California State University Maritime Academy — Vice President for Student Affairs & Cadet Development

California State University Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime) seeks an outstanding and talented student affairs leader to join the campus community as Vice President for Student Affairs & Cadet Development.

The University
Located on a scenic waterfront campus in Vallejo, California, 30 miles northeast of San Francisco, Cal Maritime is a unique and specialized campus of the 23-campus California State University System.  Currently serving approximately 1,000 cadets, Cal Maritime is one of only seven degree-granting maritime academies in the United States and the only one on the West Coast.  

A key part of the campus experience is the annual training cruise aboard our 500-foot Training Ship Golden Bear. She serves as a floating classroom/laboratory where classroom concepts in marine transportation, engineering and technology are practiced and applied. School-sponsored, study-abroad trips provide those studying international business, logistics, maritime security and maritime policy with a first-hand exposure to those practices in locations around the world. Cal Maritime’s cadets enjoy a program distinguished by classroom learning integrated with applied technology, leadership development and global awareness.

Cal Maritime graduates have excellent career opportunities on land, in ports, and at sea. Cal Maritime has the highest employment rate in the CSU system, 94% within three months of graduation, with starting salaries near the top of national averages. Government data confirms that Cal Maritime alumni have the highest average salaries of any college or university (public or private) in the country.

Position Summary
As a member of the President’s Cabinet, the Vice President for Students Affairs and Cadet Development (VPSA) provides strategic leadership and vision to the Division of Student Affairs & Cadet Development and the academy community. Student Affairs inspires, guides and supports the development of Cal Maritime cadets through an array of services focused on cadet success and engagement. The VPSA reports directly to Cal Maritime’s president.

The VPSA leads a talented and diverse team of professionals who provide a comprehensive array of student services focused on cadet success and engagement, including: Residence Life, Career Services, Athletics, Title IX, Student Conduct, Counseling & Psychological Services, Student Health Services, Veterans Affairs, Disability Services, Associated Students Inc. (student government), Cadet Community Connections, and the Office of the Commandant. The VPSA inspires and leads in all areas of the cadet experience, including: campus life, daily activities and operations; conduct, morale, and discipline; drills, ceremonies, and physical fitness; and leadership and character development. The VPSA ensures that cadets receive the highest quality experience while leading key initiatives to maximize cadet retention and graduation.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in a related field
  • Minimum of five (5) years senior-level professional experience in higher education student affairs services and program administration
  • Demonstrated success in designing, implementing and evaluating programs which promote student retention within a diverse, progressive student services division
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively within an inclusive, diverse campus community, within and across organizational lines
  • Demonstrated excellent presentation, negotiation, communication and interpersonal skills in the promotion of organizational mission and vision to internal and external constituencies
  • Demonstrated commitment to transparent and shared governance
  • Ability to effectively manage resources in a competitive environment
  • Demonstrated experience and a strong personal commitment to student welfare and success, and work product excellence through continuous improvement

Desired Qualifications

  • Doctorate degree in a related field
  • Experience designing and delivering leadership development programming for students
  • Familiarity with the maritime environment, trade and industry

The complete position announcement is available through the following link:  

Application Process
The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. For optimal consideration, applications should be submitted by March 13, 2020. Applicants must submit a current resume or curriculum vitae and a cover letter describing relevant experience and interest in the position. Nomination letters should include the name, position, address and telephone number of the nominee. All applications and nominations will be handled in confidence.

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner
Emy Peña, Partner
Refer to code “Cal Maritime VPSA” in the subject line
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates
6512 Painter Avenue, Whittier, CA  90601

Cal Maritime is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. The university 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, covered veteran status, or any other protected status.