Student Life & Leadership Specialist

Job description

Orange Coast College


Student Life & Leadership Specialist

Job# O-026-19

Salary: $57,406.00 - $77,395.00 Annually

Deadline: 11/15/18


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Plans, advises, and performs a variety of services supporting Student Life & Leadership activities, and social, cultural, and educational programs and events.  Facilitates Student Life & Leadership Department experiences, working closely with students, faculty, and staff to assemble, populate, and implement services.

Distinguishing Career Features

The Student Life & Leadership Specialist serves as an entry-level professional and procedural advisor as well as facilitator to enhance the Student Life & Leadership experience.  The Student Life & Leadership Specialist assists with organizing and carrying out student activities and supports outreach and prospective student participation in assigned programs and/or student clubs and organizations. The Student Life & Leadership Specialist is part of a career path containing outreach, counseling, and enrollment technicians.  Advancement to the Student Leadership Coordinator position is determined by demonstrated experience, knowledge, and skills through open recruitment to a potential vacancy.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Specific duties may vary among departments and jobs.  Incumbents typically perform a substantial portion or all of the following kinds of duties: 


• Coordinates and supports various Student Life & Leadership programmatic components and activities related to student government, student clubs and organizations, including but not limited to club rush events, Inter-Club Council (ICC), student club and organization handbook, and student government. 

• Coordinates activities related to students' participation on committees, community service programs, and projects.   

• Assists with the coordination of the Associated Student Government (ASG) leadership development program through advisement, program development, and training. 

• Assists in the administration of budgets and accounts for the assigned area. Monitors and reconciles various accounts and statements, records expenses, runs and provides status updates utilizing various statistical reports; identifies and analyzes discrepancies and errors. Advises administrator and/or manager related to necessary corrections.   

• Coordinates, plans, and implements Student Life & Leadership events and activities by organizing and connecting with the appropriate groups, college functional areas (i.e. Counseling, Veteran Services, Residential Life, etc.), vendors, and student leadership. 

• Serves as a resource to students and the campus community. Resolves problems within area of responsibility and consults with designated management on diverse and/or complex issues. 

• Works collaboratively with the Student Leadership Coordinator and/or Student Life & Leadership Director in providing quality training, programs, services, and advising to ASG students. 

• Serves as advisor and chaperone for ASG, ICC, and Student Life & Leadership field trips, conferences, conventions, and all other off-campus student trips. Organizes and manages trip planning and schedules. 

• Reviews and recommends procedural changes to enable the assigned area to function more effectively. Collaborates with supervisor and others to establish work priorities and ensure appropriate implementation of decisions. 

• Updates, prepares, and coordinates publication of documents relevant to the assigned area. Drafts correspondence and other documents of a complex nature. Formats documents and edits for grammar, spelling, and accuracy. Takes notes and types various documents such as correspondence, reports, and memos. 

• Oversees and conducts surveys related to student satisfaction from activities, programs, and outcomes derived from activities and events; researches, compiles, and analyzes data for assessing program effectiveness and change. 

• Monitors expenditures and record keeping for assigned activity budgets.  Provides feedback and advises management on budget balances, transfers, expenditures and/or issues related to assigned accounts. 

• Compiles information to prepare activity reports, collaborating with faculty, administrators, managers and staff in other departments, divisions, or institutions to compile the submission. 

• Provides work direction to other classified staff and student assistants to support programming and the needs of students. 

• May serve on a variety of District and campus-wide committees. 

• Performs other duties as assigned that support the overall objective of the position and Student Life & Leadership.


Qualifications and Physical Demands



Knowledge and Skills:

The position requires working knowledge of the activities associated with supporting students in an academic, advising, and co-curricular settings. Requires working knowledge of the philosophy and practices of student learning, development, success, and leadership. Requires a working knowledge of the student governance process. Requires a working knowledge of student advising, meeting facilitation, agenda creation, and parliamentary procedure.  Requires knowledge of college programs, policies, and procedures governing student activities, governance, and conduct.  Requires knowledge of and skill at using computer-aided applications for office productivity, research, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation graphics, and special applications used for decision support and data entry onto databases.  Requires sufficient math skills to perform financial and statistical record keeping.  Requires sufficient knowledge of proper English usage, grammar, spelling, and punctuation to prepare professional correspondence. Requires knowledge of population demographics focusing on characteristics and needs of students with diverse backgrounds. Requires working knowledge of various audio/visual equipment.  Requires knowledge of and skill at peer-level mediation to facilitate problem-solving processes and conflict resolution.  Requires well-developed human relations skill to convey policies, procedures, and instructions to others, make presentations to small groups, work productively and collaboratively with diverse teams, exercise patience when dealing with internal and external customers, and convey technical concepts. 


Requires the ability to carry out the essential functions of the position.  Requires the ability to learn College policies and procedures including those associated with counseling, advising, student services, and leadership.  Requires the ability to facilitate student-centered programs and activities that require identifying outcomes and sequencing steps from design to implementation and evaluation.  Requires the ability to use a computer and common office productivity software, conduct internet research, enter, organize, and extract data relating to program and activity performance, and produce outcome-based reports.  Requires the ability to accurately take notes and compose meeting minutes/recollections.  Requires the ability to learn, interpret, explain and apply knowledge of District and division organization, operations, programs, functions, special terminology used in the organization unit, to relieve an administrator of a variety of administrative details.  Requires the ability to plan, organize and prioritize work in order to meet schedules and timelines.  Requires the ability to interact with a wide range of students of varying abilities and background, including economic, social, and cultural diversity.  Requires the ability to communicate with administrators, parents, students, staff, and the community using patience and courtesy, and in a manner that reflects positively on the College.   Requires the ability to exercise a positive attitude, patience, empathy, compassion, and good judgment when dealing with others.


Education and Experience:

The position requires a Bachelor's Degree and one year of experience in a student services environment.  Alternatively, may accept an Associate's degree and five years of student services experience.  Or, any combination of education and experience that would meet the required qualifications.

Licenses and Certificates:

Requires a valid driver license.




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Job No: O-026-19
Posted: 11/1/2018
Application Due: 11/15/2018
Work Type:
Salary: $57,406.00 - $77,395.00 Annually