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Associate Director, Center for Student Organizations & Activities

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: San Diego
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Full Time, Student Services, On-site (work in-person at business location)


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Position Summary

Under the supervision of the Director of the Center for Student Organizations & Activities, the Associate Director for the Center for Student Organizations and Activities is responsible for supporting the management of student activities aimed at campus engagement, inclusive diversity, campus community, and leadership development. The Associate Director will collaborate and coordinate programming efforts for multiple departments within the Division of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity, Associated Students, and across campus. Some of the duties assigned to this position include supporting the Recognized Student Organization process for registration and event permits, expanding alternative programs on campus, managing staff, and collaborating with the departments across campus, including Associated Students, in coordinating and communicating student organization and departmental/divisional activities and events. 

 The Associate Director should be student-oriented, self-motivated, collaborative, organized, innovative, enthusiastic, creative, and able to communicate well with the students, faculty, staff, potential donors, and community members. The incumbent will also facilitate expanded communications and collaborations with all campus entities. Excellent written and oral communication skills, including public speaking, proficiency in desktop publishing, word processing, and website concept development, are required of the incumbent. Evening and weekend work are routinely part of this position.  

This is a full-time (1.0 time-base), benefits-eligible, at-will position. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs.

The individual hired into this role will work on campus at SDSU in San Diego.

Department Summary

The Office of the Dean of Students supervises, monitors, and implements programs and services that directly impact orientation, transition, and overall student success and retention. These programs and services are designed to ease the transition to the University, enhance student involvement/participation in university organizations, and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.  The Office of the Dean of Students promotes student rights and encourages citizenship responsibility among students.  The Office of the Dean of Students consists of the following areas: Campus Assistance, Response, Evaluation, and Support (CARES) Team, Center for Commuter Life, Center for Student Organizations & Activities, Pierce Greek Life Center, Esports Engagement Center, Glazer Center for Leadership and Service, Office of New Student and Parent Programs, and SDSU Connects.  Participation in the Office of the Dean of Students activities connects students to the University through an array of structured and informal learning opportunities.  Students are encouraged, supported, and empowered to pursue academic success, personal growth, an understanding of diverse human experiences, and compassionate activism on and off campus.

Division of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity 

The Division facilitates the academic and career success, personal growth, and well-being of all students and works proactively to address systemic inequities through professional learning, community building, advocacy, policy recommendations, and organizational structures. We aim to foster an affirming campus culture based on the core values of excellence, equity, diversity, belonging, and inclusion through:

  • Recruiting and retaining faculty and staff who are reflective of the diverse student body and communities served by SDSU and recruiting students who are representative of the rich diversity of the region and the world;

  • Fostering an environment that is welcoming, affirming, and empowering for students, faculty, staff, and alumni of all backgrounds;

  • Enhancing the career and educational pathways of a diverse student body, faculty and staff, including enhancing the learning environment and expanding learning opportunities for all students inside and outside the classroom, and expanding and connecting opportunities for students to participate in transformational experiences;

  • Developing leaders who believe in and lead others toward supporting civility, mutual respect, and diversity in our society and workplaces; and

  • Cultivating relationships with the local community that advance the well-being of diverse individuals and communities. 

Position upholds the Student Affairs and Campus Diversity Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, specifically: 

“The Division of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity acknowledges and honors the inherent value and dignity of all individuals by creating and nurturing a learning and working environment that affirms and leverages our community’s diversity of traditions, heritages, perspectives, and experiences. We are committed to fostering a culture of inclusive excellence designed to facilitate the personal and professional success, growth, development, and well-being of all members of our community. We manifest this commitment through our innovative, strategic, and collaborative efforts to develop leaders who believe in and lead others toward practicing civility, mutual respect, and inclusion in our workplaces and society.” 

For more information regarding the Center for Student Organizations & Activities, click here.

Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree in College Student Personnel, Educational Leadership, Student Affairs, Counseling, or a related field is required.

  • Four years of professional experience in higher education or a related field.

  • Experience advising and/or counseling students in an academic and/or co-curricular setting. 

  • Experience in developing, implementing, and assessing various leadership, cultural, and other student programs, events, and activities. 

  • Experience advising/planning events and programs on a collegiate level and contemporary use of technology in a university setting.

Key Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with faculty, administrators, student organizations, private and public agencies, and others in committee work, student advising, and community contacts. 

  • Demonstrated ability to make decisions and carry through actions that affect other programs or service areas. 

  • Experience in developing and managing multiple budgets and event coordination. 

  • Experience working with diverse student populations. 

  • Experience working in a large, urban, diverse higher education setting. 

  • Experience in event planning, coordination, implementation, and evaluation. 

  • Experience developing and assessing student learning outcomes, including general knowledge of advanced statistical and research methods.

Compensation and Benefits

San Diego State University will offer a competitive salary based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. San Diego State University also offers a rich benefits package that includes:

  • Extensive Leave benefits: 15 paid holidays, 24 vacation days, and 12 sick days per year;

  • Retirement security through a CalPERS defined benefit pension (with CalPERS and UC Retirement Plan reciprocity) and retiree healthcare benefits;

  • An array of health, dental, and vision coverage at no-cost or low-cost to the employee; and

  • California State University system fee reduction program (fee waiver) for the employee or their qualified dependent

Anticipated hiring range:  $70,000 - $75,600 annually

Diversity and Community at SDSU

At SDSU, our diversity gives us power and benefits every single member of our community. 

Through our commitment to equity and inclusion, we encourage all members of our community to purposefully learn from one another through open and respectful dialogue and responsible engagement.  For more information, click here.

Principles of Community

At San Diego State University, we are a community of diverse individuals who have and represent many perspectives, beliefs and identities. This diversity lends our community strength, and we commit to creating and sustaining an inclusive and intellectually vibrant environment that benefits all members of our university. 

SDSU’s Principles of Community is an aspirational statement that is intended to evolve over time. The statement reflects the ideals we are encouraged to uphold in our interactions with one another. 

Supplemental Information

Initial review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on June 3, 2024. To receive full consideration, apply by June 2, 2024. The position will remain open until filled.

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 as a condition of employment. 

San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act. 

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily and is required for employment. SDSU 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 SDSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click here.

SDSU is an Equal Opportunity Employer that considers all qualified candidates for employment and does not discriminate 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 military and veteran status, or any other protected characteristic or status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who request an accommodation by contacting Casie Martinez at


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