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Associate Vice President for Student Affairs (Administrator III)

Company: Sonoma State University
Location: Rohnert Park
Posted on: September 20, 2023

Job Description:

Associate Vice President for Student Affairs (Administrator III)

Job No: 530043
Work Type: Management (MPP)
Location: Sonoma
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time

Application Process

This position is open until filled. For full consideration, please submit application, along with cover letter addressing the below prompt and resume, by 8am on Friday, September 1st.

In your cover letter, please discuss your role as a leader in your current position, including how you help to encourage and move your area's visions forward, how you support each department, and how you've supported underrepresented and underserved students in your current role and/or throughout your career. In addition, please identify what is most important to consider when it comes to balancing oversight of multiple departments, including how you use data to inform and promote student success. Finally please address how you encourage, embrace and engage diversity, equity and inclusivity as a division and university leader.

Please review the position description listed above for full scope of responsibilities and qualifications.

Job Summary

Reporting to and working in collaboration with the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA), the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs (AVP-SA) provides strategic and programmatic leadership for the Division of Student Affairs. This includes developing and implementing university strategies designed to help increase the recruitment, matriculation, retention, success, and graduation of all SSU students with an emphasis on historically and culturally underrepresented and underserved students. The portfolio for the AVP-SAS includes the following key areas:

  • Center for Academic Access & Student Enrichment (CAASE) - DREAM Center, Disability Services for Students, Educational Opportunity Program, Military and Veteran Resource Center, Seawolf Scholars Foster Youth Program, Summer Bridge, TRIO Student Support Services Programs, and the Wine Industry Scholars Program.
  • Student Success & Advising - Advising & Transfer Center, Student Success & Retention, Career Center, and Peer Success Coaches.
  • Pre-Collegiate Programs - Academic Talent Search programs, Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math & Science programs, TRIO Training Grants, and Learning by Making Grant.
  • Office of the Associate Vice President - Legal interns serving SSU's undocumented students, staff, and faculty as well as special initiatives-Partnerships with Faith-Based Organizations Grant, and Male Success Initiative.
    Associate Vice President Responsibilities:
  • Serve as a representative of Student Affairs and/or the VPSA at various functions on and off campus meetings and events.
  • Serve as a member of University and Student Affairs committees, as appointed.
  • Serve as a member of the Vice President's Leadership Team and Executive Team.
  • Lead Division wide initiatives in concert with the VPSA in order to support the University mission and Division purpose.
  • Build strong, collaborative relationships with stakeholders, point people, campus partners, students, faculty/staff, families, and community members in support of establishing a diverse student population and an extraordinary curricular and co-curricular experience for all.
  • Coordinate collaboration among all SAS units and external campus units.
  • The incumbent participates with the management team in the development and administration of division policies and is responsible for providing related guidance to the Vice President and Area Heads.
  • Ensure DSA's aims are accomplished.
  • Collaborate successfully with leadership from within other divisions.
    Management and Supervision:
    • Provide leadership and supervision to ensure programs and services support university-wide strategies related to student success, diversity, inclusion, equity, and the purpose of the Division of Student Affairs. This includes assessing staffing needs and plans appropriately to meet those requirements, promoting appropriate training, professional mentoring, sharing on-the-job experiences, and creating other professional development opportunities.
    • Play an active role as a member of the VPSA's leadership team and Executive Management Team in implementing annual goals for DSA related to areas such as recruitment, retention, training, orientation, assessment, and/or other priorities.
    • Under the direction of the VPSA, implement annual goals of the DSA related to areas such as staff and student recruitment, retention, training, orientation, assessment, and/or other priorities.
    • Initiate and maintain corrective disciplinary action as appropriate.
    • Responsible for appropriate delegation to project staff and related follow-up.
    • Provide supervision and direction for problem solving and conflict resolution.
    • In consultation with the DSA's Director of Administrative and Financial Planning and the VPSA, develop and manage all departmental budgets.
      Key Qualifications

      This position requires a minimum of 7-10 years of progressively responsible experience in higher education, preferably directing programs focused on matriculation and graduation of students in a timely manner, assisting diverse student populations and/or students from underserved, underrepresented backgrounds in persisting. Must possess knowledge and demonstrated ability to close the achievement gap for underrepresented minority groups. Master's degree in a relevant field from an accredited institution or terminal degree, or equivalent combination of education and experience to provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Doctorate preferred.

