Associate Dean, Academic and Professional Programs

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Sacramento
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Working Title: Associate Dean, Academic and Professional Programs

Classification Title: Administrator III

Posting Details 

Priority Application Deadline: February 11, 2024 @ 11:55pm PST (Posting will remain open until filled)

Position Summary

In partnership with the Dean and the programs leads, the Associate Dean provides leadership and management for regional workforce and education efforts, academic and professional program offerings, and strategic initiatives that align with university priorities. The Associate Dean is responsible for providing planning, management, and leadership to create and sustain strong partnerships across university divisions and with external entities such as employers, community organizations, philanthropic foundations, workforce development boards, elected officials, non-profit organizations, and complementary educational entities. The Associate Dean oversees the administration of Academic and Professional Programs, which provides academic and professional skills programs for adult learners. Responsibilities include development of new degree programs, credential programs, credit certificate programs, contract credit and paraprofessional, career and technical non-credit programs through an equity lens in support of learners’ needs in collaboration with other colleges at Sacramento State.
FLSA: Exempt (Not eligible for overtime) 

Anticipated Hiring Range: $10,000 per month - $13,500 per month

Anticipated hiring range commensurate with candidate's education, experience, skills, and training. 

CSU Classification Salary Range: $6,250 per month - $20,063 per month

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Salary Grade/Range:  1

Recruitment Type: At-Will

Time Base: Full-Time

Work Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; work hours may vary dependent on department operations

Department Information 

The College of Continuing Education (CCE) extends the mission of the university by increasing access for non-traditional learners. With a primary expertise on serving adult learners, CCE provides programs and services to individuals and employers year-round, unbound by traditional semester schedules and formats. CCE serves a hybrid student body that extends beyond California, serving over 80,000 learners annually through in-person, hybrid and fully online workshops, courses, conferences, certificate and degree programs.

For more information, visit the Sacramento State, College of Continuing Education website at

Required Qualifications

1. Demonstrated commitment to inclusion, equity and opportunity.
2. Skill and experience examining and reengineering operations and procedures as well as designing and implementing new initiatives to improve regional impact and societal outcomes.
3. A minimum of eight years of work experience including experience in higher education and/or non-profit educational programming with a successful record of accomplishment in leading initiatives within organizations and/or within communities.
4. Ability to think strategically and lead initiatives that affect and involve multiple intersegmental partners, multiple colleges, community partners, and institutional stakeholders.
5. Experience building networks and partnerships, internally and externally, with strong collaboration, persuasion, and consensus-building skills.
6. Proven record of accomplishments, business skills, political acumen, and capacity to handle a large number of interwoven assignments with sensitivity to priorities and shifting demands.
7. Record of accomplishment in adult learner student services and academic programs with strong attention to detail and responsiveness.
8. Demonstrated ability to interpret policy, implement advance-planning techniques, establish performance metrics, and utilize technology effectively.
9. Progressively responsible supervisory, management, and leadership positions and experience in leading, managing, and motivating teams and/or networks.
10. Understanding and experience with applied research and/or program evaluation.
11. Experience developing curriculum and co-curricular programs in a physical and digital environment.
12. Proven record of success in developing and managing projections, budgets, and reconciliations at various levels within higher education or non-profit sectors.
13. Demonstrated ability to write and edit complex materials and effectively present information to a variety of audience types and levels.
14. Demonstrated ability to deliver persuasive public speeches and presentations to large and diverse audiences.
15. Advanced degree from an accredited university.
16. Ability to travel on and offsite, including occasional overnight stays to support the essential functions of the position.
- Ability to successfully pass a background check.

Preferred Qualifications 

17. 10+ years of progressively responsible supervisory, management, and leadership experience in higher education, non-profit sector, and/or government.
18. Experience working in a labor union environment.
19. Experience with community engagement, fundraising, and/or grant writing and management.
20. Familiarity with applications of electronic media and communication technologies in adult learning.

Documents Needed to Apply

Resume, cover letter and diversity statement. 

Instructions for diversity statement: Diversity Statement: Sac State holds diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in its core values. Please include a statement up to 500 words with examples that demonstrate your commitment to DEI while supporting students, staff, faculty and community members in a diverse University setting. 

Failure to upload required documentation will result in disqualification.

About Sacramento 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 is a Hispanic and AANAPISI serving institution with about 31,000 students coming not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1,800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission:

“As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students to lead, serve, and succeed. Sacramento State will be a welcoming, caring, and inclusive leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sacramento State is dedicated to learning and student success; teaching, research, scholarship and creative activity; justice, diversity, equity and inclusion; resource development and sustainability; dedicated community engagement, and wellness and 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.

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.

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.

COVID19 Vaccination Policy

Effective May 2023, per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is strongly recommended that all California State University, Sacramento employees who are accessing office and campus facilities follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications. 

Out of State Employment

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.

Eligibility Verification

Candidate will be required to provide official transcripts of their highest degree earned and must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. California State University, Sacramento is not a sponsoring agency for staff and management positions (ie. 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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