Associate Dean of Students (506796)

  • California State Polytechnic University Pomona
  • Pomona, California
  • Jan 01, 2022
Full Time Education and Training

Job Description


Type of Appointment: Full-time, Management Personnel Plan II (MPP II)

Salary Range: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience

Recruitment Closing Date: Open Until Filled

First Review: December 1, 2021

Work Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., unless otherwise notified

REQUIRED- All candidates must submit the following:
  • Application
  • Cover letter
  • Resume or CV
  • Three References


The Dean of Students Office at Cal Poly Pomona is a unit under the Division of Student Affairs that holistically supports student success through intentional programs, initiatives, and collaborative partnerships (engagement), fosters an anti-racist and student-ready culture (equity and access) and creates innovative and integrative co-curricular pathways rooted in career readiness and civic engagement (lifelong learning and advocacy). The Associate Dean of Students (ADOS), an inaugural position, reports to, and partners with, the Associate Vice President and Dean of Students to promote a safe, respectful, healthy, and inclusive campus community. The ADOS, an inaugural position, provides oversight over the human resources, budget, and programmatic activities of the Behavioral Intervention Team, Integrative Care Network, Disability Resource Center, Broncos Care Basic Needs Program (Cal Fresh, Poly Pantry, Clothes Closet, Emergency Housing, Emergency Grants, etc.), and Student Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiatives (Cultural Retention Centers, Men of Color Initiatives, Affinity Spaces: Pride Center, Womxyn's Center, etc.). The position is charged with supporting the student success goals of the institution and Division of Student Affairs through development, implementation and ongoing assessment of programs and services that foster education, retention and excellence among the student body. In addition, the ADOS provides leadership both within the Division and also across campus on matters related to the students' experience, the intersection of curricular and co-curricular programmatic development, the continued development of a diverse and supportive campus culture, as well as oversight for student crisis management and mediation.


Line Management and Supervision:
  • Plan, implement, evaluate, and modify a variety of programs, services, processes, standards, and operations related to assigned areas of responsibility utilizing student success indicators.
  • Oversee a case management team that works and collaborates with various stakeholders to oversee the university's process for addressing the needs of students who have crisis with academic, family, health, and other concerns through providing referrals and follow-up services.
  • Work with staff and campus stakeholders to coordinate support services, including referral and liaison with housing agencies, social services, mental health services, financial support agencies, food services, and other basic needs resources for students.
  • Develop and maintain a database of referral resources for social service agencies within the local community; facilitate relationships with off-campus agencies and resources to connect students to long-term support.
  • Collaborate and partner with key constituencies across campus to advance recruitment, inclusion, and retention of historically underrepresented and marginalized populations.
  • Promote student success, learning and retention through the holistic programmatic development; work to help students feel empowered, valued, and well-supported both academically and personally; establish a strong rapport and vibrant campus life with students by being involved, visible, and engaged in all aspects of campus life.
  • Oversee the development and facilitation of data-driven and student-centered information sessions, presentations, trainings, and/or workshops related to assigned areas of student services.

Cluster & Division Leadership:
  • The incumbent serves as a critical liaison between Student Affairs and other divisions and as the lead student affairs administrator in determining the strategic direction for designated operational areas, especially as they relate to the enhancement of student support structures

and student success measures. The Associate Dean of Students works with faculty, staff, academic administrators, and executive officers to promote cross-divisional partnerships and enhance the delivery of university-wide and college-based student services.
  • In addition, the incumbent advises and also troubleshoots for the Associate Vice President; manages the appropriate expenditures from grants and private funding; handles special projects as assigned by the Associate Vice President; and acts on behalf of the Associate Vice President on a wide array of initiatives. The Associate Dean of Students participates fully in the life of the university and represents the campus within the California State University system, to government and professional organizations, and in the community at large.
  • Presents innovative and creative ideas to continue and build on the current and future success of the Division and the operations and programs that support the students building a sense of community.
  • Holds leaders and directors accountable for high performance and fosters a highly engaged culture by articulating expectations, monitoring performance, and providing feedback consistently across departments and areas for which they are responsible.
  • Provide leadership and direction while working with the department directors to create and maintain internal operations that improve effectiveness and efficiency within the Division.
  • Creates an agile administration model for the Division which can shift based on the changing needs of higher education and our student population.

