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Director of Student Affairs

San Diego, CA, USA | UC San Diego

  • Industry:
    Education (Higher)
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  • Functions:
    General Management
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The UC San Diego Department of Economics is among the top 20% of ranked Ph.D. programs according to the National Research Council's assessment of doctoral programs in the U.S.. The Department has over 1800 undergraduate majors, 190 minors, and serves more than 14,000 enrollments annually. Currently there are 40 ladder-rank faculty, 130 graduate students, and 12 administrative staff members.

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As Director of Student Affairs in the Department of Economics, incumbent is responsible, directly or through others, for the overall administration, coordination, and management of the Student Affairs Unit. This includes: overseeing all programmatic activities related to both the Ph.D. program and Undergrad program, curriculum and programming, advising, admissions, outreach, recruitment, scheduling, registration, and staffing of instructional programs. Responsible for the planning, management and coordination of student financial support to include Graduate Student Researchships, TA appointments, fellowships, block grant allocations and other fund sources.

Responsible for developing annual teaching schedule ensuring optimal availability of classes and instructor assignment. Participate in short- and long-range planning, forecasting, and analysis of TA FTE and Block Grant funds with consideration of university and system-wide initiatives (e.g. GSGEI), the department's incentive-based graduate support model, and optimizing use of these allocations. Manages team of undergraduate and graduate advisors, devises new strategies and techniques for improving the delivery of academic advising services, and establishes and implements short- and long-term goals for the unit.

Serves as member of Senior Management Team, along with MSO and Business Operations Manager. Serves in an advisory capacity to the department Chair, Vice-Chairs, MSO, and faculty committees on Graduate Curriculum, Undergraduate Curriculum, Admissions, Outreach, and Recruitment committees in all matters pertaining to graduate and undergraduate programs. Responsible for identifying trends in student affairs matters (e.g. significant enrollment changes and corresponding budget effects, large influx of non-resident students) and formulating proposals to provide optimal service to students within resource constraints.

A cover letter is required for a complete application.

Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.


High level of familiarity with regulations pertaining to and support services available for undergraduate students. Knowledge of campus departments and their activities, and services available to students: Registrar, Bursar, Career Services, Academic Internship Program, academic departments, Admissions, OSD, Student Health, CAPS, six colleges, etc.

Proven experience in a supervisory role, including responsibility for recruitment, evaluation and performance management, providing work-direction, training, disciplining, and resolving complaints of staff and student employees.

Working knowledge of advising and counseling techniques. Proven ability to assess and mediate individual and group conflicts using basic counseling skills that include, but are not limited to, listening, reflecting, and summarizing.

Proven ability in problem identification and reasoning; ability to develop original ideas to solve problems. Ability to develop a vision or image of how a system/process should operate under ideal and less than ideal circumstances to aid in developing different approaches of the Department's mission for students.

Advanced project management skills. Strong organizational skills to manage and oversee the performance and functions of the Student Support Units, ensuring critical tasks are performed accurately, in a timely manner, with a high degree of quality service to the UCSD community.

Strong ability with researching, organizing, analyzing, and interpreting a variety of information including but not limited to: student data, Division, Campus, and UC wide policy. Ability to express findings and ideas clearly and convincingly, to make strategic recommendations and provide decision support to unit leadership.

Knowledge of doctoral education, graduate education issues, and graduate student financial support policies and issues. Proven resource management experience, to direct the management and optimization of graduate student financial support funds and oversee the administration of campus graduate student financial support funds.

Expertise in applying advanced computer technology as a problem-solving tool in financial modeling, analysis, budgetary management, and other administrative functions and solutions. Demonstrated experience with using technology to streamline processes in order to achieve unit goals.

A Bachelor's Degree in related area with experience; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and education.

Demonstrated experience with creating, maintaining, and projecting fund balances, including modeling assorted scenarios.


Previous UC experience or comparable four-year University.


Job offer is contingent upon a satisfactory clearance based on background check results

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