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Project Rebound Manager (Student Services Professional IV)

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Work type: Staff
Location: San Diego
Categories: Unit 4 - APC - Academic Professionals of California, Temporary, Full Time, Student Services

Position Summary

The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity is responsible for the coordination and development of student services and building the inclusive excellence of SDSU's staff and faculty at San Diego State University.  Departments include, but not limited to, Assistant Deans for Student Affairs; Career Services; Center for Educational Partnerships, Outreach and Success; Communications Services; Counseling and Psychological Services; Educational Opportunity Programs and Ethnic Affairs; Financial Aid and Scholarships; Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center; New Student and Parent Programs; Office of the Student Ombudsman; Residential Education; Resource Management; Student Ability Success Center; Student Health Services; Student Life and Leadership; Student Rights and Responsibilities; Testing Services Office; Well-being & Health Promotion; Cultural Centers; and programming related to Inclusive Excellence.    

A program of the Center for Transformative Justice, Project Rebound is a special admissions and support program for students transitioning out of prison. It has helped hundreds of individuals earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees since 1967. Project Rebound has a proven model to promote restorative justice, reduce recidivism, and empower individuals through higher education.

The Manager reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for maintaining and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the program which includes, but is not limited to on- and off-campus program planning, budget planning, and all program expenditures. The Manager also helps to provide lead direction on the resources and programs, under the direction of the Executive Director. The Manager must facilitate the enrollment of all formerly incarcerated students who qualify for the program based on university as well as program criterion. The Manager assesses each student’s unique academic needs and familiarizes them with all necessary SDSU and community services that will aid them in the matriculation process. The Manager acts as a liaison between Project Rebound and campus departments (such as Admissions, Financial Aid, Advising, Counseling, academic departments, and Open University) and any other departments that further promote the success of Project Rebound.

For more information regarding the Center for Transformative Justice, click here.

This is a full-time (1.0 time-base) benefits eligible, temporary position anticipated to end on or before June 22, 2022 with the possibility of reappointment. 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.

Education and Experience


Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university in a related field plus upper division or graduate coursework in counseling techniques, interviewing and conflict resolution where such are job related.


Possession of these knowledge and abilities is typically demonstrated through the equivalent to four years of progressively responsible professional student services work experience which includes experience in advising students individually and in groups, and in analysis and resolution of complex student services problems.

A master’s degree in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Social Work or a job-related field may be substituted for one year of professional experience. A doctorate degree and the appropriate internship or clinical training in counseling, guidance or a job-related field may be substituted for two years of the required professional experience for positions with a major responsibility for professional, personal or career counseling.

Preferred Qualifications

  • B.A. in Behavioral and Social Science related field, Masters preferred. 
  • Three (3) to five (5) years of experience with incarcerated populations
  • Demonstrated understanding of the local, state, and Federal prison system, including: Parole, probation, EDD, and housing
  • Demonstrated ability to apply power, privilege, and inequity concepts to create safe working environments for minoritized students, faculty, and staff
  • Experience participating in and leading movement(s) to create meaningful systemic change
  • Track record operating with an anti-oppression framework and an anti-deficit lens
  • Ability to understand and navigate a dynamic campus culture
  • Knowledge and experience working with varied and diverse populations of students
  • Competency in cross-cultural communication
  • Experience in student advising also preferred
  • Willingness to work irregular hours, including evenings and weekends, with advance notice

Specialized Skills

  • Direct personal experience of incarceration preferred
  • Considerable knowledge of student and leadership development theory, identity development models, group and individual behavior principles, and implications for practice.
  • Ability to develop and deliver training and education workshops.
  • Documented experience developing and coordinating programs and events.
  • Ability to collaborate and work with other units regarding issues of diversity and community.
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to interact with key senior management, faculty, and administrators regarding issues that impact justice-involved students.
  • Ability to exercise discretion, confidentiality, and excellent judgment in responding to sensitive, and/or emotional issues and situations.
  • Ability to assess, design, implement and evaluate effective programming and policies as related to this position.
  • Ability to work well independently and follow through on projects with minimal direction.
  • Ability to effectively administer and coordinate a variety of concurrent and ongoing activities.
  • Ability to interact professionally, effectively, and collaborate with diverse constituencies.
  • Ability to recruit, train, and support students for work in the Center and for advocacy work on campus.

Compensation and Benefits

Starting salary upon appointment is not expected to exceed $5,351 per month. CSU Classification Salary Range: $5,351 - $7,633 per month. Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department’s fiscal resources.

San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For more information regarding SDSU benefits, please click here.

Supplemental Information


Initial review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on September 1, 2021. To receive full consideration, apply by August 31, 2021. 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 before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

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

SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

Applicants with disabilities and applicants who require assistance completing an application may contact Rachael Stalmann at or at 619-594-9436.

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