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Interim Director, Student Life and Leadership

North Orange County Community College District
Fullerton College

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Full Time
Institution Type
Community College

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Classification Title:

Director, Student Life and Leadership

Job Title:

Interim Director, Student Life and Leadership

Position Number:



Fullerton College


FC Student Life and Leadership

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Months of Employment :

Temporary Term to end on June 30, 2025

Work Schedule:

Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (However, some flexibility such as evenings and weekends will be required to meet the needs of the department.)

About Us::

Do you strive to make a difference in higher education? Are you looking for a rewarding career opportunity to be a part of our students’ educational success and lifelong learning? If so, we invite you to join North Orange County Community College District. The District is renowned as one of the best two-year college districts in California. Located approximately 40 miles southeast of Los Angeles, California, the North Orange County Community College District (NOCCCD) serves approximately 60,000 students annually at three institutions: Cypress College, Fullerton College, and North Orange Continuing Education. Students are able to shape their futures in programs leading to associate degrees, a baccalaureate degree, career education certificates, and transfer opportunities. Life-long learning is also possible in continuing education programs that range from high school completion and basic skills mastery through an array of career education training and self-developed courses. The district’s geographic boundaries encompass 155 square miles, taking in most of north Orange County and a small portion of Los Angeles County. The district’s service area includes 18 cities and communities and 16 school districts. The NOCCCD campuses serve an area of over one million diverse people. The student population demographics, district-wide are: Latinx 47.2%; Asian 17.9%; White; 16.5%; African American 2.6%; Multi-Ethnicity 2.6%; Pacific Islander 0.3%; and America Indian/Alaskan Native 0.2%. The district is part of a regional higher education community that includes the California State University campuses at Fullerton and Long Beach, the University of California Irvine, and the Chapman University system.

We invite you to join the Fullerton College campus community. Ideal candidates will share Fullerton College’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Fullerton College offers a radically student-centered culture that is inclusive and welcoming to all who learn and work here. The student body is incredibly diverse, with more than 55.7% Latinx, 16.6% Caucasian, 15.7% Asian/Pacific Islander, 3.1% African American, and 0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native. Additionally, students from more than 40 countries regularly enroll in our International Student Program each year. The College believes in a multicultural learning experience where faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds can contribute to the development of our students.

Fullerton College is the oldest community college in continuous operation in California. Since our first class in 1913, we have grown to become one of the most successful community colleges in the nation. Our high transfer and graduation rates, rich academic programs and radically student-centered approach equip students with the skills and resources they need to succeed. Each year, thousands of students transfer to the CSU and UC systems as well as to private colleges and universities throughout the nation. Notably, during 2019, Fullerton College was ranked as the No. 1 community college in California in transfers to the California State University (CSU) system. We are consistently No. 1 in transfers to Cal State Fullerton.

Fullerton College is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving-Institution (AANAPISI). Fullerton College proudly offers many programs to serve and support our diverse student body, including Puente, Umoja, Student Diversity Success Initiative, Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) Foster Youth Success Initiative, Disability Services, and a Veterans Resource Center. The College also provides many avenues of support for our faculty and staff through networks that include the Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander, Black, and LGBTQIA2S+ Faculty Staff Associations.

Fullerton College offers a comprehensive array of student services programs and academic and career pathways designed to achieve our campus’ strategic goals related to access, retention, persistence, and student success initiatives on campus. The College is developing an implementation plan for Guided Pathways and has robust partnerships with our local high school districts.

The Fullerton College campus community is dedicated to our core values of Community, Diversity, Equity, Excellence, Growth, Inclusivity, Innovation, Integrity, Partnership, Respect and Responsibility. For more information, please visit our website at

Student Life and Leadership at Fullerton College is the pulse of student life and prepares students to be successful learners by engaging them in “out of the classroom” activities, dynamic leadership opportunities, and practical learning experiences. Student Life and Leadership provides the “hands on experience” which complement students’ educational, personal, and professional goals, and advances student success. This department oversees Associated Students, clubs and organizations, the Hornet Leadership Program, the Fullerton College Pass Program, and the campus I.D. service. In addition, Student Life and Leadership plans, coordinates, and execute large campus-wide events and programs such as the FC Marketplace, Students of Distinction scholarship and recognition ceremony, and the annual Commencement exercise. Student Life and Leadership supports the college’s mission, vision and core values by providing just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive leadership opportunities for students, creating a sense of belonging for all to thrive.

