Extraordinary Leadership Opportunity for Envisioning and Implementing a Holistic Approach to Student Wellbeing and Success

Cal Poly Pomona is pleased to invite applications and nominations for the position of Associate Vice President for Campus Health and Wellbeing in the Division of Student Affairs. The AVP/CHW will guide, shape, and implement a vision for a campus-wide focus on wellbeing. This new role calls for an experienced professional who will provide strong, collaborative leadership in integrating Student Health and Counseling Services, Survivor Advocacy Services, Wellness Programs, and the Disability Resource Center in order to support student success. In addition, the Associate Vice President for Campus Health and Wellbeing (AVP/CHW) will co-lead the response of PolyCARES (behavioral intervention team) with the AVP/Dean of Students. As a member of the Student Affairs senior staff, the AVP/CHW will work closely with the Vice President for Student Affairs to provide leadership, vision, and administrative direction for services focused on holistic care serving an increasingly diverse student population of approximately 24,000 students.

The Associate Vice President for Campus Health and Wellbeing will provide exceptional leadership through a strong understanding of the priorities for student success, the ability to vision and lead holistic wellbeing strategies, and strengths in engaging students and the university community on issues of diversity and inclusion. A depth of experience addressing student health, counseling, wellness, and disability programs, and a commitment to expanding opportunities for student engagement and building partnerships for promoting student learning and success while fostering an inclusive and vibrant campus community are essential attributes.


Position Summary

Reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA), the Associate Vice President for Campus Health and Wellbeing (AVP/CHW) plays a vital role in collaborating with campus constituencies to develop and improve policies, programs, and services aimed at a holistic model of health, counseling and wellness for the campus community. The AVP/CHW participates fully in the overall leadership and management of the Division of Student Affairs, is responsible for the strategic direction and line management of Student Health and Counseling Services, Survivor Advocacy Services, and the Disability Resource Center; additionally, the AVP/CHW will work collaboratively in co-leading behavioral interventional strategies and institutional response through PolyCARES. In all activities, the AVP/CHW is expected to model and promote the values of the Division of Student Affairs: student-centered philosophy, integrity, interconnectedness, passion, quality and the richness of diversity.
As an integral part of the Student Affairs Leadership Team, the AVP/CHW plays a key role in the development of university policy and participates in institutional planning, management, and assessment. The AVP/CHW meets with students and student leaders; responds to student and parent issues and concerns; maintains a visible presence at activities and programs; guides, supports, and evaluates unit managers and office staff; facilitates student success assessments, program review, and quality improvement efforts; manages complex budgets, personnel, and other resources, and ensures compliance with applicable laws, policies, regulations, and licensing/accreditation requirements.


  • Leadership experience in a richly diverse environment, including a track record of individual action and institutional leadership.
  • Master’s or Doctoral degree in Health Administration, Public or Community Health, Business or Public Administration, Counseling, Psychology or a related field; or a Medical Degree.
  • Five years of relevant experience in a campus health or counseling center, or comparable ambulatory healthcare facilities.
  • Four years of supervisory experience, of which at least two years in a mental health or healthcare environment preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate data and data analysis into sound practice, management and decision-making.
  • Knowledge of integrated care and openness to working within an integrated model.
  • Demonstrated experience as an outstanding leader with conflict resolution, decision-making, and implementation skills.
  • Thorough understanding of accounting and budgetary procedures, and personnel management in a healthcare environment.
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal communication skills, including ability to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated experience with the developmental needs of university/college students.
  • Knowledge of Student Health, Counseling, and Disability Services; awareness of wellness and public health issues.
  • Understanding of disability issues and laws as they relate to accommodations in a higher education setting.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctorate in an appropriate field.
  • Five or more years of supervision and leadership experience.
  • Strong experience in community or public health training, preventive services, and quality management.
  • Demonstrated commitment to outstanding healthcare in higher education and a record of innovation in healthcare delivery.
  • Knowledge and experience with disability related laws and services.
  • Strong organizational and managerial skills.
  • Knowledge of health promotion practices in a University setting.
  • Two years of professional experience leading a college student health service or counseling center.
  • Management experience in a collective bargaining environment.
  • Experience leading organizational change.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of applicable California State and federal laws and ethical guidelines pertinent to: healthcare delivery and health promotion, disability accommodations and accessibility in a University setting, or demonstrated ability to develop pertinent knowledge.
  • Experience with assessment, program review, quality assurance, and accreditation issues pertinent to health and counseling centers.

Physicians and Licensed Counselors are encouraged to apply.

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/CHW portfolio. The ideal candidate will also possess a strong 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.

About the Division of Student Affairs

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 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 Athletics, Career Center, Children’s Center, Dean of Students, Disability Resource Center, Orientation Programs, Student Conduct and Integrity, Student Health and Counseling Services, Student Life & Cultural Centers, Student Support & Equity Programs, University Housing Services, Veterans Resource Center and Associated Students, Inc. (a recognized auxiliary).
About Cal Poly Pomona

Ranked one of the best public universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Cal Poly Pomona is 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: https://www.cpp.edu/index.shtml

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, preferably in PDF format, and must be sent to recruiting@keelingassociates.com. The subject line of the email should read “Cal Poly Pomona – AVP/CHW.”  A confidential review of applications will begin on April 10, 2017, and will continue until the appointment is made.

Confidential inquiries and nominations should be addressed to Dr. Jan Walbert, Vice President and Senior Consultant for Executive Search, Keeling & Associates at jwalbert@KeelingAssociates.com.

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 http://www.cpp.edu/~police/annual-security-report.shtml. 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.