Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students

University of California, Merced
Merced, California
Apr 24, 2017
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs
Executive Administration Jobs
Deans, Other Executive Administration
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of California, Merced is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With more than 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. UC Merced is also building the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building in the heart of Merced.

The Position

Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, the Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students (AVC/DoS) is responsible for matters related to student persistence, engagement and learning support. The position is charged with supporting the student success goals of the institution and Division of Student Affairs through development, implementation and ongoing assessment of programs and services that foster education, retention and excellence among the student body. The AVC/DoS provides oversight over the human resources, budget and programmatic activities of the Bright Learning Center, the Office of Student Life, the Campus Advocacy, Resources and Education (CARE) team, the Student Response Team, and serves on the Behavior Intervention Team. In addition, the AVC/DoS provides leadership both within the Division and also across campus on matters related to the students’ experience, the intersection of curricular and co-curricular programmatic development, the continued development of a diverse and supportive campus culture as well as oversight for student crisis management and mediation. The AVC/DoS oversees 40 employees with five direct reports, and administers an annual budget of approximately $10 million.


The successful candidate will possess a master’s degree in a related field with at least ten years of related experience in higher education. A doctoral degree is preferred. The ideal candidate will possess highly sophisticated skills in strategy development, systems planning, project and change management; the ability to establish mission and goals at the macro level and lead the office team to develop goals in alignment with the institution’s mission; expert leadership abilities; and the interpersonal skills to effectively lead, motivate and influence others. In addition, candidates must have experience in employee development, supervision and assessment; knowledge of organizational climate and multicultural competence; the ability to effectively interact with students, staff, faculty, alumni, parents and community members; strong counseling, advising and conflict resolution skills; knowledge of general business practices and fiscal management; and knowledge of best practices and trends.

Application and Nomination

Review of applications will begin May 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please visit, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Heather J. Larabee at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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University of California, Merced – Associate Vice Chancellor/Dean of Students

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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.