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Director, Student Leadership & Development

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Department: Office of the Dean of Students
Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Stanislaus - Turlock
Categories: MPP, Student Services, At-Will, Full Time

    • Position Summary
    • Full-time Management Peronnel Plan (MPP) position available on or after January 11, 2021 in the Student Affairs division. 


      Reporting to the Associate Vice President/Dean of Students, the Director is responsible for the overall administration of the Student Leadership and Development department with oversight for new student orientation and transition; student organizations and Fraternity/Sorority life; co-curricular leadership development; and student engagement.  The Director provides leadership and management encompassing: strategic and financial planning, policy and procedure, personnel practices, assessment, internal and external collaborations and student relations.  

      The Director is charged with ensuring the mission, vision and values of the department align to divisional and institutional priorities, supporting student success and facilitating the development and personal growth of the student population.   To accomplish this, the incumbent leads the unit in the development and maintenance of relationships with a broad spectrum of collaborators including campus partners, the area community and families when appropriate.

    • Job Duties
    • Duties include but are not limited to:
      • Provide vision and leadership for the overall operations of the Student Leadership and
      • Development department with oversight for new student orientation and transition; student organizations and fraternity/sorority life; co-curricular leadership development; and student engagement.
      • Create an intentionally designed and comprehensive student learning and development program that is guided by relevant theories, reflective of the student population, responsive to student needs, and designed to provide universal access.
      • Lead department planning, ensuring alignment with division and institutional priorities, inclusive of the strategic plan, student success initiatives and priorities. Manage and lead: compliance, reporting and accountability; financial planning, annual operating budget, and expense monitoring; student learning and developmental outcomes; co-curricular learning objectives; diversity and inclusion practices; policy and procedure development and implementation; emergency operations and contingency planning; assessment and data driven decision-making; identification and implementation of best practices.
      • Demonstrate a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion, support university affirmative action and equal opportunity goals and objectives, and affirm inclusion as a fundamental value of the department.
      • Partner and collaborate with key stakeholders, students, campus colleagues, community partners to remove barriers to student success.
      • Support a community where students may develop holistically as scholars, citizens and leaders; provide curricular and co-curricular experiences to develop and enhance academic success, awareness and appreciation of diversity, and civic responsibility.
      • Foster and support student curricular and co-curricular achievement by promoting program innovation and creativity.
      • Work with the Stockton Campus to provide Student Leadership and Development services.
      • Compile, analyze and use program and service data to enable a culture of data-driven decision-making in all areas of the department.
      • Promote awareness and knowledge of department services and programs.
      • Oversee the dissemination of multi-media informational materials to constituent groups.
      • Serve on campus and other committees.
      • Facilitate a fair and inclusive working environment.
      • Practice ethical and impartial recruitment, hiring and supervision processes. 
      • Engage in performance management to build collegial, high-functioning teams.  
      • Communicate work expectations to employees, conduct appropriate personnel action/resolution, and document as appropriate.
      • Provide direction, guidance and training to staff regarding the interpretation and application of policy, procedure and guidelines.
      • Provide professional development opportunities and invest in staff growth and development to improve performance.
      • Adhere to bargaining unit contracts.
      • Be an advocate and agent of the department in conversation and partnerships with colleagues.
      • Establish and maintain open channels of communication. 
      • Plan and facilitate department meetings, one-on-one discussions, work groups, retreats, etc.
      • Other duties as assigned.
    • Minimum Qualifications
    • Education:  Master’s degree from a college or university. 

      Experience:  Three to five years of progressive experience of directly related experience. 

