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Student Life & Leadership Manager
San Mateo County Community College District in San Bruno, California
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Date Posted October 07, 2019
Admin-Residence Life and Housing
Salary $83,412 (annual) to $105,660 (annual) -  
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

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Position Title

Student Life & Leadership Manager


Skyline College


Counseling Services SKY (DEPT)

Position Number


Percentage of Full Time



Exempt (does not accrue overtime)

Months per Year


Min Salary

$83,412 (annual)

Max Salary

$105,660 (annual)

Position Type

Administrative/Supervisory Positions

Who We Are

The San Mateo County Community District is committed to achieving educational equity for all students. As outlined in the District’s Strategic Plan, “success, equity, and social justice for our students are longstanding goals.” The District’s “Students First” Strategic Plan is focused on “Student Success, Equity and Social Justice.” We provide students with a rich and dynamic learning experience that embraces differences — emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become global citizens and socially responsible leaders. When you join our team at San Mateo County Community College District, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners.

The College and the District

Skyline College is part of the San Mateo County Community College District and is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), enrolling approximately 16,000 students each academic year. Skyline College has a diverse student population that is a reflection of the communities that it serves. Detailed information about the student population, including data related to student success, can be found on Skyline College’s Office of Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness (PRIE) website.

Who We Want

We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners who are also committed to closing equity gaps. The San Mateo County Community College District seeks employees who value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals.

The Position

The Student Life & Leadership Manager has professional responsibilities involved in student campus life. Under direction of the Dean of Counseling, the Student Life & Leadership Manager serves in a variety of key roles on campus related to student activities, including strategic planning, logistics, and implementation of a wide variety of college extra-curricular and co-curricular activities, special events and campus-wide programs and services, such as lectures, commencement, tours, recognition and other ceremonies, as well as a monthly college-wide newsletter. Public contact is extensive, and involves faculty, staff, students, vendors, contractors, outside educational institutions, businesses and community representatives, and governmental agencies for the purpose of exchanging policy and procedural information. A high degree of independent judgment and creativity are required to resolve minor and major problems that arise. The Student Life & Leadership Manager can direct the work of clerical and other staff and student assistants as assigned. The position requires flexible work hours and some evening and weekend responsibilities.

Duties and Responsibilities

The duties below are representative of the duties of the classification and are not intended to cover all of the duties performed by the incumbent(s) of any particular position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to this classification.

1. Serves as the primary advisor and mentor to the Associated Students organization and to all recognized college student clubs on matters related to planning, leadership development, budgeting, implementation, compliance with rules and regulations, monitoring, and evaluating programs and activities

2. Provides leadership in the development and implementation of student led equity and race conscious programming and events that foster student engagement

3. Provides training to student government and club leaders on meeting protocol, applicable policies, government regulations, required networking methods, supervision, and follow-up activities

4. Provides guidance in the areas of student leadership, governance, and program management

5. Works closely with faculty student club advisors

6. Works closely with instructional and student services faculty members on programming campus events and activities

7. Participates in college outreach and orientation programs

8. Supervises the management and coordination of the Associated Students’ accounting and financial record keeping

9. Trains, supervises, and evaluates the work of clerical, program support, and student assistants

10. Coordinates the development, evaluation, and implementation of program goals, objectives, and strategic initiatives

11. Assesses consequences and outcomes of program initiatives

12. Plans and maintains a calendar of events and activities, including leading and participating in publicity of upcoming student events, programs, projects, activities, and services

13. Assesses needs for student activities programs and projects; identifies and compiles resource information and writes grants

14. Confers with students and management staff to plan and implement a variety of funding and revenue-generating activities

15. Prepares ASCC reports for the Board of Trustees

16. Serves as a member of various college-wide committees

17. Connects student leaders with the college planning processes

18. Performs other related duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

• A combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in recreation, student personnel services, or a closely related field

• Two years of related increasingly responsible work experience that has included program planning

• Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff

• Demonstrated skill in oral communication, including public speaking

• Demonstrated skill in written communication

• Skill directing the work of others

• Skill in event and project planning, implementation and evaluation

• Possession of a California Driver’s license (or the ability to obtain one) and the ability to drive a motor vehicle to off-campus locations

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

1. Previous experience or training in the leadership of student activities

2. Knowledge of student development and change leadership theories that promote student engagement, retention, equity, and student success

