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Student Organization Advisor- Student Activities and Leadership Programs

  Student Organization Advisor- Student Activities and Leadership Programs Portland State University is a dynamic, progressive institution located in a thriving metropolitan area noted for its commitment to quality of life. It is a nationally acclaimed leader in community-based learning and educational reform and serves more than 25,000 students with a mix of 73% undergraduate and 27% graduate students. The vision of Student Affairs at PSU is to cultivate student success through advancing a mission to provide programs that facilitate and enhance student learning through intentionally connecting parts of the student experience into a meaningful whole through collaborative partnerships with faculty and other institutional agents and by bridging organization boundaries. Student Activities and Leadership Programs (SALP), which provides an essential co-curricular component to the student experience at PSU, has grown significantly in the last five years as student enrollment and student engagement with the University has evolved. Almost 200 student organizations emerge each year with about 30% receiving substantial funding from the student incidental fee allocation process. The SALP staff advises student organizations that engage in a wide range of initiatives and services such as coordinating academic/honorary societies, leading a pre-professional associations, or organizing large scale cultural events. SALP also supports student-run services on campus, including a café, art gallery, and theater and coordinates cross-campus leadership development initiatives and events.  Advisors have direct responsibility for providing advice, supervision, oversight of events and program management, leadership development, community building, and fostering student learning and academic success with student leaders of organizations. The mission of Student Activities and Leadership Programs is to enrich and integrate students’ leadership and academic experiences in order to educate students to be ethical, socially just, and civically engaged leaders on campus and in their larger communities. Position Summary

This position reports the Director of Student Activities and Leadership Programs.  This position facilitates student learning, success, and retention by providing advising for up to forty student organizations, which includes mentoring and coaching student leaders; supporting group and leadership development; fiscal and administrative oversight; and conflict resolution. Advisors participate in department-wide initiatives that support the mission such as events, trainings, policy development and assessment.  Each staff person in the department is responsible for promoting and modeling teamwork and establishment of an inclusive, collaborative, service-oriented multicultural environment.    Position Responsibilities ·         Advise up to forty student organizations that are organized around affinity and interest groups, including the arts, politics, environmentalism, and advocacy fields. 

·         Regular meetings with student leaders to help plan, organize, and determine mission and goals of their student organizations. ·         Administrative, financial, and resource oversight of student organizations use of budgets and resources, up to $200,000 among 35 student organizations. ·         Help to develop ways to engage student leaders as learners in training and reflection. 

·         Coordinate with offices, staff, and faculty from across campus to support the work and oversight of student organizations.   Minimum Qualifications 1.     Masters Degree in Student Personnel Administration, Higher Education, Social Justice Education, Counseling, Social Work, or related field or equivalent combination of experience and education. 2.     Student leadership development experience 3.     Excellent written and oral communication skills and experience  

The successful candidate will demonstrate the following: an understanding of student and leadership development; ability to work collaboratively and develop partners across campus; ability to advocate for students on campus; excellent organizational and communication skills; experience and skills in event planning; experience and skills training/teaching; an ability to interpret and communicate policy and procedures; a passion for developing ethical, socially just student leaders; and the ability to motivate and make connections with others.   This is a 1.0 FTE appointment represented by AAUP bargaining agreement.  The starting annual salary rate for this position is $40,632 and includes an excellent benefits package including fully paid healthcare; a generous retirement and vacation package; and reduced tuition rates for employee, spouse or one dependant at any of the Oregon University System schools.   To Apply

Please submit resume and cover letter and the names and phone numbers of at least three professional references to Lorrie McCullough at [email protected]. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until finalists are identified.     Portland State University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Institution and welcomes applications from diverse candidates and candidates who support diversity.  


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