CSD Staff Coordinator of Student Development Position

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Seeking team oriented, motivated and student success-focused candidates for the Coordinator of Student Development Position at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.


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The Coordinator of Student Development (CSD) is a generalist position that provides the opportunity to work on a variety of initiatives. In addition to the administrative coordination of a residence hall or apartment community housing 275-1200 residents and the comprehensive implementation of a learning community based program, the CSD position also supervises graduate and undergraduate student staff, advises student government, is a University Hearing Officer for behavioral situations, provides on-call coverage, and is responsible for developing and maintaining faculty and staff partnerships. University Housing staff work collaboratively, both within Learning Communities and with campus allies to implement team decisions focused on supporting students’ academic and personal success.

Coordinators of Student Development are supervised by Learning Community Coordinators (LCCs), the title for the mid-level position at Cal Poly.

The CSD position is unique in that all campus residents are a part of one of our Learning Communities, giving CSDs extensive opportunities to work with academic partners and develop transferable skills for any area of Student Affairs.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s Degree by date of hire
  • One year of professional student services experience (two years of graduate internship experience may apply towards the one year of professional experience)
  • Strong time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to develop, assess and improve comprehensive learning-community-based residence hall or apartment program offerings using learning outcomes
  • Demonstrated ability to interact and communicate, orally and in writing, in an effective and approachable manner with diverse constituencies, including students, staff, faculty and parents
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Must be able to pass a pre-employment background check including fingerprinting

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Education or related field
  • Experience supervising a diverse college-aged student staff or group/club
  • Experience counseling and referring diverse college student populations
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, or previous experience, working within learning-community-based housing
  • Previous residence life and/or leadership experience

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is $4,127 per month. This is a temporary, ten-month position with the opportunity for summer employment and rehire for up to two additional years with an opportunity for another year, based upon performance. Coordinator of Student Development staff members are provided with a partial meal plan and a furnished, 1-3 bedroom apartment in their assigned community. Cal Poly offers excellent benefits, such as, health, vision, dental care, a retirement plan, and professional development opportunities.

Live-in partners (subject to background check) and a pet (cat or dog only; size restrictions apply) are welcome.

Application Process:

An official Cal Poly online application must be completed at and submitted, along with a cover letter and resume, with current contact information for three references. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by the "review begin date" listed on the requisition.

Terms of Appointment

As there are always students on campus, a CSD staff member is on call at all times, including Thanksgiving, Spring and Winter break periods. All staff members are expected to attend designated weekend events which include, but may not be limited to, building openings, closings, staff recruitment, Leadership Conference, University Open House, and resident welcome events. 

University Housing - “Enhancing the Campus Experience:”

University Housing provides an enhanced and quality campus experience for students residing on campus. We strive for excellence in our administrative operations, our facilities, student learning and community-building. The mission of University Housing at Cal Poly is to provide a living-learning environment that encourages the academic and personal development for a diverse community, offering well-maintained facilities as well as ensuring financial viability and adequate reserves. There is a strong departmental commitment to excellence, teamwork, and professionalism.

Cal Poly is strongly committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity and actively encourages applications of all qualified individuals. EEO


"As a person of color, it was important for me to work in an environment that was simultaneously supportive as well as professionally challenging. I still marvel at the diversity of the CSD staff year in and year out. If you are a critical thinker with a desire to work in an excellent, constantly-evolving residential education program that values and affirms difference, Cal Poly is where you should be.”

Dr. Richard J. Reddick, Associate Professor of Education, University of Texas, Austin

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