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Creating a Student Job Description

Things to Think About As You Are Creating a Student Job Description
Before you go online to post your student position, think through the suggestions below and create your student job description. Use the Job Description Template to create a job description for your student and you can use it in creating your position on www.IUPUItalent.net

Job Title

  • Use a title which describes the nature and level of work performed, something the student would want to do. In the title make sure to include if it is a co-op or intern position.

Wage/Salary

  • State the hourly wage, $9/hr. is the IUPUI campus average student hourly wage.

Job Description

  • One or two sentences summarizing the primary function and general purpose of this job. (It may be helpful to write the position summary after defining the essential responsibilities of the position).

    Example:
    Support the Center for Teaching and Learning Assessment Specialist with evaluations and assessments.

    • List essential duties and responsibilities in descending order of importance.
    • Use clear and concise language; closely related duties should be grouped together in one responsibility statement.
    • Avoid gender-based language.
    • Start with an ACTION VERB, then describe WHAT the student hourly will do.

      Example:
      Prepare as directed tables, graphs, models, presentation slides, and assist with written deliverables.

  • Consider how many hours you need the student to work. Studies have shown that students working more than 20 hrs/wk, is detrimental to their grade point average. State how many hours a week you need the student and state if they are flexible hours.

    Example:
    10-15 flexible hours per week M-F (between the hours of 8-5) or needed M,W,& F (mornings from 8-12).

  • Identify any working conditions and physical demands which relate to the essential functions of the position. This information is requested to ensure that position descriptions, when necessary, include appropriate language about the physical requirements of the job for monitoring compliance with the ADA.

    Example:
    Work conditions require the student employee be able to lift approximately 35lbs. at regular intervals.

     

  • Identify skills that the student will develop in this position. We are encouraging supervisors, Departments, and students to use the “skills language” because it is a lifelong language the student will use in resume writing, job search, and interviews.

    Example:
    Skills to be developed in this position: written and verbal communication, customer service, planning, organizing, team-player, attention-to-detail

     

Qualifications

  • Identify the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities (KSAs) required to perform the essential job responsibilities and duties competently.
    Resource:
    See http://online.onetcenter.org/find/ to see examples of position descriptions, as well as an extensive list of knowledge areas, skills, and abilities (KSAs); activities; interests; and values useful in a variety of positions.

    Example:
    Applicants should possess knowledge of the structure and content of English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar; knowledge of (and/or willingness to learn) simple descriptive statistics and their applications. Basic skill sets include the ability to communicate effectively in writing; analyze written information and ideas; use mathematics to analyze data; use sound reasoning to identify strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

  • If you want only a Work-Study eligible student to apply it should be stated.

    Example:
    MUST be Work-Study eligible to apply for this position. Please ensure that you have a Federal Work-Study award as part of your financial aid package by checking at www.onestart.iu.edu

  • State if you want a student with a particular major, previous work experience, class standing, or degree level. 

Application Instructions

  • Explain your desired application process.

    Example:
    To apply for the 2010-2011 school year, please visit our website, http://csl.iupui.edu/cws and fill out an application online! If you have any questions, please email Morgan Studer in the Office of Community Work Study (BS/SPEA 2010) or call 278-3474.

Read through the detailed instructions for posting your job. You are now ready to cut and paste your job description template information on www.IUPUITalent.net and post your job.