SDSU Research Foundation

Leadership Development/Hiring Supervisor

Req No.
Full-Time Contract
Dept/Proj Name
Academy for Professional Excellence






Under the general direction of the Org Development Manager, you will work as a member of the Org Development Team to support Academy culture and staff. The Leadership Development/Hiring Supervisor supervises the Executive Administrator and leads the hiring process, onboarding, and transitioning of Academy staff, maintains policies and procedures, and supports staff development and special projects. You will work to develop, improve, and reinforce strategies and structure at the Academy to align with shared values, organizational culture, and implementation of the Academy’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) System of Practice.


You will be responsible for:

  • Supporting people leaders through job conceptualization, recruitment, onboarding, and, on the other end of the staff life-cycle, exiting. This includes revising and supporting systems for recruitment, onboarding, transitioning, and exiting, and training people leaders on new systems and developing their skills as appropriate. 

  • Serving as a liaison to the Human Resources Department of San Diego State University Research Foundation.

  • Identifying training needs to support equitable recruitment, hiring, and onboarding, as well as the development of Academy people leaders and working with members of the team to develop and deliver training.
  • Reviewing, revising, evaluating, and updating the Academy Policy & Procedures Manual and Supervisor’s Guide based on organizational needs and the Academy’s DEI System of Practice.
  • Participate and/or lead Academy Committees to support organizational health and growth.
  • Supporting the conceptualization and production of All-Staff events, training, and activities to foster connection, understanding, and collaboration across the Academy’s programs and divisions.



This is a 40-hour-a-week, full-time position, working M-F from 8:00 to 4:30 p.m., and is based on contract funding subject to annual renewal. The position is subject to rare overnight travel and work shifts outside of normal business hours including weekends and evenings. This position is based in California with the flexibility to be fully remote working primarily from a home office in California, fully office-based, or a hybrid of the two. Occasional travel is required to attend or facilitate in-person meetings or training.


Note: some duties may include working with and/or exposure to sensitive/traumatic topics or material dealing with child abuse, elder abuse, and/or issues and scenarios related to mental health, substance use, or racism.


As a project of San Diego State University Research Foundation, the Academy is grant-funded and serves as an auxiliary to the University. We are based near, but not on campus, and do not have direct responsibilities for working with or teaching college students. 


You will thrive in the position if you:

  • Have excellent communication skills and can synthesize and convey information in a concrete and user-friendly manner. 
  • Are a self-starter and comfortable working both independently and collaboratively on teams.
  • Can take ownership of projects and translate ideas into practice.
  • Are comfortable with the discomfort and vulnerability that come with honest discussions and behavioral changes needed to embrace diversity and intersectional identities and advance equity, inclusion and healing, healthy relationships.
  • Have the ability to listen and the willingness to learn and try new things.
  • Have experience supervising and leading others.
  • Have the patience to meet people where they are at and support their growth.
  • Are comfortable handling multiple, simultaneous projects of varying nature, content, and complexity and still meet deadlines.
  • Are adaptable and have the flexibility to shift projects mid-stream and/or adjust goals as needed to accommodate new information. There will be situations when things change at the last minute.   
  • Have a talent for creating and maintaining systems and efficient processes.
  • Are detailed-oriented. There are aspects of the job that require accuracy and consistency.
  • Are good at tracking projects, following up to ensure processes are implemented, and gathering and acting on feedback to improve processes.
  • Have excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Can perform basic mathematical calculations and utilize standard computer programs for word processing, spreadsheets, report preparation, and other work products as needed.



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