Job Details

California State University System Office
  • Position Number: 5334879
  • Location: Long Beach, CA
  • Position Type: Academic Vice Presidents and Provosts

The California State University Office of the Chancellor (CSU) in Long Beach, California – the administrative body of the largest comprehensive university system in the country – invites nominations and applications for the position of system-wide Associate Vice Chancellor, Academic Programs and Faculty Development.

Under the direction of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC) for Academic and Student Affairs Chief Academic Officer, the Associate Vice Chancellor (AVC) for Academic Programs and Faculty Development provides vision, thought leadership, analysis, strategies, and advice to support academic quality, effective teaching and learning, and equitable student outcomes across the 23-campus California State University system. The AVC provides strategic and operational guidance and recommendations to the deputy vice chancellors, executive vice chancellor, chancellor, CSU Board of Trustees, and campus leaders regarding academic, legislative, accreditation and management matters in the 23-campus CSU system. The Associate Vice Chancellor is a strategic consultant with campus provosts and serves as one primary point of contact for academic leaders across California State Universities and with academic leaders at the University of California and California Community Colleges.

The California State University is the largest system of four-year higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 63,000 employees and 454,000 students. Half of the CSU's students transfer from California Community Colleges. Created in 1960, the mission of the CSU is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of California. With its commitment to quality, opportunity and student success, the CSU is renowned for superb teaching, innovative research and for producing job-ready graduates. Each year, the CSU awards nearly 127,000 degrees. One in every 20 Americans holding a college degree is a graduate of the CSU and our alumni are 4 million strong.

The Associate Vice Chancellor is a leader and partner who advances the university system's mission and is a highly effective internal and external ambassador for the CSU's commitments to access, affordability, equity, student success and academic excellence. The Associate Vice Chancellor ensures the continuity and consistency of CSU curricula and academic programs, institutional policies, academic practices, and professional development of current and future CSU faculty; represents the CSU to WSCUC, the California Legislature, Department of Finance, Legislative Analyst's Office, and Board of Registered Nursing and other workforce and community organizations; operationalizes aspects of new CSU degree authorities; is responsible for system-level coordination of industry-specific academic programs such as Nursing; ensures system level coordination of assessment of student learning; and oversees the management of the CSU Institute for Teaching and Learning and systemwide faculty pipeline programs. This leader provides senior management oversight of academic technology services and provides strategic thought leadership related to online education and the role of artificial intelligence in teaching and learning.

The successful candidate will be a visionary, collaborative, trusted, skilled and innovative leader with exceptional administrative, strategic planning and managerial skills, and proven experience in a dynamic and complex professional environment. An earned doctorate from an accredited university is required along with ten years of administrative leadership in academic affairs (provost/vice president for Academic Affairs, associate or assistant vice president, dean, or other high-level administrative leadership role in a complex educational organization) and demonstrated experience in interacting effectively with members of the academic community from diverse backgrounds.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the position's strategic objectives and the desired attributes identified in the leadership profile.

WittKieffer is assisting the California State System Office in this search. Review of materials has begun and will continue until an appointment has been made. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be submitted as soon as possible and not later than July 31, 2024 using WittKieffer's candidate portal. To be considered for this position, candidates must also apply online to CO-CSU Human Resources Career Site.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to: Charlene L. Aguilar, Ed.M. and Shelley Arakawa, J.D. at

The target salary for this position is up to $275,000 annually commensurate with education and experience.

California State University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.

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