Dean of Student Affairs (Apply via AnotherSource)

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Maritime Academy
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Full Time, Student Services, On-site (work in-person at business location)
Position Description

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Working Title: Dean of Student Affairs

Classification Title: Administrator IV

Department Name: Student Affairs

Time Base: Full-time

Pay Plan: 12 month 

Bargaining Unit:  M80 (Management/MPP)

Employment Type: MPP – this position is part of the California State University Management Personnel Plan (MPP). No tenure or permanent status can be achieved within the MPP.

Salary Range:

  • Hiring salary is budgeted/anticipated at $16,250 - $18,334 per month commensurate with experience
  • CSU Salary Range: $6,563 - $21,066 per month.

Benefits: Premium benefit package includes outstanding health, dental, and vision plans; life and disability insurances; pension (CalPERS); tuition fee waiver; and 14 paid holidays per year. See our benefits website for additional information.

Application Deadline: Open until filled.  A review of applications will begin Friday, May 3, 2024 and the review period may end at any time thereafter.

About California State University Maritime Academy:

Established in 1929, California State University Maritime Academy, a campus of the California State University, is the only degree-granting maritime academy on the West Coast. Located on the scenic Vallejo waterfront, the campus serves a student population of approximately 1000 undergraduates and 50 graduate students.

Cal Maritime offers seven baccalaureate degrees in Business Administration, International Strategy and Security, Facilities Engineering Technology, Marine Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering,  Marine Transportation, and Oceanography. The undergraduate curriculum includes licensing programs for future merchant marine, coast guard, and naval reserve officers. Cal Maritime also offers a Master of Science in Transportation and Engineering Management degree, as well as a number of extended learning programs and courses

A summary of this position:

Cal Maritime is searching for a visionary leader who is ready to be part of a leadership team to shape our unique university. As the only Maritime Academy on the west coast and a university within the California State University system, Cal Maritime provides opportunity for the leadership team to engage in complex matters including decreased enrollment and budgetary issues from a distinctive position in higher education. Cal Maritime is seeking a dynamic and experienced student affairs professional who is not just a leader but a trailblazer. If you're passionate about driving innovation, making bold decisions, and creating an environment where students thrive, join us on this exciting journey! The Dean of Student Affairs must possess a forward-leaning mindset and be eager to help shape the future of Cal Maritime in an environment where our leaders make decisions.

About the Role

The Dean of Student Affairs is responsible for fostering the university's commitment to student success and serves as the leader of the Student Affairs division. Reporting directly to the President, the Dean of Student Affairs serves as a member of the President's Cabinet and participates in all aspects of institution-wide planning and programs in support of the mission and goals of the university, including meeting the needs of a diverse student population and creating a learning environment where all students (undergraduate, graduate, and professional) can succeed.

The Dean of Student Affairs is responsible for creating an environment of collegiality, inclusiveness, and support for the university's diverse student body and providing executive level leadership and direction in the administration of a comprehensive range of services, policies, and procedures. The Dean of Student Affairs is responsible for collaborating with the President, cabinet members, deans, faculty, and others in fostering strong relationships with university constituents in providing strategic and innovative leadership in facilitating programs and services that enhance student outreach, enrollment, retention, and graduation. The incumbent is focused on actively developing, implementing, and maintaining programs that enrich student learning, build, and maintain a strong sense of community, and promote growth through engagement at Cal Maritime.

The Dean of Student Affairs leads a talented and diverse team of professionals who provide a comprehensive array of student services focused on student success and engagement. The Dean of Student Affairs inspires and leads in all areas of the student experience, including university life, daily activities, and operations; conduct, morale, and discipline; residence life, health services, counseling, career services, diversity and inclusion; leadership and character development; and recruitment, enrollment, and financial aid. The Dean of Student Affairs ensures that all students receive the highest quality experience while leading key initiatives to maximize retention and graduation.

Major Responsibilities

How you will spend your time:


  • Manages the Student Affairs budget.
  • Fosters and leads a student affairs division, including overseeing personnel management, training, retention, and evaluation of professional and support staff.
  • Supports and fosters staff success, developing a strong sense of team and cross-department and divisional collaboration, and establishes an environment of mentoring, accountability, and support.
  • Ensures the delivery of quality and responsive programs and services through effective leadership and assessment of outcomes of student affairs programs.
  • Implements qualitative and quantitative assessment programs to measure and optimize services in support of student academic, social, physical, emotional health, and development.
  • Participates as a member of the senior administration, serving on various councils and committees and as a liaison to various internal and external groups including CSU systemwide organizations.
  • Represents Cal Maritime to external entities and outside agencies in matters relating to Cal Maritime’s student services.
  • Develops, fosters, and promotes new opportunities for partnerships with public and private sector organizations.

