Associated Students, California State University, Northridge, Inc.
About Associated Students, California State University, Northridge, Inc. (AS): AS is the primary advocate for students at California State University, Northridge. AS provides excellent, meaningful programs and services designed to enhance and create a spirited learning-focused campus environment.
AS is also the official seat of student governance for the campus. The Student Government division represents the student body, advocates its needs and defends its interests in dealings with faculty, staff, campus administrators, alumni, community, and government officials.
AS is committed to providing the students of California State University, Northridge with high-quality, responsive and efficient services in pursuit of the AS mission. As an organization, AS believes its people, including student leaders and employees, are its most valuable resources and they prove why every day.
The Associated Students is incorporated by the State of California as a public non-profit corporation per Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Organizationally, the Associated Students, Inc. (AS, Inc.) reports within and is a part of the Division of Student Affairs.
About California State University, Northridge (CSUN): One of the largest universities in the country, California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is an urban, comprehensive university that delivers award winning undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 40,000 students annually, and counts nearly 400,000 alumni who fuel the region’s economy. Since its founding in 1958, CSUN has made a significant and long-term economic impact on California, generating nearly $1.9 billion in economic impact and more than 12,000 jobs each year. CSUN is a designated Minority-Serving and Hispanic-Serving Institution, nationally recognized for success in serving a diverse student body. The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities named CSUN an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University, the Wall Street Journal ranked CSUN third in third in the nation for the university’s diverse learning environment, and CSUN is the seventh-ranked school and CollegeNet’s 2021 Social Mobility Index.
The Position of Executive Director: The Executive Director of Associated Students (AS) of California State University, Northridge, is the senior executive professional position for the organization. The Executive Director serves as the Secretary-Treasurer of the AS, Inc., and reports to the AS through the AS President with a dotted line reporting relationship to the university through the Vice President for Student Affairs. The position is responsible for providing comprehensive strategic vision and a wide range of duties in support of the administration of the corporate, programmatic, developmental, service, human resource, financial, and governmental affairs of AS for the benefit of the students and the University community of California State University, Northridge (CSUN). The position will also assure that the vision of AS is closely aligned with the CSUN strategic vision and core equity values of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.
In the area of student development, the Executive Director promotes continuity and excellence in student leadership and organizational success; designs and maintains processes and programs whereby organizational history; task and role definition; organizational, leadership and personal skills and knowledge bases, and student development are provided for student officers, other student volunteers and student employees. Informs and educates AS Officers and other student leadership groups of federal, state, local, CSU, and campus policies, regulations, policies, and procedures that govern AS matters. Through retreats, conferences, seminars, group advisement, and one-on-one exchange, provide learning opportunities for student staff and for student leadership. Provide information and perspective to student leadership concerning proposed and alternative policies; goals and operations; programs and services; fiscal matters, and other items or actions under consideration. Serve simultaneously as employee of and coach/mentor/teacher to corporate board members, officers and directors.
The Executive Director provides vision, management strategy and leadership over the human resources of AS while executing the decisions of the Personnel Board related to the employee life cycle, employment policies and practices. Responsibilities include direct supervision of various AS employees, including the Executive Assistant, Controller, Human Resources Manager, IT Manager, Risk & Facilities Manager, Assistant Director of Programs & Communications and Director of Student Engagement & Services who, in turn, supervises four program departments with approximately 50 full time staff and 200 part time student and staff employees.
The Executive Director directs the leadership of the Accounting Services office in executing the budgeting, reporting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, asset management, general ledger, cash management, investment, taxation, accounting and audit functions associated with that department, in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. The position also has overall responsibility for the fiscal operations and integrity of AS.
The Executive Director oversees all AS facilities and tangible assets including assisting student and staff leadership in examination of need for future modification of existing facilities or creation of new facilities. In addition, the position oversees the use of leased spaces that house AS programs and services; the adoption and use of multiple software systems; and the organizations secure use of technology.
The Executive Director has overall responsibility for interpreting and ensuring adherence to federal state and local laws and regulations and California State University and campus policies. This includes adherence to federal and state grant regulations; Corporation Code; California Education Code and Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations; Romero Open Meeting Act; federal and California corporate law; federal and California labor law; equal protection legislation; constitutional law, labor law, and generally accepted accounting principles.
The Executive Director oversees processes to establish organization-wide and unit-specific long-term strategic planning for and assessment of goal and outcomes for all programs and services. Develops and assesses student learning goals and outcomes. In addition, the position oversees the design, implementation and maintenance of a process whereby student needs are matched with resources to provide consistent direction for the organization, given constantly changing student leadership.
The Executive Director serves as a member of Student Affairs Management Council, Student Affairs Leadership Team, Student Life leadership team and works closely with the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs and other CSUN cabinet offices to foster AS contributions to the mission of the campus.
In addition, the Executive Director executes other tasks and responsibilities as outlined in the position description.
· Master’s degree from an accredited institution in higher education, business or public administration or any of the disciplines related to program and service offerings of CSUN Associated Students. Those areas include event planning; recreation sports; early childhood education; campus ticketing; sustainability and recycling; information technology; accounting, risk management; marketing and human resources.
· Seven years of full-time progressively responsible leadership experience in a higher education or not-for-profit environment.
· 10 or more years of full-time progressively responsible leadership experience in a higher education or not-for-profit environment.
· Professional experience within a university based auxiliary organization is strongly preferred.
The successful candidate will have:
· Demonstrated leadership in shaping strategic vision and planning processes with a collegial, responsive, and creative approach.
· Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and access.
· Demonstrated ability to work in a diverse higher education environment.
· Highly developed ability to develop successful partnerships with campus, system-wide and community-based stakeholders.
· Demonstrated leadership acumen, including effective communications across boundaries.
· Demonstrated ability to lead high functioning teams.
· Strong analytical skills.
· Highly developed skills in budgeting and financial forecasting.
· Highly developed strategic planning skill set.
· Exceptional communication, interpersonal and supervisory skills.
Salary/Benefits: The salary range for the position is $146,328.00 – $219,502.40 annually. The hiring range for the position is $146,328.00 – $197,550.08 annually. AS offers an excellent fringe benefits program.
General Information: The successful candidate accepting this position is required to pass a pre-employment screening that may include one or more of the following: background screening, LiveScan fingerprinting and employment reference check.
Preferred Date of Appointment: As soon as possible.
How to Apply: Candidates should apply by completing the CSUN online application at www.csun.edu/careers and must attach a cover letter that addresses the qualifications above and a current resume, including the names of three professional references.
Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2024 and continues until the position is filled.
Equal Employment Opportunity: AS is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Equal Employment Opportunity has been, and will continue to be, a fundamental principle at AS, where employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, gender, age, national origin, ancestry, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, military status, political affiliation, or other category protected by federal, state and local law.