Objectives Specialist


 Students United is a state-wide student organization with a full-time staff who helps students advocate at the system, state, and federal level. Each campus has its own Campus Staff of students who help further the organization’s mission of advocating for ALL students.

Position Summary:

Students United is looking for a person who is passionate about student advocacy and issues to advance our priorities on campus and join our team of part-time student staff members on campus. The Objective Specialist informs students on their campus about Students United and the objectives that we are working on, recruits students to become active within Students United, builds partnerships with key campus stakeholders to advance our mission, and organizes events and actions to enhance our presence and goals. This position is designed for a student who is interested in a variety of student issues, from affordable textbooks to increasing support for undocumented students, and is committed to advancing Students United’s priorities and platform on campus.

This is a part-time, temporary staff role open to students enrolled at one of the seven Minnesota State universities.

Reports to: System & Campus Liaison (in consultation with the Campus Coordinator)


  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of Students United’s mission, vision, values, platform, board objectives, and legislative agenda.

  • Uphold the Students United mission, vision, and values with the highest standard of integrity.

  • Attend weekly Campus Staff meetings and provide progress updates to the Campus Coordinator.

  • Submit a weekly Objective Specialist report to the Campus Coordinator.

  • Check in regularly with the System & Campus Liaison.

  • Serve as a source of information to fellow Campus Staff regarding Students United’s organizational objectives and priorities.

  • Create, maintain, and expand partnerships on campus with students, faculty, staff, and organizations with mutual interest in Students United’s mission, vision, values, platform, and objectives.

  • Recruit volunteers to help with campus events and objective actions.

  • Increase Students United visibility on campus using a variety of media tools, and promotional items, performing class/club raps, tabling around campus, and performing other outreach tasks.

  • Manage objective-specific outreach and events, and cosponsor events with key partners.

  • Design, propose, and host at least two (2) Objective Events on your campus each year.

  • Attend all Students United conferences, meetings, retreats, orientations, and trainings as required.

  • Other duties as assigned by the System and Campus Liaison and/or Campus Coordinator.


  • Enrolled at your state university for the entire 2019-2020 academic year.

  • Availability to travel outside of campus for Students United orientations, retreats, and events.

  • Strong professional communication skills.

  • Excellent organization and time management skills.

  • Ability to inspire  others to take action on issues of higher education issues.

  • Commitment to equity and inclusion and the ability to work with others from diverse backgrounds.

  • Willingness to learn new subject areas.

  • Ability to work independently and remotely.

  • Passion for advocating for state university students and the mission of Students United.

Preferred Experience:

  • Previous experience with Students United.

  • Previous experience planning events on campus.

Time Requirements and Compensation:

  • $10-$10.50 per hour.

  • Maximum 115 hours per academic year.

  • Length of employment: August to May.

  • Attend Summer Orientation: August 8th-9th.

To Apply:

To apply, email a cover letter and resume to our System and Campus Liaison, Devin Smith, at  dsmith@studentsunited.org. Please label the subject of the email as “Application - Objective Specialist - [UNIVERSITY],” where [UNIVERSITY] is replaced with the name of your university (e.g. Mankato, St. Cloud, etc.).

Positions are open until filled..

Students United is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.