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This President’s Cabinet level, leadership position is responsible for the supervision and coordination of the Student Development area of Simpson University. As theChief Student Development Officer (CSDO), this position is responsible for co-curricular staff and programs including but not limited to the areas of spiritual formation, missions, campus life, residence life, student government, academic success center, veteran success center, TRIO student support services, career and internships, personal counseling, and disability services. This position also serves as the Title IX officer for the campus and represents Student Development at the president’s cabinet. The ideal candidate will possess experience and knowledge related to the broad landscape of higher education with a strong sense of business acumen as well as proven ability to facilitate mediation of institutional risk.
Preference will be given to candidates who possess an earned Doctorate. The minimum requirements include a Master’s Degree in Student Development, Psychology, Business or related field
Five years of progressive management experience in a related Christian higher education setting
Experience in and understanding of the student development field including challenges, trends and issues
Demonstrated experience launching and delivering programs that align with institutional priorities such as increasing mission and outreach programs, campus wide faith formation initiatives, and grant acquisition.
Demonstrated successful management in the Student Development area in Christian higher education
Working knowledge of all programs offered to students, as well as other student services
Exceptional leadership abilities, including the ability to relate well with people, the ability to train develop and motivate a team and the demonstrated ability to delegate and hold staff accountable
Highly motivated self starter
Excellent analytical, organizational, troubleshooting and problem solving skills
Minimum of three years of significant and responsible budget experience
Strong communication skills (including writing, speaking and interpersonal and the ability to utilize data to tell the story and drive strategic decision-making)
Personal relationship with Jesus, a vibrant Christian faith, and a commitment to Christian community; capable of sharing faith and engaging in conversations about Christ
Demonstrate Simpson University Values in the performance of all duties.
Maintain lifestyle in accordance with Simpson University Lifestyle Policy in Staff Handbook
Maintain the confidentiality of information, data and records
Properly exercise tact, diplomacy, discretion, and professional judgment
Demonstrate strong customer service skills in the performance of job duties
Demonstrate good organizational and communication skills in the performance of job duties
Supervises employees in accordance with Simpson University policies and procedures
Support the overflow needs of other departments within the respective university area
Perform other duties in accordance with this position as deemed necessary by the President
Provide leadership, direction and administrative oversight for the area of student development in cooperation with the President
Responsible for the hiring and training of staff in cooperation with the President in accordance with Human Resources guidelines and procedures
Provide supervision, development, direction and evaluations of Student Development employees in keeping with school guidelines and policies
Report to the President on a regular basis and serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet
Responsible for area budget preparation and management in cooperation with the President
Responsible for the oversight of the development and enforcement of co-curricular student policies in keeping with the values of the University, the C&MA, and applicable government regulations
Responsible for the development of new programs and program evaluations in cooperation with the president
Represents the area of student development to the rest of the campus and serves as the as the administrative liaison with students and parents.
Champion the value of co-curricular programs in the life of students and the institution
Participate annually in education related to legal issues that impact student development and works with Human Resources and the Chief Operations Officer in risk management to mitigate such issues
Prepares and submits a semi-annual state of the area report for the Board of Trustees
Assist in the design, assessment, and evaluation of institutional research projects as aligned with Student Development
Oversee entire residence life operation of multiple halls, hall associations, Staff-in-Residence (SIR) and assist with the Faculty-in-Residence (FIR) program
Provides oversight to Title IX issues as the designated Title IX officer for the university maintaining currency in Title IX regulations through ongoing training and certification.
Develop partnerships with local businesses for internships, jobs, and student services when necessary
Responsible for aligning Student Development with assessment and strategic planning
Chief Student Development Officer
Typical Working Conditions: (Describe environment including exposure to heat, cold, fumes, chemicals, allergens, mold, etc.)
Indoors in controlled environment
Equipment Used: (List all manual and automated equipment used in the course of performing essential functions.)
Computer, scanner, copier, mouse, keyboard, stapler, 3-hole punch, letter opener
Essential Physical Tasks: (List all physical tasks encountered in performing essential functions - i.e. sitting for long periods of time using a computer, standing, climbing ladders, etc.)
Sitting for long periods of time using a computer
Analysis of Physical Demands to Perform Essential Functions:
Key (Based on typical week):
N=Never R=Rarely (Less than 1 hour per week) O=Occasional (1%-33% of time)
F=Frequent (34%-66% of time) C=Constant (over 66% of time)
Under 10 lbs
Reach over shoulder
Reach over head
Over 100 lbs
Under 10 lbs
Over 100 lbs
Fingering (fine dexterity)
Handling (grasping, holding)
Repetitive Motion – Hands
Repetitive Motion - Feet
Salary Range: $90,000-$110,000 Annually
How to apply: To be considered for this position, applicants must submit an employment application through the Simpson University website and include a cover letter, resume/vitae, one-page personal statement of faith, transcripts and 3 references.
Simpson University, California’s only Christian university north of Sacramento, has been educating and shaping world-influencers for 100 years. Fully accredited, Simpson offers 25 liberal arts and professional studies degrees, an adult degree-completion program, graduate studies, and credential programs, serving nearly 1,000 students a year.
One of four schools of higher education of The Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination, Simpson’s students come from all over the world – the majority from California. More than 30 percent of traditional undergraduates are first-generation college students, and Simpson is a Hispanic Serving Institution with a majority minority student body.
More than two-thirds of Simpson’s full-time faculty members hold the highest degree in their field of study and come from major universities around the U.S. They are award-winning scholars, writers and composers who choose to be in an academic environment where they can integrate faith and learning. With a ratio of one professor for every 14 students, Simpson offers an intensely personal classroom experience. Students are encouraged to engage in original research projects with professors, result...ing in publications and national presentations that boost their graduate school and career prospects.