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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: G6011 / Student Affairs Specialist
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 12

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Oversees the development, implementation, and administration of programs and initiatives which reflect the University's efforts towards diversity and enrollment expansion. Develops, implements, and enforces a range of student services policies, and ensures that services for students carried out by the Dean of Students Office operate in compliance with University policies and standards. Plans, coordinates, and delivers staff development training to students, as well as diversity programming to various UNM community members. Manages the Family Connection component of New Student Orientation, and oversees and coordinates a range of special projects, as they arise.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Develops, adopts, enforces, oversees, and/or implements policies and procedures on a range of student affairs issues such as class absences, refund appeals, and withdrawals; coordinates and enforces dean of students policies and procedures, and ensures compatibility with locally operating policies university-wide.
  2. Determines and interprets student services needs on an individual basis, and initiates referrals to appropriate student and/or academic services; advises students on policy issues, acts as student advocate, and resolves problems as necessary.
  3. Designs, develops, coordinates, and presents a wide range of workshops, conferences, training sessions, and retreats for students, parents, and staff; manages, coordinates, and facilitates all facets of on-campus student orientation activities associated with the family connection program.
  4. Designs and develops curriculum and implements educational programs for students on such topics as racism, prejudice, discrimination, and stereotypes; develops, manages, and coordinates various diversity and anti-discrimination programs and monitors effectiveness through student behavior.
  5. Oversees marketing, administration, and logistics for a range of special events, to include selection, coordination, and scheduling of entertainers, keynote speakers, and facilitators, organization of facilities and food services, and the design and production of marketing materials and publications.
  6. Collects and analyzes statistical data, and develops reports, reporting systems, instruments, mechanisms, and standards designed to evaluate effectiveness of programs and services.
  7. Prepares, edits, and revises Dean of Student policies to suit a variety of university contexts and formats.
  8. Supervises personnel which typically includes recommendations for hiring, firing, performance evaluation, training, work allocation, and problem resolution.
  9. Administers the Dean of Students short term loan fund; assesses needs and approves short-term emergency loans in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  10. Serves as Campus Security Authority as outlined by the Clery Act.
  11. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 1 year of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Ability to make competent, informed determinations and judgments on a range of confidential and/or sensitive issues in area of expertise.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and facilitate a range of special events.
  • Ability to assess and interpret individual student needs and to make appropriate referrals.
  • Ability to create, compose, and edit written materials.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Knowledge of general accounting principles.
  • Knowledge of racial/ethnic diversity and anti-discrimination issues, initiatives, and campus/community programs.
  • Knowledge of college-level student affairs and student services principles and practices.
  • Ability to interpret and communicate policy and procedural issues to students and families.
  • Employee development and performance management skills.
  • Ability to develop and present educational programs and/or workshops.
  • Ability to develop and implement reporting instruments, systems, and standards.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Light physical effort. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 10 pounds or some standing or walking. Effort applies to no more than two (2) hours per day.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017