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Associate Vice Chancellor & Dean of Students
University of California Merced in Merced, California
Date Posted 05/12/2021
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

The University of California, Merced is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With more than 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

Recently, UC Merced completed the $1.3 billion public-private partnership, the Merced 2020, nearly doubling the physical capacity of campus adding new classrooms, labs, and additional student housing to enhance student life, enable academic distinction, and expand access.

About the Job

Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, the Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students (AVC/DoS) is responsible for matters related to student persistence, engagement and learning support. The position is charged with supporting the student success goals of the institution and Division of Student Affairs through development, implementation and ongoing assessment of programs and services that foster education, retention and excellence among the student body. The AVC/DoS provides oversight over the human resources, budget and programmatic activities of the Bright Learning Center, the Office of Student Involvement, the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, Student Accessibility Services, the Office of Social Just Initiatives and Identity Programs, the Student Response Team, and serves on the Behavior Intervention Team. In addition, the AVC/DoS provides leadership both within the Division and also across campus on matters related to the students’ experience, the intersection of curricular and co-curricular programmatic development, the continued development of a diverse and supportive campus culture as well as oversight for student crisis management and mediation. The AVC/DoS oversees 40 employees with seven direct reports, and administers an annual budget of approximately $10 million.


The successful candidate will possess a master’s degree in a related field with at least ten years of related experience in higher education. A doctoral degree is preferred. The ideal candidate will possess highly sophisticated skills in strategy development, systems planning, project and change management; the ability to establish mission and goals at the macro level and lead the office team to develop goals in alignment with the institution’s mission; expert leadership abilities; and the interpersonal skills to effectively lead, motivate and influence others. In addition, candidates must have experience in employee development, supervision and assessment; knowledge of organizational climate and multicultural competence; the ability to effectively interact with students, staff, faculty, alumni, parents and community members; strong counseling, advising and conflict resolution skills; knowledge of general business practices and fiscal management; and knowledge of best practices and trends.

Other Information

Nominations for this position may be emailed to Heather J. Larabee at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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