3. Passion and motivation to engage students in their academic goals through student life

4. Knowledge of student organizational and program structure, protocol, and evaluation techniques

5. Skill in effective written and oral communication, including public speaking

6. Skill in interacting sensitively and respectfully with people from diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds

7. Skill in communicating effectively with people at all levels within an organization

8. Previous experience with grant development and writing

9. Skill in the use of a variety of computer software to compose and prepare correspondence, memoranda, presentations, publicity materials and reports

10. Demonstrated skill in multi-tasking and prioritization of high volume workloads

11. Skill in the use of a variety of computer software, including spreadsheet, presentation, page layout, and web design applications

12. Skill in event planning, implementation, coordination, supervision, and evaluation

13. Skill in fundraising, grant development, and in cultivating funding resources

Physical Requirements

This classification requires the ability to type, use phone, stand intermittently, walk, bend and stoop, occasionally lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects weighing 35 pounds or less; ability to exert 10 to 20 pounds of force to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects; work at a computer, including sitting and viewing a computer monitor for various lengths of time, repetitive use of computer keyboard, mouse or other control device, manual dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard; hearing and speaking to communicate and provide information to others; ability to read printed material and computer monitor in order to perform the essential functions.

Preferred Qualifications

• Possession of a Master’s degree

• Ability to communicate in another language, preferably Spanish


Benefits include paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. The District pays all or a portion of monthly medical plan premiums (depending on the coverage) and pays all of the monthly dental and vision plan premiums for employees and eligible dependents. Additional paid benefits include life insurance, salary continuance insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program. Classified employees participate in the Public Employees’ Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California. Optional tax-deferred 403(b) and 457 retirement plans are also available.

Open Date


First Review Date


Open Until Filled


Special Instructions Summary

Required Application Materials
All applicants are required to submit:

1. A completed online District application form (go to https://jobs.smccd.edu to complete the application and to apply for this position).

2. A resume that details all relevant education, training, and other work experience.

3. A cover letter of no more than 3 pages that addresses the applicant’s cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff as well as the applicant’s qualifications as they relate to the requirements, knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in this announcement.

Candidates for interview will be selected from among those who most closely meet the requirements and knowledge, skills and abilities. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview. As part of the interview process, candidates may be asked to demonstrate job-related knowledge and skills.

For questions related to this posting, please contact:

SMCCCD Office of Human Resources
3401 CSM Drive, San Mateo, CA 94402
Tel.: (650) 574-6555
Fax:(650) 574-6574
Web Page: www.smccd.edu/hr

Conditions of Employment

Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following:

1. Submit official transcripts (applies to all faculty or educational administrative positions)
2. Submit verifications of prior employment
3. Satisfactory references
4. Successfully being cleared for employment through the background checking process

In addition to background checks, the District may review publicly available information about a candidate on the Internet. If a candidate is aware of incorrect or inaccurate information that is available on the Internet, the candidate is welcome to address such an issue with the Office of Human Resources.

5. Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States
6. Approval of your employment by the SMCCCD Board of Trustees
7. Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis exam for initial employment.
8. Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment). Please note that the California Education Code requires, in part, that community college districts shall not employ or retain in employment persons in public school service who have been convicted of certain felonies, a misdemeanor drug charge (including alcohol offenses) or misdemeanor moral turpitude (sexual offense) crime. However, consideration may be given to those whose drug convictions occurred more than five years ago. A conviction for other crimes may not necessarily disqualify you from the job for which you may be applying.

EEO Statement

The San Mateo County Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ individuals who represent the rich diversity of cultures, language groups, and abilities of its surrounding communities.


Applicants who have disabilities may request that special accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process. Accommodation request forms and a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act applicant procedures are available in the Office of Human Resources.

Annual Security Report

San Mateo County Community College District’s (SMCCCD) 2019 Annual Security Report (ASR), required by the Clery Act, includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by SMCCCD; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from SMCCCD. Our 2019 Annual Security Report also outlines various campus safety and security policies, such as those concerning crime reporting, prevention and response to sexual and gender violence, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, emergency response and evacuation procedures, and other matters. The 2019 Annual Security Report also includes important tips to help every member of the community remain safe and avoid becoming a victim of crime. The 2019 Annual Security Report is now available. You can also obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Department of Public Safety at the District Office or any of the three Campuses (650) 738-7000.

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