Dean, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Northridge, California
Mar 05, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Dean, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (JID 7426)
Administrator IV
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Dean’s Office

CSUN's Commitment to You

CSUN is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. Our values include a respect for all people, building partnerships with the community and the encouragement of innovation, experimentation and creativity. CSUN strives to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. CSUN is especially interested in candidates who make contributions to equity and inclusion in the pursuit of excellence for all members of the university community.

About the University:

One of the largest universities in the country, California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is an urban, comprehensive university that delivers award-winning undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 40,000 students annually and counts more than 330,000 alumni who elevate Southern California and beyond. Since its founding in 1958, CSUN has made a significant and long-term economic impact on California, generating nearly $1.9 billion in economic impact and more than 11,700 jobs each year. The LAEDC recognized CSUN as its 2015 Eddy Award winner for its positive economic impact. Serving more students on Pell Grants than any other institution in California, CSUN is also a social elevator and one of the most diverse universities in the country. CSUN ranks 13th in awarding bachelor’s degrees to underrepresented minority students and seventh in bachelor’s degrees to Latino students, serves the 13th largest Jewish student population, and enrolls the largest number of students who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing of any U.S. state university. The journal Nature recently named CSUN a Rising Star for scientific research, and the NSF ranks CSUN in the top five nationally among similar institutions for graduates who go on to earn doctorates in the sciences. CSUN is where individuals rise. And through them, so does Greater Los Angeles and beyond.

About the College:

Over its 31 year history, the College has sought to provide the highest quality Liberal Arts education in the field of Social & Behavioral Sciences while at the same time providing students with sound applied and professional training.  The college has 150 full-time faculty members and an enrollment of approximately 6500 undergraduate students and 700 graduate students and is comprised of the departments of Africana Studies, Anthropology, Criminology & Justice Studies, Geography and Environmental Studies, History, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Urban Studies and Planning and 3 interdisciplinary programs. The college offers 10 baccalaureate programs and 9 master’s degree programs. Additionally, there are 5 centers and institutes in the college including the Center for Southern California Studies, the Center for Geographical Studies and the Dubois Hamer Institute for Academic Achievement.  The College also sponsors the CSUN in D.C. Internship program and maintains a partnership with the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM).

As a college serving one of the world’s most diverse urban regions, we have a special commitment to studying the problems of urban America and providing our students with diverse ways of understanding and solving problems facing America in the global context.  The College vision can be summed up in one word:  Relevance.  Through the College’s commitment to applied social science research students acquire the critical core skills necessary for them to meet the needs of the region as well as to be competitive in the market place as either members of the workforce or graduate students.


As a member of the university’s senior academic team the Dean is the chief administrator of the college. The Dean reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and oversees departments and programs in the college. The Dean has primary responsibility for administering college instructional programs; creating and sustaining an environment supportive of academic excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship; developing and promoting long-range goals for the college; supporting interdisciplinary activities among departments of the college; planning, administering, and communicating about the college annual budget; implementing and interpreting university and state policies; making independent recommendations on all college personnel matters; managing, supporting, and evaluating college managers and staff; and recommending appointments of chairs and supervising their administrative functions.  The Dean plays a major role in developing external relations with organizations, individuals, community, and government; and in seeking supplemental external support for the college. The Dean has responsibility for providing effective leadership to the increasing ethnic and gender diversity and international character of the college. The Dean represents the college in the university and community, and performs other duties assigned by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.


Required qualifications include: earned doctorate from an accredited institution and qualifications for a faculty appointment at the rank of Professor within one of the departments of the college; a strong record of scholarly/creative and professional accomplishment; demonstrated excellence in university teaching; at least five years of administrative executive management or organizational administrative leadership, in higher education, including resource management, fundraising, and academic personnel decision making; proven ability to work collaboratively with students, faculty, university administrators, alumni, and community leaders; ability to function in a collective bargaining environment; and also must possess the ability to promote inter-professional collaboration across individuals from various departments, disciplines, and professional areas; and the ability to articulate a clear strategic vision, as is a record of effective and innovative leadership in advancement, grants, and contracts; must have a demonstrated ability to provide effective leadership in responding to the increasingly diverse array of students and colleagues, and a demonstrated commitment to promoting equity, diversity, access, and inclusion in the college and the university. The candidate must have successful experience with accreditation procedures and processes; and demonstrated leadership in program development that can be traditional as well as off-site, virtual, and/or partnered with other entities and a demonstrated commitment to regional recruitment of a diverse body of students, retention planning for academic success, as well as matriculation.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule: Salary is commensurate with knowledge, skills, and experience. The University offers excellent fringe benefits.

General Information: 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. This position is a sensitive position as designated by the CSU. The selected candidate is required to pass a thorough background investigation. Additionally, the person holding this position is considered a “mandatory reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements as set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

How to Apply: Candidates should apply by completing the CSUN on-line application utilizing link and must attach a cover letter that addresses the qualifications above and a current CV, including names of three professional references.  Note – CSUN candidates should apply through the portal by accessing the View Job Openings/Apply link on the Human Resources / Employee pagelet.

Review of applications begins April 1, 2018 and continues until position is filled. For more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please visit the link below:

Effective Date of Appointment: As soon as possible.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Recruitment Services.

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