Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs (Administrator III)

May 12, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


California State University, Fresno seeks an active, energetic, positive individual to serve as Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs. Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and working with the deans, chairs, faculty, and staff, provide collaborative, ethical leadership in the promotion of the university's mission and commitment to diversity.

The Associate Vice President (AVP) for Faculty Affairs is an ex officio member of the Academic Affairs Leadership Team and reports directly to the Provost. The AVP is responsible for all academic personnel matters and for building relationships with and among the faculty and campus community. This is an at-will Management (MPP) position and may be granted academic retreat rights to a faculty appointment.

The successful candidate should have a positive attitude and a leadership style that is characterized by a commitment to diversity, integrity, ethical practices, and respectful collaboration. The successful candidate should also be knowledgeable of and experienced in academic personnel policy and possess exceptional organization and time management skills.

Position Summary:

Under the general direction of the Provost, the Associate Vice President (AVP) for Faculty Affairs implements, interprets, and ensures compliance with, the Unit 3 (CFA) and Unit 11 (UAW) Collective Bargaining Agreements and provides leadership and assistance to the director of the Center for Faculty Excellence on matters pertaining to faculty onboarding, faculty professional development, and faculty research, scholarship and creative activities.

Leadership to the campus community

Represent the campus to the university community and community at large. Provide input to leadership on issues related to personnel: The AVP provides leadership, support, and oversight for faculty recruitment, evaluation, professional development, research and scholarly activities, and employment matters related to faculty.

Service to the campus community

The AVP sits on a number of campus committees as the Provost's or President's representative or designee. The AVP is a member of the Academic Senate's Personnel Committee, and provides support for the development of, or amendments to, faculty personnel policies. As a member of the Academic Affairs Leadership Team, the AVP is essential in advising academic deans and department chairs on faculty personnel matters, policies, CBA interpretations, and various personnel transactions.


Conduct, plan, and/or supervise training related to new faculty orientation, recruitment policies and practices, probationary plans, retention, tenure, and promotion processes and policies, and compliance with the Unit 3 and Unit 11 CBAs. The AVP coordinates and supervises all related procedures, and provides policy interpretations to department chairs, committees, academic deans, and the Provost.

Representative of the University for Unit 3 and Unit 11

The AVP is the Level 1 hearing officer for grievances, and serves as the employer representative in arbitration hearings. As employer representative, the AVP responds to DFEH and EEOC complaints brought by faculty; conducts investigations, particularly in cases related to alleged faculty misconduct; coordinates with the AVP for Human Resources and the Dean of Students for complaints related to harassment, discrimination, and retaliation; and advises the Provost and President on disciplinary matters.

Management of Faculty Affairs and Center for Faculty Excellence

The AVP directly supervises professional staff in Faculty Affairs and supervises staff in the Center for Faculty Excellence in support of these responsibilities. This includes professional development, process improvement, communication, and oversight of work.

The AVP leads the campus as an active, innovative, encouraging leader who promotes and practices with integrity, collaboration, and respect.

Information about the University's Mission

Strategic Plan (

Mission: To boldly educate and empower students for success.

Values: Discovery. Diversity. Distinction.

Strategy Statement: Fresno State will implement bold, focused strategies designed to maximize success for our diverse student body. In collaboration with our community partners, we will provide a transformative educational experience that prepares students to serve and to lead in the Central Valley, the state, and beyond while improving the overall graduation rate.

Value of Diversity (

President's Commission on Human Relations and Equity


Minimum Required Qualifications

  1. Must hold the rank of full Professor with tenure or must hold the appropriate academic credentials that would qualify them for a tenured full Professor appointment at Fresno State.
  3. Effective experience as a dean, associate dean, department chair, or administrative equivalent.
  5. Ability to manage a Human Resource/Faculty Affairs office and demonstrate the understanding of personnel-related laws such as affirmative action, equal pay, ADA, Whistleblower, Conflict of Interest, HEERA, Title VII, Title IX, etc.
  7. Commitment to the University's Value of Diversity and the University's Mission.

