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Dean, College of Social Sciences (APPLY VIA SEARCH FIRM)

San Jose State University
California, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Nov 6, 2022

Job Summary

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Reporting to the Provost, the Dean serves as the senior administrator and is the principal champion for vision, leadership, and strategic direction for the twelve academic departments in the College of Social Sciences. As the Dean of a highly diverse college at a HSI and AANAPISI institution, the dean must work effectively with departments, faculty, staff, students, and other administrators to define, articulate, and implement the College’s mission and educational philosophy, assuring that they are responsive to the diversity of the University’s students and the State of California. The Dean is responsible for coordination of the College’s developing and implementing a diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence strategy for the college that is integrated across all areas of the college’s work in: strategic planning, student success, enrollment management, and academic program planning, assessment of curriculum and instruction assessment and development, recruitment and evaluation of faculty and staff recruitment and retention strategies, professional development, budgeting and management of funds, and the allocation and use of facilities.

Key Responsibilities
  • Provides visionary leadership to faculty, staff, and administrators to foster a culture of inclusive and academic excellence of students and faculty
  • Oversees strategic planning for the college and provides leadership to faculty and staff, encouraging a sense of academic community and the vision, commitment, and integrity necessary to define and accomplish College and University goals
  • Articulates and advocates the role of the college on campus and in the Silicon Valley community
  • Contributes to creating an academic community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for each individual
  • Recommends initiatives and changes to improve quality and services for the college
  • Leads the college by supporting academic governance and collaborative decision-making, demonstrating effectiveness in a collective bargaining environment
  • Oversees and evaluates leadership, and planning in departments of the college and ensures operations with other units are seamless
  • Mediates conflicts among departments and faculty
  • Communicates accomplishments, problems, and needs, as appropriate
  • Collaborates with leadership of interdisciplinary institutes and off-campus research centers, and other government and nonprofit agencies
  • Develops partnerships and collaborations with various stakeholders across the College, University and broader community to achieve excellence in the College and University's teaching, research, and service mission
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Knowledge of and experience with integrating frameworks of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence into the everyday fabric of an organization’s culture and practices
  • Ability to be an innovative, visionary, and entrepreneurial leader, with high personal integrity
  • Ability to effectively represent the College and/or University concerning critical or politically sensitive matters
  • Ability to work collegially with university leadership and the College of Social Science faculty and staff within a shared governance structure
  • Ability to maintain dignity and self-control in difficult situations
  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively in culturally diverse settings, while understanding how to build programming using equity-based approaches that foster inclusive excellence
  • Ability to implement solid, proven effective budgeting and management skills
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, appropriate for interacting with a diverse range of individuals and settings.
  • Skill in effective fundraising and ability to write successful grants
  • Ability to promote academic excellence and innovation, including the use of technology to address equity gaps
  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts when necessary
  • Ability to use standard information technology tools, and sufficient expertise in the use of such tools in the function and duties of the position
  • Demonstrate forward-looking and innovative academic initiatives and provide assistance for faculty and staff to carry them to successful completion in a complex collaborative environment
  • Ability to effectively lead a management team and demonstrate a style of open communication and transparent decision-making
  • Ability to identify, interpret or develop relevant policies and procedures
  • Ability to communicate accurate information and informed opinions in writing or orally to varied audiences
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions and to interpret an extensive variety of information, and deal with multiple abstract and concrete variables
  • Ability to communicate, lead, facilitate, and support a professional, ethical, transparent, collegial, and inclusive environment working with multiple and diverse constituencies
  • Exemplary analytical, strategic, and critical thinking skills with a strong emphasis on both data-driven decision making and innovative thinking approaches with demonstrable outcomes
  • Skilled in effective academic planning, administration, and personnel management
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a diverse population
Required Qualifications
  • A terminal degree in a social science discipline or equivalent
  • Demonstrated record of teaching, research, service, and/or experience meriting appointment as a tenured professor in the college
  • Demonstrated ability to develop a culture of philanthropy
Preferred Qualifications
  • Leadership experience at the department chair, director, associate dean or dean level
  • Experience with accreditation, and/or experience working in a collective bargaining environment


Classification: Administrator IV
Anticipated Hiring Range: $17,500/month - $19,584/month
CSU Salary Range: $9,167/month - $29,425/month

The final hiring salary will be commensurate with experience.

San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary .

Application Procedure

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal .

Contact Information

Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D., Christine Pendleton and Luis Bertot

CSU Vaccination Policy

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus (including all booster doses of an approved vaccine for which an individual is eligible per current CDC recommendations) or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. As a condition of employment, any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement as well as with other safety measures established on the campus. The system wide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to .

Additional Information

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was offered the position on a contingent basis.

The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. Some positions may also require fingerprinting. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


All San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. Incumbent is also required to promptly report any knowledge of a possible Title IX related incident to the Title IX Office or report any discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation to the Office of Equal Opportunity.

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Housing Fire Safety Notification:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Annual Security Report (ASR) is also now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and Sexual Assault prevention information, and information about drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery crimes for San José State University locations for the three most recent calendar years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the Office of the Clery Director by phone at 408-924-1501 or by email at .

Pursuant to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, the Annual Fire Safety Report (AFSR) is also available for viewing at . The purpose of this report is to disclose statistics for fires that occurred within SJSU on-campus housing facilities for the three most recent calendar years, and to distribute fire safety policies and procedures intended to promote safety on Campus. A paper copy of the AFSR is available upon request by contacting the Housing Office by phone at 408-795-5600 or by email at .

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University (SJSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).

Advertised: November 06, 2022 (9:00 AM) Pacific Standard Time
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