Vice President for Student Affairs (Apply via Search Firm)

San Jose, CA
Mar 29, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors, Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job ID: 24496
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job Code: 3300
Department: VP Student Affairs


Classification: Administrator IV
Anticipated Hiring Salary: Commensurate with experience
FLSA status: Exempt

San Jose State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package. For more information on programs available, please visit

About the Position

Reporting to President Mary Papazian, Ph.D., the Vice President for Student Affairs provides leadership and direction for the University's program and staff in a comprehensive student affairs portfolio which includes enrollment support, admissions, registration, financial aid services, housing services, campus life, and co-curricular activities that promote and contribute to student learning, civic responsibility and student health and wellness. Working closely with other senior administrators, the VPSA leads an on-going comprehensive effort campus-wide to manage university enrollments within the goals, policies and budgetary guidelines set forth by the State of California, the California State University, and San Jose State University.

The Vice President will inspire and direct the work of a staff of 350 and manage a budget of approximately $102M. Serving as an institutional leader on all student-related issues and concerns, the Vice President will champion the intellectual and social growth of a diverse population and ensure that institutional policies and practices provide fair and equitable treatment of all applicants and students. The institution is seeking a visionary leader who will engage in creating and supporting a vibrant and future-oriented student affairs division.

This is a position in the CSU - Management Personnel Plan (MPP), and serves at the pleasure of the President. This position will require adherence to University compliance training such as: Conflict of Interest and Ethics, AB 1825 Sexual Harassment Prevention, Information Security, and Injury and Illness Prevention Program. The person hired for this position may be required to complete an outside employment disclosure statement in accordance with Title V of the California Code of Regulations.

Education and Experience

A Master's Degree and at least ten years of relevant and progressively responsible management experience in an institution of higher education.

Preferred Qualifications

A doctoral degree and experience in a collective bargaining environment.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

- Record of success in creating and implementing a vision for a student affairs division at a comprehensive university
- Ability to work collaboratively with Academic Affairs
- Record of effective and innovative leadership in policy development, strategic planning, diversity programming, and first-generation student engagement programming
- Demonstrated commitment to staff diversity, learning and development
- Ability to manage a large and complex organization and budget
- Knowledge of student development theory and a broad range of trends and best practices nationally in student development programs and services, enrollment trends and student recruitment
- Ability to use data and analytics to identify leading indicators of student retention and success
- Competence in utilizing data driven strategies at the institutional, division and unit levels to evaluate and assess learning programs and services, focusing on improvement
- Proven ability to develop institutional policies and practices that are consistent with trends in federal, state, and higher education law
- Ability to mentor staff and advance a culture of service and collaboration with all campus and system constituencies
- Knowledge in providing response and assistance to students in crisis situations
- Proven ability to create a climate responsive to student concerns
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Ability to effectively listen to all points of view, build consensus on initiatives and issues, and inform others of policies and plans
- Knowledge of, sensitivity to, and demonstrated experience in working with ethnically, culturally, and racially diverse students, faculty, staff, and administrators in a higher education setting
- Knowledge of emerging technologies and how they impact students and administrative operations
- Knowledge developing collaborative partnerships with Academic Affairs that benefit students
- Knowledge leading assessment efforts related to student learning, student satisfaction and utilization including applying data to improve the student experience

Posting Date

March 14, 2018

Application Screening

Application Screening begins March 23, 2018
Applications received before that date will receive first consideration.

This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.

Required Application Material:

Candidates are asked to provide a CV, letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile and the names and contact information of five references.

Application materials should be sent via email to the search consultants, Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D., Sheila Murphy and Sophie Stava at

Note To Applicant

Every applicant who reaches the final level of interviews will be required to complete a background check. The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


All San Jos State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Equal Employment Statement

SJSU is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

It is the policy of SJSU to provide reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities who self disclose.

Contact Information

Questions can be directed to the consultants through the office of Candice Jones at 630-575-6929.


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