Vice Chancellor-Student Affairs

UC Davis has launched a nationwide recruitment for Vice Chancellor-Student Affairs, who reports to the Chancellor. The position is responsible for oversight of student affairs partnerships and programs that promote student learning and advance student success, personal growth and lifelong learning. The Vice Chancellor-Student Affairs will participate in campuswide policy development through membership on the Chancellor’s Leadership Council. The Vice Chancellor works collaboratively with the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, the Vice Provost and Dean-Undergraduate Studies, the deans and other vice chancellors to ensure coordination and integration of academic programs and priorities with traditional student affairs services.

The Vice Chancellor represents the Division of Student Affairs at the systemwide level and acts as a liaison to the Office of the President; represents the division to outside constituencies, including the media; develops procedures and practices for crisis situations and oversees incidence response for matters involving UC Davis students; oversees administrative advisory committees of primary relevance to students; and facilitates stewardship of the campus community, promoting an atmosphere of inclusiveness and support for the campus’s diverse and international student body.

The Division of Student Affairs advances the university’s mission by providing UC Davis students with programs, services and facilities that foster academic success, student development and campus community. Through these efforts, units within the division inspire students as they prepare for their future roles in a diverse, dynamic and global society.

The Division of Student Affairs has an operating budget of almost $300 million. The campus operating budget, excluding the UC Davis Medical Center, is over $3.1 billion. Over the past five years the campus has authorized over $800 million in capital and infrastructure investments, including $720 million for student housing, which is part of the VC- Student Affairs portfolio. A number of these projects are continuing at various stages of planning and completion.

The successful candidate will have a record of demonstrated accomplishment in leadership and management in student affairs- related positions in a large research university or its equivalent; excellent management, organizational, planning, supervisory and problem-solving skills; excellent political acumen to navigate complex situations and constituents; excellent oral and written communication skills; knowledge and understanding of budgeting, financial controls, and fiscal interests and issues; knowledge of student development theory and of student concerns, challenges, interests and issues; ability to work collaboratively and inclusively with senior administrators, faculty, staff, students, the media and the broader community; demonstrated ability to relate to and work effectively with a wide variety of people of diverse backgrounds, including an understanding and respect for cultural, ethnic and individual differences. A minimum of seven to 10 years of administrative experience and a terminal degree are required.

This position has significant responsibility for self-funded auxiliary enterprises including housing, dining and the UC Davis Stores. As such the candidate should have a strong understanding and experience with business planning and financial management. In addition, this position oversees the use of student referendum funds for student programs and facilities, and interfaces with a variety of oversight committees and student groups. In this role, the position must work with students to ensure that they understand how the funds support activities the student body values in a financially responsible and sustainable way.

The recruitment advisory committee, chaired by Jennifer Curtis, dean, College of Engineering, is composed primarily of faculty, staff and students.

The national search firm WittKieffer is assisting the recruitment advisory committee in identifying potential candidates for this critical position.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. The complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy is available online.


The updated roster of the recruitment advisory committee is available below, and the job description will be added soon.