Assistant Director

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Job Type

Full Time




United States


Assistant Director

Job no: 497528

Work type: Regular

Location: Malibu Campus

Categories: Student Affairs

The Volunteer Center Assistant Director is responsible for the overall coordination of community engagement related to service for Pepperdine students. As a staff member in Student Affairs who works closely with students, this person serves as a Christian role model and promotes a biblical worldview. The Assistant Director works in partnership with the Pepperdine Volunteer Center Director and Jumpstart Coordinators to develop, create, and maintain an environment that fosters student awareness and commitment to social justice issues and community engagement. The Assistant Director will be an active member of the Pepperdine Volunteer Center staff and, with the PVC Director, will be responsible for setting a strategic vision for the Volunteer Center, and promoting the Volunteer Center's model within higher education.


  • Attend volunteer programs and events, and speak on behalf of PVC to University and community, and represent the PVC/University to community partners.
  • Build and maintain strong partnerships with community organizations, both private and public, as well as appropriate governmental agencies.
  • Arrange and attend staff retreats, special programs, receptions, and presentations.
  • Evaluate, update, and maintain structure of student staff regarding vision and responsibilities.
  • Facilitate ongoing assessment of community needs and student interest in order to evaluate, update and maintain ongoing volunteer programs.
  • Create monthly and annual reports, assess programs and goals, monitor related budgets, and prepare variance reports.
  • Manage portions of the Volunteer Center budget that relate directly to ongoing programs and events.
  • Serve on Emergency Response Team and provide on-site coordination of Volunteer Center emergency response protocols. Be knowledgeable of and communicate risk management to students and staff.
  • Participate in professional staff development and attend/make presentations at professional conferences and University events.
  • Attend convocation/chapel on a weekly basis.
  • Supervise and provide overall training to student leaders, specifically program coordinators, Project Serve and special events directors. Responsible for conducting annual performance review, building staff morale, and providing ongoing mentoring and support to student staff.
  • Supervise the planning and implementation of one-day service events and ongoing volunteer programs.
  • Lead the development and implementation of Project Serve, including teaching NPM 300.01: Developing Communities and Leadership as an adjunct faculty member for Project Serve student team leaders.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Uphold University mission through work performed.

The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Skills and Qualifications

Required: Masters Degree required, preferred in non-profit management, religion, college student development, community development, peace studies, education, or related field. Experience in college student development, or volunteer project management preferred. Two years experience preferred in teaching or in organizing and coordinating volunteers in community service projects and special events; two years experience in working professionally with students, faculty, staff, and community members and agencies; demonstrated commitment to social justice and community service. Personal fundraising experience or experience teaching fundraising practices. Ability to work as part of a team and fulfill expected duties independently; understanding of and ability to articulate the importance of service within a university education; ability to integrate Christian faith with student development theories and practice; ease and ability in working professionally with students, staff, faculty, school systems, and community members; ability to manage and supervise student workers; facility in oral and written communication; strong organizational skills; capability in interpersonal relations; ability to interact with technology tools in an educational environment; experience with and knowledge of university systems and procedures; experience with various office machinery/systems; use of word processing, desktop publishing, and electronic communication software; ability to support the service-learning philosophy; willingness to work on weekends and evenings; willingness to travel locally using personal car. Experience teaching or participating in community organizing; understanding of various forms of social change; teaching university-level courses.

Qualified individuals should be able to articulate a strong commitment to diversity, and have the ability to work effectively with individuals from different backgrounds.

Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal, education, and employment screening.

This is a regular, exempt, 40 hour per week position.

Salary: Commensurate with experience

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Pepperdine University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate in employment practices on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, disability, or prior military service. Federal guidelines recognize the right of church-related institutions to seek personnel who will support the goals of the institution, including the right to select members of the church to which the institution is related.

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Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree