Assistant Dean of Students

California State University - San Francisco, CA (4 months ago)

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Working Title
Assistant Dean of Students

Administrator Level
This position is Administrator III in the California State University Management Personnel Plan (MPP), reporting to the Associate Vice President for Student Life & Dean of Students.

Positions Available
1 Position Available.

SF State University
San Francisco State 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. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.

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San Francisco State is a 100% Smoke/Vapor-Free Campus. Smoking or Vaping of any tobacco/plant-based substance is not permitted on any University properties.

The person holding this position may be 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.

This position may be a "designated position" in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position may be required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.

AVP & Dean of Students Office

Department Description
A campus community where every student belongs and the student experience matters.

The Division of Student Life (DSL) believes that every SF State student should belong and matter, has the capacity to live a purposeful life, and can positively impact the world.

To that end, the Division of Student Life (DSL) team at SF State facilitates student-centered learning through personal, professional, community, and academic engagement, culminating in a transformational experience.

We work collaboratively with students, families, faculty, staff, administrators, and others to enhance the overall SF State student experience. As partners in the educational process we:

  • Create opportunities for students to integrate curricular and co-curricular learning;
  • Advocate and support student inclusion in the University decision making process;
  • Inform and educate students of their rights and responsibilities as members of the University, San Francisco, and global communities;
  • Promote and educate students about social justice and equity;
  • Network and collaborate with faculty and staff to enhance the student learning experience;
  • Provide educational programs, events, and job opportunities that focus on development of leadership competencies, career and life skills, wellness, critical thinking and problem solving skills, and crisis management.
Shared Values
Our work in the Division of Student Life (DSL) is guided and informed by our commitment and support of SF State's five core values:

  • Courage: We cultivate courageous conversations and daring leadership.
  • Life of the Mind: We stimulate integration of curricular and co-curricular learning.
  • Equity: We advocate for social justice, equity, and eliminating barriers.
  • Community: We create inclusive and caring communities of challenge and support.
  • Resilience: We celebrate individual and community tenacity and sustainability.
Time Base*
Full-Time (1.0)

Work Schedule*
Monday to Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Anticipated Hiring Range*
$8,500 to $9,000 per month ($102,000 to $108,000 annually)

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Position Summary*
Under the direction of the Associate Vice President (AVP) for Student Life & Dean of Students, the Assistant Dean of Students is responsible for carrying out a wide range of duties requiring both overall and specialized knowledge of student advising, student services, student development, student activities and events, and student outcome assessments. The incumbent's primary objective is to support enrollment and retention at the University by providing students with well-balanced co-curricular experiences, including but not limited to implementation of large campus-wide events for incoming students, advocating a lively campus life experience, promoting student involvement and student engagement opportunities, and providing leadership in crisis management, crisis response, and proactive crisis mitigation. The Assistant Dean will act with the authority of the AVP for Student Life & Dean of Students in their absence when designated as such.

Position Information
The Assistant Dean of Students serves as an advocate for students by representing the needs of students to University staff, faculty, and administrators, including providing direction and intervention for students in crisis and non-crisis situations; coordinating services and resources; assisting with the administration of the student code of conduct and of CSU Executive Orders 1095/1096/1097/1098; working with University staff and faculty to resolve student problems; mediating and resolving conflict; and student referrals.

The Assistant Dean of Students is also responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the New Student Programs Office, including New Student Orientation, week of welcome activities (GatorFest!), First-Year Experience, Parent & Families Program (future), and various transition programs for students, parents, and families. The incumbent is responsible for planning, directing, and evaluating a comprehensive program that delivers a wide range of student leadership training and event planning services to students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as programs and services that promote the successful transition of new students into the University community and maximize their likelihood of persistence into the second year. The incumbent develops administrative oversight and strategic planning for these functional/programmatic areas, and is responsible for their successful operation. This includes planning, implementing and evaluating programs within New Student Programs; fiduciary responsibility for the overall programs; and oversight of the technological and infrastructural operations. Further, the incumbent serves as the campus expert on new student orientation, transition, and retention programs that include peer-mentorship and curriculum development. The incumbent is further charged with managing the department's programs that include all new student programs inclusive of the first-year experience and orientation. The incumbent serve as a member and in leadership capacities for a number of campus-wide committees focused on orientation, first-year experience, and student success areas.

