Cal Poly Pomona


Recruitment No. N/A
Administrative Grade Level Administrative Grade Level IV
Collective Bargaining Unit N/A
College/Department The College of Agriculture
Timebase Full-time
Type of Appointment Management Personnel Plan (MPP IV)
Application Materials Required University Application, Letter of Interest and Qualifications, Current Vitae or Resume, and References Required
Anticipated Hiring Range Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Recruitment Closing Date Open Until Filled. First consideration will be given to completed application packages received no later than February 19, 2014


California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the College of Agriculture.

THE UNIVERSITY:  Cal Poly Pomona, one of 23 campuses in The California State University system, is located 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.  The beautiful and historic 1400-acre campus, once the Arabian horse ranch of cereal magnate, W.K. Kellogg, has an ethnically diverse student population of 22,100 students enrolled in 61 undergraduate majors, 28 master’s degree programs, and a doctoral program.  The campus is located in the heart of Southern California and is well-known for its innovation and leadership.  Additional information about the University may be found at

THE COLLEGE:  The College of Agriculture is one of the four colleges of agriculture in the California State University system and the only one located in southern California.    It is the sole provider of comprehensive agricultural programs focusing on the needs of the $1 trillion southern California economy and its 21 million people.  The College provides a unique integrative approach to agricultural education that recognizes the strong disciplinary interdependencies related to professional orientation and culture, basic societal needs, lifestyles, and social and environmental responsibility.  It is well positioned to meet the expanding demand for qualified graduates in highly specialized fields within the agricultural, food, fiber, and animal industries.  Additional information about the college may be found at


The Dean (MPP Administrator Level IV) reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, serves as a member of the Academic Deans Council, and works closely with other academic deans and directors, as well as Academic Affairs and Student Affairs personnel.  The Dean also heads the Dean’s Council, a group of leaders in the agriculture industry that provides guidance and support for the college.  As the academic and administrative leader of the college, the Dean is responsible for:

    • Developing a dynamic vision for the future of the college and inspiring support for the vision among internal participants, including faculty, staff, students, and external participants such as industry and donors,
    • Leading the development of a college strategic plan which gives shape to the vision of its future while respecting budget and resource limitations,
    • Fostering and cultivating long-term relationships with donors and potential donors for the purpose of moving the college forward with external funding,
    • Effectively leading and administering a large and complex organization while being responsive to expectations from senior university leaders.


      • Earned doctorate or equivalent degree,
      • At least 5 years of administrative experience as department chair or equivalent in agriculture or a closely related field with significant budget management experience,
      • A record of outstanding teaching, research, scholarship, and outreach that merits appointment at full professor level in one of the College's departments,
      • Ability to foster an environment conducive to academic quality, collegiality, innovation and open discussion,
      • Proven efforts in fundraising and other development activities,
      • Demonstrated commitment to and/or experience in fostering a diverse educational environment,
      • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with senior leadership and other constituencies in the University,
      • Demonstrated commitment to shared governance in a university setting, and
      • Excellent verbal and written communication skils are needed to interact with diverse stakeholders on campus and in industry.


    • Experience as associate dean or higher level,
    • Demonstrated success in attracting/managing extramural funding to enhance educational and research programs,
    • Commitment to extending agricultural applied sciences and technologies to outreach activities and programming,
    • Understanding of the College's unique location within a non land grant public, comprehensive university in an urban setting,
    • Understanding of university-level  Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion processes,
    • A demonstrated dedication to and understanding of what is required to support faculty research and scholarship, and
    • An articulated vision for leveraging the State of California Agricultural Research Institute and the designation of Cal Poly Pomona as a Hispanic Serving Institution to enhance agricultural science, technology, and literacy programs.              


    APPOINTMENT DATE/SALARY: The University seeks to have a Dean in place by September 2014.  Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  The position includes a very attractive benefits package.

    NOMINATIONS AND APPLICATIONS:  First consideration will be given to complete application packages received by February 19, 2014.  A complete application will include (1) a letter of interest, which explains in detail and provides examples of how the candidate meets the qualifications specified in this announcement; (2) a current curriculum vitae or resume; and (3) the names, titles, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of five references.  Additional information may be requested.  Hiring authority will conduct due diligence on selected finalists.  Finalists will be required to complete a University employment application and may be required to pass a LiveScan criminal records check.

    Electronic submission of application materials is preferred (

    Please send direct inquiries, nominations, and applications to:

    Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
    c/o Andrea Struve, Administrative Analyst, Office of the Provost
    California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
    3801 West Temple Avenue
    Pomona, CA  91768-4020
    Telephone:  (909) 869-4051   Fax: (909) 869-5088

    Finalists for this position may be required to submit to and successfully pass a background check prior to being hired.


    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.


    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:


    • 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 is currently on the List of Conflict of Interest Designated Positions for Cal Poly Pomona. This requires the filing of a statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every two years thereafter. The Human Resource Services Conflict of Interest website has additional information:
    • The successful candidate must possess a valid California driver’s license and insurance within 30 days of hire. Frequent driving on college business will be needed. In addition, the candidate must comply with the requirements set forth in “Driving on University Business” and will be entered into the DMV Employer Pull Notice program.  The Risk Management website has more details:

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