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Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity

San Diego State University
San Diego

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Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity

Job No: 528920
Work Type:
Locations: San Diego
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Full Time, Student Services, On-site (work in-person at business location)

WittKieffer is assisting San Diego State University in this search. Application materials should be submitted through WittKieffer's candidate portal: APPLY NOW

Position Summary

San Diego State University (SDSU) invites nominations, applications and expressions of interest in its search for the next vice president for student affairs and campus diversity. The university seeks an experienced, accomplished and highly collaborative leader who will strategically vision and guide university efforts to provide students with the rich and distinctive experience that is the hallmark of an SDSU education. Focused on creating communities and inspiring students to break down barriers and transform lives, the next vice president will innovate student supports that best navigate their academic, personal and professional success to emerge as SDSU's dynamic and global leaders of tomorrow.

Since its founding in 1897, the university has grown to become a leading public research university, and a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI). Each year, SDSU provides more than 36,000 students with the opportunity to participate in an academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with faculty and an international emphasis that prepares them for a global future. SDSU is the oldest higher education institution in San Diego, uniquely situated only 30 minutes north of the U.S.-Mexico border on Kumeyaay land. The SDSU community is fully committed to excellent teaching, meaningful research and service to the regional community and those the university serves throughout the state, across the nation and internationally.

Reporting to President Adela de la Torre and working in close collaboration with the senior vice president and provost and other vice presidents, the vice president for student affairs and campus diversity will offer vision and leadership to ensure the coordination and integration of student affairs and diversity, equity and inclusion services into the fabric of the university. Overseeing the Division of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity‘s annual budget of $53.5 million and over 350 faculty and staff employees, the vice president will initiate, develop and maintain programs and services that support students in their academic pursuits, campus life, civic and social responsibilities as well as promoting an atmosphere of inclusiveness and support for the campus's diverse community. Additionally, the vice president will build on the inclusive excellence of SDSU, monitoring and maintaining campus climate, supporting a diverse faculty community across all disciplines and enhancing diversity within the pathways through higher education for all students, faculty and staff.

The vice president will be skilled in understanding and utilizing proven strategies to navigate complex organizational structures and hold a deep commitment to relational leadership, creative problem solving and thinking and commitment to continually enhancing a seamless student experience. The vice president will demonstrate exceptional administrative, financial, managerial and political acumen coupled with a strong professional presence and superior interpersonal skills. Qualified candidates will possess an advanced degree and relevant faculty and higher education administration experience, with the ideal candidate being a recognized leader who has both faculty and student affairs leadership experience.

All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile and a CV or resume. WittKieffer is assisting San Diego State University in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by August 21, 2023.

Application materials should be submitted through WittKieffer's candidate portal: APPLY NOW

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D., and Lauren Bruce-Stets at

Compensation and Benefits

San Diego State University will offer a competitive salary based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that includes:
  • Extensive leave benefits: 15 paid holidays, 24 vacation days, and 12 sick days per year
  • Retirement security through a CalPERS defined benefit pension and retiree healthcare benefits
  • An array of health, dental and vision coverage at no- or low-cost to the employee
  • California State University system fee reduction program (fee waiver) for employee or qualified dependent

  • Anticipated hiring range: $260,000-$300,000 annually

    Diversity and Community at SDSU

    At SDSU, our diversity gives us power and benefits every single member of our community.

    Through our commitment to equity and inclusion, we encourage all members of our community to purposefully learn from one another through open and respectful dialogue and responsible engagement. For more information, click here.

    Principles of Community

    At San Diego State University, we are a community of diverse individuals who have and represent many perspectives, beliefs, and identities. This diversity lends our community strength, and we commit to creating and sustaining an inclusive and intellectually vibrant environment that benefits all members of our university.

    SDSU's Principles of Community is an aspirational statement that is intended to evolve over time. The statement reflects the ideals we are encouraged to uphold in our interactions with one another.

    Supplemental Information

    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.

    San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

    A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily and is required for employment. SDSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current SDSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

    SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click here.

    SDSU is an Equal Opportunity Employer that considers all qualified candidates for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered military and veteran status, or any other protected characteristic or status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who request an accommodation by contacting Casie Martinez at

    Advertised: Jun 09, 2023 (9:00 AM)
    Applications Close: Aug 20, 2023 (11:55 PM)

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    Since it was founded in 1897, San Diego State University has grown to offer bachelor's degrees in 89 areas, master's degrees in 78 areas and doctorates in 21 areas. SDSU's approximately 32,000 students participate in an academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with faculty and an increasing international emphasis that prepares them for a global future.

    SDSU's annual economic impact to the state of California is $6.5 billion, according to an impact report done by the California State University in 2010.

    Of SDSU's 280,000-plus alumni, approximately 60 percent live in San Diego. They comprise more than half the region's engineers, teachers, entrepreneurs and the local workforce for a host of other industries.

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    Research: Since 2000, SDSU faculty and staff have attracted more than $1.7 billion in grants and contracts for research and programs ranging from cardiovascular disease to marine biology.

    Diversity: SDSU ranks No. 19 in the nation for racial diversity and among the top universities for economic diversity. SDSU was ranked No. 11 in the nation and No. 4 in California for bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanics by Hispanic Outlook for Higher Education

    International Study: SDSU offers 350 international education programs in 50 countries. Nearly 12,000 students have studied abroad in the past 12 years.

    Community Service: SDSU is a recognized leader in innovative efforts to improve urban K-12 education. The City Heights Educational Collaborative and Compact for Success both positively impact the academic achievement of elementary, middle and high school students in the local area.

    Sustainability: Sustainability is an every-day part of the university culture at San Diego State University. Students, faculty and staff all participate in a myriad of ways, from festivals, to research to academic programs. In spring 2014, SDSU opens its first LEED Platinum Certified building — the 206,000 square-foot Aztec Student Union.

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