Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Student Engagement & Success (CLOSED)

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California State University, Sacramento invites inquiries, applications and nominations for the position of Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Student Engagement & Success

About California State University, Sacramento

Sacramento  State is located In the heart of Northern California, one of the most beautiful, diverse and rapidly growing areas in the country.  The 300-acre campus, just five miles from the State Capitol, is situated along the American River parkway that offers miles of trails and recreational access to the city’s two rivers, Folsom Lake and the historic Sacramento riverfront.  Growth in the region has provided significant opportunities  for faculty research and engagement  with civic and business organizations  as well as extensive research and internship opportunities for the University’s approximately 26,000 students.  The University, where quality teaching is a top priority, offers instruction leading toward the bachelor’s  degree in 60 disciplines, the master’s degree in 40 disciplines, two doctoral degrees and one joint doctoral degree, and houses numerous research and community service centers.

Sacramento  is a high-growth metropolitan area with a population of approximately 2 million. Sacramento, a city and county with a very diverse population, was identified by Time Magazine in 2002 as “America’s most integrated city.”  As California’s capital, Sacramento is an advantageous  setting for premier academic  programs.  As a major metropolitan university, Sacramento State is committed to providing  leadership In addressing significant regional needs and to enriching its liberal arts tradition. The proximity of Sacramento  State to the California legislature and other agencies of state and federal government provides unparalleled  opportunities for faculty and students to participate in public service through policy research Internships, and employment.

About the Student Affairs Division

The Division of Student Affairs at Sacramento State is a comprehensive one that Includes enrollment, campus life, and academic support units, approximately 22 in total. As such, Student Affairs is responsible  for providing  programs and services that enhance campus life, student development, classroom learning experiences, and university retention and graduation. For more detailed information about the Division, please visit the Student Affairs website.

About the Position

The Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Student Engagement and Success (AVP-SES) is one of two AVP positions in the Division, and is responsible  for developing and maintaining programs that support the California State University’s  and Sacramento State’s Graduation Initiative (GI). Many of the Gl programs and services coordinated by the AVP-SES are aimed at helping students graduate in a timely manner and achieve a gainful career. Such programs work toward: getting and keeping students involved in the university community and engaged in their studies; increasing the graduation rate; decreasing the achievement gap between under-represented minority (URM) students and non-URM students; helping students gain co-curricular  experience applicable to their studies and to future careers; and facilitating students’ successful entry into the workplace. Since a culture of thriving and diverse co-curricular experiences contributes to the overall Sacramento State experience, the incumbent works toward preserving and developing that culture.

Under the supervision  of the Vice President for Student Affairs, the AVP has direct responsibility for supervising a number of key departments, including those traditionally associated with Campus Life such as Housing & Residential Life, Student Conduct, and Student Organizations  & Leadership (Student Activities on many campuses). He or she also oversees several Success Centers that target specific student populations and implement  strategies to increase engagement, retention, and graduation: the PRIDE Center (LGBTQIA community), Women’s Resource Center, and the Multi­ Cultural Center. In addition, the incumbent  also supervises Academic Advising, which provides critical retention services including freshmen and transfer student orientation, academic advising for general education, and developmental advising for students on academic probation. Finally, the AVP oversees the many programs  and services offered through the Career Center. The AVP position oversees a budget of approximately $13.5 million and staff of approximately 85 employees.

The incumbent is a member of the Vice President for Student Affairs’ senior management team, which also includes the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Enrollment Management. He or she will work closely with the leadership team and colleagues within the Division toward student engagement, retention, and graduation goals. Additionally, the incumbent collaborates with college deans and academic departments  as necessary, especially to coordinate General Education advising. The incumbent Is also responsible  for executing his or her departments’ annual assessment  plans and reports, contributing to the Division’s strategic planning activities, working with student government  and the campus newspaper, participating in campus-wide committees and advisory groups, and the day-to­ day operation of the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Successful Candidates


  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Progressively responsible  professional experience managing one or more Academic or Student Affairs departments or one or more comparable non-university departments.
  • Fiscal experience overseeing  and shaping multiple substantial budgets, particularly during times of diminishing resources
  • Demonstrated  success In supervising  management-level staff
  • Experience in policy review and revision
  • Experience In and commitment  to working In an environment that Includes very diverse groups
  • Superb writing and speaking skills



The successful candidate will also demonstrate the following:

  • A collaborative leadership  style as evidenced by:
    • Ability to conceptualize issues and challenges and mobilize staff in bringing ideas to fruition
    • Willingness to accept and initiate change
    • Ability to proactively work between and among groups and individuals to create positive relationships
    • Strong interpersonal skills and creative problem solving skills
    • Ability to manage and complete multiple, concurrent tasks in a timely way
  • Ability to interpret and disseminate institutional policies and protocols
  • Willingness to enforce aforementioned policies and protocols
  • Management  experience in Student Life, engagement, or retention areas
  • Experience in program review, assessment, and/or evaluation
  • Interest in working with student governance  groups and student media
  • Experience with technology pertinent to the management of Student Information  Systems, i.e. CMS/PeopleSoft, etc.


This position is defined in the Management Personnel Plan (MPP) ofThe California State University.  It is excluded from the collective bargaining process and is also exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

This position is a “designated position” in the California State University’s Conflict of Interest Code.  The successful candidate accepting this position is required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.

The anticipated starting date is August 1, 2012.


Candidate will be required to provide official transcripts of their highest degree earned and must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.

How To Apply

Interested individuals should send the information including

  • a letter of application;
  • current resume;
  • a short statement (2-5 pages) that explains what role a comprehensive Student Affairs Division at a large public university should play in increasing  the University’s retention and graduation rates;
  • the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of five current references who can address professional preparation and experience.

The information should be sent electronically (Microsoft Word attachments preferred) to, and the subject line should read CSUSAVP. Documents that must be mailed should be sent to William Spelman Executive Search, Stony Point Landing, 667 Midship Circle, Webster, NY 14580. Confidential inquiries will be received at (951) 201-8800. Confidentiality will be maintained, and references will not be contacted without prior knowledge or approval of the candidate. For full consideration, all materials should be received by April 30, 2012. The search process will continue until the position is filled.

California State University, Sacramento Is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who assist the University in meeting its Strategic Plan goal to: “Build and sustain a vibrant learning community derived from the strength and vitality of our diverse campus.” Sacramento  State hires only those individuals  who are lawfully authorized to accept employment In the United States.
Jeanne Clery

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, Sacramento  State has made crime statistics available on-line. Reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Sacramento  State and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus, during the last three years are Included.  The report also Includes institutional policies concerning  security, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault and other safety matters.  Print copies are available In the library, and by request from the Office of Public Safety and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.