Professional Development & Other Duties as assigned:
  • Stays abreast of current literature, ongoing trends, demographic changes, laws and policies that impact the diverse student body.
  • Continually assess student needs and interests, as well as remain abreast of current, model practices in the field of student affairs as it relates to identity development, student behavior; utilize relevant data, scholarship, and student development theories/models in planning and developing programs and services designed to actively foster student learning and promote students' holistic success.
  • Capacity to research and identify current issues in higher education both locally and nationally; awareness and insight into emerging issues (basic needs, mental health).
  • Ensures staff have a professional development plan that incorporates and encourages best practices.
  • The incumbent also actively engages in scholarly, creative and professional development activities serving in regional and national leadership roles and presenting at regional and national professional association meetings.
  • Participates in local, regional, and national research and presentations pertinent to job functionality
  • Attends conferences and professional institutes to stay relevant and build a professional network that enhances the potential for innovation at CPP.

  • Master's degree, preferably in student affairs, higher education administration, college student personnel, social work, counseling, or a related field.
  • A minimum of seven (7) years of professional experience in crises management, case management, student success, advocacy support services, cultural center management, student affairs and/or other comparable collegiate or community-based settings.
  • An understanding and deep commitment to social justice, demonstrated cultural competence with strong belief in the value of diversity, anti-racism, and student-readiness in enriching the learning experience and the quality of life on campus.
  • Strong crisis management skills and demonstrated experience successfully working through crisis situations, with knowledge of mental health issues and laws impacting campus professionals and students.
  • A proven record of implementing change, establishing a vision and direction for an office/department, motivating staff and students to embrace change, and successfully creating new programs and initiatives to enhance the quality of campus life for all students
  • Demonstrated leadership ability with excellent management skills; the ability to manage feedback with constructive action and build a solid framework to effectively develop and manage a complex, student- ready units.
  • Strong community builder and collaborator, capable of building bridges to departments, faculty, staff, students, and the larger community.
  • Committed to continuing a student-centered approach to learning and engagement throughout the department's programs and services.
  • Credible, engaging, supportive, empathetic, and approachable supervisor with knowledge of the responsibilities of each staff member's position, respect for their work and contributions, and adept at advocating for staff and students, their programs, and needs.
  • Commitment to using best practices, technology, and innovation to continually provide students with cutting-edge programs and services.
  • Strong supervisory experience with a proven ability to engage in identity specific supervision, mediate conflicts, and make tough decisions when necessary.

  • Doctorate degree, preferably in student affairs, higher education administration, college student personnel, social work, counseling, or a related field.
  • Experience managing staff and skilled professionals in a university environment.
  • Experience in a larger, complex, and diverse public higher education institution.


Salary is competitive and includes a comprehensive benefits package. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a Management Personnel Plan Level II position with an attractive benefits package, which includes a vacation accrual rate of 16 hours per month, an excellent choice of medical, dental, and vision insurance, long term disability coverage, life insurance and retirement benefits.


A background check must satisfactorily be completed before a candidate can be offered this position. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for this position. The background check consists of the following: Employment verification, education verification, reference checks, and checks of the following systems and databases: National Social Security Number/Address Locator, Felony/Misdemeanor, National Criminal Database, Federal Criminal, Department of Motor Vehicles, and National Sex Offender Registry.


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

Cal Poly Pomona hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. 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, California Education Code section 67380, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), the Cal Poly Pomona Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available at:

Cal Poly Pomona is a smoke and tobacco-free campus. Please refer to the link below for policy information.


The person holding this position is considered a 'limited 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.


Cal Poly Pomona is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. The university subscribes to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and covered veteran status.

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

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