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Assistant Dean of Student Affairs - 123307

University of California
San Diego, CA
Closing date
Jun 9, 2023

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Student Affairs
Position Type
Assistant Dean
Employment Type
Organization Type
College / University
UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 5/24/23 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 6/2/23. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


Named for environmentalist, nature writer, and Sierra Club founder John Muir, and inspired by his remarkable life, John Muir College of UC San Diego stresses the spirit of individual choice and responsibility within the framework of a welcoming and supportive community. Muir was the second college to be founded at UC San Diego and admitted its first students in 1967. Muir is a special place where generations of students have felt recognized and valued as individuals and experienced a strong sense of belonging within this large research university. The College's motto, "Celebrating the Independent Spirit," recognizes both our namesake John Muir and the achievements of our talented and enterprising students and alumni.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are central to the mission of Muir. Our residence halls host the LGBTQIA+ Living Learning Community, and in doing so, we create a welcoming space and educational opportunities for all UC San Diego students. Additionally, Muir has large communities of underrepresented minoritized students, including significant populations of Native, Black, and Latinx students compared to the overall campus. Finally, our programs and partnerships reflect our commitment to diversity, as shown through our work with the OASIS Summer Bridge Program, the Kumeyaay art piece on the Muir campus, and our numerous student organizations.

Under direction of the Dean of Student Affairs, the Assistant Dean is responsible for the development, assessment and management of student life programs and activities that foster positive student development and learning for both new and continuing students. The Assistant Dean provides supervision for the Coordinator of Student Activities and the Coordinator for Non-Resident Students and ensures Muir College student activities, student organizations, and student programs meet the needs of Muir College students and are reflective of John Muir's vision, theme and values. The Assistant Dean oversees student leadership development programs and large-scale Muir College programs such as leadership retreats. Additionally, the Assistant Dean advises individual students and student organizations, implements student conduct procedures, and acts for the Dean in their absence.The Assistant Dean also has a variety of administrative responsibilities, including specified campus-wide obligations. The Assistant Dean contributes significantly to the development of student affairs programs that complement and enrich the academic vision of the College and that foster an active, involved, and contributing College community.
  • This position involves attendance at and participation in an extensive array of student activities and programs, many of which occur on evenings and weekends.
  • Must be able to work flexible hours, including evenings, weekends, and holidays.

  • Thorough knowledge of Student Affairs/Student Life specialization. A demonstrated understanding of national trends and best practices in student leadership and development theories, models and philosophies, as well as the ability to effectively organize learning opportunities that are consistent with stages of student development.
  • Thorough knowledge of advising and counseling techniques. Ability to assess and mediate individual and group conflicts using basic counseling skills that include, but are not limited to, listening, reflecting, and summarizing.
  • Demonstrated experience interacting in sensitive situations with individuals from a wide range of academic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds. Knowledge and skill in making sound independent judgement, maintaining a calm and professional demeanor, and promoting civil and professional communication.
  • Demonstrated experience in staffing practices, including goal setting, supervision, recruitment, hiring, training, motivation, and evaluation of staff and student employees.
  • Familiarity with and understanding of student needs and concerns. The ability to research, evaluate, assess, and find solutions for changing student needs.
  • Demonstrated experience working cooperatively, efficiently, and effectively with a wide range of constituents, including students, family members, staff, and faculty.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal, group, cross-cultural communication, and leadership skills. The ability to lead and to promote leadership among diverse student populations, and to facilitate effective group activities.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in planning, organizing, implementing, and coordinating creative, successful, well-attended social, cultural and educational programs, activities and events.
  • Ability to develop original ideas to solve problems. Ability to meet deadlines, to work effectively individually and as part of a team, and to remain flexible in a strong service and results oriented environment while providing imagination and creative solutions. Demonstrated strong organizational, planning, and time management skills to handle multipletasks and priorities simultaneously.
  • Skills in judgment and decision-making, problem-solving, identifying measures of system performance and the actions to improve performance. Working knowledge of assessment strategies, including student learning outcomes.
  • Abilities in project management, problem identification and reasoning skills. Knowledge and skill in the management and administration of budgets, personnel, and facilities. Skill in using resources effectively. Skilled in problem-solving and decision-making that represents the best interests of the institution, and the students it serves.
  • Ability to develop, interpret, and apply university policies and procedures, in consultation with higher-level professionals and/or management.
  • Strong knowledge of common University-specific computer application programs and knowledge of University and departmental principles and procedures involved in risk assessment and evaluating risks as to likelihood and consequences. Demonstrated level of commitment to regularly update and maintain technology skills.
  • Knowledgeable of statewide and national non-resident related issues, trends and best practices.

  • Job offer is contingent on successfully completing a Background Check.
  • This position has been identified as a Responsible Employee pursuant to the Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, and requires immediate reporting of discrimination on the basis of sex (including, but not limited to, sexual harassment and sexual violence) in educational programs or activities.
  • This position has been identified as a Campus Security Authority pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), and requires immediate reporting of Clery Act crimes occurring on Clery Act geography to the UC San Diego Police Department (UCPD).
  • The position has been identified as "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act ("CANRA"), which requires professionals to report known or suspected instances of child abuse or neglect to law enforcement.

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Annual Full Pay Range: $43,900 - $91,900 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $21.02 - $44.01

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

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Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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Posted: 5/19/2023

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