The Assistant Dean of Students is responsible for developing and enforcing Student Affairs & Enrollment Management (SAEM) and University policies as they relate to students and student life. This position works collaboratively with SAEM leadership to develop student-focused initiatives that strengthen co-curricular learning. As a member of the Division of Student Life leadership team, the incumbent also contributes to, supports, and promotes activities, programs and services that enhance the student life experience and foster student development in out-of-classroom settings.

The Assistant Dean of Students is responsible for fostering competence in others through effective coaching, mentoring, and performance management of professional and student leader staff.

The Assistant Dean of Students coordinates special projects for the AVP for Student Life & Dean of Students as assigned and may develop, draft and disseminate reports, papers and other media publications to support Division of Student Life goals and priorities, including but not limited to:
  • Coordinate submissions for division-wide annual reports and other similar administrative, assessment, policy and procedural documents on behalf of the Division as it relates to programs and functions, or as directed by the AVP for Student Life & Dean of Students;
  • Respond to media inquiries, as appropriate, as a Division of Student Life spokesperson;
  • Monitor, maintain and update the divisional and departmental webpages;
  • Facilitate development and implementation of student life and leader competencies, as well as a co-curricular tracking system;
  • In consultation with the AVP for Student Life & Dean of Students, assist with providing leadership, management, and support to the Division of Student Life units, functions and programs, including via delegated authority as needed.
Other Duties as Assigned.

Professional Behavior
  • Demonstrate behaviors that are in line with the User Friendly Principles (P530C) and Principles of Conduct for a Multi-Cultural University (P30D)
  • Demonstrate safe work practices for oneself, others and the office environment.
Minimum Qualifications*
  • Master's Degree, preferably in Student Personnel Services, Student Development, Higher Education, or related field from an accredited college or university.
  • Five to seven years of progressively responsible student activities/student services work and experience within a University setting working with highly complex issues and situations.
  • Experience with student conduct and crisis intervention.
  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills and demonstrated ability to interact effectively and exert leadership with a wide variety of students, faculty and staff.
  • Demonstrated background in leading collaborative efforts between multiple constituencies including faculty, staff, students, and members of the local community.
  • Demonstrated understanding of underrepresented groups and initiatives that enhance efforts to attract, retain and graduate students.
  • Experience and commitment to working with students from diverse ethnic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Experience in higher education working with services and events that contribute to student orientation programs.
  • Ability to perform complex student services professional work characterized by independent student advisement and guidance in individual and group settings.
  • Ability to work independently in a fast paced environment, determine priorities, multi-task, and meet multiple deadlines.
  • Ability to establish metrics and assess goals which measure effectiveness of contributions.
  • Ability to work with sensitive issues and confidential records and materials.
  • Experience in program administration, including developing events and programs, leadership development workshops, and trainings.
  • Successful experience supervising and evaluating employees, resolving conflicts, and encouraging a diverse staff to work well together, particularly in a collective bargaining environment.
  • Strong computer and technical writing skills, including Microsoft Office Suite.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Ability to collaborate and form partnerships on campus and in the San Francisco Bay Area and regional communities.
  • Basic understanding of and commitment to environmentally sustainable practices.
  • Experience with HTML and web design.
Pre-Employment Requirements
This position requires the successful completion of a background check.

Eligibility to Work*
Applicants must be able to provide proof of US Citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, within three business days from their date of hire.

Threaded through our Total Compensation package is a commitment to Bridging Life's Transitions. SF State is committed to providing our employees with a comprehensive program that rewards efforts that are appreciated by your colleagues, students and the customers we serve.

We offer a competitive compensation package that includes Medical, Dental, Vision, Pension, 401k, Healthcare Savings Account, Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, Vacation and Sick Leave as well as State Holidays and a dynamic Fee Waiver program, all geared towards the University's commitment to attract, motivate and retain our employees.

How To Apply

Submit an online application and upload in one file attachment your resume, cover letter, describing your specific qualifications for each position AND three (3) professional references who can comment upon your education and/or job related experience.


The Human Resources office is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and can be reached at (415) 338-1872.

Application Deadline
This position is open until filled.

Please note that this position, position requirements, application deadline and/or any other component of this position is subject to change or cancellation at any time.