What We Offer::

  • 100% employee medical premium coverage and a contribution toward dependent coverage
  • Fringe allowance to be used at employee’s discretion
  • Voluntary (Medical/Dependent Day Care) Flexible Spending Account
  • $50,000 life insurance benefit
  • Deferred Compensation Program (403(b)/457 plans)
  • Retirement Pension Plan (CalSTRS/CalPERS)
  • Abundant Professional Growth & Development opportunities
  • 20 paid holidays + Paid vacation
  • Cumulative sick leave
  • Flexible/Hybrid Work Program: 3 days in office/2 days remote (Management approval required; may vary by Department/Position)
  • Summer schedule (exceptions apply)
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Environment that fosters diversity and inclusion
  • Progressive and innovative culture
  • Opportunity to participate in various Faculty & Staff Associations

Primary Purpose:

Under the direction of the Dean, Student Support Services or designee, direct, consult, plan, implement, and evaluate comprehensive services and programs that contribute to enriching student life through educational experiences, service learning, volunteering, and student leadership opportunities. Develop and implement support structures, systems, and services that promote student leadership, participation, belonging, equity, and success.

Essential Functions:

Examples of essential functions are interpreted as being descriptive and not restrictive in nature.

Job Description:

Provide strategic leadership, vision, and management for the design and development of a dynamic Student Life and Leadership program that supports the college’s mission, values, and goals, integrated within the educational experience of students; plan, organize, coordinate, direct, and implement services and programs for students that create opportunities for growth and development, engagement, and leadership development, impacting student success and retention.

Develop, implement, and monitor operational plans and program budgets to achieve department objectives; make purchases and other expenditures in accordance with district procedures; manage optional student fees in conjunction with the Associated Students (AS) for AS benefits, student I.D. card, and student representation fee.

Direct, design, and implement a diverse, inclusive, competency-based student leadership development program, using student development theory-to-practice that includes various components and developmental goals aimed at the following: personal growth and development, cultural competency, social justice and activism, academic success, and community engagement; create strategies and approaches that provide equitable access and opportunities for engagement on a variety of levels such as involvement and participation in student leadership retreats, workshops, seminars, leadership conferences, one-on-one consultations, guest speakers, forums, socials, and unlimited learning opportunities for current and emerging leaders.

Create and execute a leadership theory-to-practice model that provides a bridge for student life through Associated Students and other student programs based on learning outcomes and multi-level partnerships across campus; direct, plan, and execute student retreats; collaborate with campus partners to facilitate leadership workshops for established and emerging student leaders.

Direct, plan, and organize major campus-wide events, including commencement; work with campus governance groups to serve as the selection committee; coordinate all preparatory and recognition events and scholarship program dinners; convene the college’s commencement committee; supervise the annual commencement exercise including preparatory events; collaborate with colleagues and students to develop, coordinate, and implement special activities and events for students; coordinate with other key campus departments and the President’s cabinet to create a comprehensive commencement, and ensure a safe event experience for graduates, guests, and employees that reflects positively on the college and its mission.

Administer the AS, Inter-Club Council and other student clubs as they develop their activities and programs; help promote the social, cultural and instructional development of students through such activities; support student organizations, student officers and faculty/staff advisors through leadership organization and resource development; provide programming and assistance to all student organizations. Facilitate collaboration with other campus stakeholders to enhance co-curricular opportunities for students. monitor student eligibility for co-curricular activities and participation in college committees; develop and review student organization advisor and student handbooks; oversee incentive programs for student organizations.

