Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs - Administrator IV

California State University- East Bay
California, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Sep 27, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration, Chief Academic Officers & Vice Presidents, Faculty Affairs, Deans, Executive, Provosts
Employment Type
Full Time

About Cal State East Bay

Cal State East Bay is recognized as a regionally engaged and globally oriented university with a strong commitment to academic innovation, faculty and student research, student success, community focused service learning, diversity and sustainability. Founded in 1957, Cal State East Bay is one of 23 universities of the California State University (CSU) system. Cal State East Bay’s beautiful main campus is located in the Hayward Hills with panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay shoreline. Situated above the city of Hayward, the university offers an ideal setting for teaching and learning with easy access to the many cities in the Bay Area. The university, with a student population of nearly 15,000 students, has a satellite campus in Concord, a professional development center in Oakland and a significant presence online. The university’s students arrive predominantly from Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, and over 60 percent are the first in their families to go to college. Cal State East Bay‘s four colleges, including Business and Economics; Education and Allied Studies; Letters, Arts and Social Sciences; and Science, offer a total of 48 bachelor's degrees, 56 minors, 23 credentials and certificates, 34 master’s degrees, a doctorate in Educational Leadership and five subject matter preparation programs. The university strives to meet the educational needs of and contribute to the vitality of the East Bay, the state, the nation and global communities.

About the Position

Reporting directly to the president and serving on her senior leadership team, the incoming provost will provide strong leadership and vision for the academic community, working in close partnership to develop innovative strategies that help address many of the campus's most pressing challenges. Operating within a robust shared governance environment, the incoming provost will be expected to strengthen and expand student success initiatives – particularly those that have the biggest impact on underrepresented minority students – and enrollment strategies that support CSU's Graduation Initiative 2025. Furthermore, the next provost should demonstrate and embody values that are aligned with Cal State East Bay's commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice, and provide support to deans and other academic leaders related to diverse faculty hiring and improving student success for underrepresented minority populations, among other key initiatives. The provost should also be a champion of faculty and the overall academic mission of the campus, and help generate and appropriately manage resources to help the academic community be successful.

The incoming provost should be an engaged and team-focused leader with a demonstrated commitment to faculty excellence and the needs of twenty-first century students. The provost should possess senior administrative experience at a comprehensive, public university. A deep background in fiscal and budget management will be important, as well as experience in generating new revenue streams through external sources. Experience managing an academic enterprise within a strong shared governance and union environment is critical, while balancing the needs and interests of faculty with the realities of administering a complex, public institution that is part of a 23-campus system. The provost should be committed to supporting the development of existing faculty while maintaining a laser focus on recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty cohort. Strong communication and listening skills are essential. Candidates should have an earned doctorate (or equivalent) and academic record to warrant appointment at the rank of full professor at Cal State East Bay.


