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The Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) provides executive leadership and vision in the administration of a comprehensive range of services that support a vibrant campus life including holistic policies and procedures within student affairs. Reporting directly to the President, the Vice President for Student Affairs serves as a member of the President’s senior leadership cabinet and represents the campus at CSU system or statewide meetings. The VP provides counsel on all matters pertaining to non-academic student life, including response and assistance to students in crisis situations, and the development strategy and effective implementation of institutional and instructional priorities and tactics aligned with the campus strategic plan. The VPSA provides innovative and data-informed leadership, direction and oversight of student support, growth and development services, student programming, and other programs. The VPSA participates in all aspects of institution-wide planning in support of the mission and goals of the university, including meeting the needs of a diverse student population and creating a learning environment where all students have the opportunity to belong and succeed.

The VPSA is the chief student affairs officer and senior administrator in the University’s Division of Student Affairs and directly supervises three Associate Vice Presidents: Health, Wellness, and Student Services; Campus Life; and Student Success. The VPSA also directly supervises the following managers: the Director of Resource Management and the Director of Co-Curricular Learning, Educational Equity and Assessment. Additionally, the VPSA serves in a dotted line supervisory position for the Executive Directors of the Student Union, Inc. and Associated Students, Inc. separately incorporated 501-c3 auxiliary organizations.

Key Responsibilities
  • Provide direction for advancing the University’s strategic priorities of equity and inclusion, information technology utilization, community building, and student retention and graduation
  • Inspirational leadership that supports, develops and retains Student Affairs professionals.
  • Enhance, assess, and lead the implementation of a strategy and operational practices for maintaining a healthy campus environment
  • Develop innovative strategies in collaboration with campus departments and in partnership with Academic Affairs to develop and support a multifaceted approach to student learning, health & wellness, inclusive excellence, and student success
  • Develop and enhance the assessment of student learning outcomes for activities within the Division of Student Affairs, including the effective and efficient provision of student services and programs
  • Champion student-centered decision making throughout the campus to enhance the intellectual, emotional, cultural and social growth of a diverse student population
  • Provide direction to ensure a residential living community that promotes student success
  • Foster a supportive and inclusive campus community, and promote student success and well-being to enhance the overall student experience
  • Direct and administrative responsibility for the offices of Campus Life, Student Success and Health, Wellness and Student Services, and the VPSA office
  • Enhance, assess, and lead the implementation of a strategy and operational practices for maintaining a holistic campus environment focused on retention and time to degree
  • Ensure that institutional policies and practices provide fair and equitable treatment of all applicants and students
  • Serve as chief data steward for all campus student data records
  • Develop, promote and maintain holistic support for all student employees to maximize support for their student success
  • Ensure that all programs and services in the Division of Student Affairs comply with relevant state and federal laws, California State University regulations, and University policies
  • Lead efforts to identify the needs of students and develop programs, policies and processes that effectively respond to those needs which involve students, faculty, staff, alumni, and family members
  • Ensure all Student Affairs staff complete their annual online Title IX and DHR training requirements; promote and support Title IX and DHR’s delivery of in-person training to Student Affairs teams; and, oversee the successful completion of any required tasks related to SJSU’s Resolution Agreement with the Department of Justice
  • Responsible for the overall budget and personnel management for the Student Affairs Division, including establishing base budget for operations and anticipating budget requirements, including human resources needs, in a changing academic environment
  • Provide leadership in the Division of Student Affairs for fundraising and grant activities
  • Actively engage in CSU system-wide initiatives and meetings
  • Foster, develop and support relations and partnerships with public and private agencies for the continued advancement of a college-going culture in Santa Clara County
  • Provide leadership and guidance to a management team that includes three Associate Vice Presidents and two directors
  • Serve as a dotted-line supervisor for the Executive Directors of the Student Union, Inc. and Associated Students
  • Administer performance evaluations and provide development opportunities for staff and management
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Record of success in creating and implementing a vision for a student affairs division at a comprehensive university
  • Ability to work collaboratively with Academic Affairs
  • Ability to communicate with constituents in a professional and respectful manner
  • Record of effective and innovative leadership in policy development, strategic planning, diversity programming, and first-generation student engagement programming
  • Demonstrated commitment to staff diversity, learning and development
  • Ability to manage a large and complex organization and budget
  • Knowledge of student development theory and a broad range of trends and best practices nationally in student development programs and services, enrollment trends and student recruitment
  • Ability to use data and analytics to identify leading indicators of student retention and success
  • Competence in utilizing data driven strategies at the institutional, division and unit levels to evaluate and assess learning programs and services, focusing on improvement
  • Proven ability to develop institutional policies and practices that are consistent with trends in federal, state, and higher education law
  • Ability to mentor staff and advance a culture of service and collaboration with all campus and system constituencies
  • Knowledge in providing response and assistance to students in crisis situations
  • Proven ability to create a climate responsive to student concerns
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to effectively listen to all points of view, build consensus on initiatives and issues, and inform others of policies and plans
  • Knowledge of, sensitivity to, and demonstrated experience in working with ethnically, culturally, and racially diverse students, faculty, staff, and administrators in a higher education setting
  • Knowledge of emerging technologies and how they impact students and administrative operations
  • Knowledge developing collaborative partnerships with Academic Affairs that benefit students
  • Knowledge leading assessment efforts related to student learning, student satisfaction and utilization including applying data to improve the student experience
Required Qualifications
  • A master’s degree or equivalent
  • Eight to ten years of relevant and progressively responsible management experience in an institution of higher education
Preferred Qualifications
  • A doctoral degree
  • Experience in a collective bargaining environment


