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First Peoples' Center Coordinator (SMSU)

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Work type: Auxiliary
Location: San Bernardino - San Bernardino Campus
Categories: Excluded, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time, Education Support Professionals, Student Services

Santos Manuel Student Union

California State University, San Bernardino



Rate of Pay: Monthly: $3,750.00 - $4,416.67

Target Start Date: November 1, 2021

Employment Status: At Will Employee, Benefits Eligible, Santos Manuel Student Union

Location: California State University, San Bernardino

Hours per week: 40 Hours (Non-Exempt)

About Santos Manuel Student Union at CSUSB

(This is not a state position)

The Santos Manuel Student Union (SMSU), through its programs and facilities is a focal point of the campus where students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni and guests develop an enduring connection to the university. As a campus social hub, the SMSU assists in the retention and development of students, while encouraging a deeper understanding and appreciation of cultural pluralism, gender equity, and ethnic diversity. We accomplish this by providing a variety of cultural, social, educational and recreational activities, which create an environment conducive to personal growth and development. Planned activities also provide students with leadership opportunities and employment, which promotes an active learning experience as well as relaxation, entertainment, and social interaction. As the meeting place on campus for students and organizations, the facilities provide a comfortable and relaxing environment that embodies the delivery of services important to the university community. As a bridge between formal learning and life experience, co-curricular activities coordinated by the SMSU serve as a training ground for development of student leaders.

The SMSU facilities include a spacious lobby, relaxation and study lounge areas, meeting rooms, a state of the art theater, multi-purpose Events Center used for major events, an Automatic Teller Machine, graphics services, and Student Union scheduling. Our newest addition to assist our students academically is the laptop checkout program. Other services and departments located within the SMSU are the Coyote Cafe, the Blue Coyote Pub, Starbucks, Coyote Express convenience store, the Associated Stu­dents, Inc., DREAMers Resource and Success Center, Title IX & Gender Equity, Orientation and First Year Experience, and the Office of Student Engagement.

Employment Summary

Full-Time, non-exempt position. 

Work Schedule

This is a regular, full-time, hourly position. Willingness to work a flexible schedule as necessary in order to respond to emergency/urgent situations is required. This may include working extended hours, evenings, weekends and some holidays.

General Purpose

Under the direction of the Santos Manuel Student Union Associate Director of Diversity and Inclusion, the Santos Manuel Student Union First People’s Center Coordinator is responsible for planning, implementing, and assessing programs and initiatives to meet the diverse needs for the First Peoples’/Native American students on campus as well as supervising student staff, managing the FPC, and collaborating with campus partners to directly support the success of First Peoples/Native American students at CSUSB. In addition, the FPC Coordinator has the responsibility of ensuring the success of the Cross-Cultural center by providing comprehensive multi-cultural opportunities that promote education, and awareness while celebrating all cultural heritages for CSUSB students. The First Peoples’ Center Coordinator is an integral member of a hard-working team comprised of full-time and part-time staff within the Santos Manuel Student Union. The First Peoples’ Center Coordinator shall demonstrate the ability to work effectively with a diverse population of program members, guests, and staff.

Typical Activities

Typical activities include but are not limited to:

Primary Functions:

  • Coordinates all programs, services, and administrative functions for the FPC
    • Supervise student staff and manage the FPC
    • Promote and assist in the development of policies, procedures, and programs that assure the well-being and development of our Native American identifying students, affirm human dignity, and champion cultural pluralism across campus.
    • Provide operational leadership for the coordination of multicultural and international-related co-curricular programming, including but not limited to Summer First Peoples’ Coyotes Rising, California Native American Day, Native American Heritage Month, San Manuel Pow Wow, CommuniTEA programs, semesterly programs for the FPC, etc.
    • Support the assistant director with the assessment of all programs including developing an annual report for the department
    • Coordinate and advance the dialogue around race, gender, and sexual orientation through campus programs and conversations. Develop and maintain a robust team of trained student and staff facilitators, facilitate programming in and out of the classroom, and engage in education and training.
    • Support the associate director with fiscal management for the FPC and monitor budgets as appropriate. Prepares annual budget requests and quarterly budget requests for centers.
    • Other duties as assigned.

Customer Service and Collaboration:

  • Knows the mission and goals of the Santos Manuel Student Union and commits to achieving them.
  • Ensures SMSU customer service guidelines are met by all staff in department.
  • Ensures department guidelines are established and met by all staff in department
  • Develops and maintains positive working relationships with campus partners, off-campus partners and other university’s employees.

Minimum Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in higher education, social justice education, counseling, student affairs, or a related program is required.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of principles and practices of student development and theory, social justice education, and the needs of diverse populations in higher education is required.
    • 1 - 2 years of experience working with college students required, ideally in a student development or advising capacity.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Must have strong English language skills and the ability to read, write, and verbally communicate at a level appropriate to the duties of the position
    • Ability to operate personal computer, proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and ability to learn and utilize new software programs
    • Ability to provide excellent customer service and work well with part-time and full-time staff
    • Ability to take the initiative for additional projects and be self-motivated to initiate interactions with guests
    • Ability to meet deadlines, work effectively in dynamic environment, and prioritize workload
    • Ability to manage information flow (including internal and external communication)
    • Ability to initiate collaborative work with diverse students, faculty and staff.
    • Ability to pay attention to detail and be accurate
    • Ability to demonstrate thoroughness, completeness, follow through on presentation and appearance of work
    • Demonstrated Experience in student program development, budget management and contract negotiations.
    • Demonstrated ability to influence the creation, implementation, and management of a balanced array of programs which reflect students' interests and educational needs.
    • Proven ability to assess program impact on student learning, including use of quantitative and qualitative data.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree is preferred
  • Student supervision experience preferred

Benefits Include

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Flex Cash option
  • CalPERS Retirement
  • CalPers 457
  • Group Term Life/ Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D)
  • Holidays & Personal Holiday
  • Vacation and Sick pay accruals
  • Educational Assistance Benefit is based on availability of funding.
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • State Disability Insurance 

Statement of Commitment to Diversity

In our commitment to the furthering of knowledge and fulfilling our educational mission, California State University, San Bernardino seeks a campus climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the entire variety of human experience. In our commitment to diversity, we welcome people from all backgrounds, and we seek to include knowledge and values from many cultures in the curriculum and extra-curricular life of the campus community. Our commitment to work toward an environment that values diversity requires that we create, promote, and maintain activities and programs which further our understanding of individual and group diversity. We will also develop and communicate policies and promote values which discourage intolerance and discrimination.

The concept and dimensions of diversity are to be advanced and incorporated into every aspect of university activity, including student life, the curriculum, teaching, programs, staffing, personnel training practices, research, community services, events, and all other areas of university endeavor.

Dimensions of diversity shall include, but are not limited to, the following: race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, gender expression, ability, socioeconomic status, cultural orientation, national origin, and age.

The implementation of the Commitment to Diversity will rest with the university as a whole. The president, in addition to a personal commitment and involvement, may use the University Diversity Committee, campus administrators, faculty, staff, and students as well as other members of the campus community to implement effectively the philosophy and intent of this statement.

Supplemental Information

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered this position with Santos Manuel Student Union. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current Associated Students, Incorporated employees who apply for the position. Fingerprinting is required for all employee and volunteer positions that have direct contact with minor children.

California State University, San Bernardino is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

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