Reporting to the Associate Director of the Center for Intercultural Relations, and under the overall strategic direction of the Assistant Vice President (AVP) for Community and belonging, the Interfaith Coordinator for Jewish Life provides coordination and oversight for culturally responsive programs and services which promote educational access and success of students at San Diego State University. The person in this role will support all students, including those who identify as a part of the Jewish Diaspora and those interested in Jewish cultures and faiths. The Interfaith Coordinator for Jewish Life plans, develops, implements, and assesses various programs and events that provide unique opportunities for dialogue and engagement in order to build interfaith/intergroup relations on campus. In coordination with campus partners, the Interfaith Coordinator for Jewish Life provides academic and personal guidance to students, builds a network of appropriate, relevant resources for student academic success, develops, and coordinates student programs, and seeks to positively impact the overall campus climate for all students, including but not limited to Jewish students on campus.
Specifically, the Interfaith Coordinator for Jewish Life provides activities and events in a targeted manner, which constitute high-quality, high-impact student experiences, with the goal of advancing educational equity and inclusion for all students while recognizing the diverse realities and complexities that comprise student identities in San Diego, in the US and in the global context - inclusive of culture, religion, politics, and nationality. The Interfaith Coordinator for Jewish Life also serves as a first-responder to assist and support students who report bias incidents as a result of their cultural, ethnic, or religious identity, as well as make appropriate referrals to relevant resources on campus, serve as an advisory in navigating campus processes/procedures, and recommend actions for institutional/systemic change as warranted, based on patterns in student reporting.
The Interfaith Coordinator for Jewish Life will also develop, implement, and evaluate best practices and programming for serving and supporting SDSU students through a lens of inclusive intercultural and interfaith student services and student development theory and practice. These efforts will be achieved through careful coordination and strategic partnerships with the broader Student Affairs & Campus Diversity Unit, relevant community-based organizations, Antisemitism Taskforce, and various student organizations. The person in this role will serve on the Center for Intercultural Relations team and support programs, events, and initiatives in the CIR.
This is a full-time (1.0 time-base), benefits eligible, temporary position anticipated to end on or before June 30, 2024, with the possibility of reappointment. This position is designated as exempt under FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs. Willingness to work irregular hours, including evenings and weekends, with advance notice.
The individual hired into this role will work on campus at SDSU in San Diego. Department Summary
Division of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity
The Division works proactively to address systemic inequities through professional learning, community building, advocacy, policy recommendations and organizational structures, while facilitating an integrated vision and shared responsibility for prioritizing and advancing institutional goals. We aim to foster an affirming campus culture based on the core values of excellence, equity, diversity, belonging and inclusion through:
- Recruiting and retaining faculty and staff who are reflective of the diverse student body and communities served by SDSU, and recruiting students who are representative of the rich diversity of the region and the world;
- Fostering an environment that is welcoming, affirming, and empowering for students, faculty, staff, and alumni of all backgrounds;
- Enhancing the career and educational pathways of a diverse student body, the faculty, and staff; and
- Cultivating relationships with the local community that advance the well-being of diverse individuals and communities.
Position upholds the Student Affairs and Campus Diversity Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, specifically:
“The Division of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity acknowledges and honors the inherent value and dignity of all individuals by creating and nurturing a learning and working environment that affirms and leverages our community’s diversity of traditions, heritages, perspectives, and experiences. We are committed to fostering a culture of inclusive excellence designed to facilitate the personal and professional success, growth, development, and well-being of all members of our community. We manifest this commitment through our innovative, strategic, and collaborative efforts to develop leaders who believe in and lead others toward practicing civility, mutual respect, and inclusion in our workplaces and society.”
For more information regarding the Division of Student Affairs & Campus Diversity, Center for Intercultural Relations (CIR) Department, click here . Education and Experience
Possession of these knowledge and abilities is typically demonstrated through the equivalent of two years of professional experience in one of the student services program areas or in a related field; experience should give evidence of competence and indicate the potential for further growth. A master’s degree in a job-related field may be substituted for one year of the professional experience.
Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university in one of the behavioral sciences, public or business administration or a job-related field. Additional specialized experience during which the applicant has acquired and successfully applied the knowledge and abilities shown above may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis. Key Qualifications
Compensation and Benefits Starting salary upon appointment is not expected to exceed $4,610 per month.
- A Master’s degree in Counseling, Jewish Studies, Religious Studies, Cultural Studies, Higher Education Administration, or a related field is preferred.
- Experience working with diverse people and perspectives, including, but not limited to, the diverse experiences of Jewish students.
- Ability to develop and deliver training and education workshops.
- Documented experience developing and coordinating programs and events.
- Ability to collaborate and work with other units regarding issues of diversity and community.
- Possess the interpersonal skills necessary to interact with key senior management, faculty, and administrators regarding issues that impact Jewish students.
- Ability to exercise discretion, confidentiality, and excellent judgment in responding to controversial, sensitive, and/or emotional issues and situations.
- Ability to effectively administer and coordinate a variety of concurrent and ongoing activities.
- Prior experience in higher education.
- Experience working from social justice frameworks.
- Ability to understand and navigate a dynamic campus culture.
- Competency in cross-cultural communication and understanding.
- Demonstrated success working on teams and supporting colleagues on collaborative initiatives.
- Willingness to work irregular hours, including evenings and weekends, with advance notice.
Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department’s fiscal resources.
San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For more information regarding SDSU benefits, please click here .
CSU Classification Salary Range: $4,610 - $6,556 per month. Diversity and Community at SDSU
At SDSU, our diversity gives us power and benefits every single member of our community.
Through our commitment to equity and inclusion, we encourage all members of our community to purposefully learn from one another through open and respectful dialogue and responsible engagement. For more information, click here .
Principles of Community
At San Diego State University, we are a community of diverse individuals who have and represent many perspectives, beliefs, and identities. This diversity lends our community strength, and we commit to creating and sustaining an inclusive and intellectually vibrant environment that benefits all members of our university.
SDSU’s Principles of Community is an aspirational statement that is intended to evolve over time. The statement reflects the ideals we are encouraged to uphold in our interactions with one another. Supplemental Information
Initial review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on March 7, 2023. To receive full consideration, apply by March 6, 2023. The position will remain open until filled.
CSU Vaccine Policy : The California State University has established a policy requiring faculty, staff, and students accessing campus facilities to be immunized against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. To access the SDSU campus, you must be fully up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations, including a booster if you are eligible for one, or request a medical, religious, or off campus exemption, as applicable.
The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily and is required for employment. SDSU will make a conditional offer of employment, 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 SDSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.
SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click here .
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Closing Date/Time: Open until filled