Assistant Director of Campus Life

California Institute of the Arts
September 26, 2023
Offerd Salary:$63,277
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Information & Responsibilities


The Division of Student Experience guides students in finding value in their experiences outside the classroom at CalArts. Campus Life is responsible for ensuring the development and supervision of the leadership development and student involvement of the CalArts student community. The Assistant Director of Campus Life will oversee student involvement experiences and the direct advice of undergraduate and graduate student governments and all affiliated leaders, boards, and committees. The Assistant Director will lead the Division of Student Experience's student involvement efforts to further the Institute's commitment to excellence in student advocacy, programming, and engagement. This position will supervise professional and student staff supporting all campus-wide programming coordinated by Student Union and the Institutes' registered student organization community. Additionally, this position will support and oversee initiatives such as the Basic Need Center and similar programs that address student needs. The Assistant Director serves as a lead advisor to the AVP concerning student leadership development and student organizations. Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Campus Life, the Assistant Director serves in the absence of the Associate Vice President for Campus Life.



Campus Life & Student Experience Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Assists in directing the work of the Campus Life Coordinators and provides mentorship to the coordinators when appropriate.
  • Serves as the Division of Student Experience leads on Orientation, Graduation, and other campuswide events while partnering with the Campus Life Coordinators on logistics related to those and other Institute-wide efforts in supporting students.
  • Develops budget recommendations for both the Institute's annual Orientation and Graduation events.
  • Supervise graduate and undergraduate student staff, collectively responsible for advancing the student experience at CalArts. This specifically includes managing any faculty and staff involvement accountable for the Student Union and all registered student organizations.
  • Expand and improve the Institutes' commitment to high-quality curricular and co-curricular activities.
  • Compile, analyze, and distribute student leadership and involvement statistics, database information, and comprehensive reports.
  • Serve as the primary budget administrator for Student Union, the Basic Needs Center, and student organization budgets. Work with professional staff and student leadership to maintain sound fiscal practices.
  • Advise the Institute on federal regulations and compliance, national best practices, and advancements about the needs and interests of the student community.
  • Student Leadership & Development Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement student leadership programs. Expand and improve the Institute's commitment to leadership opportunities and high-quality co- curricular activities.
  • Perform ongoing program assessment for Student Leadership & Development. Collect and analyze data, prepare and write reports for evaluation and new program proposals. Prepare weekly, and monthly activity reports, including student participation and evaluations.
  • Actively participate in producing campus-wide programs, events, special projects, and weekend activities. Promote full participation of a diverse student population in all involvement opportunities within student life. Work collaboratively with the Division of Student Experience staff to develop joint student programming.
  • Serve on Student Experience and Institute-wide Committees. Represent CalArts within professional associations and organizations. Attend relevant conferences or training programs to remain on the cutting edge in the field. Serve as a resource and referral agent for students, their families, faculty, staff, and the community.
  • Complete other duties as assigned by the Student Experience leadership team.
  • Student Union Specific Responsibilities

  • Serve as a primary advisor responsible for the oversight, advisement, and advancement of the Student Union and its Executive Board, committees, and programmatic efforts.
  • Supervise all aspects of advising and training the Student Union Leadership Team members and body.
  • Supervise all fiscal affairs of the Student Union, including budgeting, approval of expenditures, and the reconciliation of operating budgets. Train and advise any financial officers or committees of the Student Union.
  • Supervise, in partnership with the Major Events Coordinator, all events and programs sponsored by Student Union, such as social events, concerts, speakers, performers, rallies, forums, dances, and special events.
  • Cultivate and maintain positive and active working relationships with all campus and community partners. Work collaboratively with Advisors for all student organizations on campus.
  • Basic Needs Center Responsibilities

  • Manage the daily operations and all logistics of the Basic Needs Center and co-lead the Basic Needs Center Taskforce to discuss student needs, implement changes, and long-term strategic planning for the Basic Needs Center.
  • Supervise the Student Coordinator and student staff responsible for running the operations of the Basic Needs Center and leading educational workshops.
  • Facilitate training to ensure the success of the student development of the Basic Needs Center student workers.
  • Collaborate with campus and community partners to acquire internal and external monetary and in-kind donations for the Basic Needs Center.
  • Qualifications


  • Demonstrated knowledge in student government, social change models, leadership development, student development, program coordination, student leader advisement, conflict management, mediation, group dynamics, assessment, and fiscal management.
  • Communicate and employ interpersonal actions that model high professional, responsible, accountable, and ethical standards.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to outstanding customer service and student development.
  • Exemplary communication skills (both written and oral) evidenced by a background in preparing comprehensive reports and summaries incorporating data, assessment, and historical information.
  • Highly developed organizational and leadership skills.
  • Ability to work weeknight and weekend hours.

  • A master's degree in student development, higher education, or a related field or equivalent experience preferred
  • A bachelor's degree required
  • The incumbent will be expected to continue upgrading the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to keep abreast of regulation/policy changes

  • Minimum two years of program direction, staff supervision, and student advisement experience in progressively responsible positions.
  • How to Apply

    This position is available immediately. If you are interested, please follow the link to Interfolio below:

    Assistant Director of Campus Life - ID:113577


    $63,277.50 - $71,545.50 a year

    Equity & Diversity

    California Institute of the Arts shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR §§ 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.

    Further Information

    CalArts has a multidisciplinary approach to its studies of the arts through six schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater. CalArts encourages students to explore and recognize the complexity of the many aspects of the arts. It is supported by a distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts students with the hands-on training and exposure necessary for an artist's growth. CalArts was founded in 1961 and opened in 1969 as the first institution of higher learning in the United States specifically for students interested in the pursuit of degrees in all areas of visual and performing arts.

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