Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

San Francisco, California
Jan 13, 2021
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs
Executive Administration Jobs
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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

San Francisco State University

Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

A member of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system, San Francisco State University (SF State) is a major public urban university, situated in one of the world’s great cities. Inspired by the diversity of its community that includes many first-generation college students and the courage of an academic community that strives to break down traditional boundaries, SF State is an institution committed to social justice and dedicated to equipping its student body of over 27,000 to meet the challenges of an ever evolving global society. SF State is nationally recognized for its commitment to the community and toward diversity of ideas. The university holds the distinction of being the first in the nation to establish a College of Ethnic Studies in 1969 and is one of only 62 higher education institutions in the U.S. to receive the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement, Outreach and Partnership classification, recognizing SF State’s dedication to community engagement.

The Position

The vice president for student affairs and enrollment management (VPSAEM) provides executive leadership and vision in the administration of a large, complex portfolio consisting of student affairs, enrollment management, equity and community inclusion, Title IX and compliance, international education, campus safety, and athletics. Reporting to the president and serving as a key member of the president’s leadership cabinet, the VPSAEM provides strategic management and coordination of services, policies, programming, and procedures that directly impact the student experience in alignment with the university’s “Graduation Initiative 2025” focused on enhancing student success, retention, and overall graduation rates. The VPSAEM collaborates with partners across all divisions—particularly with Academic Affairs—and participates in all aspects of institution-wide planning in support of the mission and goals of the university and in concert with CSU system strategy.

The VPSAEM is responsible for advancing the university’s commitment to student success by fostering an environment of inclusiveness and support for the university’s diverse student body, enriching student learning, building and maintaining a strong sense of community, and promoting growth through engagement in the life of the university. Working in close collaboration with members of the division’s leadership team, the VPSAEM builds capacity, agency, and teamwork throughout the division to establish a culture of continuous improvement and addresses matters of social justice, and strengthening the university’s resolve to foster an anti-racist campus learning climate. The VPSAEM is tasked with supporting SF State University’s culture of shared governance accomplished through building strong working relationships with Associated Students (student government), as well as many other constituent groups across the institution.

The VPSAEM will need to bring a critical understanding of the importance of enrollment management in the overall strategic priorities of the university and how that impacts, and interfaces with, the work of student affairs. Working closely with the senior associate vice president for enrollment management—a key direct report—the VPSAEM will be positioned to leverage the resources of the entire division to substantively support the creation, articulation, and implementation of an enrollment management strategy that produces coordination and analytical rigor from recruitment through retention designed to achieve enrollment stability and future growth for the university.

The VPSAEM will manage a division budget of $68 million and collaboratively support and facilitate the work of a nine-member leadership team.


An advanced degree (terminal degree strongly preferred) and a progressive track record of success as a senior leader advancing student affairs, retention, and graduation initiatives in a large comprehensive university environment are required. The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to create and implement a strategic vision across multiple units and possess the leadership and management skills as well as political acumen to achieve key objectives working in an environment of shared governance in which boundary spanning collaboration, transparency, and teamwork are hallmarks of success. A passion for serving the needs and interests of a diverse community and unwavering commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice are essential. A strong understanding of student development and a keen interest in evolving trends and best practices nationally in student development programs, mental health counseling and other support services, campus safety, and enrollment management will be important components for success. Administrative competency in developing, managing, and monitoring resources (personnel, fiscal, and physical) and an ability to use data and analytics to identify indicators of student retention and success and implement data driven strategies while focusing on continuous improvement are also key requirements of the position.

Additional competencies and background that will be important in the selection of the VPSAEM include prior experience with public and urban institutions of higher education; an ability to develop institutional policies and practices that are consistent with trends in federal, state, and higher education law; demonstrated experience in providing response and assistance to students in crisis situations; proven ability to create a climate responsive to student concerns; and excellent communication skills, including the ability to effectively listen to all points of view, build consensus on initiatives and issues, and inform others of policies and plans. Experience working effectively within academic shared governance and collective bargaining environments and a record of scholarly activity, including publications and participation in appropriate professional organizations preferred.

Application and Nomination

Review of applications will begin February 5, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at  Nominations for this position may be emailed to Ellen Heffernan ([email protected]) or Valerie Szymkowicz ([email protected]). Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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San Francisco State University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

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