Classification: Administrator IV
Anticipated Hiring Range: $23,000/month - $24,000/month

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, candidate materials should be received by April 1, 2024 .

Please direct nominations and inquiries to

Contact Information

Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D., Darrien Davenport, Ed.D., and Corin Edwards

CSU Vaccination Policy

The CSU strongly recommends that all individuals who access any in-person program or activity (on- or off-campus) operated or controlled by the University follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications and comply with other safety measures established by each 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 .

Campus Security Authority - In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) and CSU systemwide policy, this position is subject to ongoing review for designation as a Campus Security Authority. Individuals that are designated as Campus Security Authorities are required to immediately report Clery incidents to the institution and complete Clery Act training as determined by the university Clery Director.

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: January 24, 2024 (9:00 AM) Pacific Standard Time
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San Jose State University

As one of the most transformative universities in the nation, San José State is ready for big change. As part of Transformation 2030, SJSU's strategic plan, the campus community is dedicated to realizing the university's potential as a nationally prominent urban public university. San José State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 250 areas of study. With approximately 36,000 students and nearly 4,300 employees, SJSU is an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley and California. 

In collaboration with nearby industries and communities, SJSU faculty and staff are dedicated to achieving the university's mission as a responsive institution of the state of California: To enrich the lives of its students, to transmit knowledge to its students along with the necessary skills for applying it in the service of our society, and to expand the base of knowledge through research and scholarship.

Founded in 1857, San José State's history began before the Civil War, as the first State Normal School, which trained teachers who educated the people of a young California. Now, SJSU is a dynamic comprehensive university that anchors the 10th largest city in the United States, and Spartans are found around the globe. 

Faculty members combine research, scholarship and creative activity with industry or practical experience—incubating a problem-solving and entrepreneurial mindset. 

Joining the SJSU community means becoming part of an organization that has worldwide impact. Along with its rich history, SJSU is a dynamic and diverse community in the heart of downtown San José. Embark on your future at SJSU!

As employees of the California State University (CSU), you have a comprehensive program of health benefits including medical, dental, vision, flexible benefits programs and more available to you and, in many instances, your family. Additionally, you may be eligible to extend your health, dental and vision benefits to dependents up to age 26.

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