Must be able to demonstrate:

  1. Experience			
  2. and appreciation for, shared governance and collective bargaining.
  4. with implementation of academic policies.
  6. interacting and collaborating with administrators, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds.
  8. as an innovative thinker, with imaginative ideas for increasing faculty engagement in the collaborative mission of the university.
  • Knowledge			
  • personnel transactions and coordination of collective bargaining, campus policies, and other guides (e.g., recruitments & appointments, Retention Tenure and Promotion, leaves, etc.).
  • faculty policy development and its relationship to collective bargaining agreement and laws.
  • Skills			
  • impromptu speaking skills, and an aptitude for writing well-organized and well-reasoned documents under serious time constraints.
  • exceptional organization and time management skills to prioritize, organize, and manage a consistently demanding workload.
  • Ability to			
  • communicate clearly, persuasively and timely.
  • represent the university as a leader, and convey its mission and values.
  • handle sensitive personnel issues with confidentiality in a public and unionized environment.
  • work and navigate in a transparent and public sector environment.
  • listen to, affirm, and constructively guide faculty, deans, and staff toward a sound reading of policy, and provide effective and creative resolutions.

    Preferred Qualifications

    1. Demonstrated ability to supervise a professional staff; experience in recruitment and evaluation of staff.
    3. Experience in receiving student, staff, or faculty complaints; knowledge of the appropriate administrative disposition of such complaints.
    5. Knowledge of investigatory procedures related to complaints of discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation.
    7. Knowledge of faculty development as it relates to a diverse student population, complex learning needs, and the integration and use of technology.

    Filing Deadline:

    Applications received by August 6, 2017 will be reviewed for minimum qualifications and given full consideration by the hiring manager and/or search committee. Qualified applicants received after that date will be forwarded upon request to the hiring manager and/or search committee.

    Application Procedures:

    Individuals interested in being considered for this position should submit an on-line application and attach the following supporting documents: 1) resume, 2) letter of interest which includes a narrative detailing how the candidate fulfills each of the required and preferred items listed under Qualifications, and 3) names, email addresses and telephone numbers of three references who can provide current assessments of the candidate's qualifications for the position.

    Pursuant to Executive Order 883, reasonable accommodation is to be provided upon request from an employee or applicant with disabilities, unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the campus. What constitutes a reasonable accommodation is to be determined by the campus on a case-by-case basis after it has received the individual's request for accommodation and engaged in an interactive process. Employees or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation should contact Human Resources directly at (559) 278-2032.

    How To Apply:

    To apply for this or any open position at Fresno State visit our online employment site at:

    Other Requirements:

    Pursuant to the requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, any offer of employment is contingent upon verification of individual's eligibility to be employed in the United States.

    A background check (including a criminal records check) must be satisfactorily completed (as determined by the CSU) before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete or pass the background check may be the basis for rescinding an offer of employment and/or affect the continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for posted positions identified as sensitive.

    California State University, Fresno annual security report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Fresno State, and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to or accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, alcohol/drug use, crime prevention, reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Campus Police Department or by accessing the following web site:

    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. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following web site:

    This position may be a "designated position" in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position may be required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.

    Other Applicant Information:

    Applicants will receive confirmation of receipt of their application materials via automatic email reply. In addition, qualified applicants will receive email notification at the conclusion of the recruitment process.

    This is a full-time management position covered by the California State University Management Personnel Plan. Under this plan, employees are subject to management reviews and serve at the pleasure of the University President of that campus.

    Equal Employment Opportunity:

    The California State University, Fresno is committed to maintaining and implementing employment policies and procedures in compliance with applicable state and federal equal employment opportunity laws and regulations. Executive Order 883 prohibits discrimination and Executive Order 927 prohibits harassment, on the basis of a protected status: race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex (including gender identity, per HR 2004-12), sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition and covered veteran status. Retaliation against individuals for complaining about these proscribed conduct, opposing such conduct, or participating in an investigation or proceeding involving such conduct is prohibited by both executive orders.

    Further, the California State University, Fresno's statement of commitment to equal employment opportunity principles is also found in the various collective bargaining agreements.

    General Information:

    California State University, Fresno is one of 23 campuses in the California State University System. The University's mission is to offer high-quality educational opportunities to qualified students at the bachelor's and master's levels, and in certain applied disciplines, at the doctoral level. The current student enrollment is approximately 24,000, including a large percentage of students with diverse and culturally rich backgrounds. The University serves the San Joaquin Valley while maintaining deep involvement with the state, nation, and world. California State University, Fresno promotes student learning and community engagement through faculty scholarship and service learning opportunities in collaboration with community organizations, educational institutions, industry, business and government. The University was one of the first U.S. Colleges and Universities to be selected by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its Community Engagement Classification.

    Metropolitan Fresno, with a multi-ethnic population of over 600,000, is located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley on the western edge of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The campus is within driving distance of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, the Monterey Peninsula, beaches, sailing, lakes, and numerous ski resorts. Fresno boasts one of the most reasonable housing markets in California and offers a wide array of locally grown fruits and produce.


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