Assistant Director, APIDA (Student Services Professional III) (500532)

  • San Diego State University
  • San Diego, California
  • Aug 15, 2021
Full Time Clerical and Administrative Support Education and Training

Job Description


Position Summary

The Assistant Director, in collaboration with and under the direction of the Director of the Asian Pacific Islander Desi America (APIDA) Resource Center, supports the day-to-day operations and oversight of staff, student employees, volunteers, and interns. The Assistant Director collaborates with Center leadership, student staff, and campus/community partners to implement training, programs, and services of the Center.

The Assistant Director's primary responsibility will be providing effective and hands-on general and academic advising to students who identify as APIDA. As such, the Assistant Director will play an integral role in supporting students' graduation goals and in providing students access to services they need to be successful.

The Assistant Director will also assume a shared role in ensuring a physical space, which fosters safe, inclusive, and affirming social and educational interactions for APIDA students utilizing the Center. This position will represent SDSU to external community and governmental organizations. This position will/may be called upon as a resource in responding to sensitive equity, crisis, and individualized issues particularly as they relate to APIDA and other underrepresented groups. This position will serve as a mentor and advisor to students and as a resource to other faculty/staff members on campus. This position will promote the APIDA Center and raise awareness of related issues through supporting events, representation on campus-wide committees, programs, and materials.

For more information regarding the APIDA Resource Center, click here.

This is a full-time (1.0 time-base) benefits eligible, temporary position anticipated to end on or before June 30, 2022, with the possibility for reappointment. 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.

Education and Experience


Possession of these 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.


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.

Preferred Qualifications
  • A Master's degree in Asian American Studies, Ethnic/Cultural Studies, Education, Student Affairs, or a related field.
  • Experience with and/or expertise of Asian American identity politics, critical race theory, anti-racism, etc.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion with the intention of creating safe and welcoming environments for minoritized students, faculty, and staff.
  • Demonstrated experience and/or understanding of intersectionalities, multiple identities, etc.
  • Experience with social media, podcasting, and/or other multi-media platforms that can be utilized to support and promote the Center's advising and programming initiatives.

Specialized Skills Required
  • At least three years of successful professional work experience (post-baccalaureate) working in academic advising.
  • Knowledge and experience working with APIDA students in a higher education setting.
  • Knowledge, sensitivity, and understanding of the social, political, personal, and cross-cultural needs of APIDA students.
  • Experience implementing academic advising strategies, policies (i.e., General Education requirements), and tools (i.e., EAB).
  • Documented experience developing, coordinating, and assessing programs, trainings, workshops, and events.
  • Ability to recruit, train, and support students for work in the Center and for advocacy work on campus.
  • Ability to utilize effective interpersonal and intrapersonal skills in order to collaborate and work with others
  • Ability to exercise discretion, confidentiality, and excellent judgment in responding to sensitive and/or emotional issues and situations.
  • Ability to work well independently and follow through on projects with minimal direction.
  • Ability to accept feedback and take directions well.
  • Ability to effectively administer and coordinate a variety of concurrent and ongoing activities.
  • Willingness to work irregular hours, including evenings and weekends, with advance notice.

Compensation and Benefits

Starting salary upon appointment not expected to exceed $4,691 per month. CSU Classification Salary Range: $4,691 - $6,683 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.

Supplemental Information

Initial review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on May 28, 2021. To receive full consideration, apply by May 27, 2021. This 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 before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

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

SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

Applicants with disabilities and applicants who require assistance completing an application may contact Meracle Cothron at

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

San Diego, California 92182 United States View Map