Director of Student Affairs

Student Affairs Los Angeles, California


AMDA College of the Performing Arts with campuses in Los Angeles and New York City, is one of the foremost performing arts colleges in the country. AMDA offers the following programs, all of which prepare students to graduate career and industry ready: Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programs in Acting, Music Theatre, Dance Theatre and Performing Arts; Two-year Associates of Occupational Studies degree and Conservatory Certificate programs in Acting, Music Theatre, Dance Theatre and Acting for Camera; A Bachelor of Arts degree program in Theatre Arts; Two graduate degree programs including a Master of Arts in Theatre and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Theatre and Media.  


The Director of Student Affairs is the senior student affairs officer of the campus. The Director of Student Affairs oversees and is responsible for the following sub-units consisting of student organization support, the development of a Student Government Association, student conduct, student events and activities, student counseling and health services, new and transfer student orientations, student engagement and special events, as well as programming within the residence halls and the development of living learning communities. The Director of Student Affairs works collaboratively with other departments to create a campus culture that promotes student success, to provide a safe and welcoming campus environment for a diverse student body, and to foster a sense of community among the students. The Director of Student Affairs will be the face and voice of student affairs and a driven advocate for students.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Establishes and implements short and long term departmental goals, objectives, strategic plans, policies, and operating procedures; monitors and evaluates operational effectiveness and effects changes required for improvement.
  • Responsible for providing leadership, management, and supervision for the student affairs division as they work to respond to student needs.
  • Leverages data and technology to evaluate student success and develop enhanced services for the LA campus.
  • Works collaboratively with the college’s diverse stakeholders including academic advising and enrollment management to advance the mission of Student Affairs.
  • Works with other Departments and Senior Leadership to ensure that applicable services and programs are planned, developed, regularly reviewed and updated, ensuring quality standards for program review.
  • Assesses student body needs and responds to any questions or concerns from the student body in an effective and timely manner. Provides student support on issues related to Student Affairs, departmental processes and institutional policies. 
  • Collaborates to implement and coordinate campus based initiatives that meet the varying needs of a diverse student population; promotes a welcoming and accessible campus culture. Works directly with students and student groups to provide support, advocacy, and resources. 
  • Provides oversight of student conduct; addresses complaints and conducts investigations as required.
  • Plans, organizes, directs, and administers activities and services that support students in assigned areas, such as Orientation for new students.
  • Develops and implements department working procedures, policies and goals; oversees recruitment, training, supervision, professional development, and evaluation of department staff.
  • Ensures that the Department’s budget is planned, prepared and monitored in keeping with College objectives, policies and procedures, and exercise signing authority on behalf of the Department for expenditures as assigned.
  • Assists with campus-wide crisis/emergency response and provides support to students and families in emergency situations.
  • Maintains a strong working knowledge of the field of Student Affairs 


  • Master’s Degree in Student Affairs, Educational Administration or a related field required; Doctoral Degree preferred.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of senior level experience in a higher education institution, preferably in Student Affairs and/or Student Services.
  • Minimum of five (5) years previous experience in a supervisory role, preferably in a leadership role in Student Affairs and/or Student Services.
  • Demonstrated understanding of methods to promote the use of metrics to measure student success
  • Knowledge and understanding of student development theory and programs; knowledge of student due process policies/procedures; knowledge and understanding of the current issues and trends in student affairs and student development
  • Proven success record using assessment, including the ability to inform data-driven decisions for the college
  • Knowledge of mediation and/or conflict resolution strategies and methods; skill in mediating disputes between students, staff and students, staff, students/parents and community representatives
  • Exceptional judgment and the ability to make decisions and recommendations with the highest levels of integrity, fairness, and ethical standards
  • Ability to relate to a wide variety of constituencies, including students, parents, faculty, donors, and alumni, and to appreciate the concerns of each group
  • High energy, strong collegiality, and a positive demeanor
  • Demonstrated ability to provide organizational leadership and a commitment to working in an inclusive, diverse, and fully participative organizational culture
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, presentation and oral communication skills, delivered in a manner appropriate to the audience.
  • Ability to establish priorities, organize, schedule, and solve problems and tasks.
  • Ability to demonstrate integrity, credibility, confidentiality, and responsibility in all interactions; possess high ethical standards and an honest, open, and consistent approach to working with peers, employees and Senior Leadership.
  • Ability to engage in critical thought and analyze all types of quantitative and qualitative data into informational reports and presentation for strategic planning and problem solving.
  • Proven ability to synthesize detailed, complex information into clear and compelling recommendations and briefing.
  • Demonstrated ability to model appropriate professional, ethical and collaborative behaviors that engender collaboration, trust and respect consistent with the responsibilities of the position.

Diversity and Qualifications:

- AMDA is fully committed to diversity, inclusivity, and equity throughout the teaching and learning process. We encourage applications from individuals who have extensive experience working with students from diverse backgrounds.
-  Successful candidates will have a sensitivity to, and understanding of, the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of our students, including disabilities that may affect students' development and learning styles.
- Members of traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

COVID19 Vaccine Policy:

AMDA has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy commencing at the beginning of the fall semester (10/18/21) for all employees who will be working on campus. 

For information regarding exemptions, please contact the HR department at [email protected]

AMDA is proud to be an EOE employer M/F/D/V