Manage the day-to-day operations of the AS office, the Student Center, and Student Life and Leadership, including directing, planning, assigning, and scheduling of staff; establish performance requirements and personal development targets; regularly monitor performance and provide training, coaching, and mentoring for performance improvement in accordance with District Human Resources policies and labor contract agreements.

Develop, direct, and evaluate program review compile and analyze data related to program participation and evaluation; develop organizational structures and work processes that facilitate attainment of established program short-term and long-term goals and fiscal plans to grow and support the department objectives.

Serve as the technical and administrative advisor for the Associated Student Government (ASG) as outlined by their constitution and bylaws; supervise and direct the work of staff, and oversee daily operations of the ASG; advise and supervise the development, review and enforcement of ASG documents, including constitution, election code, and policies and procedures; advise, train, and ensure participation of student leaders in the shared governance process; ensure that the AS are compliant with all District and state laws; use restorative practices that use the restorative justice principles of participation, empathy, problem-solving and respectful dialogue to build healthy and equitable relationships between student leaders and to repair relationships when conflict occurs.

Oversee a variety of services such as student identification card procedures and all student publicity and posting of materials in accordance with the policies of the Board of Trustees; direct the development, enhancement, and management of supporting database systems, including provisions for systems backups, maintenance, database integrity, and data security of student identification card stations in the Student Center.

Manage the operations of the Student Activities Office, including schedules, classified and hourly staff; supervise and ensure maintenance of student services building public areas, such as the student lounge, television room, game room and conference room; ensure timely posting of pertinent information on student bulletin boards.

Train, supervise, evaluate and direct the work of personnel as assigned; participate in selection and hiring processes; delegate and review assignments and projects; evaluate work products and results; establish and monitor timelines and prioritize work.

Plan, organize and arrange appropriate training and staff development activities; provide orientation for new employees.

Develop and prepare the annual preliminary budgets for assigned programs including the annual student body budget for Student Life equipment, supplies and personnel; monitor and control budget expenditures; direct the preparation and maintenance of detailed and comprehensive reports, records and files regarding programs, operations, and activities; prepare recommendations and justifications regarding budget requests; manage the commencement budget, including independent contractor agreements with various vendors related to commencement; partner with Campus Communications in the promotion and publicity of events; coordinates with AS and faculty advisors to ensure expenditures are authorized according to District policies and applicable regulations.

Organize, attend or chair a variety of administrative and staff meetings as required; serve on committees and special projects as assigned; coordinate programs and services as appropriate with other District and college personnel.

Prepare and submit a variety of statistical and narrative reports such as program reviews, annual recap data and special reports, proposals, recommendations and other materials as requested; coordinate and respond to periodic audits.

Conduct workshops and/or trainings for student leaders, students, potential students, parents, counselors, colleagues and community members to provide specialized information regarding student life, college budgeting, stewardship, professional communication, ethics, program planning and related student services; develop and direct the distribution of brochures, flyers and other materials to publicize student development opportunities.

Maintain communication and work cooperatively with District and college personnel, representatives of state and federal agencies, educational institutions, and social service organizations to ensure successful programs, services, activities, events and experiences that demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of diversity.

Learn and apply emerging technologies and advances (e.g., computer software applications) as necessary to perform duties in an efficient, organized, and timely manner.

Demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of the disabilities and diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of students.

Provide leadership in District/college efforts to increase the diversity of faculty and staff, to address student achievement gaps, and in the creation of a welcoming and inclusive work and educational environment.

Assist and promote the growth and success of a diverse population of students and employees through the development of interculturally competent and equity minded management and leadership abilities. The ideal candidate should have experience in this area with African Americans, Latinx, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders and other disproportionately impacted students and employees.

Perform related duties as assigned.

