Vice President for Student Affairs (Administrator IV)

California State University   •  

San Bernardino, CA

Industry: Education


8 - 10 years

Posted 131 days ago

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California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) is one of 23 campuses in the California State University system. Located equidistant between Los Angeles and Palm Springs, CSUSB serves the expansive San Bernardino and Riverside Counties (also known as the Inland Empire), whose more than 4 million residents live in 27,000 square miles – an area larger than ten states. Voted the most beautiful CSU campus by students, CSUSB is nestled in the foothills of the picturesque San Bernardino Mountains, which provide a stunning backdrop to the 441-acre, park-like campus. Cal State San Bernardino is a preeminent center of intellectual and cultural activity for the Inland Empire. With five academic colleges, along with a college of extended learning and a branch campus in Palm Desert, CSUSB enrolls more than 20,000 students and employs more than 2,300 faculty and staff. A minority-serving institution, the campus reflects the rich and dynamic diversity of the region and has as diverse a student population as any university in California.

Responsibilities of the Position
Reporting to the president, the vice president for student affairs (VPSA) is responsible for continuing the university's commitment to student success by establishing and sustaining an environment of inclusiveness and support for the campus's diverse student body, supporting student learning, fostering a strong sense of community, and promoting growth through engagement in the life of the main campus in San Bernardino and the branch campus in Palm Desert. The VPSA will manage a budget of nearly $33 million and will lead a team of more than 300 staff representing a broad portfolio of student support programs, including: Career Center; Children's Center; Cross Cultural Center; Counseling and Psychological Services; Housing and Residential Education; Intercollegiate Athletics; Obershaw DEN Food Pantry; Pre-College Programs; Recreation and Wellness Center; Services to Students with Disabilities; Student Conduct and Ethical Development; Student Engagement; Student Health Center; Undocumented Student Success Center; Veterans Success Center; Vice President for Student Affairs Office; and the CARE Team. The VPSA also oversees two 501(c) (3) auxiliaries, the Associated Students, Inc., and the Santos Manuel Student Union. The vice president will work collaboratively with the provost and vice president for academic affairs to lead the effort of meeting the goals of the CSU Graduation Initiative 2025, as well as promote enrollment management as a comprehensive, integrated approach toward enhancing and improving the recruitment, retention, and graduation of CSUSB students. As a member of the president's cabinet, the VPSA will be counted on to provide counsel and advocate on all matters pertaining to non-academic student life.

A doctoral degree in a relevant field (student personnel administration, higher education administration, or similar discipline) and at least seven years of progressively responsible leadership in student affairs are required. The ideal candidate will possess a record of success in creating and implementing a vision for a student affairs division at a comprehensive university; demonstrated experience integrating student affairs with academic affairs; a record of effective and innovative leadership in policy development, strategic planning, diversity programming, and first-generation student engagement programming; and a demonstrated commitment to staff diversity, learning, and development. At least five years of progressively responsible senior managerial experience with a public institution of higher education; experience working effectively within academic shared governance and collective bargaining environments; experience working for an urban, minority-serving institution; and scholarly activity, including publications and participation in appropriate professional organizations are preferred.

Additional desired qualifications include:

Demonstrated ability to manage a large and complex organization and budget.
Demonstrated knowledge of student development theory and a broad range of trends and best practices nationally in student development programs and services.
Experience with critically assessing the efficiency and efficacy of services to students, including those delivered through technology.
History of success with student outcomes.
Ability to mentor staff and advance a culture of service and collaboration with all campus and system constituencies.
Experience in providing response and assistance to students in crisis situations.
Proven ability to create a climate responsive to student concerns.
Excellent communication skills, including the ability to effectively listen to all points of view, build consensus on initiatives and issues, and inform others of policies and plans.
The characteristics and attributes listed below were identified by various stakeholders when considering the position of Vice President for Student Affairs:

Understand the challenges, needs, and unique capabilities that a diverse population of first-generation, traditionally underrepresented population and Pell-eligible students bring to higher education, and understand the strategies for supporting their success.
Possess a deep understanding of the residential student experience and the contributions of residence life to campus life.
Exhibit strategic thinking and an ability to contribute to discussions of university issues beyond student affairs.
Possess a high degree of positive energy and enthusiasm that will inspire, motivate, empower, and stimulate students and staff to achieve their full potential.
Be comfortable with the ambiguity that accompanies a large public university system and adaptable to changing conditions.
Serve as an astute relationship-builder forging collaborative partnerships with academic affairs, finance and administration, enrollment/ retention services, the campus community, and the San Bernardino/ Riverside County community.
Create a culture that values measurable learning outcomes, assessment, and accountability.
Be a champion for social justice and community engagement.
Demonstrate success in being a persuasive, effective, and politically sophisticated advocate for student life and the student body within the larger university community, and be comfortable articulating the value of student engagement and the value of student life contributions to the overall educational experience.
Take a leadership role in national professional organizations and encourage staff members to actively participate in their professional associations.
Capacity to provide forward-thinking, innovative ideas to keep the institution on the forefront of trends and best practices.
Be a hands-on leader when necessary, but also delegate appropriate responsibilities to staff members and ensure accountability for outcomes.
Be visible and engaged in all types of campus, student, and community activities, events, and student interaction.
Empower staff to reach personal and professional goals through a supportive work environment, positive staff development, and calculated risk-taking.

Job ID: 2019-VPSA