duties as assigned and scheduled by the Director of Residential and Student Affairs and/or the Associate Director of Student Life, including Staff Meetings/Staff Development once a week; individual meetings with Associate Director of Student Life once per semester; meetings with team leader to plan team programming; be responsible for an extra duty assisting the Department of Student Life.



Job Duty

Transport students in cases of emergency, athletic practices, and general transportation needs as required.



Job Duty

Perform other related duties as assigned.

Posting Detail Information

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Number of Vacancies


Desired Start Date


Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date


Applications Accepted Through Date


Open Until Filled


Information regarding transcripts

The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earned is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.

Special Instructions Summary

In the Inclusive Excellence Statement document, describe your vision for inclusive excellence, or diversity, equity, and inclusion in 1-2 pages. Include how your past experiences have shaped your vision and how it shapes your approach to the role Student Life Counselor.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Inclusive Excellence Statement
Optional Documents
  1. Undergraduate Transcripts
  2. Letter of Recommendation 1
  3. Letter of Recommendation 2
  4. Letter of Recommendation 3

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