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Associate Vice President (Administrator III) - Student Affairs and Dean of Students

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: San Bernardino - San Bernardino Campus
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Full Time, Student Services

This position is being recruited through an outside agency. To apply, please visit the application portal at Spelman Johnson: [].

Job Summary:

Reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students (AVPDOS) is a member of the Division of Student Affairs Leadership Team and a larger leadership team that includes student affairs directors and the university’s administrative council. The AVPDOS serves as second-in-charge of the division and has direct administrative responsibility for the following areas: Associated Students Incorporated, Basic Needs & Student Support, Children’s Center, Student Conduct and Ethical Development, Santos Manuel Student Union, Student Recreation and Wellness Center, Department of Housing and Residential Education, Office of Student Leadership & Engagement, and the CARE team. In coordination with the Associate Dean of Students, the AVPDOS oversees the establishment and training of hearing panels, assures the adjudication of student code of conduct violations, and coordinates the Division of Student Affairs response to student emergencies. In addition, the AVPDOS advises the Vice President on matters pertaining to student engagement and success; develops, implements, and assesses programs, services, and initiatives that enhance the overall student experience on campus; and serves as an advisor to Associated Students Incorporated.

Major duties and responsibilities:

Student Life

  • Working effectively with diverse constituents, including students, staff, faculty, and members of the external community;
  • Assisting in establishing a student culture that is supportive of diversity, equity, inclusion, where students respect differences, take responsibility for their actions, exercise leadership and feel a sense of belonging;
  • Overseeing the establishment and training of hearing panels; assures the adjudication of student code of conduct violations;
  • Serving on appropriate University, system wide, local, regional, or national committees; and
  • Supporting adherence to the accomplishment of university and division values, vision, mission statements, and strategic plan.


  • Supervising professional and/or administrative staff members (state, auxiliary, and foundation) and student assistants.
  • Interview, hire, train, supervise, monitor, and evaluate all management personnel. Implement, monitor, and evaluate progress of students. Compile and write University reports.
  • Serve as liaison between support services departments within the campus community and Student Affairs. Maintain regular communication with staff. Attend appropriate University and/or community meetings.
  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with faculty and staff. Work closely with all units to ensure services align to improve retention rates annually.

Special Projects:

  • Assisting the vice president by providing reports, preparing analytical studies, and drafting, recommending, and administering policies, while serving as an advocate for the needs of students.
  • Lead and guide the university’s CARE Team in support of students, including crisis intervention, campus and community outreach, and basic needs. 
  • Attend regional and national conferences to deliver papers.
  • Participate in Student Affairs committees in support of division and campus strategic planning efforts.
  • Other special projects as assigned.


  • Overseeing the development, maintenance, and maximum utilization of departmental budget.
  • Collaborate with University and Community partners to identify and secure external resources and funding to support student life areas.
  • Other Duties as Assigned

Minimum Qualifications: Required Education and Experience

  • A master’s degree in a related field
  • Equivalent of 10 years of experience are required.

