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Assistant Director, Student Leadership and Development

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

    • Position Summary
    • Full-time position under the Management Personnel Plan (MPP) available on or after July 11, 2022 for Student Leadership & Development.

      The Assistant Director of Student Leadership and Development works under the general direction of the Director of Student Leadership and Development as one of five professional staff members responsible for orientation, transition, student organizations, leadership development, and student engagement. The Assistant Director serves as a key advisor to the Director and works in a consultative and collaborative manner to develop forward-looking and inclusive co-curricular programs grounded in student development theory for the Stanislaus State community.

      The Assistant Director has primary responsibility for the development, implementation, supervision, and assessment of all programs supporting the orientation of new students to the university. Toward this goal, the Assistant Director works closely with key stakeholders, assists with the department's daily administrative operations, serves as a role model to student leaders, and fosters student engagement.

    • Job Duties
    • Duties include but are not limited to:
      • Develop, manage, and serve as programmatic lead for New Student Orientation Programs, including first-year, transfer, and family orientation programs that are dynamic, innovative and based on best practices in Higher Education, Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS), and university needs.
      • Work collaboratively within Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, and with campus partners to plan and implement accessible orientation programs emphasizing belonging, academic success, student development, and engagement to integrate new students into campus life.
      • Responsible for all administrative functions and logistics of the orientation program, including facilities, food/beverage, equipment, etc. Independently problem-solve on the day of orientation and respond to issues quickly and effectively.
      • Collaborate in the development of a communication plan in partnership with University Communications, Admissions, Enrollment Services, Academic Affairs, and Academic Success Center to improve communication strategy with stakeholders and manage all electronic orientation communications with new students.
      • Oversee the writing, editing, publishing, and distribution of publications (e.g., orientation newsletters, family guide, and student planner). Manage editing and maintenance of website content.
      • Design, administer, and analyze assessment data from all orientation programs and student learning outcomes.
      • Develop an array of experiences, programs, and services that increase opportunities for student engagement and cultivate a sense of belonging and connectedness that enhance student life on campus.
      • Provide support and assist with departmental programs and events (e.g. student engagement, student organizations, transition programs, student leadership development, etc.).
      • Exercise thoughtful and independent judgment with a broad range of campus constituents to ensure that the wide array of student-centered events and activities are compliant with legal, policy, and safety guidelines.
      • Design intentional assessment practices to address the needs of each community and create action steps to meet those intended outcomes.
      • Coordinate the creation/revision of evaluative systems and tools to assess impact and measure achievement of desired learning outcomes based on divisional goals and standards. Maintain departmental program assessment files.
      • Develop, coordinate, and analyze program evaluation and assessment; make recommendations and program improvement informed by assessment data.
      • Assist in providing oversight and management of all departmental operations and serve as key advisor to the Director of Student Leadership and Development.
      • Work with the Director to provide solutions to sensitive and potentially confrontational issues with both students and campus partners.
      • Contribute to the creation and achievement of the department's vision, strategic plan, and short and long term goal setting that support the priorities for the University and the Division of Student Affairs.
      • Identify strategic priorities and learning outcomes for addressing issues of success and retention for new students based on institutional assessment data and develop programs and initiatives to meet these needs.
      • Provide the Director with input and/or written proposals for policy changes, short and long-term strategic planning, and make recommendations for the coordination and implementation of new services and activities.
      • Responsible for the supervision of 2 professional staff NODA Summer Interns, 2 Orientation Program Assistants, 16 Spring and 34 Summer Orientation Leaders, and 2 Orientation Assistants.
      • Recruit and hire highly qualified professional and student staff to assist with all undergraduate orientations and support directions and transition programs.
      • Train, develop, and evaluate professional and student staff, promoting and ensuring professional responsibilities, ethical standards, and an inclusive work environment.
      • Effectively manage and direct workflow, communicate expectations, and delegate as appropriate.
      • Coach staff to improve performance and provide meaningful annual performance appraisals including goal setting and review.
      • Conduct regular staff meetings and individual supervision meetings.
      • Facilitate professional growth and development opportunities for all staff members.
      • Other duties as assigned.
    • Minimum Qualifications
    • Education:  Bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university.

      Experience:  Equivalent of five years of progressive responsibility in a professional student service role(s). (A Master's degree in Higher Education or a directly related field may be substituted for one year of experience.)

    • Preferred Qualifications

      • Master's degree in student personnel, higher education, or related field.
      • Five years progressive experience in collegiate student affairs, orientation, student engagement, leadership, and programming on a college campus.
      • Experience working with diverse student populations.
      • Previous student development and experience working in a higher education institution.
      • Experience with assessment tools and techniques using national standards, systems and institutional goals.
    • Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

      • Knowledge of student learning and development theory and practice, and principles of individual and group behavior, specifically related to the needs and issues facing first-year and transfer students.
      • Experience designing and implementing student programming or large-scale events.
      • Experience with leadership and supervision of undergraduate and graduate student staff, including motivating, developing, directing, and training assigned staff; coordinating and supervising work, fostering a cooperative work environment; and maintaining employee morale.
      • Knowledge and commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice issues and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
      • Demonstrated ability to be visionary, think strategically, and actively communicate and contribute to creating and implementing short and long-range department goals.
      • Ability to manage multiple tasks and effectively prioritize among competing needs and consider how decisions impact other programs and services.
      • Ability to creatively problem-solve and independently initiate and develop action plans to address identified issues.
      • Ability to establish and maintain effective, collaborative working relationships with key campus stakeholders.
      • Ability to clearly and concisely communicate orally and in writing.
      • Ability to use initiative and resourcefulness in planning work assignments and in implementing long-range program improvements.
      • General knowledge, or the ability to rapidly acquire such knowledge, of the organizational procedures.
      • Working knowledge of student services programs outside the program to which immediately assigned.
      • Ability to advise students individually and in groups on complex student-related matters.
      • Ability to carry out a variety of professionally complex assignments without detailed instructions.
      • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with a variety of constituents.
    • Special Conditions
    • CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at:
    • Physical Requirements
    • The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
      • Ability to travel across campus frequently and lift up to 50 lbs.
      • Occasional evening and weekend work (adjusted schedule).
    • 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 (Bargaining Unit: MPP) Benefits Summary: CSU Employee Benefit Summary

    • 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 ON OR AFTER MAY 31, 2022. (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:  Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability PDF Form.

      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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