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Assistant Director, The Commons

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Position Status: Full-time regular
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Administrator, Student Affairs

Position Title & Department:

 Assistant Director, The Commons; Student Affairs
Posting #

4184

Department Description:

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.

 

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.

The Assistant Director coordinates programs and services focusing on social justice, identity exploration, leadership development, empowerment, and changemaking. They will work as a member of the team to bring together the work of The Commons, a collective of identity spaces which includes the Black Student Resource Commons, LGBTQ+ & Allies Commons, United Front Multicultural Commons and Women’s Commons. The Assistant Director works closely with the United Front Multicultural Commons to support existing programs and the Latinx and AAPI communities. Due to the evolving nature of our work we are seeking an individual with a keen ability to collaborate, someone who can implement visionary ways of working, and who is comfortable adjusting work requirements to meet the needs of students and the USD community. They complete work assignments with minimal supervision and have the ability to prioritize, organize, and complete tasks effectively and in a timely manner. The role requires flexibility, enthusiasm, initiative, and strong problem-solving and multi-tasking skills.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Administration                                                                                                          

  • Assists in the strategic planning process of The Commons and subsequent implementation and evaluation of services and programs.
  • Participates in relevant on-campus meetings and committees to enhance diversity, inclusion, and social justice efforts.
  • Conducts 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 marginalized student populations.
  • Attends joint meetings and retreats.

Program Support & Development       

  • Develops and maintains student services and programs that connect the work of identity spaces and support the Division’s work on belonging, mattering, student voice, and activism.
  • Provides support and direction in the development of programs and services focusing on social justice, identity exploration, and leadership/empowerment development.
  • Coordinate programming for Latinx and AAPI communities in order to enhance recruitment, retention, sense of belonging, and community.
  • Assist in developing programs including preparing contracts, communicating with speakers/trainers, and scheduling venues, catering, and audio/visual equipment for events.
  • Coordinates the United Front Leadership Council (UFLC) and creates opportunities for student leaders and the UFLC to connect, become involved on and off campus, and develop tangible skills to thrive at USD.
  • Supports diversity, inclusion, and social justice programming for student leader training as well as  fall and spring orientations.
  • Develops working partnerships with faculty and staff and serves as liaison between The Commons and other units in Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, and other university divisions.
  • Attends events during daytime, evening, and weekend hours to ensure successful implementation of programs.
  • Follows-up and makes referrals as needed to campus resources.

Supervision & Advising            

  • Implements student development theory to provide student support and advising.
  • Supervises UFMC work-study and casual labor student staff including recruitment and performance evaluation.
  • Supervises one graduate student that works for the United Front Multicultural Commons.
  • Assists with student staff and office training; assists with training and development opportunities.
  • Works closely with and advises student staff across The Commons.

Other                                                                                                                                                                                                               

  • Serve as a resource for students in the absence of the Directors.
  • Supports special projects and serves on University committees as assigned by the Directors.
  • Welcomes constituents with a positive attitude and sensitivity and helps maintain a welcoming and inclusive environment; refers individuals and/or questions to appropriate resources when needed.
  • Contribute to or lead additional division/campus projects outside of typical duties to help further accomplish student success or organizational goals. Additional assignments may be seasonal, ad hoc or ongoing, depending on the project.

Special Conditions of Employment:

The University of San Diego is requiring all employees to follow our Covid-19 vaccine requirement process. https://www.sandiego.edu/onward/ 

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. 

 

Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Masters degree required.
  • One year professional experience in student affairs or diversity, equity and inclusion work, which may include graduate experience (e.g., assistantship/internship/practicum).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of DEI work and experience working effectively with diverse populations.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience related to supervision and advising student leaders, undergraduate/graduate student employees, or professional staff.

Performance Expectations - Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Ability to understand and articulate the complexity and needs and concerns of underrepresented groups; ability to advocate for students around multiple identity groups including race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, and other significant aspects of individual and cultural identity.
  • Must be a self-starter with initiative and ability to stay on top of work with minimum of supervision and anticipate needs of organization; must be able to work independently, taking initiative on multiple projects, and maintain deadlines.
  • Interest in and ability to work with a diverse student body and staff.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a diverse population, including the ability to develop and use empathetic listening skills, communicate with clarity, and maintain an attitude that conveys respect, assistance, honesty, and resourcefulness.
  • Knowledge of and skill in budgeting, fiscal management, and reporting preferred.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the principles of student development preferred.
  • Ability to work closely with and motivate students required.
  • Experience in program development, training, and advocacy preferred.
  • Computer literacy and experience using Google Suite required.
  • Position requires attention to detail, excellent organizational, and time management skills.
  • 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.
Posting Salary:

Commensurate with experience, this is an 11 month position paid over 12 months; 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 jobs@sandiego.edu

 
Additional Details:

Hours: 40 hours per week

Closing date: Open until filled. Priority will be given to applications received by July 5, 2022.

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 www.sandiego.edu/smokefree.

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