Seeking a Leader Committed to Student Engagement and Co-curricular Learning

Cal Poly Pomona invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Vice President & Dean of Students. This exciting position requires an experienced leader who will forge true partnerships and build creative approaches to student engagement and co-curricular opportunities for students. Calling for a creative and collaborative leader who is strongly committed to student success, the institution looks to welcome a colleague who is prepared to help contribute to the future of a dynamic Student Affairs program. The AVP/DOS will work closely with the Vice President for Student Affairs to provide leadership, vision, and administrative direction for Student Affairs services and programs serving an increasingly diverse student population of approximately 24,000 students.

The Associate Vice President & Dean of Students will provide exceptional leadership through a strong understanding of the priorities for student success, strength in engaging students and the university community on issues of diversity and inclusion, and the ability to author a vision of co-curricular engagement leading to the development of innovative co-curricular pathways across academic disciplines. A depth of experience handling student activism; a commitment to expanding opportunities for student engagement; and the ability to build partnerships for promoting student learning and success while fostering an inclusive and vibrant campus community are essential attributes for this position.

The ideal candidate will be experienced, creative, compassionate, and a proven leader who has solid operational knowledge of and demonstrated, documented success in leading and managing the major elements of the AVP/DOS portfolio. Highly desirable qualities include knowledge of and dedication towards best practices, as well as demonstrated leadership ability in working with a range of professional staff, faculty, parents and guardians, senior administrative colleagues, other campus constituents, and external organizations.

Position Summary

Reporting directly to the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Associate Vice President & Dean of Students (AVP/DOS) provides leadership for co-curricular programs and activities that enhance the quality of campus life by promoting active student engagement while supporting diversity and inclusion and the responsible use of personal freedom.  The AVP/DOS is responsible for the strategic direction and line management of the Office of Student Life & Cultural Centers, Bronco Dreamers Resource Center, Rose Float, Male Success Initiatives and Student Conduct and Integrity. Working in close partnership with University Housing Services and Associated Students, Inc., the AVP/DOS ensures that programs and services are connected with those in other programming areas. 

The Division of Student Affairs supports the university’s educational mission through comprehensive programs and services that promote student learning and success while fostering an inclusive and vibrant campus community. The Division partners closely with Academic Affairs and other stakeholders to enroll a talented and diverse student body, enhance student engagement and development, promote the safety and general welfare of the university community, and prepare students to be contributing members of a democratic society. The departments within the Student Affairs Division include Intercollegiate Athletics, Bronco Dreamers Resource Center, Bronco Wellness Center, Career Center, Children’s Center, Disability Resource Center, Orientation Programs, Student Conduct and Integrity, Student Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, Rose Float, Student Life & Cultural Centers, Student Support & Equity Programs, University Housing Services, Veterans Resource Center and Associated Students, Inc. (a recognized auxiliary).

As an integral member of the Student Affairs Leadership Team, the AVP/DOS plays a key role in the development of university policy and participates in institutional planning, management, and assessment. The AVP/DOS meets with students and student leaders; responds to student issues and concerns; serves as an advisor to the Associated Students, Inc. (ASI); maintains a visible presence at activities and programs; guides, supports, and evaluates unit managers and office staff; facilitates student success assessment, program review, and quality improvement; manages budgets, personnel, and other resources, and ensures compliance with applicable laws, policies, and regulations.


  • Leadership experience in a richly diverse environment, including a track record of individual action and institutional leadership.
  • Strength in overseeing student conduct and student advocacy concerns.
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate data and data analysis into sound practice, management and decision-making.
  • An advanced degree in educational administration, higher education leadership or a related field.
  • A minimum of eight years of experience supervising leading and managing with increased responsibility and a strong understanding of engaging and providing support for students.

Preferred qualifications: Doctoral degree in a related field. Ten or more years supervision and leadership experience. Experience managing town/gown relations that foster strong ties within the community. The ideal candidate would perform at the advanced level in the ten Professional Competency areas for Student Affairs Educators as outlined by ACPA and NASPA.

About Cal Poly Pomona

Ranked one of the best public universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Cal Poly Pomona is also nationally ranked for helping students achieve economic success and noted as the tenth most diverse in the nation. Known for its polytechnic identity and learn-by-doing approach to education, the university recognizes that students who solve classroom problems today have an advantage as employees solving real-world problems tomorrow. Faculty in all disciplines apply theory to practice, providing students numerous opportunities to use their knowledge in hands-on projects, research collaborations, and valuable internship and service-learning programs.

Cal Poly Pomona, which is located on 1,438 acres in Los Angeles County, offers a valuable blend of affordability, access and academic excellence, which helps low-income students reach personal, career and financial success. It is consistently ranked as one of the best college investments in the country. To learn more about Cal Poly Pomona, please visit:

Application Procedure and Timeline

The University has partnered with Keeling & Associates, LLC, in this search process. Application materials should include a resume/curriculum vitae and a letter of interest and must be sent to The subject line of the email should read “Cal Poly Pomona – AVP/DOS.”  A confidential review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the appointment is made. All materials submitted by February 15, 2019 will be given full consideration.

Nominations, expressions of interest, and requests for confidential conversations about the position prior to application are welcome and should be directed to Dr. Jan Walbert (, the K&A senior consultant leading this search.

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. The University seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. Cal Poly Pomona subscribes to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and covered veteran status.  The University hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States.  As required by the Clery Disclosure Act, the university’s annual security report is available at 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. A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.