Director of Career and Leadership Development (Administrator II) (500384)

  • Sonoma State University
  • Rohnert Park, California
  • Aug 15, 2021
Full Time Administration and Management

Job Description


Application Process
This position is open un til filled. For full consideration, please submit application, along with cover letter and resume. Please review the position description listed above for full scope of responsibilities and qualifications.
Job Summary
Reporting to the Interim Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, (AVP for Student Affairs), the Director of Career and Leadership Development provides leadership and direction for the Career Center, leadership programs, and co-curricular pathways. The incumbent provides visionary leadership and supervises professional staff, graduate assistants, interns, and student personnel. The incumbent is responsible for the comprehensive development, implementation, and operation of integrated, innovative, and effective co-curricular pathways that map on to student learning and career outcomes, as well as collaborating with other departments, the Division of Student Affairs, the university, and our community on persistence, retention and graduation initiatives. The incumbent serves on the Student Leadership and Development Management team and works to strategically align services and events across the different departments in the area. The incumbent supports and promotes the University's Mission, Strategic Plan 2025, and assists in meeting the graduation metrics laid out in the Graduation Initiative 2025.
Key Qualifications
This position requires a minimum of 6 years of experience in, career advising, leadership programs, student development, or student affairs, including 4 years of progressively responsible and applicable management and/or supervisory experience. Master's degree in educational leadership, student affairs, education, higher education or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience to provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Doctoral degree and higher education experience are highly preferred. Familiarity with current student learning and career outcome trends including assessment measures and CAS and NACE standards highly preferred. Experience working in a university career center is highly preferred. Intermediate proficiency with computers and Microsoft Office Suite required. Knowledge of Google Suite, EAB Navigate, Handshake, Focus2Career and PeopleSoft preferred.

Additional qualifications include:
  • Thorough and advanced comprehensive knowledge of the policies, procedures, and practices relevant to career advising and leadership programs.
  • Thorough knowledge of statistical and evaluative research methods.
  • Advanced knowledge of the career development process and available career development resources.
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and manage resources to enhance program profitability.
  • Demonstrated abilities in program management marketing.
  • Ability to make independent decisions having long range and campus wide impact; provide high level technical and administrative direction to delegate tasks and motivate other staff; become familiar with a wide variety of processes, regulations and information about the campus; relate positively to a diverse customer population.
  • Ability to think creatively and innovatively under pressure.
  • Ability to respond appropriately and pro-actively to complex issues and problems and develop strategic solutions.
  • Advanced analytical, planning, and problem-solving skills, and be able to develop and implement complex programs and manage a budget responsibly in relation to SSU's Strategic Plan.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and appropriately handle sensitive communications with students, parents, employees and external agencies, taking appropriate action as needed.
  • Ability to understand the roles and responsibilities of others and to gauge relationships accordingly by taking into account the variety of the interrelationships, motivations, and goals of the members of the organization.
  • Must be able to work productively, collaboratively and in a collegial manner as a member of a team.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, faculty, staff, students, media, and community members, in addition to prepare written correspondence and reports that are clear, concise and comprehensive.
  • Ability to design and implement formative and summative evaluation strategies.
  • Ability to function independently and as a collaborative team member.

The incumbent must demonstrate integrity and sound judgment in performing duties; possess the ability to supervise the work of staff and recommend appropriate personnel actions; be able to apply strong problem solving and conflict resolution skills and train and evaluate performance, taking corrective action as needed; deal with stressful situations while maintaining composure; and contribute to a collaborative environment utilizing exemplary communication and problem solving skills as necessary. Must have strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple projects and competing priorities simultaneously, adjusting quickly to changes needed on a daily basis. Must have the ability to effectively communicate with all levels within the university and establish and maintain productive and effective, inclusive working relationships amongst diverse populations including staff, faculty, administration, students, and other internal and external constituents. Must be able to accept constructive feedback and work cooperatively in group situations.
Salary and Benefits
Salary placement depends on qualifications and experience and will not exceed $6,834 a month. This position is a member of the Management Personnel Plan and serves at the pleasure of the President.

This position is eligible for a broad range of benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurances, retirement (CalPERS), tuition waiver, vacation and sick leave. In addition, 14 paid holidays are offered each year; 13 scheduled on specific days and a Personal Holiday that may be taken any time during the year.

A comprehensive benefits summary for this position is available online by clicking here to be taken to the CSU benefits page.
Supplemental Information
Sonoma State University is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. In line with our Strategic Plan and our Seawolf Commitment, our values include diversity, sustainability, community engagement, respect, responsibility, excellence and integrity. We strive to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. We encourage innovation, experimentation and creativity, as well as contributions to equity and inclusion, in the pursuit of excellence for all members of our university community.

The University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status. Mandated Reporting: This position may be 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.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current employees who apply for this position.

Sonoma State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff positions (i.e. H-1B visas).

Positions are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days.

For questions related to the application process, please reach out to Human Resources ( The ADA Coordinator is also available ( to assist individuals with disabilities in need of accommodation during the hiring process.

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

Rohnert Park, California 94928 United States View Map