Required Qualifications

  • Compassionate, accessible, transparent, ethical leader with excellent communication skills to clearly articulate vision, direction, and purpose and earn the respect and confidence of the faculty, staff, students, parents, and alumni.
  • Ability to effectively manage daily activities and operations while always being cognizant of the larger issues impacting higher education on a regional, state, and national level.
  • An understanding and deep commitment to social justice and demonstrated cultural competence with a strong belief in the value of diversity in enriching the learning experience and the quality of life on campus.
  • A commitment to infusing a student-centered approach to learning and engagement throughout the department’s programs and services.
  • A truly inspirational leader that students and staff believe in and support; fully embraces educational access and equity as the foundation of the division’s work.
  • Strong community builder and collaborator, capable of building bridges to departments, faculty, staff, students, and the community of San Bernardino.
  • Awareness of campus climate issues and a commitment to effectively address these issues in an open, collaborative manner.
  • Credible, engaging, supportive, transparent, and approachable supervisor with knowledge of the responsibilities of each staff member’s position, respect for their work and contributions, and adept at advocating for staff and students, their programs, and needs.
  • Highly energetic individual with a strong sense of self and ability to appropriately infuse humor and enthusiasm into the workplace and campus community.
  • Strong supervisory experience with a proven ability to engage in identity-specific supervision, mediate conflicts, and make tough decisions when necessary.
  • A passion for working with students combined with an ability to genuinely connect with, support, and relate to a highly engaged, diverse, and intelligent student body by being visible and accessible to all students, attending student events of all kinds, and serving as a strong resource.
  • Profound interest in student development with a broad knowledge of student life, best practices, the profession, and a commitment to encourage and support professional development experiences at all levels within the division.
  • A proven record of implementing change, establishing a vision and direction for an office/department, motivating staff and students to embrace change, and successfully creating new programs and initiatives to enhance the quality of campus life for all students.
  • Commitment to using best practices, technology, and innovation to continually provide students with cutting-edge programs and services.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability with excellent management skills and the ability to manage feedback with constructive action and build a solid framework to effectively develop and manage a complex, student-centered division.
  • Capacity to genuinely care for others, listen to their concerns/needs, and make changes to increase staff morale and effectiveness.
  • Understanding and appreciation of how academic affairs and student affairs intersect to provide a holistic experience for students.
  • Familiarity with Title IX, women’s issues, gender equality, and sexual misconduct concerns, and commitment to creating appropriate policies to effectively support students, services, and programs.
  • Strong crisis management skills and demonstrated experience successfully working through crisis situations, with knowledge of mental health issues and laws impacting campus professionals and students.
  • Solid understanding of student activism, protests, demonstrations, and the First Amendment.
  • Skilled in the collection of data and ability to analyze and make educated decisions.
  • Proficient at formulating policies and protocols to guide and support the work of the department.
  • Capacity to equally hold staff accountable and celebrate accomplishment and positive contributions.
  • Strong commitment to the professional development and mentoring of all staff.
  • Understanding and experience with the use of social media to connect with students and the campus community.
  • The ability to work effectively and develop positive working relationships with diverse constituents, including staff, students, faculty, and the external community; significant experience administering student conduct and disciplinary procedures; experience advising student organizations and clubs; excellent analytical and communication skills; and experience in program development and assessment.
  • The ability to navigate circumstances that require effective negotiation, mediation, and conflict resolution skills. Knowledge of general business practices and fiscal management is also helpful.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in higher education, student affairs or related field.

Compensation and Benefits:

Anticipated Hiring Range: $175,000 - $205,000

Classification Salary Range: $6563 - $21,066 per month

The salary offered will take into account internal equity and experience among other factors.

The CSU system provides a comprehensive benefit package that includes medical, dental and vision plans, membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), sick and vacation time, and 15 paid holidays a year. Eligible employees are also able to participate in the fee waiver education program. A summary of benefit information can be found here.

Position Information:

Work status: Full-time/Exempt/At-will

Academic year schedule: Monday through Friday (8:00 am – 5:00 pm), some evenings/weekends.

Summer schedule: Monday through Thursday (7:00 am - 5:30 pm), some evenings/weekends.

This is a full-time management (MPP) position.  MPP employees serve at the pleasure of the campus President.  MPPs do not serve a probationary period and never receive permanent status.

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.

First considerations will be given to candidates who apply by Thursday, April 25, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled; however, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received.

As of January 1, 2022, the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.

California State University, San Bernardino in not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (i.e. H1-B Visas).

Conditions of Employment

Background Check

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment.  CSU 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 CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

Drivers License Check

Possession of a valid Driver's License is required.  Employees in this position will be enrolled in the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Government Employer Pull Notice Program which confirms possession of a valid driver's license and reflects driving record.

Mandated Reporter

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.


CSUSB hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.  See Form I-9 Acceptable Documents at

Statement of Commitment to Diversity

In our commitment to the furthering of knowledge and fulfilling our educational mission, California State University, San Bernardino seeks a campus climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the entire variety of human experience. We welcome people from all backgrounds, and we seek to include knowledge and values from many cultures in the curriculum and extra-curricular life of the campus community. We will create, promote, and maintain activities and programs that further our understanding of individual and group diversity. We will also develop and communicate policies and promote values that discourage intolerance and discrimination.

California State University, San Bernardino is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We recruit, hire, train, and administer all personnel actions without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, color, caste, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected military or veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law. This position adheres to CSU policies against Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence, including Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. This requires completion of Sexual Violence Prevention Training within 6 months of assuming employment and on a two-year basis thereafter. (Executive Order 1096) For more information about Diversity & Inclusion at CSUSB, please visit

Closing Statement:

Reasonable Accommodation

We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact CSUSB Benefits at


CSUSB is a smoke and tobacco-free campus.  See policy at

Clery Act

In compliance with state and federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, California Education Code section 67380, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), the Cal State San Bernardino Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available at:

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