Director, Center for Student Leadership, Equity and Excellence

Sep 26, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

About Mills College:

Located in the foothills of Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a nationally renowned independent liberal arts college for women with graduate programs for women and men. Since 1852, weve been empowering students to become creative, independent thinkers who take and inspire action. For more information, visit

Job Description:

Reports to: Assistant Dean of Students
Supervises: Two Assistant Directors, One Coordinator

Summary of Position:
Reporting to the Assistant Dean of Students, the Director of Student Leadership, Equity and Excellence supports the goals of the Division of Student Life and the College, as well as the Colleges Strategic Plan in the development and implementation of resources and programs that promote community, leadership and a vibrant campus life. This position manages a comprehensive student activities program intended to enrich the co-curricular experience of undergraduate and graduate students, to create an inclusive environment for a diverse student body, and to encourage broad based participation in student life. The Director is responsible for Divisional efforts in New Student Orientation (NSO), co-curricular First-Year Experience, and community engagement and programmatic areas in student activities that complement the Mills College mission and academic curriculum, accomplished through educational, cultural, social and recreational programs that foster student learning and development. Specific areas of responsibility include campus programming, student leadership development, student organization advisement, student para-professional staff development and supervision of both professional and para-professional staff.

Essential Job Functions:
  • Plan and implement comprehensive orientation programs for new first year, transfer and graduate students, in collaboration with Student Life colleagues, faculty and other administrative and academic offices across campus.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive leadership development curriculum for students
  • Develop and implement introductory week events during the beginning of fall semester and a smaller scale program in the beginning of spring.
  • In collaboration with the Assistant Dean serve as a contact point for the Divisional connections to the curricular First year Experience program.
  • Supervise the planning and implementation of campus-wide social, cultural and educational programs.
  • Provide leadership training and mentoring for student leaders and effective guidance and supervision to student organizations.
  • Serve as an advisor to the Associated Students of Mills College (ASMC).
  • Oversee student organizations budgets and assure compliance with College financial policies and take appropriate steps to be compliant with all state and federal laws and campus policies.
  • Establish a broad base of support for departmental programs and initiatives, and represent the department to a wide variety of constituents.
  • Supervise, manage, and prioritize fiscal efforts within the departmental budget.
  • Serve as advisor to committees and groups as requested.
  • Establish and maintain an effective customer service orientation. This includes maintaining and protecting confidentiality of information.
  • Establish and maintain effective and productive working relationships, while working in a diverse and multicultural environment.
  • Develop and implement policies, programming and educational opportunities that community and enhance student retention and sense of belonging.
  • Collaborate and build partnerships with academic departments and administrative offices in order to develop and deliver co-curricular programs and services that support the retention and graduation of students.
  • Hire, evaluate, supervise and provide professional development opportunities for staff
  • Design and develop marketing and communication materials (print, audio, and web), to increase awareness of student activities.
  • Represent the Student Activities in a variety of forums on- and off-campus; attend, conduct or participate in a variety of meetings as assigned.
  • Meet with the Dean to provide information or obtain advice, consultation or support as needed; represent the Dean at meetings and other activities as requested by the Dean.
  • Participate in department and division meetings for project planning, policy development and direction setting.
  • Maintain safe work conditions and comply with established safety policies, practices, procedures, and requirements.
  • As a member of the Division of Student Life, provide event support for campus-wide programs, as needed.
  • Promote and sustain the ability of staff members to effectively deliver quality customer service within the context of all aspects of job performance.
  • Promote a safe work practices within each area of responsibility, enforce safety rules and assure employee compliance with all safety rules and guidelines.
  • Serve on Divisional and campus-wide committees.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of:
  • Student development theory
  • Social justice training and diversity education
  • Demonstrated expertise in student and leadership development, event planning and management.
  • Knowledge of student activities programs and leadership training methods
  • Knowledge and prior experience in social justice work regarding power and privilege dynamics.
  • Budgeting
  • Principles and practices of administration, supervision and training.
  • Diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of College students.
  • Advanced computer skills involving databases, spreadsheets, word processing, web based interactive communication, social media and/or other applications utilizing software applicable to the function.
  • Appropriate methods and strategies to promote and sustain effective working relationships within a diverse and multicultural environment.
  • Appropriate methods and strategies to promote and sustain the ability of staff members to effectively deliver quality customer service within the context of all aspects of job performance.
  • Compliance for federal and state law and policies.
  • Safety policies, practices, procedures and requirements of the department, College and Illness & Injury Prevention Plan.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to listen and lead within an activist campus community.
  • Ability to take appropriate steps to promote and sustain effective working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment.
  • Ability to understand the needs of a diverse population, including students of color and resuming students.
  • Ability to engage and work in collaboration
  • Strong budgetary skills.
  • Strong marketing, web and technology skills
  • Commitment to womens education.
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned staff.
Education and Training:
  • Masters degree in higher education, counseling, student development or related field
  • 3-5years of progressive experience in higher education
Physical, Mental, and Environmental Demands:
  • Work involves week-end and evening availability.
  • At times, the incumbent will be sitting for long hours and using computers.
  • Hearing and speaking are required for communication.
  • Work can be both inside and outside, sometimes in inclement weather.
  • Work often requires flexibility in terms of time, and physical demands.
  • Work occasionally requires physical exertion such as lifting heavy objects over 50 pounds.
  • Interruptions and meeting with a variety of people will be required on a regular basis.
  • There are a number of deadlines and multiple requirements associated with this position, which may cause significant stress.
Additional Information:

This position description is not intended to contain a comprehensive list of activities, duties, or responsibilities. Additional duties may be assigned based on business operational needs.

This is an exempt position and includes an excellent benefits package including medical/dental/vision/life/LTD insurance/403b retirement plan; 22 days of vacation accrued each year of service; 12 sick days and 10 paid holidays annually. Staff also receive free admission to campus events, use of the pool, fitness center, and tennis courts. Tuition remission is also available after an introductory period.

Mills College does not permit discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religious creed, color, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. For more information on Mills non-discrimination policy, please go to

Application Instructions:

To apply, please submit the following at
  • resume
  • cover letter
  • Mills application form, and
  • contact information for three references.
Review of applicants will begin immediately; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.