Working Relationships:

The Director, Student Life and Leadership maintains frequent contact with students, faculty, staff, management, the community, and various departments.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of democratic leadership principles as applied to student governance

Knowledge of District policies, state and federal laws and regulations concerning student government and other student organization and activities on a community college campus, including the California Brown Act

Knowledge of principles and practices of training and supervision

Knowledge of District organization, operations, policies and objectives

Knowledge of correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary

Knowledge of record keeping procedures

Knowledge of budget preparation and maintenance

Knowledge of appropriate software and databases

Knowledge of conflict resolution skills

Knowledge of effective business letter writing, report preparation, financial recordkeeping

Knowledge of leadership, counseling, modeling and communication skills

Knowledge of marketing and public relations

Knowledge of the needs and interests of community college students

Knowledge of the operation of computer, peripherals and software programs, including student information systems, database management, spreadsheet, word processing and specialized software

Knowledge of principles and procedures of community college student life programs and services

Knowledge of Robert’s Rules of Order and Title IX regulations and requirements

Ability to counsel and advise students effectively

Ability to develop, implement and evaluate the delivery of social, cultural and instructional support programs, operations, services and activities for students

Ability to plan, organize, coordinate and direct a comprehensive student life program for a community college, and large and small student functions and events

Ability to instruct student leaders in the use of parliamentary procedures and the California Brown Act

Ability to empower and mentor student leaders

Ability to maintain current knowledge of student life activities, events and programs

Ability to engage students through social media

Ability to maintain the security of confidential materials

Ability to interpret, apply and explain laws, regulations, policies and procedures

Ability to assess, analyze, implement and evaluate data and project activities

Ability to analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action

Ability to plan, organize, coordinate, manage and expedite projects related to assignment

Ability to develop, prepare and administer project budgets

Ability to operate a computer, printer, calculator, copier, facsimile machine and related equipment

Ability to meet schedules and timelines

Ability to work independently with little direction

Ability to understand and follow oral and written directions

Ability to communicate efficiently both orally and in writing

Ability to supervise, train and provide work direction to others

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others

Special Requirements:

This position requires a valid driver’s license. Incumbent may be required to travel off site for business reasons. All employees driving personal, leased, or district-owned vehicles for District related activities must certify possession of a valid Driver’s License. Employees must certify that personal vehicles are covered by automobile insurance as required by California law. (Administrative Procedure 7400, Section 4.0) If selected as a finalist and/or given an offer of employment for this position, you will be required to provide your valid Driver’s License information. Human Resources will contact the finalist to obtain this required documentation at that phase of the recruitment.

The award of all degrees must be verifiable on a legible transcript. If degree award date is not posted on transcript your application will be deemed incomplete and removed from consideration. All degrees and course work used to satisfy the required minimum qualifications must be from accredited post-secondary institutions.If selected as a finalist and/or given an offer of employment for this position, you will be required to provide a transcript (may be unofficial). Human Resources will contact the finalist to obtain this required documentation at that phase of the recruitment.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, preferably with major course work in human behavior, education, counseling, student personnel services, recreation or closely related field.

Three (3) years of experience in teaching, counseling, research, student development, student services, recreation or other directly related work experience in organizing and coordinating large-scale student activities, including experience in a lead or supervisory capacity.

Commitment to diversity. All applicants must have demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty and staff. The applicant must be able to demonstrate how their experience with these factors relates to successfully achieving the goals of the position.

Desirable Qualifications:

Master’s degree from an accredited institution, preferably with major course work in human behavior, education, counseling, student personnel services, recreation or closely related field.

Experience in an institution of higher education, preferably at a community college.

Effective written and oral communication skills.

Demonstrated experience supporting Student Services personnel in the development of equity-minded co-curricular leadership programs and student life.
Prior experience in approaching work and interactions with colleagues and/or students in an equity minded manner. Ability to provide an inclusive and welcoming work/educational environment.

Working Conditions:

Office environment; subject to constant interruptions and frequent interaction with others; dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard; hearing and speaking to exchange information in person one-on-one, in a group setting or on the telephone; travel to various locations to attend meetings and conduct work; sitting or standing for extended periods of time (up to 2-3 hours); seeing to read a variety of printed materials and information on a computer screen for extended periods of time; ability to lift, carry and/or move objects weighing up to 10 pounds.

