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Associate Director, The Commons

University of San Diego
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Associate Director, The Commons

Posting #: 4019

Department Description:
Established in 2018, the LGBTQ+ & Allies Commons came out of a legacy of student activism that pushed for greater visibility and support for LGBTQ+ community members. As a student-run space, our work is informed and carried out by student coordinators and volunteers.

We seek to create affirming spaces for queer and trans folks while educating the entire campus community about inclusive strategies through an anti-oppression framework that is explicitly pro-Black, queer and feminist. With this goal in mind, we provide an LGBTQ+ student lounge, host identity-specific community groups, and offer educational programs around LGBTQIA+ culture and concerns.

As an engaged, contemporary Catholic university, USD is dedicated to creating a world where each person's inherent dignity is protected and affirmed. Our presence on campus flows out of this commitment and is an expression of the university's solidarity and embodiment of the Catholic call to care for the whole person.

University Description:
The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:
The university seeks an individual with a strong interest in working at a mission driven, faith-based institution. In line with our mission, the Division of Student Affairs is committed to grounding our policies, programs, and procedures in antiracist practice. With this commitment, we recognize the importance of educating ourselves and holding one another accountable to ensure our work is approached through an equity, inclusion, and social justice lens. We recognize our need for ongoing development in this area, and continue to strive to improve. We expect all members of the Division of Student Affairs are willing to engage in this work alongside us to uphold our Catholic mission in creating a welcoming environment where the dignity of all students, staff, administrators, and faculty at USD is embraced.

Under the guidance of the Director, Gender Identity Resources and collaborative direction of the Co-Directors, the Associate Director assists in the development, implementation and projects of The Commons. The Associate Director engages the University of San Diego Community in exploring and affirming the unique intersections of each person's identities. The Associate Director is responsible for the on-going development, administration, and coordination of diversity, inclusion, and social justice efforts to improve campus climate and student equity, with a focus on supporting the LGBTQ+ Community. The Associate Director serves as a liaison and knowledge expert to the campus community regarding issues of diversity, inclusion and multicultural education; serves as an advocate for underrepresented and underserved groups with an emphasis on the LGBTQ+ Community; and works to create an inclusive campus environment. Periodically, this position may be asked to lead or contribute to either ad hoc or ongoing division/campus projects outside the scope of their day-to-day activities.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership, day-to-day direction, and long-range planning in the administrative oversight of the LGBTQ+ & Allies Commons.
  • Ensure the LGBTQ+ & Allies Commons functions as a welcoming and safe space to retain and support LGBTQ+ students.
  • Manage programming budget for LGBTQ+ & Allies Commons.
  • Assist the Co-Directors with the day-to-day operations of the Commons.
  • Develop and sustain collaborative partnerships with campus units to achieve the Commons' purpose and goals and promotes the Commons' services, programs, and resources.
  • Serve as a liaison between the Commons and various on-campus departments.
  • Participate on relevant on-campus meetings and committees to enhance diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice efforts.
  • Conduct constituency needs assessments, formulates recommendations, and implements new programs and services in alignment with university co-curricular learning outcomes to increase sense of belonging for LGBTQ+ students.
  • Support recruitment and retention efforts of LGBTQ students, Black students and other marginalized groups identified as “at risk.”
  • Assist in the strategic planning processes of the Commons and subsequent implementation and evaluation.
  • Attend joint meetings and retreats.
  • Contribute to or lead additional division/campus projects outside of typical duties to help further accomplish student or organizational goals. Additional assignments may be seasonal, ad hoc or ongoing, depending on the project.

Identity Development:
  • Develop, implement, coordinate and evaluate programs and initiatives that educate the campus community around issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion with an emphasis on gender and sexual identities, ensuring alignment with the Division's co-curricular learning outcomes.
  • Oversee the Rainbow Educator and Safe Space Allies Programs including facilitator recruitment, training, and professional development. Develop intentional program content supporting both identity specific and intersectional options. Evaluate programs for effectiveness and alignment with learning outcomes.
  • Create opportunities for students to connect, become involved on and off campus, and develop tangible skills for students to thrive at USD.
  • Support diversity, inclusion, and social justice programming for student leader training as well as fall and spring orientations.