Enrollment Management, Admission, Financial Aid and Related Planning

Leads university enrollment management and related planning, including but not limited to:

  • Collaborates with the President, and President’s cabinet members, deans, faculty, and others in developing and implementing a strategic enrollment plan.
  • Fosters strong relationships with internal and external constituents in providing strategic and innovative leadership in facilitating co-curricular programs and services that enhance student outreach, enrollment, retention, and graduation.
  • Oversees recruitment of students through the development and implementation of enrollment-centric recruitment marketing plans for short- and long-term goals.
  • Oversees financial aid and ensures proper award and fund distribution.
  • Partners with the Executive Dean of Academic Affairs and others in developing comprehensive student success programs.

What you will bring:

Division Leadership and Vision:

  • Ability to establish a clear and understandable vision for Student Affairs Division, engage the university community in its implementation, and build the operational components to execute it. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to Cal Maritime’s mission and goals as a student-centered university dedicated to teaching excellence and active learning with a university first perspective.
  • Ability to demonstrate a commitment to inclusiveness, access, and appreciation of the cultural diversity within the university community.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective relations with university employees, students, and the public.
  • Ability to lead and enable groups of people to face challenges and achieve results in complex conditions. 

Leadership, Conflict Resolution and Continuous Improvement:

  • Experience in building and managing high-performing teams aligned with organizational goals.
  • Proficient in directing, motivating, and assessing team performance, including experience in collective bargaining environments.
  • Skilled in fostering learning and professional development, addressing challenges courageously, and promoting innovation and continuous improvement.
  • Demonstrates strong analytical ability and operational focus in making effective decisions to overcome current and future challenges.

Strategic planning / Goal Setting

  • Experienced in strategically supporting growth and change by creating and implementing long- and short-term goals, coordinating resource allocations, and collaborating with multiple entities to achieve objectives outlined in the university's strategic master plan.
  • Skilled in managing large, complex projects from concept to completion in a centralized and regulated environment, finding solutions that foster mutual satisfaction and positive action, and developing imaginative approaches to strategic initiatives.
  • Proficient in creating and initiating emergency protocols and applying forward-thinking, creative thought with high ethical standards to develop strategic vision.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Extensive knowledge of current issues in student affairs and of student development theory/perspectives.
  • Possess a high degree of cultural competence and a personal commitment to diversity and access.
  • Knowledge of the changing informational and technological systems used in student affairs.
  • Industry-oriented experience in a maritime-related field.
  • Experience garnering and leveraging resources in support of student programs.
  • Experience in a public university system.
  • Experience working with a unionized workforce.

Education and Experience:

  • Master's degree from an accredited institution preferably in student affairs, higher education, counseling, or a closely related field. Doctoral/Terminal degree preferred.
  • Nine years of progressively responsible work experience, including at least five years leading and/or supervising others' work, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in senior financial leadership in higher education, government, or comparable organization.
  • Experience in Strategic Enrollment Management.
  • Experience overseeing multi-disciplinary operational units in a complex organization.
  • Work experience in an academic setting, ideally at an institution of higher education.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in contributions to the scholarship and practice of student affairs and justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in higher education.

Why a career with CSU is for You?

The CSU system offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary:

  • Tuition waiver: up to 2 courses, or 6 units, per semester for employee, spouse, registered domestic partner or eligible dependent child for any of the 23 campuses.
  • Mission driven culture: Transforming the lives of a diverse student body, including first-generation students and under-represented communities.
  • CalPERS Retirement Plan: CalPERS is a defined benefit retirement pension plan. Lifetime medical benefits for you, your spouse, or registered domestic partner. Learn more here
  • Up to 24 vacation days per year

Hours of Work/Travel: 

  • Travel outside of normal business hours.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as appropriate.

Physical, Mental, and Environmental Conditions:  Involves mainly sitting; walking and standing is minimal; involves lifting lightweight objects limited to 15 pounds

Background Check: Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check, DMV records check, credit check and fingerprinting) is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

Mandated Reporter: The person holding this position is 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 revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment.

Designated Position: 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.

Eligibility to Work:  Applicants must provide proof of U.S. citizenship or authorization to work in the United States within three days of the date of hire.

Title IX: Please view the Notice of Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Gender or Sex and Contact Information for Title IX Coordinator click here

Equal Employment Statement

The California State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all CSU students, faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus). 

We are committed to building inclusive candidate pools as we partner with hiring teams. Veterans, women, people of color, LGBTQIA+, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. As you read through the job posting and review the list of qualifications (required and/or preferred), please do not self-select out if you feel you do not meet every qualification. No one is 100% qualified. We encourage you to apply and share your story with us.

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