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Assistant Vice President of Faculty Programs and Initiatives

California State University at Northridge

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details


California State University, Northridge (CSUN) seeks a catalytic and collaborative academic leader to serve as the inaugural Assistant Vice President of Faculty Programs and Initiatives in the thriving and diverse environment of greater Los Angeles.

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 encouraging 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 actively seeks candidates who make contributions to equity and inclusion in the pursuit of excellence for all members of the university community.

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 more than 36,000 students annually and counts more than 400,000 alumni who fuel the region's economy. 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 nearly 12,000 jobs each year. CSUN is a designated Minority-Serving and Hispanic-Serving Institution, ranking amongst the top twenty in the nation in graduating Latinx students. More than 70 percent of CSUN students are first-generation college students, and 60 percent come from historically underrepresented groups. Money magazine consistently ranks CSUN among the nation's "most transformative" colleges for putting diverse students on the path to higher career earnings.

About the Position of Assistant Vice President of Faculty Programs and Initiatives

Reporting to the Provost, the Assistant Vice President of Faculty Programs and Initiatives (AsstVP of FPI) has responsibility for coordinating and implementing campus-wide faculty hiring according to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) principles and best practices. Working with Deans of the colleges and the Office of Equity and Compliance, the AsstVP will lead the hiring of college-specific Faculty Equity and Compliance Representatives, ensuring appropriate training and guiding efforts to recruit and retain a diverse faculty workforce (both tenure-track and lecturer faculty). The AsstVP of FPI works collaboratively with search and screen committees of each academic department as well as other offices on campus to ensure the timely and successful hiring of faculty. After faculty are hired and onboarded, the AsstVP will continue to coordinate and implement efforts to retain faculty.

As a leader, the AsstVP demonstrates a commitment to faculty retention and recruitment that is mission aligned with the university's vision, values, and priorities; establishes an ethical and collegial work environment, promoting a collaborative, accountable, and inclusive team; encourages a courageous and resilient solution-oriented environment by participating in new opportunities to further the mission of the university; participates in developing initiatives that further support the campus mission with a service-oriented and catalytic mind set; and strengthens employees by being communicative and a talent builder that develops team attributes, furthering departmental goals.


Required qualifications:
• Eligibility for appointment as a tenured faculty member at the rank of Professor including an earned doctorate or terminal degree from an accredited academic institution
• At least three years of progressively responsible academic administrative experience (including staff supervision)
• At least three years of academic administrative experience with evidence of efforts/projects focused on developing and communicating equity-minded decision making, inclusive excellence, and faculty success
• Demonstrated record of experience in working within a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff
• Demonstrated experience in academic personnel decision-making, especially with university policies for recruitment, and retention in a collective bargaining setting
• Demonstrated experience developing equity-minded retention initiatives focused on diversity and inclusion
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively with colleges, other units in a specific division, other divisions across a university, and systemwide offices
• Demonstrated ability to serve effectively as a member of an academic administrative team
• Demonstrated management and organizational skills
• Ability to handle several projects simultaneously
• Excellent public speaking and presentation skills with experience delivering presentations to diverse audiences
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Demonstrated ability to deal discreetly, effectively, and confidentially with sensitive faculty issues
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access
• Demonstrated ability to work in a diverse higher education environment

Preferred qualifications:
• At least five years of progressively responsible academic administrative experience (including staff supervision)
• At least five years of academic administrative experience with evidence of efforts/projects focused on developing and communicating equity- minded decision making, inclusive excellence, and faculty success

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, & Leadership

• Evidence of leading or of having the potential to lead diverse teams in supporting the operational mission and vision of employers by fostering an ethical, inclusive, and collegial work environment
• Demonstrated ability to support ongoing institutional improvement through courageous, resilient, and catalytic leadership
• Experience or ability to lead varying initiatives through a collaborative, service-oriented, and communicative approach
• Demonstrated commitment to fostering employee development, recognition, and accountability to further operational goals
• Demonstrated ability to be accountable to institutional goals

More information can be found in the institutional profile at

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

• Salary is commensurate with knowledge, skills, and experience. The University offers excellent fringe benefits.
• The anticipated HIRING RANGE: $165,000 to $178,008 per year, dependent upon qualifications and experience.

Application Period

The position is open until filled but only applications received by Monday, April 8, 2024, can be assured full consideration. Review of applications will continue until position is filled.

In order to be considered in the initial review, applications must be submitted prior to the date listed above. Application submissions received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.

Effective Date of Appointment: July 1, 2024

How to Apply

The university is being assisted by Academic Search. Applications should consist of a substantive cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and a list of five professional references with full contact information. No references will be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted electronically, and in confidence, to:

Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting consultants Ann Hasselmo at and Chris Butler at

Background check

This position is a sensitive position as designated by the CSU.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the status of candidates who apply for the position.


The person holding this position will be considered a 'limited 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.

Conflict of Interest

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.

Equal Employment Opportunity

CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, covered military and veteran status, and disability. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Recruitment Services at 818- 677-2101.

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