Coordinator of Student Leadership - Essential

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Category:: Administrative
Locations:: Oakland, CA
Posted:: Nov 5, 2020
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time Non-Exempt

About Mills College:

Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a liberal arts college for women and gender non-binary students, with graduate programs for all genders. Consistently ranked one of the top master's universities and one of the best value colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills also has been named one of the Best Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The Mills experience is distinguished by small, interactive classes, one-on-one attention from exceptional faculty, a culture of creative experimentation, and cutting-edge interdisciplinary learning opportunities which empower students to make a statement in their careers and communities. As one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, we have a strong record of academic success with first-generation students, students of color, Latinx students, LGBTQ students, and other underrepresented students. Mills College has recently become a Hispanic Serving Institution. Applicants with expertise and experience in supporting and promoting success for Latina/o students are encouraged to apply.

Mills College encourages diversity in hiring and particularly welcomes applications and nominations from women, gender non-binary individuals, and minorities. Mills College seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice and our desire to maintain the excellence of our faculty. In so doing, we offer our students not only the opportunity to learn about varied disciplines but to engage with diverse perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. For more information, please visit

Job Description:

Summary of Position:
Reporting to the Director of the Center for Student Leadership, Equity and Excellence, The Coordinator for Student Leadership assists in the advancement of college retention goals by fostering an inclusive and vibrant campus life through student advising and leadership development. The incumbent will work collaboratively with departments across the institution to enhance the academic experience and strengthen student involvement. The Coordinator for Student Leadership is expected to maintain a visible presence on campus and to be actively engaged in the development and maintenance of student clubs and organizations. The incumbent promotes student and organizational excellence and best practices grounded in student development theory.

Essential Job Functions
Includes but not limited to:

  • Oversee the student club and organize registration process by providing on-going mentorship and leadership development to clubs and organizations in collaboration with primary staff and faculty advisors.
  • Create and implement a faculty and staff advisor training
  • Update and maintain the Student Clubs and Organization Handbook
  • Ensure that all registered student organizations understand and adhere to college policies with regard to student club/organization recognition and day-to-day business.
  • Create and implement leadership development opportunities and experiences for students that are philosophically rooted in the Social Change Model
  • Cultivate community service leadership opportunities in Oakland and the surrounding Bay Area communities
  • Co-advise (with the Director) the Associated Students of Mills College (ASMC) including but not limited to attending weekly board meetings, scheduling bi-weekly one-on-one meetings with Executive Board members, and providing oversight to the use and allocation of ASMC funds.
  • Provide on-going leadership training for ASMC Executive Board Members and Senators
  • Advise Senior Class Council
  • Assist in the development and implementation of comprehensive training for Orientation Leaders.
  • Create and assess student learning outcomes for the programmatic areas.
  • Be available to students via regularly scheduled office hours and regular contact with the Mills community.

Administrative Functions

  • Create reports and publications as required, e.g., operations, programming, assessment, and administrative reports.
  • Represent the department on Student Life, campus-wide, and departmental committees as assigned.
  • Supervise student workers in office and programming tasks and participate in the hiring, training, and evaluation.
  • Responsible for a thorough knowledge of applicable policies, regulations, and laws, including those of the legally authorized governing body; monitors compliance with and provides guidance regarding such policies, regulations, and law
  • Assist the Director in the assessment of learning outcomes and effectiveness of services and programs provided by the Center for Student Leadership, Equity, and Excellence. Participate in Division-wide meetings and committees.
  • Manage budgets for areas of responsibility including expenses, forecasting and concur submissions.
  • Perform related duties as needed.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of:

  • Knowledge of and practice engaging in social justice work regarding power and privilege dynamics
  • Knowledge and experience of current practices and theories in student affairs in higher education, including student leadership/student development.


  • Ability to develop programs and activities that encourage student success and maximize student retention;
  • Experience in developing programs and activities that encourage student success; ability to lead collaborative groups; demonstrated presentation and project management skills; demonstrated interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills; multicultural competence and computer literacy are required.
  • Ability to work independently and with good judgment to manage a complex job involving ambiguous tasks, multiple responsibilities, and an irregular and unpredictable schedule.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and written/verbal communication skills with the ability to work both collaboratively and independently and develop strong relationships with students, staff, and faculty, interact at all levels with campus and community constituents and stakeholders.
  • Ability to effectively and creatively use technology.
  • Experience working with diverse populations and a demonstrated understanding of the issues faced by students who are members of underrepresented groups
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed.

Education and Training:

  • Bachelor's required, Master's degree in relevant field preferred
  • 1-2 years of professional experience with some experience in student leadership and/or student development.

Physical, Mental and Environmental Demands:

  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds.
  • Standing for long periods of time (2-3 times per academic year, particularly during Orientation, Convocation, and Commencement).
  • Occasionally work outdoors, depending on programming, possibly in inclement weather.
  • Work primarily involves sitting for long hours and using office equipment.
  • The incumbent will often spend long hours on the computer answering emails.
  • Work often requires bending to adjust or work with office equipment.
  • Work occasionally requires physical exertion such as lifting heavy objects over 40 pounds.
  • The incumbent will be located in a busy, open office area. Interruptions and meeting with a variety of people will be required on a regular basis.
  • There are a number of deadlines associated with this position, which may cause significant stress.
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends as needed.

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.

Additional Information:

This is a full-time, non-exempt position with an FTE of 1.0. Hourly Rate is commensurate with experience, and includes an excellent benefits package including medical/dental/vision/life/LTD insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with college-matching after 6 month qualifying period, 10 days of vacation for year one, 15 days of vacation for years 2-10, and 22 days of vacation years 10+ plus, 12 sick days and 17 paid holidays (subject to annual review). Staff members 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. Voluntary benefits include: pet insurance, long-term care insurance, legal-assistance insurance, cellular provider discounts and computer hardware discounts.

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

All positions are subject to a background check. Prior to the first date of employment, an applicant's background check must be cleared.

Application Instructions:

Click the "Apply Now" button below and follow instructions to submit the following documents:

  • Employee Application
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter and
  • Contact Information for 3 References

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Review of applicants will begin immediately; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.




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Posted: 11/8/2020
Application Due: 1/7/2021
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