Student Life Advisor for SOA (Student Services Professional III) (504301)

  • San Diego State University
  • San Diego, California
  • Nov 28, 2021
Full Time Education and Training

Job Description


Position Summary

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 Center for Student Organizations & Activities is an area within the Office of the Dean of Students, which is a department within the Division of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity. The Office of the Dean of Students promotes student growth and leadership development through teaching, advising, and intentional personal interactions. The Office of the Dean of Students staff encourages and facilitates opportunities for students to connect and engage in the campus community while striving to provide a safe and inclusive campus environment. In addition, the office supports the Associate Vice President and Dean of Students in serving as Liaison to the College of Education for the purposes of coordinating Graduate Student Assistants and Graduate Interns from the Masters' Degree in Postsecondary Educational Leadership, Specialization in Student Affairs.

Through participation in the activities within the Office of the Dean of Students, students are connected to the University through an array of structured and informal learning opportunities. Students are encouraged, supported, and empowered to pursue academic success, personal growth, an understanding of diverse human experiences, and compassionate activism on and off campus.

Under the supervision of the Assistant Director for the Center for Student Organizations and Activities, the Student Life Advisor develops and implements programs that facilitate growth in the areas of scholarship, personal and leadership development, citizenship, campus engagement, and the clarification of personal values. The incumbent provides guidance and mentoring, through programming and advising efforts, to student clubs and organizations at SDSU.

The Student Life Advisor is responsible for the completion of program-related tasks or projects assigned by the appropriate administrator. The incumbent in this position also provides backup generalist support to other program coordinators within the department, including the Center for Fraternity & Sorority Life, the Glazer Center for Leadership and Service, the Center for Commuter Life, and the Office of the Dean of Students programs that support retention, academic excellence and enhance graduation rates. Evening and weekend work are routinely part of this position.

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This is a full-time (1.0 time-base), benefit-eligible, temporary position anticipated to end on or before June 30, 2022 with the possibility of reappointment. These positions are designated exempt under FLSA and are 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 the 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 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
  • Master's degree in higher/postsecondary education, public health, health promotion, or related field
  • Minimum of three years work experience in the program area
  • Knowledge of leadership development theory and practice
  • Ability to assist students in the process of creative problem solving and critical thinking.
  • Possess critical decision-making skills
  • Ability to identify problems or potential problems and to assist in formulating and implementing procedures to effect problem resolution and program revisions as needed
  • Experience in program development of student organizations and activities, fraternity and sorority life, leadership programs, cross-cultural center, and student academic success centers preferred
  • Experience working with diverse student populations
  • Experience working in a large, urban diverse higher education setting

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 September 8, 2021. To receive full consideration, apply by September 7, 2021.

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 Jasleen Aguilar at

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

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