Programs Supervisor (USU)

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Work type: Auxiliary
Location: Northridge
Categories: Full Time


The University Student Union, as the heart of campus, uplifts and empowers students to achieve educational, personal and professional goals by providing leadership development, meaningful employment, and innovative programs, services and facilities. We promote equity, inclusion and well-being, while encouraging social justice advocacy to help Matadors feel heard, respected and connected to CSUN. Our facilities include a University Student Union and a 138,000 square foot Student Recreation Center (SRC). The SRC is a facility for exercise and leisure activity that promotes lifelong health and wellness.


CSUN is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. Our values include a respect for all people, building partnerships with the community and the encouragement of innovation, experimentation and creativity. CSUN strives to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. CSUN is especially interested in candidates who make contributions to equity and inclusion in the pursuit of excellence for all members of the university community.


One of the largest universities in the country, California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is an urban, comprehensive university that delivers award-winning undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 40,000 students annually and counts more than 330,000 alumni who elevate Southern California and beyond. Since its founding in 1958, CSUN has made a significant and long-term economic impact on California, generating nearly $1.9 billion in economic impact and more than 11,700 jobs each year. The LAEDC recognized CSUN as its 2015 Eddy Award winner for its positive economic impact. Serving more students on Pell Grants than any other institution in California, CSUN is also a social elevator and one of the most diverse universities in the country. CSUN ranks 13th in awarding bachelor’s degrees to underrepresented minority students and seventh in bachelor’s degrees to Latino students, serves the 13th largest Jewish student population, and enrolls the largest number of students who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing of any U.S. state university. The journal Nature recently named CSUN a Rising Star for scientific research, and the NSF ranks CSUN in the top five nationally among similar institutions for graduates who go on to earn doctorates in the sciences. CSUN is where individuals rise. And through them, so does Greater Los Angeles and beyond.


Under the guidance of the Acting Programs Coordinator, the Programs Supervisor is responsible for the planning, producing, trouble-shooting, supervision, and evaluating of University Student Union (USU) events. Position provides supervision and training for part-time student employees and volunteers.


  • Assist with training and supervising the work of part-time student assistants, monitor performance; generate performance evaluations; mete disciplinary action;
  • Plan, implement, coordinate, supervise, and evaluate large and small scale USU programs (in-person and virtual) including but not limited to Matador Nights, Carnival, US Night Market, Student Showcase, lectures, recurring programs, signature events, and collaborative programs for internal departments and external campus partners, etc.;
  • Confirm and supervise all aspects of event logistics; provide onsite coordination of vendors and staff at events in addition to union/campus wide events (USU events and collaborative events);
  • Monitor and is responsible for adherence to budgets established for various USU events budgets. Negotiate, enforce, prepare, and proof entertainment and service contracts;
  • Prepare and review assessments, evaluations, and other reports; provide interpretation of college union policies and procedures related to programming;
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.



Graduation from a four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in an applicable field or specialized experience. Master’s degree can substitute up to one (1) year of professional level experience.


One year professional-level experience in higher education or similar which includes programming, student activities, residence life, or student development department and which involved program implementation and supervision of students, student employees and/or volunteers.

Special Requirements:

Not Applicable.

Preferred Qualifications:

Not Applicable.

Knowledge, Skills and/or Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the practices, procedures and activities of college union event programming strongly preferred
  • General knowledge of the methods and problems of organizational and program management
  • Knowledge of student development theory and desired outcomes preferred
  • Knowledge of group process training and development practices
  • Ability to effectively work with an ethnically diverse and culturally pluralistic student population and staff
  • Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment
  • Ability to facilitate an ongoing sensitivity and awareness to the cultural trends and needs of a university community
  • Proficient working knowledge of computer applications including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and web technology
  • Ability to assess the programming needs of students
  • Ability to plan, implement and evaluate a variety of small and large scale programs that are reflective of campus needs
  • Ability to effectively train, supervise and evaluate student staff
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with students, student organizations, staff, faculty, commercial vendors, public and private agencies
  • Ability to use initiative and resourcefulness in planning work assignments and implementing long-term program improvements
  • Ability to interpret and apply University and University Student Union rules and regulations
  • Ability to present information to small and large groups
  • Ability to clearly express ideas and direction verbally and in writing
  • Ability to negotiate, execute, and monitor contracts
  • Ability to assist with budget development, monitoring and analysis.
  • Ability to effectively manage time and meet deadlines
  • Ability to analyze critically and problem solve effectively


Work is generally performed in both a temperature-controlled office environment and in outdoor performance venues.  A valid California Driver’s License and current automobile insurance is required. Some evening and weekend work required (most often with advance notice). Must be able to maintain composure under high stress environments, manage competing priorities, and adhere to deadlines. Must be able to lift and carry up to 25 pounds. Contact with students, faculty, staff, administrators, agents, artists and the general public required.


  • Lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling light objects
  • Sitting or standing for extended periods of time
  • Seeing to inspect facility conditions
  • Hearing and speaking to exchange information in person and on the telephone
  • Bending at the waist, kneeling or crouching
  • Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard


This position supervises part-time student assistant employees and/or volunteers.


This position is employed through University Student Union (USU). USU offers an excellent benefits package.

The anticipated hiring range will be as follows and is dependent on experience and qualifications:

Hourly:      $ 20.26 - $ 21.63

Biweekly:  $ 1,621.38 - $ 1,730.76

Annually:  $ 42,156 - $ 45,000

HOURS: Full-Time 40 hours per week; may include early mornings, late evenings and weekends.


The University Student Union (USU) at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is proud to operate on the CSUN campus. As part of the campus community, the USU follows California State University (CSU) policy that requires all faculty, staff and students who are accessing campus facilities at any university location to be vaccinated against the virus that causes COVID-19. The policy does allow for medical or religious exemption from the vaccination requirement. The USU will require all of its employees, current or new, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or present a medical or religious exemption and any appropriate back up documentation.


Applications received through September 14, 2022 will be considered in the initial review and review of applications will continue until position is filled.

In order to be considered in the initial review, applications must be submitted prior to the date listed above. Application submissions received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the USU.


Candidates should apply by completing the on-line application. To submit an application and for more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please visit this link: 


A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily.  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the status of candidates who apply for the position.

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