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Associate Dean, Student Life
Santa Monica College in Santa Monica, California
Date Posted 10/06/2022
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Associate Dean, Student Life

Job Duties

Position Profile

Under the direction of the Vice President of Student Affairs, oversees the leadership and management of the Office of Student Life. Serves as the primary advisor to the Associated
Student Board of Directors. Oversee the implementation and management of the Student Equity Center, Associated Students Computer Lab, and other activities related to Student Life.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the overall operation of the Student Life office.
  • Supervise and approve all student activities as necessary.
  • Review and determine issuance of permits for student activities venues.
  • Serve as the advisor to the Associated Students (AS) Board of Directors, Activity Committee, Finance Committee, Joint Council, and the Constitution Committee, and attend meetings of the Board and Committees.
  • Provide daily supervision to the AS Board of Directors and Commissioners.
  • Supervise the spring AS elections.
  • Approve all AS expenditures and monitor the AS annual budget and other categorical budgets.
  • Attend, and provide supervision, to AS Board of Directors and Commissioners field trips, on-campus activities, and off-campus activities.
  • Plan and maintain a program of leadership development for student leaders.
  • Oversee and monitor the Associated Students Website and Social media platforms –including but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, announcements for distribution, and smartphone applications.
  • Build a mentoring relationship with students and student leaders.
  • Advise and consult with the District’s Administration on campus life matters and activities.
  • Oversees the coordination, staffing, services and resources for the Student Equity Center.
  • Assist in the coordination of services and resources related to Student-Social Justice needs on campus, including racial justice, gender equity, LGBTQ+, and resources for other marginalized student populations.
  • Assist in developing Basic Needs resources for students including food insecurities, homelessness, legal resources, and other related services.
  • Exercise good judgment in identifying and preventing liability situations pertaining to District policies and regulations, and communicate liability concerns to the District as appropriate.
  • Oversee the Faculty Club Advisor training, orientation, and yearly activities.
  • Coordinate and monitor the SMC Civic Engagement Program to include identifying volunteer opportunities for SMC students and student clubs, tracking volunteer hours, and organizing recognition-related activities for program participants.
  • Represent SMC District at local and state meetings pertinent to assignment, and serve as a member of the California Community College Student Affairs Association.
  • Assist student leaders in coordinating student activities with campus programs, Academic departments, and the community.
  • Plan and coordinate the annual summer training retreat for the AS Board of Directors, and assist the directors in planning and coordinating the Board’s winter training retreat.
  • Plan equity trainings for faculty, staff, and student leaders.
  • Supervise and evaluate classified staff and student employees as assigned.
  • Provide ongoing reports and other materials as assigned.
  • Participate in participatory governance and administrative committees as assigned.
  • Perform other administrative duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Possess a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in a discipline related to the administrative assignment.
  • No less than Three (3) years of teaching or counseling experience.
  • No less than two (2) years of educational administrative experience in student services and/or direct experience as a student services provider.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to effectively perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.
  • Experience and training in conflict resolution.
  • Relate effectively with a widely diverse student population, faculty, and community.
  • Knowledge of retention strategies to increase student success for marginalized student populations.
  • Know and use good judgment in the interpretation of policies, regulations, and codes that relate to the program.
  • Familiar with California Education Code and the Fiscal Crisis and Management Team Manual (FCMAT).
  • Understand Roberts Rules of Order and Parliamentary Procedures.
  • Work successfully in an atmosphere of collegial decision-making.
  • Organizational skills necessary to direct multiple activities and programs.
  • Successful administrative experience and understanding of a college environment, preferably at a community college.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of issues that relate to student leadership and student success;
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively.
  • Work cooperatively and collaboratively with others.

Additional Information

Academic Administrator Application Requirements

A standard application consists of the following:

  • Online District Application
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Transcript


Diversity Statement

Recent experience working with African American, Latinx, Native American, and other racially minoritized students in the classroom; and a willingness to use culturally responsive instructional practices.

Demonstrated sensitivity to issues of diversity, and ability to motivate and teach community college students of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds, sexual orientations, genders, cultures, and learning styles, as well as students with disabilities or varied levels of academic preparation.

Equity Statement
Santa Monica College encourages candidates that are equity-minded to apply. SMC is a minority-serving, Hispanic-serving institution. We actively seek to attract candidates from minority groups that value equity, diversity and inclusion. Equity, diversity and inclusion are built into the culture at SMC and are an essential component of the work that we do. SMC is committed to racial and socioeconomic diversity as it is a reflection of our student population and we strive to hire candidates that share this commitment.
Equal Employment Opportunity Disclosure
The Santa Monica Community College District is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity. All qualified applicants for employment, as well as District employees, shall have full and equal access to employment opportunity. No person shall be subjected to unlawful discrimination in any program or activity of the District. The District's Board Policy 3420 (Equal Employment Opportunity) may be accessed at: (Download PDF reader)
Equivalency Statement
The Santa Monica Community College District, in its desire to select outstanding faculty members from the largest possible pool of qualified applicants, recognizes the fact that candidates may attain expertise in a discipline through a variety of means. Certain combinations of education, experience and other accomplishments in the field may be judged by the District as equal to the stated minimum qualifications for this position. Candidates who feel they possess such equivalent qualifications are encouraged to apply and provide appropriate documentation of their qualifications. For further details regarding equivalency criteria, please download the Equivalency Application Statement Form available at (Download PDF reader)
Conditions of Employment
Appointment is subject to verification of official transcripts, current or previous employment, tuberculosis and fingerprint clearance. Selected candidate must provide identification and work authorization.

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