    • Preferred Qualifications

      • Previous experience in one or more areas of responsibility desirable.
      • Innovative, creative and energetic work style.  
      • Knowledge of student development theory, university trends and relevant best practices.
      • Demonstrated ability to source necessary and relevant information in order to conduct accurate and factual research.
      • Strong organizational skills that reflect the ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail; ability to write memos and letters, and prepare reports.
      • Experience working in a unionized environment.  
      • Experience serving on committees or work groups.
      • Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule.
    • Required Qualifications

      • Experience working at an institution of Higher Education, with relevant experience in orientation, first year experience and transition, student organizations management and advising, leadership development, student engagement or related programs and departments.
      • Demonstrated leadership and managerial experience: visioning, data-driven planning and strategy, co-curricular program development, student learning outcomes, and assessment.
      • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships and to communicate with an ethnically and culturally diverse community.
      • Commitment to social justice, equity and access.  
      • Experienced supervisor with a philosophy of mentorship, personal accountability and communication. 
      • Familiarity with performance management.  
      • Experience creating and facilitating staff development and training.
      • Knowledge and skills relating to the management of financial resources. 
      • Ability to understand, communicate and implement regulations, codes, policies, procedures, and guidelines.  
      • Proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion, be adaptable to various competing demands, and demonstrate the highest level of service and response.
      • Ability to serve as an agent of the institution for community and regional partnerships, interactions with parents and family of students, with community agencies and/or collaborators. 
      • Excellent written and oral communication skills; competency with office technology and software.
    • Physical Requirements
    • The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential job functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
      • Extended periods of sitting, keyboarding, and manipulating a computer mouse or similar device.
    • Compensation & Benefits
    • Commensurate with qualifications and experience.  As a member of the 23-campus CSU System, we offer an extremely competitive benefits package that includes, but is not limited to, outstanding vacation, health, dental, and vision plans; a fee waiver education program; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS); and 14 paid holidays a year. Link to Benefits Summary: Management Personnel Plan (MPP)
    • How to Apply
    • To be considered, qualified candidates must submit a completed Stanislaus State online employment application, cover letter, and resumé. Applications are accepted electronically only.  Please note that failure to completely fill out each section of the online application may result in your application not receiving consideration.  To apply online, please click the “Apply Now” button on this page.
    • Application Deadline
    • OPEN UNTIL FILLED; SCREENING TO BEGIN OCTOBER 19, 2020 (Applications received after the screening date will be considered at the discretion of the university.)
    • Criminal Background Clearance Notice
    • Satisfactory completion of a background check (which includes checks of employment records, education records, criminal records, civil records; and may include motor vehicle records, professional licenses, and sex offender registries, as position requires) is required for employment.  CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information.  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.
    • Additional Information
    • Campus & Area

      California State University, Stanislaus serves the San Joaquin Valley and is a critical educational resource for a six-county region of approximately 1.5 million people. The University is fully committed to creating a culture of diversity and inclusion – one in which every person in the University community feels safe to express their views without fear of reprisal. Widely recognized for its quality academic programs, the University has 10 nationally accredited programs and 662 faculty members. 94 percent of full-time faculty holds doctorates or terminal degrees in their fields. The University offers 43 undergraduate majors, 16 master's programs, 7 post-graduate credentials, a doctorate in education and serves more than 10,000 students. New instructional facilities have been built for the unique pedagogy of professional programs, laboratory sciences and performing arts.

      Stanislaus State continues to receive national recognition with its ranking as one of the best 384 colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The University was one of 12 public universities in the nation to be recognized by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for demonstrating exceptional performance in retention and graduation rates. In addition, U.S. News and World Report ranks Stanislaus State in its top 10 among public universities in the West, while Washington Monthly honored Stanislaus State as the West’s No. 1 university for the money. Stanislaus State also is recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education.

      Clery Act Disclosure

      Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the annual security report (ASR), is now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Stanislaus State for the previous three years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the office of the Clery Director located at One University Circle, Turlock, CA 95382.

      Equal Employment Opportunity

      The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.  The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083, revised 7/21/17, as a condition of employment.

      Applicants requiring necessary accommodations to the application process may contact the Human Resources Department at (209) 667-3351.  California Relay Service is available at (800) 735-2922 voice and (800) 735-2929 TDD.  As a federal contractor, we are committed to attracting a diverse applicant pool.  Please consider completing the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability form (your response will not be shared with the search committee) at:

      CSU Stanislaus hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States.  In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

    • The individuals who appear to be the best qualified for this position will be contacted by telephone or email for an interview.



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