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Director, Honors College



Bulletin #180141; 1/03/18

California State University, Los Angeles, invites applications for the above Administrator III position.

The University:  California State University, Los Angeles, under the leadership of President, William A. Covino, is one of 23 campuses of the California State University system. Founded in 1947, the University is in the city of Los Angeles, adjacent to the San Gabriel Valley, and has more than 28,000 students who reflect the rich ethnic diversity of the area.

The Position: The Honors College oversees a number of programs including the Early Entrance Program, President's Scholars, and the National and International Scholarships and Fellowships Program. The Director of the Honors College reports directly to the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs and is responsible for providing leadership and oversight for all initiatives, policies and procedures related to the College. The Honors College serves a very diverse group of students and provides an academically enriched and inclusive environment that inspires students in all disciplines to become creative and critical thinkers, as well as leaders in their fields. The Director serves as: the executive secretary of the Honors College Steering Committee: the Chair of the Early Entrance Program Admissions Committee; and a member of the Dean's Council. The Director will work closely with faculty to strengthen the College's academic programming focused on civic engagement, leadership, and knowledge creation. The Director provides leadership for the strategic planning, overall mission, and daily operations of the Honors College. Responsibilities include: developing strategies to enhance Cal State LA's reputation for recruiting outstanding students and objectives; increasing the four-year (freshmen) and two-year (transfer) graduation rates in alignment with Graduation 2025; closing equity gaps in graduation rates; developing and implementing plans for evaluation, data collection, and evidence-based decision making; participating in external fundraising; and coordinating and assessing effective curriculum. The Director provides leadership for recruitment and admissions and coordinates Honors enrollment management with admissions, ITS, Athletics, Colleges and departments.  The Director works with Colleges and departments to provide educational opportunities for Honors students in every major.

Required Qualifications and Experience: A terminal degree from an accredited college or university, university teaching experience at the undergraduate level and a record of scholarly activity, with a verified background and qualifications to be appointed with retreat rights to a tenure full professorship in a department within a college of the university. Three years of experience in positions of leadership with a significant undergraduate focus and a documented record of successful planning, program implementation and evaluation, problem solving, and supervision of personnel. Candidate must be energetic, enthusiastic, and have excellent written and verbal communication skills. They must have demonstrated ability to establish and maintain professional and cooperative working relationships with administrators, faculty, students and staff; a commitment to shared governance and an ability and a demonstrated commitment to working in a multicultural/ multiethnic environment. A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

Desired Qualifications: Experience in fundraising and/or grant development; knowledge of best practices in Honors Colleges and familiarity with the National Council of Honors Colleges; knowledge of comparable programs throughout the country; ability to interact effectively with diverse administrators, faculty, students, groups, and organizations on and off campus; and strong communication skills.

Compensation: Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. A comprehensive benefits package is provided.

Appointment:  The Administrator III appointment will be made under the guidelines for management and supervisory employees of the California State University.  All rights and benefits associated with this appointment are governed by the Management Personnel Plan. 

This position is a "designated position" in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position is required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.

Closing Date:  Review of applications will begin on January 17, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled; however, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received. A completed online Cal State University, Los Angeles employment application is required. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

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 revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment.

In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, California State University, Los Angeles is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, disability, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex or sexual orientation, gender, or other personal characteristics or beliefs.

Candidates must demonstrate ability and/or interest in working in a multicultural/multiethnic environment. Certain positions require fingerprinting.  The University actively encourages qualified minorities, women and persons with a disability to apply. Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause an undue hardship. We are an Equal Opportunity/Title IX Employer.

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