California State Polytechnic University, Pomona — Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Cal Poly Pomona (CPP), one of two polytechnic universities in the 23-campus California State University System and one of only seven polytechnic institutions nationally, seeks a collaborative and visible leader to serve as the next Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students (AVP/DOS). This is an exciting opportunity to provide impactful administrative leadership at California’s most diverse polytechnic institution, uniting its learn-by-doing philosophy with a holistic approach to student learning and success. Reporting directly to the new Vice President for Student Affairs, Christina Gonzales, and working closely with the other AVPs in the division, the AVP/DOS will enrich the quality of student life and the co-curricular experience at CPP and help ensure the University is a “beacon of inclusivity” for all students. 

CPP is nestled in the beautiful San Gabriel Valley less than 30 miles east of Los Angeles at the intersection of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties, the largest four counties in the state. The largest employer in the region, the University is located in one of the most important commercial regions in Southern California, comprised of numerous manufacturing, warehouse, and retail businesses. The University’s over 27,000 students are enrolled in 51 baccalaureate and 29 master’s degree programs, 78 minors, 11 credential and certificate programs, and one doctoral program, and work closely with approximately 1,400 faculty. A Hispanic-Serving Institution, the University is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the tenth most diverse in the western region, and the celebration of the diversity of its students, faculty, and staff is integral to the University’s identity. 

This is an exciting time to be joining CPP under the strategic and forward-thinking leadership of Vice President Gonzales, who came to CPP in July 2020. To better prepare student affairs to play a significant role in fulfilling the university-wide strategic plan, the system-wide Graduation Initiative 2025, and President Soraya Coley’s “Future of Work and Human and Civic Engagement” initiative, Vice President Gonzales recently reorganized the Division of Student Affairs, and the AVP/DOS will be joining the University with this new organizational structure in place. The AVP/DOS will now oversee the Office of Student Life & Cultural Centers, the Career Center, 1st Year & Transition Experiences (including orientation services and parent & family programming), Student Support and Equity Programs (EOP, Transfer/Summer Bridge Programs, and Renaissance Scholars, and the Veterans Resource Center), and student conduct & integrity, which expanded the portfolio of the position for an even greater impact. 

The AVP/DOS will have the opportunity to serve as an advocate and champion for all students while impacting one of the most diverse campuses in the nation. In doing so, the AVP/DOS will address the following set of key opportunities and challenges:

  • Articulate and further communicate the role of the Dean of Students to meet and exceed the needs of students 
  • Be a highly visible advocate, champion, and partner for all students 
  • Proactively manage student issues by partnering closely with academic affairs and student affairs
  • Create a more cohesive Dean of Students unit while building community with a team of passionate student affairs professionals 

Cal Poly Pomona has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and CVs with cover letters should be sent via the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: www.imsearch.com/7612. Electronic submission of materials is required.

Lindsay Gold, Regan Gough, and Jaime Morgen
Isaacson, Miller
1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA  94111
Phone: 415.655.4900
Fax: 415.655.4905

The University is committed to cultural diversity and it is expected that the successful candidate will further this commitment. The University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

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