Job as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at California State University, Northridge



California State University, Northridge is seeking a Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

At CSUN, we aspire to continually grow as an inclusive and cooperative community and strive to be a workplace community that advances student success and provides exemplary service to all stakeholders. We foster an environment of success for our students, employees, and the broader San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles communities we serve. We have a fundamental commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion at all levels of the University. As a campus leader, the Provost will have the opportunity to thrive in a community in which our leaders share common traits as identified in our Leadership Principles. The successful candidate for this position will also have the opportunity to achieve their own personal goals, be recognized for the work they do, and experience the unique value that the CSUN community can offer.

The University:
One of the nation’s largest universities, California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is a comprehensive urban university that offers award-winning undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 40,000 students each year and enrolls nearly 400,000 alumni who fuel the region’s economy. Since its founding in 1958, CSUN has had a significant, long-term economic impact on California, generating nearly $1.9 billion in economic impact and more than 12,000 jobs each year. CSUN is a designated minority and Hispanic-serving institution and nationally recognized for its success in serving its diverse student body. The Association of Public Universities and Land Grants has named CSUN a University of Innovation and Economic Prosperity, the the wall street journal
ranked CSUN third in the nation for the university’s diverse learning environment, and CSUN is seventh in the nation on CollegeNet’s 2021 Social Mobility Index.

The position of provost and vice-president of academic affairs:
The Provost and Vice President Academic Affairs (Provost) reports to the President and works collaboratively with the President’s Office to advance the institution’s strategic vision, mission, and values, including the roadmap for the University for the future. As Director of Studies, the Provost provides dynamic, data-informed strategic leadership for the university, with broad vision, balanced judgment and creativity. The provost leads more than 3,000 faculty and staff in undergraduate, graduate, further education, research, and public partnership programs and coordinates regional, national, and international activities to support the mission and priorities of the University. The Provost oversees, coordinates and promotes excellence and integrity in academic programming, scholarly work and creative pursuits where educational equity and student success involving high quality learning, perseverance and graduation are top priorities. The provost serves as head of the institution in the absence of the president. Other areas of oversight include divisional financial and capital planning, regulatory compliance, accreditation and institutional fairness. The Provost guides the division through bold leadership from an engaged and collaborative team; positive working relationships between university divisions; and the recruitment, development and retention of a diverse and forward-thinking faculty and staff. The Provost is a champion and leader of an inclusive and equitable educational community, recognizing the strength this brings to the University community and learning environment; as a leader, demonstrates a commitment to student and faculty success that is aligned with the university’s vision, values, and priorities; establishes an ethical and collegial work environment, fostering a collaborative, responsible and inclusive team; fosters a courageous and resilient solution-oriented environment by participating in new opportunities with a service-oriented and catalytic spirit to advance the mission of the university; empowers employees by being communicative and a talent builder who develops team attributes, advancing divisional goals.

• A doctorate from a regionally accredited institution.
• Academic credentials commensurate with the rank of Full Professor at CSUN, as evidenced by a distinguished record in teaching and scholarship that demonstrates a commitment to academic excellence.
• Substantial experience and demonstrated leadership in higher education and university administration, including advocacy and support for equity in education.
• Ability to work effectively in a collaborative and consultative management framework within a framework of traditional shared governance and collective bargaining.
• A strong track record of commitment to equity, inclusion, and student and faculty success, as well as a deep appreciation for the richly diverse student population that CSUN serves.
• Demonstration – through previous professional achievements – of the ability to plan, organize, direct and coordinate innovative teaching and research programs at a university.
• Mastery and supporter of data-driven decision-making.
• Competence in tax planning and resource management.

Preferred qualifications:
• Track record of successfully integrating strategic activities across the division, facility and community around a common vision of success.
• Successful track record in academic advancement and fundraising.
• Exceptional written and verbal communication skills and the ability to communicate clearly, consistently and transparently to create shared goals and understanding.
• Ability to effectively represent the campus with organizations and agencies.
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with management to build bridges and relationships within an institution or organization.
• A high level of energy, focus, and the ability to partner effectively with the President, Cabinet, Deans, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members from diverse backgrounds .
• Demonstrated success in leading a team and willingness to motivate and guide staff while achieving University, Division and Unit goals.
• Demonstrated ability to support continuous improvement through courageous, resilient and catalytic leadership and to lead various initiatives through a collaborative, service-oriented and communicative approach.
• Demonstrated commitment to employee development, recognition and accountability to other business goals.

Effective date of appointment: January 2023

How to register:
The University is assisted by Academic Search. Applications should consist of a detailed cover letter, curriculum vitae and a list of five professional references with full contact details. No reference will be contacted without the explicit authorization of the candidate. Applications, nominations and expressions of interest may be submitted electronically and confidentially to:

The position is open until filled, but only applications received by Thursday 1 September can be fully considered. Additional information can be found in the job profile available at
. Confidential discussions about this opportunity can be arranged by contacting consultants Ann Hasselmo at and Chris Butler at More information about California State University Northridge can be found at

General informations: CSU requires faculty, staff, and students accessing campus facilities to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. All advanced applicants in a currently open research process must be prepared to comply with this requirement. To learn more, visit our Matadors Forward site:

Background check: This position is a sensitive position as designated by the CSU. A background check (including a criminal record check) must be completed satisfactorily. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the status of candidates applying for the position.

CANRA: The individual in this position will be considered a “limited reporter” under California child abuse and neglect law and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Conflict of interest: This position is a “designated position” under the California State University Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate who accepts this position is required to file conflict of interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.

Equal Employment Opportunity: CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression. gender, sexual orientation, genetic information, health status, marital status, veteran status and disability. . Our non-discrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096. Reasonable accommodations will be provided to applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Recruitment Services at 818-677-2101.



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