Cal Poly Pomona


Recruitment No. N/A
Administrative Grade Level MPP III
Collective Bargaining Unit N/A
College/Department Student Support and Equity Programs
Timebase Full-time
Type of Appointment Management Personnel Plan (MPP III)
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 applications recieved by April 7, 2014


California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, popularly known as Cal Poly Pomona, seeks a talented and accomplished educator to serve as Executive Director of Student Support and Equity Programs. This is an outstanding opportunity for a visionary leader who is passionate about educational equity and student success and has an entrepreneurial spirit, proven management and supervisorial experience, and demonstrated ability to secure external funding and facilitate program development.

THE UNIVERSITY: Cal Poly Pomona is one of two polytechnic universities in the 23-campus California State University system and one of only seven such institutions nationally. Located 30 miles east of Los Angeles, the university is in one of the most dynamic economic and cultural regions of the country. The University is noted for its scenic and historic 1,400-acre campus, once the winter ranch of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg, located within an hour's drive of beaches, mountains, and desert. The University’s 21,000 ethnically diverse students are enrolled in 60 baccalaureate and 26 master's degree programs with approximately 1,000 faculty. For additional information about the University, please visit our website at

The Division of Student Affairs creates environments of student success, respect and engagement that facilitate learning and growth within a culture of collaboration, assessment and innovation.

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Student-Centered Philosophy: Our Student-Centered Philosophy is the underlying principle which affirms that students and their success are our driving force. We create environments conducive to student learning and graduation, serve as mentors and advocates for students, and create opportunities for students to develop as individuals and leaders.

Integrity: Integrity is honest and honorable behavior, where our decisions and actions are consistent with our values, beliefs and principles.

Interconnectedness: Interconnectedness exists when we are united with others in the university community in purpose and achievement of our goals. Our success comes from fostering relationships built on collaboration, open communication, trust and mutual respect.

Passion: Passion is a powerful, compelling emotion or feeling that inspires our action and gives meaning to our work. It is the energy and drive to push beyond the established possible to accomplish even greater results. 

Quality: Quality is the outcome achieved when we set a standard for excellence by providing first rate, value-added service and educational programs that exceed expectations.

Richness of Diversity: Richness of Diversity is the belief that differences in people and points-of-view are valuable. We embody this belief when we are inclusive, recognize our similarities, embrace our differences and through mutual respect, move beyond tolerance and acceptance to active support and advocacy.


The position of Executive Director of Student Support and Equity Programs (SSEP) (MPP Administrator III) reports to the Associate Vice President for Student Services. The Executive Director leads, manages and directs Student Support and Equity Programs which was created through the consolidation of Educational Equity Services, the University Advising Center and the Renaissance Scholars Program. The Executive Director participates in institutional planning and policy formulation, and serves as a consultant to the broader campus community on issues related to educational equity and student learning, retention and success. The incumbent establishes unit goals and priorities, conceptualizes and develops new programs to enhance students’ educational and social experiences, determines the direction of program growth and change, formulates operational guidelines and procedures, and oversees a wide array of services (including outreach, admission assistance, Summer Bridge, Transfer Bridge, supplemental financial aid, academic advising, peer mentoring, tutoring and learning assistance, developmental courses, student activities, and post-baccalaureate planning) designed to meet the needs of approximately 2,000 undergraduates participating in the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and undeclared student program.

The incumbent ensures that all programs are operated in full compliance with pertinent contracts, regulations and guidelines. The Executive Director oversees campus efforts to assist in the recruitment, retention and graduation of EOP students as well as the support and transition of undeclared students and the successful recruitment and matriculation of former foster youth participating in the Renaissance Scholars Program. The incumbent is responsible for courses offered in tandem with academic units, serves as the academic department chair for undeclared students, meets with and advises individual students and groups, and acts on various petitions and appeals. The incumbent supports the use of technology to enhance student learning and services delivery, and cultivates within the unit a culture of evidence that emphasizes assessment, evaluation and quality improvement. The Executive Director plans and manages a $1.1 2 million general fund budget, collaborates with lead staff and Financial Aid to manage an $832,000 student aid budget, and augments existing resources by securing grants and extramural funding.  The Executive Director monitors and reports on all external funding on a regular and timely basis.

The incumbent supervises 20 staff members, various graduate interns, and a cadre of student employees, and fosters a strong service orientation through staff training, development and performance management. The Executive Director forges strategic partnerships with internal and external stakeholders, advocates for the department and its constituents in institutional planning and decision-making, and represents the campus in the California State University (CSU) system, in regional and national organizations, and in the community at large.

In all activities, the Executive Director models and advances the values of the Division of Student Affairs: student-centered philosophy, integrity, interconnectedness, passion, quality, and richness of diversity.


The ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker and planner with a record of achievement that demonstrates an instinct for innovation, a passion for students and their success, and a strong commitment to academic excellence and high academic standards. Candidates will present evidence of the following qualifications:

  • an earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution, though individuals who have an appropriate master’s degree and extensive related experience will be considered;
  • at least five years of direct experience overseeing programs and services for such diverse populations as low-income, underrepresented, undeclared, high-achieving and first-generation college students, as well as current and former foster youth;
  • demonstrated excellent business sense, strong strategic management skills, and a demonstrated affinity for planning and controlling complex budgets with multiple revenue sources;
  • proven effectiveness in writing and managing a variety of grants
  • Demonstrated experience securing external funding from corporate and non-profit foundations, government agencies, and private donors.
  • successful experience in hiring, training, supervising and evaluating professional staff;
  • knowledge of current issues impacting higher education and a deep commitment to educational equity and student success;
  • sustained commitment to diversity and a demonstrable track record of individual action and institutional leadership to advance diversity;
  • experience using technology, assessment, and performance and outcome metrics to improve productivity, effectiveness and quality;
  • strong interpersonal skills and excellent oral and written communication skills, including, demonstrated ability to make effective oral presentations, facilitate an open exchange of ideas, and write clear and concise business correspondence and reports;
  • a collegial and open leadership style, combined with a demonstrated capacity to lead change and make timely decisions, experience in leading an organization through a major transition is highly desirable.


  • Management experience in a collective bargaining environment;
  • EOP, HEOP, EOP&S, and/or TRIO experience.

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


APPOINTMENT DATE/SALARY: The University seeks to fill this position by spring, 2014, or as mutually agreed. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes a comprehensive benefits package.

NOMINATIONS AND APPLICATIONS: Review of applications will begin on April 7, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. All applications must include (1) a completed and signed university application, (2) a letter of interest that explains in detail, and where possible, provides examples of how the candidate meets the qualifications specified in this announcement; (3) a current resume or curriculum vitae; and (4) the names, titles, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of five references that we have permission to contact, who can provide current assessments of the candidate’s professional experience, accomplishments and prospect for success in this position (please include a brief note describing the relationship of the references to the applicant). Additional information may be requested.  The position will remain open until filled.

Please send electronic copies of application materials to or mail to:

Ms. Marla Williams, Administrative Analyst
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
SSEP Executive Director Search Committee
c/o Dean of Students Office 
3801 West Temple Avenue, Bldg. 26-110
 Pomona, CA  91768-4020
(909) 869-4270

Direct inquiries and nominations to:
Rebecca Gutierrez Keeton, Ph.D. (Chair, SSEP Executive Director Search Committee)
Associate Vice President & Dean of Students
Email address:


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:


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. Visit the Human Resource Services Conflict of Interest webpage link for additional information on designated positions:

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.

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