Associate Vice President for Student Affairs (Administrator III)
Company: Sonoma State University
Location: Rohnert Park
Posted on: September 20, 2023
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs (Administrator
Job No: 530043
Work Type: Management (MPP)
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time
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.
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
- 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,
- Serve as a member of the Vice President's Leadership Team and
- 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
- 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
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
- 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
- Initiate and maintain corrective disciplinary action as
- Responsible for appropriate delegation to project staff and
- Provide supervision and direction for problem solving and
- In consultation with the DSA's Director of Administrative and
Financial Planning and the VPSA, develop and manage all
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Demonstrated knowledge of federal TRIO laws, regulations,
operations, and Annual Performance Report production and
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
A comprehensive benefits summary for this position is available
online by clicking to be taken to the CSU benefits page.
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
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
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
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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
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employment of current employees who apply for this position.
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