Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

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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: Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Classification Title: Administrator IV

Posting Details 

Priority Application Deadline: Wednesday, August 21st @ 11:55pm PST (Posting will remain open until filled)

Position Summary

The Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs is the university's Chief Academic Officer and Senior Vice President. The Provost/SVPAA provides intellectual and academic leadership for the University’s educational mission. The responsibilities include but are not limited to overseeing all areas of Academic Affairs currently comprised of seven academic colleges, Continuing Education, Graduate Education, Undergraduate Education, Library, Office of the Provost, and other programs and centers. The position is responsible for providing oversight and management of the Academic Affairs complex budget, personnel programs, faculty affairs, strategic planning, and implementation. The incumbent will provide leadership in the planning, development, assessment of academic programs and oversight of all academic and research initiatives at the university.
The Provost/SVPAA oversees and develops strategic vision and plans for the Division of Academic Affairs through collaborative and inclusive leadership. The incumbent is responsible for building institutional capacity for multi-year planning while creating clear and transparent processes that align strategic, academic, and operational planning, resource allocation functions, and managing a complex budget of over $130 million.
The Provost/SVPAA reports directly to the President and collaborates with other vice presidents and members of the President’s Cabinet in a team-oriented environment. The Provost/SVPAA will work closely with the deans of the academic colleges, Continuing Education, Graduate Education, Undergraduate Education, and the Library; and the Chair of the Faculty Senate on matters of educational policy and academic programs. The Provost/SVPAA chairs and engages with major university-wide groups, working with the community, faculty, administration, staff, students, and alumni.
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FLSA: Exempt (Not eligible for overtime compensation)

Anticipated Hiring Range: $25,000 per month–$27,500 per month

CSU Classification Salary Range: $9,167 per month - $29,425 per month

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Recruitment TypeAt-Will

Time BaseFull-Time

Work Hours: Monday-Friday; 8am-5pm; evenings and weekends as needed.

Department Information 

Academic Affairs provides leadership to the academic and educational activity of the University, including: the seven Academic Colleges, University Library, and the College of Continuing Education.

The Office of Academic Affairs remains focused on the major elements of Sacramento State’s mission – access, diversity, quality, and the fullest university experience for our students.

For more information about Academic Affairs, please visit: 

Required Qualifications 

1. An earned doctorate or a terminal degree from an accredited university;
2. The qualifications for an appointment as a full professor, including a proven record of achievement as a teacher and scholar;
3. Progressive record of extensive and successful administrative experience, including experience at a large comprehensive university at the level of dean, associate provost, provost, or a similar position;
4. Experience in budget management and resource allocation within a complex organizational structure;
5. Experience in faculty recruitment, development, and retention strategies, with a focus on fostering a diverse and inclusive academic community;
6. Experience with retention, tenure, and promotion process and/or advanced professional development process;
7. Demonstrated track record in supporting student success strategies that foster a holistic student-centered learning environment, increase retention and graduation rates, and address issues of access, equity, diversity, and inclusion;
8. Proven track record of successful collaboration in a shared governance environment, including experience within a unionized environment or comparable, to advance institutional goals and priorities.
9. Experience working with diverse students from underrepresented groups, particularly at urban public and Minority Serving Institutions;
10. Engagement with a diverse array of academic disciplines represented within Academic Affairs;
11. Proven track record supporting and promoting the scholarly and creative activities of faculty and students;
12. Comprehensive understanding of higher education trends, challenges, and best practices;
13. Knowledge of accreditation standards, compliance requirements, and regulatory frameworks relevant to academic programs and institutional operations;
14. Knowledge of and understanding of differences in disciplines within various colleges and Academic Affairs;
15. Ability to promote interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary learning experiences, student research and creative activity;
16. Proficiency in budgetary principles and financial management practices, including budget forecasting, funding models, revenue, and cost containment strategies; capacity to advocate for equitable resource allocation and support services tailored to the diverse needs of each college or area within Academic Affairs;
17. Proficiency with data-driven decision-making processes and utilizing institutional data to inform strategic planning, policy development, and academic programs centered on student success;
18. Knowledge and ability to serve as a primary liaison with the Faculty Senate and to support strong shared governance practices and relationships, including the faculty's role in academic decision-making processes;
19. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; ability to engage effectively with diverse constituents and articulate a compelling vision for academic excellence;
20. Demonstrated awareness of their own leadership style and its impact on team dynamics and organizational goals; a track record of an adaptive leadership approach based on the situational needs and the individuals they are leading;
21. Demonstrated self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and a commitment to continuous self-improvement as a leader;
22. Innovative thinking and problem-solving skills; demonstrated capacity to drive organizational change and foster a culture of innovation and continuous improvement;
23. Skilled negotiation and conflict resolution; ability to address complex interpersonal and institutional conflicts constructively, focusing on finding mutually beneficial solutions that align with institutional goals and values;
24. Ability to cultivate a culture of transparency, integrity, and shared responsibility;
25. Ability to promote a culture of collaboration and inclusivity, valuing diverse perspectives and fostering equitable opportunities for all academic and campus community members. A desire to engage with both regional and university campus communities;
26. Ability to coordinate with and participate in enrollment and recruitment efforts nationally and/or internationally;
27. Ability to inspire creativity and innovation in teaching, research, and service while ensuring alignment with institutional priorities and strategic goals;
28. Aptitude for strategic thinking and long-term planning, with a focus on advancing the institution's mission and goals while responding to emerging opportunities and challenges;
Preferred Qualifications
29. Experience with the accreditation process and/or discipline-specific accreditation;
30. Knowledge of a university within a public regional comprehensive system, structure, values, mission, and strategic priorities.

Documents Needed to Apply

Resume and cover letter.

Failure to upload required documentation may 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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