Sonoma State University — Vice President for Student Affairs (Administrator IV)

Vice President for Student Affairs (Administrator IV)

Job No: 510994
Work Type: Management (MPP)
Location: Sonoma
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time

Application Process
This position is open until filled. For full consideration, please submit application, along with cover letter and curriculum vitae or resume, by 8am on Thursday, March 10.

Please review the position description listed above for full scope of responsibilities and qualifications.

Job Summary
Reporting to the President, the Vice President for Student Affairs (Vice President) oversees the Student Affairs Division and serves as the Chief Student Affairs Officer for Sonoma State University. This cabinet-level position works collaboratively with other members of the senior leadership team to foster a climate focused on student success, service excellence, and data-informed decisions in alignment with the University's mission, vision, and goals. The Vice President is responsible for leadership, integration, and management of the campus division that houses student life functions, as well as academic support and housing and residential services and health and counseling services. This includes responsibility for a broad range of academic and non-academic student service programs.

Key Qualifications

  • An advanced degree from an accredited university required; doctoral or other terminal degree in student personnel, higher education leadership, or any student-services related field highly preferred;
  • Progressively responsible experience in student affairs with at least five years in a managerial role at the level of director, dean, or higher;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current trends and implementation of effective practices in student affairs leadership;
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of the areas within the division, including medical and counseling services, career services, academic advising academic support services, student life and student success services;
  • Successful experience developing, implementing, and evaluating recruitment, enrollment, and retention strategies for students from diverse backgrounds;
  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively across divisions and particularly with Academic Affairs in support of academic support services, demonstrating effective use of data and achievement of results;
  • Demonstrated experience as a collaborative, results-oriented leader who is skilled at building and maintaining effective and inclusive relationships, budget management, strategic planning, and human resource management;
  • An understanding of state and federal programs, agencies and laws that specifically address higher education and student issues;
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, analytical, customer service, and leadership skills;
  • Ability to effectively communicate with all levels within the university among diverse populations including staff, faculty, administration, students and other internal and external constituents;
  • Ability to supervise the work of staff and recommend appropriate personnel actions;
  • Ability to apply strong problem solving and conflict resolution skills and train and evaluate performance, taking corrective action as needed and dealing with stressful situations while maintaining composure;
  • Proven commitment to collaboration, diversity, integrity, inclusion, accountability, and service orientation;
  • Experience and a successful track record in a culturally diverse environment;
  • Experience with and a successful track record of leadership in support of first-generation and non-traditional students;
  • A strong understanding of academic issues, especially pertaining to academic integrity.

Salary and Benefits
Salary is commensurate with knowledge, skills, and experience. This position is a member of the Management Personnel Plan and serves at the pleasure of the President.

This position is eligible for a broad range of benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurances, retirement (CalPERS), tuition waiver, vacation and sick leave. In addition, 14 paid holidays are offered each year; 13 scheduled on specific days and a Personal Holiday that may be taken any time during the year.

A comprehensive benefits summary for this position is available online by clicking here to be taken to the CSU benefits page.

Supplemental Information
Sonoma State University is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. In line with our Strategic Plan and our Seawolf Commitment, our values include diversity, sustainability, community engagement, respect, responsibility, excellence and integrity. We strive to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. We encourage innovation, experimentation and creativity, as well as contributions to equity and inclusion, in the pursuit of excellence for all members of our university community.

The University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status. Mandated Reporting: This position may be 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.

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption and thereafter comply with routine campus testing requirements. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. To learn more about the vaccination requirement at Sonoma State, please visit:

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current employees who apply for this position.

Sonoma State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff positions (i.e. H-1B visas).

Positions are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days.

For questions related to the application process, please reach out to The ADA Coordinator is also available ( to assist individuals with disabilities in need of accommodation during the hiring process.

Application Close: Open Until Filled

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