Career Opportunities

Director of Office of First- and Second- Year Experiences (Administrator II)

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Dominguez Hills
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time
Position Description

Working Title:  Director of Office of First- and Second- Year Experiences

Department Name: Office of First- and Second- Year Experiences

Division: Student Affairs

Classification Title: (Administrator II)

MPP employees serve at the pleasure of the campus President.  MPPs do not serve a probationary period and never receive permanent status.

Position Salary Range: $6,463 - $9,694 per month

The anticipated hiring range for this position is $7,800 - $8,300 per month.

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Review of applications will begin 7/16/2024 and the position will remain open until filled.

About the Department/Position:

Under the general direction of the Senior Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and in collaboration with the Faculty Director, the Director of the Office of First- and Second-Year Experience (OFSYE) coordinates and provides leadership for the successful conceptualization and implementation of integrated, cross-divisional first- and second-year experiences. To support retention, the Director collaborates with Academic Affairs to support the design and implementation of first- and second-year courses and programs that foster first-year students' personal, professional, and academic development. Special emphasis should be placed on ensuring that efforts to increase student learning, engagement, retention, and academic success during students’ first and second year on campus do so from an intentional, cross-divisional approach and in ways that are aligned with the campus models for student success.

Overview of Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversees the department's day-to-day operations and hires, supervises, and evaluates staff, including student staff.
  • Collaborates with the faculty director to provide clear direction for the OFSYE that is rooted in the latest research and scholarship regarding student development and retention.
  • Oversees effective management of all activities and program operations in the department, including personnel, daily operations, clerical and administrative functions, services, retention and persistence programming, cross-campus collaborations, and community outreach.
  • Collaborates with the faculty director to spearhead efforts to support the transition of first-year students by planning and implementing first-year programs designed to provide students with a seamless transition into and through their first year.
  • Maintains an understanding of current ideas, research, and practices about the areas of responsibility for this position through continued study and participation in professional organizations.
  • Collects and analyzes data to generate regular program reports on first- and second-year student success.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Experience: Five - seven (5-7) years of  experience.
    • Two - three (2-3) years of supervisory/managerial experience required.
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Record of leading initiatives that increased student success among diverse first- and second-year student populations.
  • Knowledge of student development theory, learning theory, and research on retention and experience developing curricular and co-curricular programming based on this theory.
  • Experience enhancing first and second-year student learning and development via curricular and co-curricular initiatives.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop collaborations that integrate the work of faculty and student affairs to improve student outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to use data to design courses, programs, and services to improve student success.
  • Demonstrated consultative decision-making and problem-solving skills, strong human relations skills, and strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience supporting the transition of first- and second-year students.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree in student development, higher education, counseling or counseling psychology, student personal, public administration or closely related field required; Ph. D or Ed.D. higher education or related field preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead or supervise staff in inclusive, diverse environments.
  • Knowledge of First-Year Student literature/best practices
  • Record of mentoring students, especially first-generation, minoritized students in minority-serving institutions (i.e., HSIs, HBCUs, AANAPISIs, TCUs).
  • Strong human relations skills; organizational management skills; ability to work effectively with a variety of students, parents, faculty/staff; strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience using software to track admission and graduation rates display data (i.e., CMS Peoplesoft, Tableau, EAB, Digital Degree Planners)
  • Record of development and implementation of effective outreach, recruitment, and student success strategies in higher education.
  • Ability to collaborate with various representatives from university departments and the community.
  • Demonstrated commitment to expand multicultural knowledge, awareness, and skills as evidenced through demonstrating self-awareness; understanding and valuing others; demonstrating knowledge of social inequalities; interacting effectively with a diversity of people; fostering equity and inclusion.

To view the full position description, click “Position Description” above.

General Information:                            

  • Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or the continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
  • In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California.
  • The CSU system offers a competitive total compensation benefits package for employees and qualifying dependents, including medical, dental, vision, retirement, and tuition assistance. It is our goal to compensate employees equitably and fairly. You can access a full description of our benefits here.
  • Possession of a valid Driver's License is required. Employees in this position will be enrolled in the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Government Employer Pull Notice Program.
  • 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.
  • This position is a "designated position" in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position is required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.

Closing Statement

California State University, Dominguez Hills, is strongly committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce. Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may call the Human Resources Office at (310) 243-3771.

California State University Dominguez Hills 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.

Employees at California State University, Dominguez Hills shall abide by the Nondiscrimination Statement.


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