Division of Student Affairs Professional Development

Management Development Group

Student Affairs staff who are selected for the Management Development Group will work with the facilitators for two years in a program designed to build management competencies and leadership abilities, develop problem-solving skills, explore the complexities of the University of California system (administration, academics, governance, etc.), and examine and discuss important issues pertinent to the UCSB campus, to California’s educational system, and higher education in general. The group meets on average twice a month, sometimes with faculty and administrators to learn about such topics as the UC’s relationship to the California state legislature, outreach initiatives, campus budget process and issues, capital planning and construction, staff supervision and management, faculty perspectives on student services, etc.  The Management Development Group (MDG) also attends Division of Student Affairs managers meetings and retreats, and members may participate in other activities, including individual mentoring relationships with UCSB administrators.

Applicants for this opportunity should have motivation and initiative, want to develop personally and professionally, and see departmental, divisional, or institutional management as a career goal. Potential candidates include staff from all levels who have completed their probationary period and from departments across the division. Ideally applicants might have already participated in one or more development programs (e.g., Management Skills Assessment Program, Supervisory Certificate Program, Training and Development classes, mediation training, etc.), some might hold management roles in their departments, and others might have regularly demonstrated leadership abilities.

The next MDG cohort will begin in fall 2016.  Check back in spring for more information and updates regarding the group and applications. For questions or concerns, please contact the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs office at Thank you!