Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Managment
Compensation and Benefits
Salary is competitive and negotiable depending on the strength of qualifications. This is a full-time, exempt CSU Management Personnel Plan (MPP) position.
The CSU system provides a comprehensive benefit package that includes medical, dental and vision plans, membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), sick and vacation time, and 14 paid holidays a year. Eligible employees are also able to participate in the fee waiver education program. A summary of benefit information can be found here.
California State University, Fresno (Fresno State), a prominent member of the 23 campuses of the California State University system, seeks a collaborative, experienced, and visionary leader to serve as its next Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management (VP). Reporting to the President, and working in collaboration with the University Cabinet, other senior leadership, faculty, students, and staff, the VP will join the University at a pivotal time to have a transformational impact on the campus - a new Strategic Plan 2022-2027 is in the process of being written. The VP will have extensive experience in student affairs and enrollment management with a genuine desire to serve the Central Valley community and its students, and to provide a welcoming and engaged student experience for ensuring sustainable enrollment and a sense of belonging for a highly diverse student body.
Today, more than 24,000 students attend the 388-acre main campus, located in Fresno, California, at the foot of the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountain range. A dynamic, community-engaged university, Fresno State serves a student body where more than half of its student population are from historically underrepresented populations. The University has been designated as a Hispanic-serving institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-serving institution (AANAPISI), reflecting the ethnic and cultural richness of the Central Valley in California. Fresno State has been awarded the Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the American Council on Education and has recently been elevated to “Doctoral University - High Research Activity” or R2 status. Ninety percent of Fresno State’s students hail from the surrounding San Joaquin Valley and 66% are the first in their families to earn a college degree. This statistic is virtually unparalleled among doctoral-granting universities in the United States. The student body is made up of 88% undergraduate students and more than 82% of all students receive assistance through grants and scholarships. Fresno State is nationally recognized for providing a transformational education that has a ripple effect on the economic development of the region and beyond – nearly 80% of graduates stay to elevate the quality of life in the region. Its mission to boldly educate and empower students for success and its values to embrace a culture of diversity, discovery, and distinction make student success a number one priority.
The VP will join Fresno State at an important moment as a new President seeks to propel the University to greater heights. The University welcomed its ninth president, Dr. Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval in May 2021 and he is now building out his leadership team. Dr. Jiménez-Sandoval began his career at Fresno State, joining the faculty as a professor of Spanish and Portuguese in 2000. Later, he served as Dean of Arts and Humanities before his appointment as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs in 2019.
The University community is ready to be inspired and energized by a VP who can provide transparent, collaborative leadership and administrative direction to a Division and University dedicated to building community and advancing the goal of student success. The Division has had interim leadership for the past two years, and they are poised for a permanent VP to establish continuity and set the path for future goals and aspirations. Working closely with Academic Affairs, the VP will lead efforts in proactively, efficiently, and more seamlessly recruit students, while supporting student needs and breaking down systemic barriers to success. The new leader will ensure that Fresno State continues to make good progress towards its strategic enrollment and student success objectives and the CSU System’s Graduation Initiative 2025 (GI 2025).
