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Assistant Director, Parent and Family Programs (Student Services Professional III)

California State University
San Diego, CA
Closing date
Apr 18, 2024

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Program Development
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Assistant Director
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College / University
Assistant Director, Parent and Family Programs (Student Services Professional III)

Job no: 535377
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 position of Assistant Director for Parent and Family Programs, under the general direction and supervision of the director of New Student and Parent Programs is responsible for planning and coordinating programs for new students and their parents/families, including support of Latinx and/or First-Generation communities. The Assistant Director is to create a welcoming, inclusive, and engaging environment that facilitates the transition of new students to San Diego State University while embracing parents/families as members of the SDSU community. The position of Assistant Director for Parent and Family Programs has overall responsibility for the planning, organizing, and executing of new student, parent and family programs and events, including outreach and yield events, orientations, Parent and Family Move-In events, New Student and Family Convocation, Welcome Week, Aztec Nights, Family Weekend, and other programs and initiatives as assigned.

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 Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity is responsible for the coordination and development of student services and building the inclusive excellence of SDSU's staff and faculty at San Diego State University. Departments include, but not limited to, Assistant Deans for Student Affairs; Career Services; Center for Educational Partnerships, Outreach and Success; Digital Marketing and Creative Services; Counseling and Psychological Services; Educational Opportunity Programs, Outreach and Success; Financial Aid and Scholarships; Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center; New Student and Parent Programs; Office of the Student Ombudsman; Residential Education; Resource Management; Basic Needs Center, Student Disability Services; Student Health Services; Office of the Dean of Students; Student Rights and Responsibilities; Testing Services Office; Well-being & Health Promotion; Community Centers; and programming related to Inclusive Excellence.

Division of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity

The Division works proactively to address systemic inequities through professional learning, community building, advocacy, policy recommendations and organizational structures, while facilitating an integrated vision and shared responsibility for prioritizing and advancing institutional goals. We aim to foster an affirming campus culture based on the core values of excellence, equity, diversity, belonging and inclusion through:

  • Recruiting and retaining faculty and staff who are reflective of the diverse student body and communities served by SDSU, and recruiting students who are representative of the rich diversity of the region and the world;
  • Fostering an environment that is welcoming, affirming, and empowering for students, faculty, staff, and alumni of all backgrounds;
  • Enhancing the career and educational pathways of a diverse student body, the faculty, and staff, including enhancing the learning environment and expanding learning opportunities for all students inside and outside the classroom, and expanding and connecting opportunities for students to participate in transformational experiences;
  • Developing leaders who believe in and lead others toward supporting civility, mutual respect and diversity in our society and workplaces; and
  • Cultivating relationships with the local community that advance the well-being of diverse individuals and communities.
Position upholds the Student Affairs and Campus Diversity Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, specifically:

"The Division of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity acknowledges and honors the inherent value and dignity of all individuals by creating and nurturing a learning and working environment that affirms and leverages our community's diversity of traditions, heritages, perspectives, and experiences. We are committed to fostering a culture of inclusive excellence designed to facilitate the personal and professional success, growth, development, and well-being of all members of our community. We manifest this commitment through our innovative, strategic, and collaborative efforts to develop leaders who believe in and lead others toward practicing civility, mutual respect, and inclusion in our workplaces and society."

The Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students reports to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity and serves as one of the executive officers in the Division. The Associate Vice President and Dean of Students is responsible for the direction and coordination of department programs/personnel as designated by the Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity. The Associate Vice President and Dean of Students 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 Associate 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 Associate Vice President and Dean of Students is responsible for supervising, monitoring, and implementing programs and services that have a direct impact on orientation, transition, and student retention. These programs and services are designed to ease the transition to the University, enhance student involvement/participation in university organizations, and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Associate Vice President and Dean of Students promotes student rights and encourages citizenship responsibility among students. They also facilitate the development of orientation, transition, and retention initiatives.

The Office of New Student and Parent Programs (NSPP), under the Division of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity, provides students, parents and families with the preparation, information, and support necessary for student success as they enter the university community and enhance the academic and personal growth of SDSU students through a partnership between parents/families and the university.

The Office of New Student and Parent Programs accomplishes this through collaborative partnerships with the campus and external communities, while respecting student access and diversity and engaging in assessment and continuous improvement of programs. NSPP believes that SDSU parents and families are valuable partners in the transition and retention of their students.

The Office of New Student and Parent Programs, supports and enhances student success through Orientation, Transition and Retention initiatives.
  • Supports new SDSU students in their transition and retention to university life through quality orientation programs and student development initiatives to set a strong foundation for all students to achieve their academic and personal goals.
  • Fosters a sense of community and belonging for SDSU students through their college transition by hiring, training, and providing continuous professional development of 120 student leaders, the SDSU Ambassadors, to serve as the official student representatives, tour guides, and orientation leaders of San Diego State University.
  • Cultivates a philosophy of partnership with families of SDSU students through transition programs, such as Parent Orientation, New Student and Family Convocation and Family Weekend.
  • Fosters a sense of philanthropy and connection for SDSU parents and families through the Aztec Parents Association, the Aztec Parents Fund, and the Aztec Parents Advisory Board.
Responds to changing student needs and expectations through the evaluation and assessment of new student programs, parent and family programs, resources and services, communications including orientation, transition, and retention initiatives.

For more information regarding the New Student and Parent Programs department, click here.

Education and Experience

Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university in a related field; including or supplemented by upper division or graduate course work in counseling techniques, interviewing and conflict resolution where such are job related. Possession of the required knowledge and abilities is typically demonstrated through the equivalent of three years of progressively responsible professional student services work experience. One year in the program area to which assigned may be preferred but is not required.

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

Key Qualifications
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in both English and Spanish.
  • Thorough knowledge of higher education trends and factors impacting First-Generation and Latinx college students and their families.
  • Master's degree in Student Affairs, Higher Education, Educational Leadership, Counseling, or related field is preferred.
  • 3-5 years professional work experience in the area of student development, student activities or student involvement is preferred.
  • Experience advising/planning events and programs on a collegiate level, and contemporary use of technology in a university setting.
  • Experience planning, organizing, and executing large scale events to welcome new students and parents in a university setting.
  • Experience working and supervising student leaders with diverse college student and parent and family populations, including first- generation and Latinx communities.

Compensation and Benefits

Starting salary upon appointment is not expected to exceed $5,025 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: $5,025 - $7,159 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 20, 2024. To receive full consideration, apply by February 19, 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 Pang Thao at

Advertised: Feb 02 2024 Pacific Standard Time
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