Director of SDCL Administration and Strategic Initiatives

Montclair, NJ
May 21, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Montclair State is New Jersey's second largest university. It offers the advantages of a large university - a broad undergraduate curriculum with a global focus, a wide variety of superior graduate programs through the doctoral level, and a diverse faculty and student body - combined with a small college's attention to students.

Posting Date May 19, 2017

Position Title Director of SDCL Administration and Strategic Initiatives

Vacancy # V-1293

Department Student Development and Campus Life

Division Student Devel And Campus Life

Job Description

Reporting directly to the Vice President for Student Development and Campus Life the Director of Administration has primary responsibility for oversight and development of the divisional budget and personnel processes, and the completion of special divisional projects. The director serves as advisor to the vice president and all fiscal agents within the division. The director assists the vice president in the development and review of objectives, policies, procedures and goals of the division. The director serves as the primary divisional liaison with Budget, Finance and Human Resources and develops divisional policies, procedures and practices in those areas that ensure consistent and compliant interactions with the respective divisions.

  • Organizes, plans and directs the budgetary and human resource activities for the division of student development and campus life; sets goals, develops and implements divisional policies and procedures in accordance with University policies and procedures.
  • Directs the preparation of reports and studies containing findings and recommendations for the review, information and assistance of the University administration.
  • Participates with other senior managerial staff in the development of University policy and in long and short range planning.
  • Presents and oversees the annual divisional budget call in preparation for proposing the divisional budget to the University in the spring. Takes the lead in developing any adjustments required of the division during the budget preparation process.
  • Coordinates the development, preparation and submission of the division of Student Development and Campus Life budget for final review and submission by the Vice President.
  • Directly responsible for the administration and monitoring of the budget of the VP and the division of student development and campus life and the division.
  • Reviews for vice presidential approval all requests for budget adjustments and expenditures.
  • Coordinates and oversees strategic planning initiatives for the division.
  • Composes and presents divisional budget and accounting policies that comply with University requirements.
  • Coordinates a division-wide professional development program; as well as provides professional development on specific issues, work functions and new University initiatives as they arise.
  • Provides guidance and counsel to supervisory staff on personnel actions within the division including promotions, hiring and disciplinary actions in accordance with University policies and state regulations.
  • Coordinates and maintains records of divisional budget and accounting transactions.
  • Composes and presents divisional human resource guidelines that comply with University requirements. Provides professional development in this area as needed.
  • Prepares and distributes a divisional handbook on uniform hiring procedures for the division.
  • Coordinates and maintains personnel files and records for professional staff within the division of student development and campus life.
  • Evaluates divisional human resource and budgetary program goals, operations, and performance; as required, develops and implements alternative procedures to improve performance and meet the program objectives.
  • Assist department managers with cross departmental and cross divisional road blocks that may occur and require assistance beyond that of the respective department manager(s).
  • Consults with and seeks approval from the vice president on the most unusual problems or policy matters, particularly when the result of decisions that impact significantly on division and/or University-wide programs.
  • Establishes and maintains effective communication and cooperative working relationships with University administrators, faculty and staff, government and private agencies and/or the public in order to accomplish the objectives of the division and the University.
  • Serves as primary liaison with Budget, Finance and Human Resources. Develops positive working relationships to assist in resolving issues raised by departments or the division in general.
  • Responds to inquiries as assigned by the vice president for student development and campus life; hosts visitors, conducts interviews and advises the vice president on issues requiring her personal attention.
  • Supports AVP for Administration and Services with contracts, licenses and board waivers.
  • Liaison with University Advancement divisional fundraiser.
  • Investigate grant opportunities and support grant writing efforts of divisional personnel.
  • Administers and interprets applicable federal and state laws that impact upon the University.
  • Maintains integrity and appropriate confidentiality in University and program operations.
  • Approves and/or develops public relations materials.
  • Represents the University at conferences, seminars or meetings as required.
  • Plans and/or supervises the planning of conferences, seminars and workshops as required.
  • Prepares and supervises the preparation of detailed correspondence.
  • Serves on ad hoc and standing committees as required.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

  • Ability to establish cooperative working relationships with other offices or organizations that impact on or relate to the work of the division.
  • Ability to develop and administer procedures which insure the appropriate confidentiality of program records and activities.
  • Ability to establish cooperative working relationships with supervisors and staff.
  • Ability to develop, administer and monitor a divisional budget.
  • Ability to develop and recommend University-wide and unit policies.
  • Ability to prepare and/or direct the preparation of clear reports, and studies that include findings and recommendations.
  • Ability to prepare clear and detailed correspondence.
  • Ability to speak in public.
  • Ability to represent the University at conferences, seminars or meetings.
  • Ability to supervise and/or maintain essential records and files

The above statements reflect the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job as identified, and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the position.

Qualifications & Requirements

Master's degree required from an accredited college or university, in a field related to the area of assignment or equivalent as determined by the appointing authority. A minimum of five years' experience in a college or university setting with progressively increased responsibility. (Comparable experience may be substituted for number of years.) An understanding of the many facets of student affairs is essential.

Excellent writing and verbal skills.

Basic computer skills, including Microsoft Office and institutional financial management and human resource systems.

Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience

Anticipated Start Date August 2017

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Building on a distinguished 105-year history, Montclair State University is proud to be a leading institution of higher education in New Jersey. The university's six colleges and schools serve more than 19,000 undergraduate and graduate students in 300 majors, minors, concentrations and certificate programs. Situated on a beautiful, 250-acre suburban campus just 14 miles from New York City, Montclair State combines the instructional and research resources of a large public university in a dynamic, sophisticated, and diverse academic environment.

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