Assistant Director for Training and Special Projects

San Jose State University
California, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Oct 22, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services, Counseling, Minority & Multicultural Affairs, Other Student Affairs, Student Activities & Services
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Summary

The Assistant Director for Training and Special Projects develops and coordinates special projects for Peer Connections. These projects include recruitment & hiring of new peer educators, new peer educator training and on-going professional development opportunities, early alert coordination, and the development of new projects and partnerships throughout the university. This position will work closely with the rest of the Peer Connections team to develop and maintain programs that lead to retention and graduation of SJSU students in all disciplines. The Assistant Director is also the designated person responsible when the Director is unavailable.

Key Responsibilities
  • Manage the recruitment, selection, and hiring of new peer educators.
  • Oversee curriculum decisions, coordinate presenters, and facilitate new peer educator foundational training.
  • Collaborate with other units across the university to support the professional development of their peer educators following College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA) standards.
  • Support role specific CRLA Level 1, 2 & 3 training and weekly student staff meetings with program coordinators.
  • Design, coordinate, and facilitate Peer Connections on-going professional development and community building/teamwork opportunities for new and returning peer educators.
  • Arrange and maintain training certification/documentation for the various affiliated associations – CRLA, UMKC – SI program, etc. This includes overseeing lesson plan development and assessment for all training programs to assure best practices are followed.
  • Provide support and guidance to program coordinators for their program learning and development including the various levels of training and meetings.
  • Provide work lead direction to the Early Support & Outreach Coordinator.
  • Provide guidance and accountability for the structure and strategies of Peer Connections outreach processes.
  • Oversee the early support efforts and provide recommendations to strengthen student outcomes.
  • Oversee new initiatives that enhance peer education and the SJSU student experience leading to higher retention and graduation rates.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Enhanced and up to date knowledge of learning assistance and student support field including thorough knowledge of methods, procedures and practices of counseling, advising, learning assistance and/or student support professions
  • Understanding and sensitivity to SJSU population and possessing multicultural competencies
  • Ability to advise students individually or in groups on varied and complex matters
  • Knowledge and ability to apply Student Development and Identity Development Theories
  • Knowledge and ability to use principles of supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with students, staff, and faculty with excellent skills in written and oral communication as well as the ability to work collaboratively and plan, coordinate, and initiate actions necessary to implement administrative or group decisions or recommendations
  • Ability to reason logically, analyze, and solve organizational and operational problems with consideration being taken from multiple perspectives
  • Ability to plan, coordinate and initiate actions necessary to implement administrative or group decisions or recommendations
  • Capacity to handle multiple work priorities, organize and plan work and projects and perform accurately in a detail-oriented environment
  • Proficiency and knowledge of computer applications in innovative teaching and database management
  • Working knowledge of software applications: word processing, spreadsheet, database management
  • Solid presentation design and facilitation skills
Required Qualifications
  • Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university in a related field plus upper division or graduate coursework in counseling techniques, interviewing and conflict resolution where such are job related
  • Four years of progressively responsible professional student services work experience which includes experience in advising students individually and in groups, and in analysis and resolution of complex student services problems
  • A master’s degree in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Social Work or a job-related field may be substituted for one year of professional experience
  • A doctorate degree and the appropriate internship or clinical training in counseling, guidance or a job‑related field may be substituted for two years of the required professional experience for positions with a major responsibility for professional, personal or career counseling
Preferred Qualifications
  • A master’s degree in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Social Work or a job-related field
  • Experience with designing interactive lesson plans and/or curriculum material, along with facilitating workshops and/or training sessions
  • Experience with supervision of student and/or staff employees
  • Experience with project management, such as the strategic development and coordination of multiple tasks, meeting deadlines, and delegation of duties


Classification: Student Services Professional IV
Anticipated Hiring Range: $5,400/month - $5,922/month
Salary Range: $5,351/month - $7,633/month

San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary .

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:
  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest
All applicants must apply within the specified application period: October 22, 2021 through November 5, 2021 . This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.

Contact Information

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CSU Vaccination Policy

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement as a condition of employment. The system wide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to .

Additional Information

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was offered the position on a contingent basis.

The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. Some positions may also require fingerprinting. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


All San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University (SJSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).

Advertised: October 22, 2021 (9:00 AM) Pacific Daylight Time
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