The Associated Students of San Francisco State University — Executive Director

Incorporated in 1944, the Associated Students of San Francisco State University (Associated Students) is the student government at San Francisco State University (University) and serves as the official voice of students. Associate Students promotes an enriched co-curricular student life experience and is dedicated to the empowerment of the University’s diverse student body through a commitment to social justice and shared governance. Additionally, Associate Students provides and supports a wide array of vital student services and programs, maintains fiduciary responsibility, and engages in University-wide collaborations and external advocacy efforts. San Francisco State University (SF State) is an innovative institution, deeply engaged with the world’s economies, cultures, and politics. SF State is part of the 23-campus California State University system, is comprised of six colleges offering 73 degree programs, and serves a student enrollment of approximately 30,000 students. 

Under the administrative supervision of the president of associated students and the day-to-day operational direction of the Associated Students Board of Directors, the executive director provides executive leadership, management, oversight, strategic guidance, consultation, and coordination in support of the operational, programmatic, and facility infrastructure of Associated Students (AS), which merged the student governance organization and most of the functional activities of the Cesar Chavez Student Center (dining services and bookstore are separate enterprises). In addition, the executive director ensures the appropriate development, implementation, and review/revision of AS policies and procedures; monitors the ethical/responsible expenditure of fiscal resources in accordance with applicable laws and regulations; appropriately manages and mitigates risks; provides technical assistance to the members of the Board of Directors (Board) to ensure continuity in administration across Board transitions; and provides training and assistance to the Board to maximize effectiveness and efficiency. The executive director provides effective recruitment, supervision, performance evaluation, and professional development of a staff organization consisting of six direct reports and a total of 57 full-time and approximately 112 part-time and student staff members. In coordination with the 24-member Board, the executive director is responsible for overseeing an annual budget in excess of $9 million and is responsible for preparing financial and operational analyses and reports on a regular basis, including routine audits to improve the quality of operations and programs. The executive director maintains a dotted line reporting relationship with the SF State vice president of student affairs and enrollment management.

The successful candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) in a field related to the core functions of the position (governance/administration, business and finance, higher education administration/student development, program and events management, human resources, communications, and/or facilities operations). Five or more years of progressively responsible experience in areas directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified, with a minimum of one year in an administrative/managerial function, are required. Additional capabilities and experience that will be important considerations in the selection of the executive director of associated students include: demonstrated knowledge of student development theory and models, as well as understanding of student shared governance within public higher education; track record of successful leadership, collaboration, management, and administration, including knowledge of business practices and procedures, risk management, budgeting and fiscal management, and staff recruitment, development, and performance evaluation; excellent organizational skills and experience leading continuous improvement; and a record of advocacy and commitment to social justice serving individuals of diverse identities.

Review of applications will begin July 26, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Valerie Szymkowicz at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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Associated Students of San Francisco State University provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.