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Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students

Apply now Job no: 530697
Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Monterey Bay
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Full Time, Student Services, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Classification:   Administrator IV
Hours:  Full-time / 40 hours per week  
FLSA:  Exempt

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:  $12,917 - $14,583 per month* 
CSU Salary Schedule
*CSUMB provides pay scales representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for this position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, and CSU systemwide pay for comparable jobs.

Priority Screening Date:  August 22, 2023
Recruitment Status:  Open Until Filled


Powered by an inspiring Founding Vision StatementCalifornia State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is a mid-sized comprehensive baccalaureate and masters granting university whose staff and faculty help transform student lives with a focus on student success and engagement through experiential learning, service learning in its regional community, and the promotion of multicultural and global perspectives on and beyond campus. With a vibrant, diverse student body of over 7,400 students. CSUMB is both a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).

The university’s Strategic Plan prioritizes inclusive excellence through recruiting and investing in the development of a diverse body of faculty, staff, and administrators. CSUMB’s sustainability initiative is to be carbon neutral by 2030. The university’s faculty and staff, many of whom live in the East Campus housing development, appreciate living and working so close to the shores of the beautiful Monterey Bay. As one of the 23 campuses in the California State University (CSU) system, CSUMB offers excellent benefits, including access to below-market-rate campus housing and competitive salaries for faculty and staff. 


Under the administrative direction of the Vice President for Enrollment Management &Student Affairs, the Associate Vice President/Dean of Students is responsible for oversight of Student Life.  Student Life includes Student Conduct; Student Activities & Leadership Development; Orientation & First Year Programs; Student Organizations; Greek Life; Associated Students; and Student Recreation.

This senior leadership appointment is involved in crisis planning and coordinating, and provides a unique opportunity to influence the climate for the student experience. In the absence of the Vice President, the AVP has the authority to make decisions of significance for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following:

1.    Provides leadership and vision for the student life functional areas.   Assures compliance with appropriate federal, state, and institutional policies as well as professional ethical standards in all areas of functional responsibility.

2.    Collaborate with students, faculty, and staff to foster student leadership and excellence in the learning, social and civic environment.  Supports the VP for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs in providing leadership and responsibility for oversight of the student discipline system, alternative means to resolving conflicts, crisis management, campus-wide student activity programming, and interpreting University policies.  Keeps the VPEMSA informed on any student-related issues through its conclusion.

3.     Oversees the development of a student community that is responsive to student needs, and that fosters the intellectual cultural, social, and interpersonal growth of students through leadership, program and engagement opportunities, dedicated staff and proactive advising.  Provides leadership for Student Life functions that promote civility and an inclusive campus climate. Provides leadership for the development and implementation of technology and communication efforts and projects. Provides leadership in developing parent program/communications and related grant opportunities.

4.     Reports to the Vice President of Enrollment Management & Student Affairs, and collaborates with the Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Leadership Team in strategic planning, professional development, budget/fiscal management, continuous quality improvement, policy development and implementation, and advancing diversity efforts. Serves as Student Affairs representative in planning for major capital improvement projects, renovations and new construction projects related to student housing, student center, student activities, dining services, etc.

5.    Works directly with Academic Affairs Leadership and Faculty/Academic Senate; serves on various committees as needed (supporting student retention and graduation rate improvement and initiatives).

6.     Develops the program outcomes for all student life functional areas, monitors assessment of those outcomes, and develops plans of action for improvement based on the assessment of those outcomes.

7.    Develops, implements, monitors and revises policies and procedures relating to the student life functional area in collaboration with the VPEMSA.

8.    Chairs or serve on appropriate committees including, but not limited to: the Student Fee Advisory Committee, and the Critical Incident Response Team. Serves in a significant leadership role on other campus committees including, but not limited to the CARE Management and Behavior Intervention Teams, Strategic Budget Advisory Committee, Commencement Planning Committee, and other standing campus-wide committees as needed.

Other Functions:

Perform other job-related duties and special projects as assigned.


Thorough knowledge of: best practices in American higher education administration and leadership, student personnel services, student development theory and student learning outcomes, student co-curricular retention models and practices; organizational development. Working knowledge of: principles, issues, and methods of public administration, including organization, personnel and fiscal management procedures; staff selection, development, and management in a collective bargaining environment; leadership development; computer applications in Student Affairs administration.  General knowledge of laws and contract issues related to student life, residential services, and employment. Thorough understanding of the academic support needs of developing first-generation students from culturally diverse and historically underserved communities.  Knowledge and experience working successfully and providing leadership within a culturally diverse higher education setting.