Salary Range:

$118,919 - $149,894 Annually

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Special Instructions Summary:

Work Schedule: District employees can apply for the Flexible/Hybrid Work Program, working a hybrid schedule of remote work and in-person each week. Approval and number of in-person days may vary by position/department. Questions regarding the work schedule may be discussed with Hiring Manager if selected as an interview candidate.

Months of employment cannot exceed two years (24 months or less).

This is a temporary position subject to change in dates of employment; employment of over 6 months is eligible for limited employee benefits.

Initial salary placement will be determined by the Office of Human Resources in accordance with Board Policy and is not negotiable. The candidate selected for employment may need to submit official transcripts, as applicable, prior to the first duty day, and will be required to provide identification and employment eligibility as outlined in the Immigration Reform and Control Act. NOCCCD will not sponsor any visa applications.

The District may choose to fill one or more positions from this recruitment within six (6) months.

To ensure consistency and fairness to all applicants, please do not submit materials in addition to those requested. Additional materials will not be considered or returned. Be sure to complete all questions and sections of the application. For questions which may not apply, indicate “N/A” (not applicable). Do not use terms such as “see resume” or “see attached”.
The minimum required number of references for this position is three (3) and will be requested at the finalist and/or offer of employment phase of the hiring process.

All applications will be screened under a process of utmost confidentiality by a committee of representatives from the college community. Possession of the minimum qualifications does not ensure an interview. At the time of the interview a written exercise and/or an oral presentation related to the assignment may be required. Subsequent to the interviews, the screening committee will select candidates for final consideration.

Minimum Qualifications – Experience: One year of experience is equivalent to 12 months of experience at a maximum of 40 hours per week (full time). Applicable part-time experience will be converted to the full-time equivalent for the sole purpose of meeting the experience minimum qualification (example: Twelve (12) months of part time work experience is equivalent to six (6) months full time).

Minimum Qualifications – Education: 24 units are equal to one year of education. As applicable, education must be from a regionally accredited institution and verifiable on a legible unofficial transcript.

Evaluations of foreign degrees and/or course work are required. See our website at for information regarding evaluation of foreign degrees.

If you would like to add additional transcripts not required by the position, you may upload them to the “Additional Transcripts” link when completing your application.

Reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities may be requested by calling (714) 808-4810 at least three business days in advance of the scheduled examination/interview date.


The mission of the North Orange County Community College District is to serve and enrich our communities and inspire life-long learning by providing education that is exemplary, relevant, and accessible.

The District encompasses approximately 155 square miles.  Boundaries extend to the Riverside County line on the east and the Los Angeles County line on the west and north.  A portion of Los Angeles County, on the north and west boundary, is included in the District's service area. 

Cities Included in the District:  The District includes the following cities: Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, La  Habra, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Placentia, Rossmoor, Yorba Linda, and  portions of the following cities: Garden Grove, La Habra Heights, La Mirada, Orange, Seal Beach, Stanton, Whittier, and unincorporated territory in both Los Angeles and Orange counties.

School Districts Included in the District:  Anaheim City, Anaheim Union High, Brea-Olinda Unified, Buena Park, Centralia, Cypress, Fullerton (Elementary), Fullerton Union High, La Habra City, Los Alamitos Unified, Lowell Joint, Magnolia, Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified, Savanna, and portions of the Garden Grove Unified School District.

Mission Statement

The mission of the North Orange County Community College District is to serve and enrich our communities and inspire life-long learning by providing education that is exemplary, relevant, and accessible. 

 Cypress College and Fullerton College will offer associate degrees, vocational certificates and transfer education, as well as developmental instruction and a broad array of specialized training. The School of Continuing Education will offer non-college credit programs including high school diploma completion, basic skills, vocational certificates and self development courses. Specific activities in both the colleges and School of Continuing Education will be directed toward economic development within the community.

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