The next VP will serve as an advocate and champion for all students while building on the University’s many successes, leveraging institutional assets, and cultivating strong leaders in the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. In doing so, the VP will be instrumental in efforts to advance and meet the following key priorities and challenges:
- Develop and implement a new strategic plan for the Division in alignment with the University Strategic Plan 2022-2027
- Augment the student experience in close partnership with Academic Affairs to foster more seamless student services, reduce equity gaps for current students, recruit and retain student populations currently underserved by Fresno State, and enhance student engagement and support
- Serve as a visible advocate for students while ensuring a supportive, inclusive campus environment
- Build the trust and respect of a team of passionate student affairs and enrollment management professionals, and inspire and support them in providing a transformational student experience
- Creatively and intentionally steward financial resources
Qualifications and Characteristics
The successful candidate for the VP will be a student-centered, collaborative, and innovative leader with a record of supporting a diverse student body. While no one person may embody all, the successful candidate will also bring many of the following professional qualifications and personal qualities:
- A master’s degree in higher education, student affairs, education administration, counseling, psychology, or a closely related field and at least five (5) years of experience serving as a member of the senior leadership team within student affairs is required; a doctoral degree is preferred;
- Thorough knowledge of best practices in student affairs and enrollment management administration;
- A proven commitment to the social mobility of students;
- Demonstrated experience with budget management, the supervision of a large staff, staff development and empowerment, and ensuring a nimble organizational infrastructure;
- Knowledge of effective enrollment management strategies and how they inform student success;
- Proven ability to build and maintain effective partnerships with academic affairs and other areas across an institution;
- Experienced in crisis management;
- Knowledge and experience working effectively with varied student populations including first-generation students; students of color; students from various socio-economic backgrounds; students from diverse cultural, religious, and ethnic backgrounds; students with disabilities; veterans; LGBT+; undocumented students; Dreamers; former foster youth; and students pursuing degrees at various stages in their careers and lives;
- A record of success in the recruitment and retention of a diverse student body;
- A track record of a high level of visibility in the University community;
- Demonstrated commitment to the creation and development of a diverse and inclusive workplace and willingness to take actions to ensure an environment that is welcoming and equitable to people from all backgrounds and experience levels;
- Excellent communication skills, including the ability to effectively listen to all points of view, build consensus, and inform others of policies and plans;
- Strong personal orientation toward collaboration, teamwork, accessibility, accountability, and a growth mindset;
- Demonstrated commitment to the principles of shared governance and transparency;
- Experience working in a unionized environment;
- Ability to lead with humility and empathy.
To view the full list of qualifications and job responsibilities, please click the Position Description button above.
Deadline & Application Instructions
Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. For best consideration, please apply at your earliest convenience and by October 1, 2022. Position will remain open until filled.
California State University, Fresno is being assisted by Isaacson Miller. Inquiries, nominations, and referrals should be sent via
the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: www.imsearch.com/8422.
Interested applicants must apply through California State University, Fresno. To do so, click Please click “Apply Now” to complete the employment application. Interested applicants must complete the application and attach the following: 1) a current resumé/curriculum vitae, 2) a cover letter that addresses their specific qualifications and interest, and 3) a list of three professional references. References will not be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate.
California State University, Fresno is one of 23 campuses in the California State University System. The University's mission is to boldly educate and empower students for success through our values of Discovery, Diversity and Distinction. The current student population is more than 25,000, including a large percentage of students with diverse and culturally rich backgrounds. The University serves the San Joaquin Valley while maintaining deep involvement with the state, nation, and across the globe.
Metropolitan Fresno, with a multi-ethnic population of over 527,000, is located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley. The campus is within driving distance of Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, San Francisco, Los Angeles, the Monterey Peninsula, beaches, sailing, lakes, and numerous ski resorts. Fresno boasts one of the most reasonable housing markets in California and offers a wide array of locally grown fruits and produce.
Equal Employment Opportunity Information
California State University, Fresno is committed to maintaining and implementing employment policies and procedures in compliance with applicable state and federal equal employment opportunity laws and regulations. Executive Orders 1096 and 1097 prohibit discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of a protected status: race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex (including gender identity), sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition and covered veteran status. Fresno State's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring, and retention. We are proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.
Vaccination Interim 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 https://calstate.policystat.com/policy/9779821/latest/ and questions may be sent to email@example.com.
Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with California State University, Fresno. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Fresno State has identified as sensitive.
The person holding this position is 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.
This position may be a "designated position" under the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This will require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within six (6) months of assuming office and every two (2) years thereafter.
Fresno State is a tobacco-free, smoke-free and vapor-free campus.
Fresno State is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions. (e.g. H1-B Visas)