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Director, Center for Student Success (Student Services Professional IV)

San Diego State University
San Diego

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Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job no: 534386
Work type: Staff
Location: San Diego
Categories: Unit 4 - APC - Academic Professionals of California, Probationary, Full Time, Student Services, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Position Summary

The Director for the Center for Student Success (CSS) in the Fowler College of Business (FCB) will provide oversight, leadership, operational development and coordination, exercise independent judgment, training, and support for the Center’s day-to-day operations and staff and student employees.

The Director is also responsible for developing, implementing, communicating, enhancing, and maintaining student advising; student support services; orientation; outreach and retention initiatives; programming efforts; time of graduation, and the Center’s short and long-range goals. In the delivery of these responsibilities, this position will collaborate, work closely, and maintain positive working relationships with the FCB Director of Undergraduate Programs, Director of Graduate Programs (e.g. 4+1/blended programs), Director of Career Management Center and various campus partners and stakeholders such as Faculty Advancement and Student Success, Enrollment Services, New Student and Parent Programs, Student Life & Leadership, Coordinated Care Advisors, Office of the Student Ombudsman, Student Rights & Responsibilities, Counseling & Psychological Services, Student Disability Services, Residential Education Office, and others.

The responsibilities of the Director include: (1) establishing performance expectations and goals for the Center’s staff and student employees; (2) conducting performance evaluations of the staff and student employees; (3) meeting regularly with the staff and student employees to identify and address non-satisfactory performance and provide appropriate support, guidance, and professional development opportunities; and (4) managing staff and student level position searches and onboarding processes.

The Director, in collaboration with and under the direction of the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, identifies, reviews, and supports key academic advising initiatives; develops and implements campus, College, or Center’s strategic recommendations; establishes, communicates, and manages the tasks and projects that promote academic advising, student retention rates, and graduation initiatives as well as other student success goals. The Director may need to attend meetings on behalf of the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs as needed. The Director is also responsible for completion of program-related tasks or projects assigned by the appropriate administrator.

The position is an integral part of the Center for Student Success team and thus, serves as a back-up to undergraduate academic advisors or administrative assistant for the Center as needed for the successful maintenance of the unit’s goals. Ability and willingness to work irregular hours, including evenings and weekend hours are essential.

This is a full-time (1.0 time-base), benefits eligible, permanent/probationary 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.

The individual hired into this role will work on campus at SDSU in San Diego.

Department Summary

The Fowler College of Business (FCB) consists of one school and four academic departments (Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy, Finance, Management Information Systems, Management, and Marketing), a Dean, an Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, an Associate Dean for Research and Strategic Initiatives, an Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, a College Operations Manager, a Director of Marketing & Communications, a Director for Graduate Programs, a Director for Undergraduate Programs, a Director for the Career Management Center, a Director for Assessment, and a Managing Director for the Wendy Gillespie Center for Advancing Global Business.

The Center for Student Success (CSS) within the College provides all academic and informational advising for current, prospective, and former students in the Undergraduate Program. It also focuses on students experiencing academic difficulty and those participating in special programs. It provides assistance to students in filling out academic forms and petitions, and in understanding university and college policies, requirements and procedures. The unit is responsible for implementing all policies, procedures, and decisions made regarding currently attending Business majors. The unit coordinates the following: primary commencement function (undergraduate for approximately 1,800 students/11,000 guests); undergraduate academic advising, tutoring, study abroad, incoming first-year and transfer student orientation among others.

For more information regarding the Center for Student Success, click here.

For more information regarding the Fowler College of Business, click here.

Education and Experience

Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university in a related field plus upper division or graduate coursework in counseling techniques, interviewing and conflict resolution where such are job related.

Possession of these knowledge and abilities is typically demonstrated through the equivalent to four years of progressively responsible professional student services work experience which includes experience in advising students individually and in groups, and in analysis and resolution of complex student services problems.

A master’s degree in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Social Work or a job‑related field may be substituted for one year of professional experience. A doctorate degree and the appropriate internship or clinical training in counseling, guidance or a job‑related field may be substituted for two years of the required professional experience for positions with a major responsibility for professional, personal or career counseling.

Key Qualifications

  • 3+ years of direct personnel management, supervision, or lead experience in a higher education environment is preferred.
  • 4+ years of proven successful leadership in a college or university’s admissions, advising, evaluations, registrar, or other student services related office is preferred.
  • Master’s degree in higher education, student affairs, or related discipline is preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to make decisions and carry through actions having implications with regard to other Colleges, departments/offices, programs, or service areas.
  • Comfort and proficiency with public speaking and presentations.
  • Experience in developing, coordinating, and assessing programs, training, workshops, and events.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication and listening skills to ensure direct, effective, respective, and cooperative interactions and maintain harmonious working relationships with diverse individuals or groups, including students, students’ support system, faculty, staff, administrators, campus community members, and public agencies.
  • Ability to advise students individually and in groups on complex student-related matters.
  • Thorough knowledge of the policies, procedures, and practices of SDSU or the ability to quickly acquire such knowledge.
  • General knowledge of the policies, practices, and activities of Student Services programs outside Fowler College of Business; general knowledge of the principles, problems and methods of public administration, including organizational, personnel and fiscal management.
  • Ability and willingness to work irregular hours, including evenings and weekend hours.

Compensation and Benefits

Starting salary upon appointment is not expected to exceed $5,732 per month.

Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department’s fiscal resources.

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.

CSU Classification Salary Range: $5,732 - $8,176 per month.

Diversity and Community at SDSU

At SDSU, our diversity gives us power and benefits every single member of our community.

Through our commitment to equity and inclusion, we encourage all members of our community to purposefully learn from one another through open and respectful dialogue and responsible engagement. For more information, click here.

Principles of Community

At San Diego State University, we are a community of diverse individuals who have and represent many perspectives, beliefs and identities. This diversity lends our community strength, and we commit to creating and sustaining an inclusive and intellectually vibrant environment that benefits all members of our university.

SDSU’s Principles of Community is an aspirational statement that is intended to evolve over time. The statement reflects the ideals we are encouraged to uphold in our interactions with one another.

Supplemental Information

Initial review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on February 2, 2024. To receive full consideration, apply by February 1, 2024. 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 and is required for employment. SDSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current SDSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

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

SDSU is an Equal Opportunity Employer that considers all qualified candidates for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered military and veteran status, or any other protected characteristic or status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who request an accommodation by contacting Tina Deesen at

Advertised: Dec 27, 2023 (9:00 AM) Pacific Standard Time
Applications close: Open until filled


Since it was founded in 1897, San Diego State University has grown to offer bachelor's degrees in 89 areas, master's degrees in 78 areas and doctorates in 21 areas. SDSU's approximately 32,000 students participate in an academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with faculty and an increasing international emphasis that prepares them for a global future.

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