Director of Graduate Programs

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Sacramento
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time


Working Title: Director of Graduate Programs - College of Business

Classification Title: Administrator II

Posting Details 

Priority application deadline (Open until filled): Sunday, October 16th @ 11:55pm PDT

Anticipated appointment: January / February 2023 

Hiring Preference
Not Applicable

Position Summary:

The Director of Graduate Programs (DGP) is responsible for the overall quality and success of graduate programs in the College of Business (COB), including self-support programs. This individual and the Associate Dean for Academic Programs (ADAP) and Associate Dean for Faculty Support (ADFS) are key members of the administrative leadership team of the COB and report directly to the Dean. The DGP works in tandem with the ADFS and ADAP, is a member of the senior COB leadership team, and reports to the Dean.
In consultation with the Dean and other COB stakeholders, the DGP works to create and maintain innovative and impactful business programs that align with the COB mission and strategic direction. The COB’s priorities include related academic technology, innovation, and impact with a focus on teaching effectiveness, academic excellence, and operational efficiency. The incumbent will be responsible for overseeing operational leadership to promote excellence in all phases of the COB’s academic activities in compliance with University policy and accreditation standards. Aligned with the COB vision and strategy, this role requires collaborative work with Department Chairs, program directors, faculty, and staff to ensure that programs address market trends and create local and global engagement. The DGP is a key participant in school-wide strategic planning and execution.

This position is expected to support Sacramento State’s Five Imperatives: reduce time to degree, increase campus diversity, inclusion, and equity, increase philanthropic giving, community collaboration and safety.

FLSA: MPP - This position is defined in the Management Personnel Plan (MPP) of the California State University. It is excluded from the collective bargaining process and is exempt from overtime provisions of FLSA. This position is covered by health benefits.

CSU Classification Salary Range: $4,583.00 - $13,750.00 per month 

Hiring Range: Depending on qualifications, not anticipated to exceed $11,000 per month/ $132,000 per year

Recruitment Type: Regular (at-will)

Time Base: Full-Time

Pay Plan:  12 

Work Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm; occasional weekends and evening hours will be required

Department Information:

The California State University, Sacramento – College of Business (COB) develops engaged, responsible, and inclusive leaders that enrich communities around the world. The Faculty in the COB are committed to providing the highest quality of education and serving as resources to its students. The COB is also committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its activities. Founded in 1947, the COB offers four graduate degrees and one undergraduate degree. The COB has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the world leader in business school accreditation and a hallmark of excellence achieved by only 5% of colleges worldwide, since 1963. The COB is located in California’s vibrant capital city, Sacramento.

Sacramento is one of the most diverse cities in the country that boasts a Mediterranean climate with an average of 265 days of sunshine a year. Foodies love the fresh ingredients and inspired dishes of the local Farm-to-Fork movement, outdoorsy types float on the two great rivers or hike along the American River Parkway, cultural connoisseurs embrace the city’s bustling nightlife and arts events. Sacramento is also located within two hours of San Francisco, Napa Valley, and Lake Tahoe. 

Required Qualifications 


1. An earned doctoral or other terminal degree(s) and a record of scholarly contributions in a business discipline recognized by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) that warrants a faculty appointment as Full Professor within the College of Business.


2. A strong record of accomplishments in the areas of teaching, research, and service that would merit appointment as a Full Professor with tenure in one academic department of the College of Business (COB)
3. Two years of experience in a leadership position with responsibility for budget and personnel (e.g. department chair, program director, or equivalent)
4. Experience with budget management (e.g. budget allocations) of state supported and self-supported programs
5. Experience in enrollment management and academic scheduling that meet the needs of graduate students – including self-support programs
6. Experience with curriculum development for graduate programs
7. Experience with program review and assessment under the AACSB standards and/or other accreditation processes (or comparable international accrediting bodies)
8. Experience with technology-supported and online/blended teaching environments and pedagogical approaches, including remote locations
9. Experience handling administrative responsibilities in a higher education environment equivalent to department chair or higher
10. Experience working with other academic units, including continuing education/external programs, to assure effective utilization of faculty and staff resources to meet needs of graduate students

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

11. Demonstrated commitment to diversity and experience working within an ethnically and culturally diverse academic community
12. Evidence of ability to determine priorities, effectively manage multiple projects, and set and meet deadlines
13. Demonstrated ability to analyze and implement creative solutions to complex problems or challenges
14. Evidence of advanced interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish, maintain, and model effective working relationships with various constituencies within the college, across the university, and in the community
15. Demonstrated record of high quality written and oral communication for varied audiences
16. Demonstrated ability to work in a shared governance environment or similar organizational setting
17. Ability and success developing relationships with business organizations

Conditions of Employment
- Ability to pass background check

Preferred Qualifications 

18. Knowledge of the most recent AACSB standards and reaffirmation of accreditation process or other accreditation processes
19. Experience working in a collective bargaining environment
20. Experience working on a large urban university or college campus
21. Record of significant and successful involvement and leadership in college and university organizations
22. Experience with international programs and international students
23. Experience managing programs at geographically-dispersed locations (e.g., satellite campuses

Documents Needed to Apply

List documents needed for this position:

1) Resume

2) Cover letter 

3) Diversity statement. Prompt: In a diversity statement that is 500 words long, please discuss contributions that demonstrate your commitment to promoting an inclusive environment and how you use inclusive pedagogy to promote students' access to equal educational opportunity.

Failure to upload required documentation may result in disqualification.

Note to Applicants:

As part of the recruitment process, you may be required to prepare and give a 15-minute presentation to the committee. Details and instructions will be provided at the appropriate time.

About Sac State

Sacramento State is located in the heart of California’s capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State’s 31,000 students come not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission: “As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students for leadership, service, and success. Sacramento State will be a recognized leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sac State is dedicated to student successdiversity, equity and inclusioncommunity engagementphilanthropy, and campus safety.  

As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued.  Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning.  

To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.

Background Check Disclaimer  

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position. One variation of background check required could be a LiveScan screening, which involves submitting fingerprints at a certified LiveScan Service Center.

COVID-19 Vaccine Certification Information:

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 and questions may be sent to

Out of State Employment Policy

Sacramento State University, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees (up)on date of hire to reside in the State of California.

As of January 1, 2022 the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.

Equal Employment Opportunity

California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States. 

It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit

The University is committed to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. For more information on mandatory training for new employees, visit . 

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Fire Safety Right-To-know Act Notification: 

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is available for viewing at . 
The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.

Eligibility Verification  

Selected candidate must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.. California State University, Sacramento is a sponsoring agency (i.e. H-1-B Visa). 

Note to Applicants:

Possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview unless required by collective bargaining agreement.

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