      In addition, this position requires the following:
      • Demonstrated success as a collaborator and relationship builder, with strong interpersonal skills and ability to build coalitions and collaborative working relationships with a broad range of diverse individuals and groups, including senior executives, to achieve results.
      • Proven record of success in fund development and donor and corporate relations.
      • Strong track record in managing change and proven record as an organizational leader and program builder, particularly around initiatives that promote multicultural education, student success, diversity, inclusion, global perspectives, and dialogue around social justice.
      • Demonstrated cultural awareness and ability to build trust, credibility, and skill to navigate a complex landscape.
      • Demonstrated cultural competency with the proven ability to work effectively with people regardless of cultural differences or circumstances, including race, ethnicity, religion, language, gender identity, age, marital and family status, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, diverse physical and learning abilities/disabilities, and other identities.
      • Applied knowledge of current best practices in the field of student development and emerging issues in higher education, including social justice, cultural competency, retention and persistence, at-risk student factors, community building, and student learning.
      • Proven record of leadership for diversity and inclusion in educational organizations, including student recruitment and retention, student success, curricular and co-curricular programs, and creating and fostering a positive campus climate.
      • Excellent oral and written communication skills using multiple communication modes, including social media and websites.
      • Demonstrated administrative skills, including planning, financial and personnel management.
      • Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment, tact, and discretion while maintaining integrity with sensitive and confidential information.
      • Innovative, strategic, and results-oriented leader with a broad vision for the role of diversity in achieving institutional excellence. THE AVP-SAS must be adept at facilitating difficult discussions, shepherding change, creating and strengthening partnerships, and aligning an array of efforts across the university.
      • Demonstrated knowledge of federal TRIO laws, regulations, operations, and Annual Performance Report production and submission.
        The incumbent must demonstrate integrity and sound judgment in performing duties; possess the ability to supervise the work of staff and recommend appropriate personnel actions; be able to apply strong problem solving and conflict resolution skills and train and evaluate performance, taking corrective action as needed; deal with stressful situations while maintaining composure; and contribute to a collaborative environment utilizing exemplary communication and problem solving skills as necessary. Must have strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple projects and competing priorities simultaneously, adjusting quickly to changes needed on a daily basis. Must have the ability to effectively communicate with all levels within the university and establish and maintain productive and effective, inclusive working relationships amongst diverse populations including staff, faculty, administration, students, and other internal and external constituents. Must be able to accept constructive feedback and work cooperatively in group situations.

        Salary and Benefits

        Starting salary placement depends on qualifications and experience and is anticipated to be in the range of $13,334 to $13,750 a month. This position is a member of the Management Personnel Plan and serves at the pleasure of the President.

        This position is eligible for a broad range of benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurances, retirement (CalPERS), tuition waiver, vacation and sick leave. In addition, 14 paid holidays are offered each year; 13 scheduled on specific days and a Personal Holiday that may be taken any time during the year.

        A comprehensive benefits summary for this position is available online by clicking to be taken to the CSU benefits page.

        Supplemental Information

        Sonoma State University is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. In line with our Strategic Plan and our Seawolf Commitment, our values include diversity, sustainability, community engagement, respect, responsibility, excellence and integrity. We strive to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. We encourage innovation, experimentation and creativity, as well as contributions to equity and inclusion, in the pursuit of excellence for all members of our university community.

        The University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status. Mandated Reporting: This position may be considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

        Per the , it is strongly recommended that all faculty, staff, administrators, and students who are accessing campus facilities follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to continue to help us protect and maintain a healthy Seawolf Community. More information related to campus level requirements can be found here: .

        CSU Out of State Policy - Sonoma State University, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees upon date of hire to reside in the State of California. As of January 1, 2022 the prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.

        A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current employees who apply for this position.

        Sonoma State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff positions (i.e. H-1B visas).

        Positions are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days.

        For questions related to the application process, please reach out to . The ADA Coordinator is also available () to assist individuals with disabilities in need of accommodation during the hiring process.

        Sonoma State University's includes summaries of institutional policy relating to campus safety, drug and alcohol use, sexual assault, and other matters. The report is published in compliance with the Clery Act and includes three years of certain crime statistics that occurred in Clery Act defined geography. A paper copy of the report may be requested in person by emailing the Clery Compliance and Safety Office at .

        Pursuant to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, the Annual Fire Safety Report (AFSR) is available for viewing at . The purpose of this report is to disclose statistics for fires that occurred within Sonoma State University student housing facilities for three years, and to distribute fire safety policies and procedures intended to promote safety on campus. A paper copy of the AFSR is available upon request by contacting the Residential Education and Campus Housing at .

        Application Close: Open Until Filled

        To apply, visit


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