Strategy and planning
  • Collaborate across campus constituencies to develop and implement high-quality, relevant academic programs and strategies to promote student success, reduce equity gaps, and recruit and retain a well-qualified and diverse faculty, consistent with Cal State East Bay’s regionally focused, community connected and high access mission.
  • Oversee a robust institutional research unit to provide accurate and timely data in support of strategic goals.
  • Monitor, assess and apply latest best practices in academic affairs, faculty development, research/scholarship/creative activity and student learning in support of Cal State East Bay’s broader goals.
  • Encourage the development of new and unique programs, formats and business models for academic programs to expand the university’s impact.
  • Consult with regional employers, community and governmental groups, nonprofits and funders to ensure relevance of curriculum.
  • Oversee development of grant proposals to support academic and student success programs.
Administration and management
  • Collaborate with faculty governance on curriculum development, program review and learning assessment.
  • Oversee accreditation reviews at all levels.
  • Interpret and apply relevant policies and contracts, and collaborate with the colleges in recruiting, developing and retaining a high-quality and diverse faculty.
  • Oversee administrative and financial resources to support faculty and student inquiry—research, scholarship and creative activities.
    Serve as primary liaison with Faculty Senate.
  • Collaborate closely with Student Affairs on student success initiatives, student success coordinators, learning support advisors, internships, service learning and similar programs.
  • Oversee faculty and student academic grievances, faculty collective bargaining compliance and the annual faculty retention, tenure and promotion process.
  • Manage a large and complex Academic Affairs budget.
  • Oversee enrollment management for matriculated students, including enrollment mapping and room scheduling.
  • Oversee continuing Education/Extension, International programs and the Concord Campus.
  • Supervise and build a strong academic leadership team to support the scholarly activities of the university faculty, maintaining a student-centered focus that fosters equitable student success.
  • Support strong and effective shared governance practices and relationships.
  • Participate as a member of the senior administration by serving on various councils and committees and serve as a liaison to various internal and external groups including CSU system wide organization.
Other general duties of all cabinet members
  • Work collaboratively in a team with other cabinet members and model and foster such collaboration at each level of their unit/function.
  • Actively participate in institutional priority-setting.
  • Align unit/function priorities with institutional priorities, including equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice priorities.
  • Serve as a representative of the president in communicating and supporting institutional priorities.
  • Escalate negative findings in a timely manner, identify challenges, propose solutions and coordinate implementation of approved solutions.
  • Interpret and apply laws, regulations and policies relevant to function.
  • Manage unit/function human and financial resources to efficiently support institutional priorities.
Professional Qualifications and Personal Qualities
  • Distinguished record in teaching and scholarship with an earned doctorate (or equivalent terminal degree) to warrant academic appointment at the rank of professor with tenure in one of Cal State East Bay’s academic departments.
  • Progressive record of extensive and successful administrative responsibility, including substantial experience at a large comprehensive university at the level of dean, associate provost, provost or a similar position.
  • Demonstrated experience managing and solving a variety of fiscal, budgetary, personnel and management challenges in a rapidly changing academic environment.
  • Demonstrated record of collecting and using data to assess the effectiveness of initiatives and to achieve measurable results.
  • Experience working collaboratively and strong commitment to shared governance.
  • A demonstrated commitment to addressing issues of access, equity, diversity and inclusion and a strong desire to lead a Hispanic-Serving Institution.
  • Excellent track record in supporting student success strategies that increase retention and graduation rates, particularly related to improving graduation rates for underrepresented minority students.
  • Proven record of successfully recruiting, mentoring and retaining diverse faculty and leaders, and supporting their professional development to create successful leadership teams.
  • Experience facilitating strong partnerships among academic programs and other divisions of the university, their faculty and students, and community constituents.
  • Success building relationships with external communities as well as securing external funding to advance academic and student success programs.
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to use consultation, diplomacy and inclusion to inform decision-making processes as well as fostering an environment where civility, inclusion, social justice and nondiscrimination prevails for all students, faculty and staff.
Procedure for Candidacy

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.

WittKieffer is assisting Cal State East Bay in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by December 1, 2021.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal as well as applying directly with Cal State East Bay by clicking below on "Apply now".

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D., Alejandra Gillette-Teran and Julia Bradley

Benefits and Salary

This is a management position covered by the California State University Management Personnel Plan. The plan provides a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, retirement (CalPERS), 401k, 457, 403(b), dependent and health care reimbursement accounts, life insurance, vacation and sick, 13 paid holidays, one personal holiday and tuition fee waiver.

For more information on the benefits program, please visit

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Condition(s) of Employment

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including LiveScan, as appropriate), that may include, but is not limited to: criminal records check, verification of academic credentials, licenses, certificates, credit history, professional references and/or verification of work history is required for employment. Cal State East Bay will issue a conditional 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. Unsatisfactory results may also affect the continued employment of current Cal State East Bay employees who were conditionally offered the position.

All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate. LiveScan is conducted through the University Police Department.

EEO Statement

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Cal State East Bay does not discriminate on the basis of any protected categories: age, ancestry, citizenship, color, disability, gender, immigration status, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran's status. The University is committed to the principles of diversity in employment and to creating a stimulating learning environment for its diverse student body.

Other Information

All California State University campuses, including Cal State East Bay, are smoke and tobacco-free. For more information, please visit our website at

In compliance with state and federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, the Cal State East Bay Annual Campus Security Report is available at:


Cal State East Bay is not a sponsoring agency for Staff or Management positions.

Mandated Reporter

The incumbent in this position may be considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and will be required to comply with requirements set forth in the CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

CSU Vaccination Policy

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to .

Advertised: September 27, 2021 (9:00 AM) Pacific Daylight Time
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