Skilled in: strategic planning, goal development, and outcomes assessment within the context of divisional and university plans; consultative and collaborative decision making; leadership development; conflict resolution; developing community among college students, effectively leading various areas of Student Affairs to strengthen the student life experience; residential and co-curricular learning program development in a multi-cultural environment; modeling and training for civility and strong intra-group and inter­group relations.

Ability to: think critically and independently interpret and apply codes of rules, regulations, procedures, precedent cases and policies related to the full range of Student  Affairs including, Student Activities & Leadership Development, Student Center management, learn the purposes, organization, structure, major programs, and related policies of the  California State University system and CSUMB; administer and forecast budgets; communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing; benchmark with comparable colleges and universities; develop new, innovative and effective support services for students; use supervisory principles, practices,  and techniques to accomplish results through delegation and motivation; work collaboratively in the development and administration of program areas; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships in a diverse, academic environment.


A master's degree from an accredited college or university AND seven (7) years of increasingly responsible management experience in Student Affairs. Demonstrated leadership and management experience in more than one Student Affairs functional area.  Experience in a diverse higher education environment.


Ph.D./Ed.D. (or in progress) Must have strong leadership, interpersonal and communication skills. Experience with program development, working with university auxiliary services; working in a collective bargaining environment; utilizing innovations in technology to enhance operations in Student Affairs. Highly desirable: demonstrated knowledge of creative and innovative programs which enhance the relationships between academic affairs and student life.

Technical fluency with Oracle/PeopleSoft, CSU Common Management System or equivalent student information system; Microsoft Office Professional Suite, and Google mail and calendaring programs. 


  • All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check (including a criminal records check).
  • 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  as a condition of employment.
  • This position will have a duty to report to the Campus Title IX Officer information pertaining to victims of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, and stalking as required by CSU Executive Order 1095.
  • This position is designated as a Campus Security Authority (CSA).  The position is required to participate in training at the direction of the Clery Director and must also promptly report allegations of reportable crimes according to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, its accompanying regulations; the California State Education Code, Chapter 15.5, of the Donahoe Higher Education Act, Section 67380; and the California State University system-wide policy, Code EO 1107.
  • This position has been designated as a sensitive position with responsibility for:
    • the care, safety and security of people (including children and minors), animals and CSU property
    • access to, or control over, cash, checks, credit cards, and/or credit card account information
    • responsibility or access/possession of building master or sub-master keys for building access,
    • access to and responsibility for detailed personally identifiable Level 1 confidential information about students, faculty, staff or alumni that is protected, personal or sensitive as defined in the CSU Information Security Data Classification Standards)
    • control over campus business processes, either through functional roles or system security access.
  • This position is required to comply with confidentiality requirements outlined in the Department of Education’s Family Educational Rights and Privacy and California’s Educational Code Chapter 13 regarding sensitive student issues
  • Must possess and maintain a valid license to drive in the State of California, pass the Defensive Training Class, and be insurable under the University's liability coverage.
  • May require occasional evenings and/or weekend work.


Office environment with standard equipment and tasks.  The position requires working at a computer and desk for extended periods of time.  May require travel between campus offices and off-campus locations. 

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff remain our highest priority. While on campus, students, faculty, staff, and the community will be expected to follow all campus safety mandates.  


This is a management-level position with an attractive benefits package, which includes: a vacation accrual rate of 16 hours per month; an excellent choice of medical, dental, and vision insurance; long-term disability coverage; life insurance; educational incentives; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS); and 14 paid holidays a year. For further information, please visit Employee Benefits Summary. As a perk, the University Corporation at CSU Monterey Bay provides access to affordable campus housing based on availability; visit Schoonover Employee Housing for more information.


For full consideration, applicants must complete the required online application prior to the priority screen date found at Careers at CSUMB. Application submissions received after the application screening date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University. Materials submitted become the property of CSUMB and will not be returned.

CSUMB is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Human Resources at (831) 582-3389 or emailing All employees must be eligible for employment in the U.S.


CSUMB hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States and is an E-Verify employer. In compliance with federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics, you can view the notice of availability and access the Cal State University, Monterey Bay annual security and fire safety reports at

CSUMB is a smoke and tobacco-free campus.


CSUMB is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action employer seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. We value and celebrate diversity in all its forms and strive to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. We consider qualified applicants for employment for their anticipated contributions and without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

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