Advisement and Supervision:
  • May supervise up to one graduate assistant and 3-5 student workers.
  • Advise students on academic and personal needs.
  • Work collaboratively with the campus constituents focused on student success and retention to collaboratively advise students.
  • Provide shared oversight with the Commons Assistant Director for integrated and intentional leadership and identity development across The Commons including training and development of graduate assistants and student staff/interns/coordinators.
  • Oversee the Rainbow Educator Advisory Team and Undergraduate Rainbow Educator Leadership Team and continually develops and shapes the vision for the future.
  • Attend events hosted by The Commons, including nights and weekends.
  • Provide support and leadership development to student organizations affiliated with The Commons.

  • Assume responsibility for the Commons in absence of the Co-Directors.
  • Serve on committees and performs other related duties, as required.
  • Contribute to or lead additional division/campus projects outside of typical duties to help further accomplish student or organizational goals. Additional assignments may be seasonal, ad hoc or ongoing, depending on the project.

Job Requirements:
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master's degree, preferably in student affairs administration or related area (e.g., Counseling, Student Development, Gender Equity, Higher Education).
  • Two years of professional experience beyond the graduate experience in student affairs, and diversity, equity, and inclusion work.
  • Advanced degree may be substituted by a bachelor's degree plus 3 additional years of professional experience in student affairs, and/or diversity, equity, and inclusion work
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience working effectively with diverse populations, with a particular emphasis on the LGBTQ+ population through an anti-racist lens.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience related to supervision and advising of peer educators, undergraduate/graduate student employees, or professional staff.

Performance Expectations: Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Experience, education and passion in the areas of diversity and inclusion, social justice, Black student development, women’s and gender equity, masculinities, etc.
  • Demonstrate ability to initiate, coordinate, oversee and complete various projects with minimal supervision.
  • Willingness to support the Catholic mission and vision of the University.
  • Demonstrated practice of centering diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in one’s work including an ongoing commitment to personal learning and development in this area
  • Demonstrated commitment to student learning and development in the co-curriculum and experience assessing the impact of programs and related services.
  • Strong skills related to group facilitation and training, individual and group advising and student leadership development.
  • Ability to be successful working in flexible, multifaceted environments, with various leadership styles.
  • Must possess excellent human relations skills: ability to work with various campus constituents including students, faculty, administrators, staff and alumni; conflict resolution, decision-making and implementation of skills; experience in a leadership/supervisory role.
  • Must exhibit strong attention to detail and organizational skills, ability to remain calm under pressure and be able to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
  • Understanding of Catholic social and moral principles as they inform and support the role of Student Affairs personnel serving at a Catholic University.
  • Proven ability to develop, implement and evaluate creative educational programs and services for students, faculty and staff in under-represented, underserved and marginalized groups.
  • Experience with assessment and evaluation.
  • Familiarity with basic accounting and budgetary procedures.
  • Ability to create and design marketing materials for programming using various software applications.

Special Conditions of Employment:
  • The University of San Diego is requiring all employees to follow our Covid-19 vaccine requirement process.
  • Must be able to work flexible hours including weekends and evenings as needed.

Background check: Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes.

Posting Salary:
Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package including; medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University, and access to on-campus Fitness Centers. Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer. USD: Human Resources: Benefits

Special Application Instructions:
Resume and Cover Letter Required
Click Apply Now to complete our online application. In addition, please upload a cover letter and resume to your application profile for the hiring managers’ review. If you have any questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at [email protected]

Additional Details:
Hours: 40 hours per week

Closing date: Open until filled

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit

Advertised: January 06, 2022
Applications close: Open until filled

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The University of San Diego is a Roman Catholic institution committed to advancing academic excellence, expanding liberal and professional knowledge, creating a diverse and inclusive community, and preparing leaders dedicated to ethical conduct and compassionate service.

Located on 180 acres overlooking the city of San Diego, Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean, the campus is a community treasure, with Spanish Renaissance-inspired buildings and breathtakingly beautiful landscapes.

Chartered in 1949, the university enrolls more than 7,000 students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. In less than 60 years, the University of San Diego has grown from a local college with 50 students and a handful of professors to a nationally ranked university. This achievement is the direct result of a single, unwavering expectation: academic excellence.

USD offers more than 60 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. The university adds depth to education by inspiring students to grow spiritually, morally and socially. The breadth of programs and depth of facilities means that students can easily find a course of study that ignites their intellectual fire. In the classroom, coursework across disciplines encourages students to develop their critical thinking skills.

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To complement this instruction, the university's Honors program provides a challenging curriculum for USD's uniquely motivated students. The university also holds memberships in several honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa.

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