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Dean, College of Business (Apply via Search Firm)

San Jose State University
California, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Nov 4, 2022

Job Summary

*All applicants must apply via WittKieffer’s candidate portal .*

San José State University (SJSU) seeks an accomplished, dynamic and collaborative academic leader to serve as its next dean of the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business (LCoB).

Founded in 1857, San José State University is the oldest public institution of higher education on the West Coast, serving over 36,000 students as the only public four-year university in California’s Silicon Valley. It is one of the most diverse universities in the U.S. as well, with nearly 85% of its students self-reporting as students of color. It is also a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) as well as an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI). In addition, SJSU is a top 200 public research university in the nation with record-breaking enrollment and an unwavering commitment to excellence in teaching, San José State University is poised to grow and innovate, strengthening its connection to the surrounding San José and Silicon Valley community. A new strategic plan—Transformation 2030—was released in the spring of 2019, laying the groundwork for the next 10 years of unparalleled growth.

The Lucas College and Graduate School of Business is the largest contributor of business graduates to Silicon Valley and a major contributor to what the Valley is today. With more than 175 faculty and 5,000 students, the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business reflects the vibrant, multicultural and global atmosphere of the region.

Reporting to the provost and senior vice president, the dean serves as the chief administrative officer of the college and is charged with aligning its vision with the strategic direction of the university. The dean will be responsible for overseeing the academic leadership, external relations and overall administration of the college. The dean will represent the college in forging strong relationships internally with university constituents and externally with donors, alumni and the Silicon Valley business community.

The incoming dean will be a visionary, engaged, relationship-oriented and collaborative leader with a demonstrated and deep commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, academic achievement, research excellence and amplifying the success of faculty, staff and students. Compelling candidates will have successful experience managing a complex academic unit. The incoming dean should have strong financial and budget acumen and a deep level of experience with curriculum review and implementation, fundraising and relationship-building both internally and externally. This is a unique opportunity for a forward-thinking leader with progressive responsibilities building and managing diverse, equitable teams who can envision the future, inspire the community and position the college to adapt and innovate in a changing environment.

The ideal candidate will have a distinguished scholarly reputation and a strong record of academic and teaching accomplishments commensurate with appointment as dean and professor, including an earned doctorate or terminal degree and a tenured appointment in a discipline appropriate to the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business. The candidate will provide evidence of success in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion and working effectively in a multicultural campus and community setting. The candidate will also be an effective communicator and consensus builder, with the capacity to promote collegiality among faculty, staff, students and the community in service to advancing the university's 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 Business faculty and staff within a shared governance structure
  • 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
  • Skill in effective fundraising and ability to write successful grants
  • Ability to effectively lead a management team and demonstrate a style of open communication and transparent decision-making
  • 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
Required Qualifications
  • A terminal degree in an appropriate field for the College
  • 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: $20,000/month - $22,917/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

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal .

For fullest consideration, application materials should be received by: January 30, 2023.

Contact Information

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:
Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D., Alejandra Gillette-Teran and Kimberly Migoya

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 04, 2022 (9:00 AM) Pacific Daylight Time
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