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Dean of Students for SDSU Imperial Valley

San Diego State University
San Diego - Imperial Valley, San Diego

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Job Details

Job no: 519606
Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: San Diego - Imperial Valley, San Diego
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Full Time, Student Services

This position is open to current SDSU employees only.

Position Summary

SDSU Imperial Valley is a campus/college of San Diego State University serving the desert area of southeastern California. It is accredited as an integral unit of SDSU and operates under the same governance structure and university policies. Established in 1959 by an act of the State Legislature, SDSU IV offers its programs at two locations in Imperial County: Calexico and Brawley. Offering four-year and two-year undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees, and post-baccalaureate credential programs, SDSU Imperial Valley helps matriculated students achieve their higher education goals. Currently, SDSU Imperial Valley employs 61 full-time faculty and staff members.

The Dean of Students reports to the Dean of SDSU Imperial Valley, with an indirect line to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity. The Dean of Students serves as one of the executive officers for both SDSU-IV and the Division of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity. The Assistant Vice President is responsible for the direction and coordination of department programs/personnel as designated by the Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity. The incumbent represents the interests of the Division on a day-to-day basis at the sub-Cabinet level and is responsible for the promotion of student development through a program of co-curricular activities and services to students. The Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students is also responsible for the quality of the campus social, cultural, and educational environment and the student services that enhance the University’s academic programs and the intellectual and personal development of students on the San Diego State University campus.

The Dean of Students for SDSU Imperial Valley is responsible for establishing, managing, communicating, and maintaining student support services and for student advising and student advocacy within Imperial Valley; supporting Imperial Valley recruitment, orientation, and retention efforts; facilitating student leadership development and co-curricular engagement; and for special projects as assigned by the Assistant Vice President for Divisional Management and Assistant Vice President for Dean of Students. In the delivery of their responsibilities, the Dean of Students for SDSU Imperial Valley works closely with a number of campus departments and programs including, though not limited to, Enrollment Services, New Student Orientation, Career Services, Student Rights and Responsibilities, Counseling and Psychological Services, the Student Ability Success Center, the Office of Student Life & Leadership, and others.

The position is responsible for managing, monitoring, and implementing programs and services that have a direct impact on student retention, engagement, leadership, and personal development at SDSU Imperial Valley. These programs and services are designed to ease the student transition, support retention, and enhance student involvement/ participation in co-curricular engagement opportunities. The Dean of Students for SDSU Imperial Valley will promote racial, ethnic, and cultural appreciation and equity. The position is responsible for the development of strong partnerships with academic and surrounding community constituents, both on main campus and in the Imperial Valley, that promote student development and learning through a program of co-curricular activities and services to students.

For more information regarding SDSU Imperial Valley, click here.

This is a full-time (1.0 time-base), benefits-eligible, at-will position. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs.

Candidate Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in Student Personnel, Educational Leadership, Higher Education or related field from an accredited institution of higher education
  • A minimum of 7-10 years of successful and progressively responsible administrative student activities and/or student leadership development in a university setting
  • Demonstrated ability to apply power, privilege, and inequity concepts to create safe working environments for minoritized students, faculty, and staff
  • Experience participating in and leading movement(s) to create meaningful systemic change
  • Ability to understand and navigate a dynamic campus culture
  • Competency in cross-cultural communication
  • Possesses leadership qualities such as: proactiveness, vision, being a self-starter, positivity, and creativity
  • Demonstrated success working on teams and supporting colleagues on collaborative initiatives
  • Demonstrated record of success in equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctorate or other terminal degree appropriate to the candidate’s discipline
  • Ability to work collaboratively with faculty, staff, and administrative units to effectively support student services and affairs within an Academic College
  • Must possess an understanding of the academic environment and the interface between academic and student affairs\
  • Skills in individual counseling/advising and demonstrated interest in working with students and commitment to student success
  • Ability to work in a complex organization with a diverse, multicultural population
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, tolerate ambiguity, and use independent judgment
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Knowledge of student development theory is strongly desired
  • Previous experience in higher education preferred, particularly in the area of academic advising or career counseling
  • Record of teaching and or research preferred
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish
  • Compensation and Benefits

    San Diego State University will offer a competitive salary based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. San Diego State University also offers a rich benefits package that includes:

  • Extensive Leave benefits: 14 paid holidays, 24 vacation days, and 12 sick days per year;
  • Retirement security through a CalPERS defined benefit pension (with CalPERS and UC Retirement Plan reciprocity) and retiree healthcare benefits;
  • An array of health, dental, and vision coverage at no-cost or low-cost to the employee; and
  • California State University system fee reduction program (fee waiver) for the employee or their qualified dependent
  • San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For more information regarding SDSU benefits, please click here.

    SDSU Vaccine Policy

    In accordance with the California State University systemwide policy, students, faculty, and staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide a valid medical or religious exemption in order to access campus. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated for five months after their final dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or for two months after receiving the only dose of a single-dose vaccine. Afterward a COVID-19 booster is required to continue to be considered fully vaccinated.

    The individual hired into this role will be required to submit their completed vaccination documentation to the university’s secure online health portal prior to beginning work. Individuals with an approved medical or religious exemption on file with the university will be required to participate in SDSU’s COVID-19 testing program.

    Supplemental Information

    Initial review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on October 14, 2022. To receive full consideration, apply by October 13, 2022. The position will remain open until filled.

    The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

    San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

    A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

    SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click here.

    SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

    Applicants with disabilities and applicants who require assistance completing an application may contact Casie Martinez at [email protected]

    Advertised: Sep 28, 2022 (9:00 AM) Pacific Daylight Time
    Applications close: Open until filled


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    SDSU's annual economic impact to the state of California is $6.5 billion, according to an impact report done by the California State University in 2010.

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