Senior Director, Office of Student Conduct

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
05 – N – Exempt
Work Unit:
Student Affairs
Office of Student Conduct
Full/Part Time:


The Senior Director of the Office of Student Conduct (OSC) supervises 18 staff members who administer Penn State University’s Code of Conduct at the University Park campus as well as at its 24 additional campuses across the Commonwealth and online. The Code of Conduct applies to all student organizations and to the approximately 96,000 enrolled undergraduate, graduate, and professional (i.e., medical and law) students. Penn State’s OSC manages approximately 2,700 cases at University Park and oversees the management of an additional 700 cases at the campuses, annually. The OSC provides oversight and training to over 80 staff members in Residence Life and at the Commonwealth Campuses when they are implementing the conduct process. The Senior Director provides leadership regarding complex legal and regulatory issues for students in higher education and works closely with many on- and off- campus partners including the Office of Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response, University Police, Residence Life, Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Care and Advocacy, the Gender Equity Center, the Title IX Coordinator, the LGBTQA Office, General Counsel, Student Activities, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Fraternity and Sorority Compliance, Affirmative Action, local police agencies, and Centre Safe, the local dating and domestic violence resource center. The Senior Director must possess organization, leadership, assessment, and crisis management skills; experience and commitment to working with diverse students and staff; and the ability to address challenging situations with sensitivity and professionalism. The Senior Director reports to an Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs. Responsibilities will include: Directs day-to-day operation of the University’s conduct process, which may include the following: serving as a case manager for serious cases; overseeing the management of the administrative process; providing ongoing evaluation of student conduct; managing and overseeing the case assignment process; assuring that all cases are heard in a fair, equitable, and timely manner; and managing communications related to student conduct. Develops policy consistent with local, state, and federal law and guidance. Serves as primary interpreter of the Code of Conduct. Oversees compliance with federal and state mandates, including Title IX, Clery Act, VAWA, etc. Supervise three associate directors, 4 assistant directors, 2 case managers, 2 investigators, 6 administrative staff, and a graduate assistant. Provides guidance and support for approximately 80 case managers in Residence Life and at the Commonwealth Campuses. Works with other staff to provide training to student, faculty, and staff hearing officers. Oversees investigations into alleged student violations of the Code of Conduct. Oversees the training of Residence Life Staff, Residence Life student leaders, and other institutional staff and faculty on conduct-related matters. Oversee the training of at least one student conduct designee at each Commonwealth Campus. Coordinates and oversees publications related to the Code of Conduct, other institutional policies, and OSC, both in print and online. Compiles reports and analyzes data and trends as needed and appropriate. Serves on the University’s Behavioral Threat Management Team. Manage a budget of approximately $850,000 and other duties as needed. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher (Doctorate preferred) or higher plus eight years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A degree in Higher Education Administration is strongly preferred. The candidate must have experience working in a student conduct related setting. Qualifications include: understanding Student Affairs roles and committed to a developmental model of student conduct on college campuses; thorough knowledge of state and federal legal issues related to higher education and student conduct; knowledge of Clery, Title IX, FERPA, and other federal laws and guidance related to student conduct work; strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills; ability to manage confidential and sensitive situations; ability to interact comfortably with a wide range of diverse people, including staff, students, faculty, and parents; ability to function as an integral team member with Student Affairs; familiarity with databases and computer software programs and commitment to professional ethics.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088