Executive Director of Student Affairs Initiatives/Deputy Director


University of California, Los Angeles

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is a highly selective, public research university located in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, and is the most applied-to university in the nation. Founded in 1919, UCLA is the second oldest of the 10 campuses of the University of California (UC) system and is considered one of the flagship institutions of the UC system. With more than 3,800 courses offered through 109 academic departments, UCLA offers more than 125 undergraduate majors and more than 80 minors, as well as nearly 150 graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines. UCLA enrolls over 30,000 undergraduate and 13,000 graduate and professional students from the United States and around the world. The student body is culturally and economically diverse, and international students comprise 25% of the graduate and 12% of the undergraduate population.

UCLA is one of the world’s great research universities, 10th in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 global rankings and number 14 in London’s Times Higher Education ranking (2016-2017). Thirteen Nobel laureates are affiliated with the university as faculty, researchers, or alumni. Among the current faculty members, 50 have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, 26 to the National Academy of Engineering, 40 to the National Academy of Medicine, and 143 to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Interdisciplinary teaching and research is a particular strength, with initiatives in the arts, stem cells and other biosciences, nanoscience, international studies, and the environment.

UCLA student-athletes compete as the Bruins. As a member of the Pacific-12 Conference, UCLA Athletics is the most decorated program in the nation, including 113 NCAA team championships. UCLA student-athletes have won 261 Olympic medals—133 gold, 66 silver, and 62 bronze. The Bruins have had at least one competitor in every Olympics since 1920 with one exception (1924) and UCLA has won a gold medal in every Olympics since 1932 with the exception of the 1980 boycott.

UCLA Student Affairs

UCLA Student Affairs is student centered, student focused, and student committed—to all UCLA students. This unit serves as the umbrella for a wide range of services and programs, all designed to assist Bruins in finding the absolute best in UCLA’s academic and broader educational offerings. Student Affairs offices across campus are committed to students’ well-being and academic and professional success from the moment a student makes the decision to enroll to graduation and beyond.

Student Affairs actively promotes the development of the True Bruin values: integrity, excellence, accountability, respect, and service. To this end, Student Affairs works to help students expand their involvements, experiences, and perspectives, and to seek opportunities to challenge themselves academically and personally. Student Affairs houses more than 20 departments that can connect students with great activities, provide academic assistance, support physical and emotional wellness, and even give legal advice. These departments include the ADA/504 Compliance Office, Arthur Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center, Bruin Resource Center, Career Center, Center for Accessible Education, Community Programs Office, Counseling and Psychological Services, Dashew Center for International Students & Scholars, Dean of Student Offices, Emergency Preparedness, First Year Experience, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Global Citizens Fellowship, Graduate Student Resource Center, Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender Campus Resource Center, Office Technology Center, Parent and Family Program, Recreation, Registrar’s Office, Residential Life, Silk Road to the Future, Student Affairs Information & Research Office, Student Affairs Information Technology, Student Legal Services, Student Loan Services and Collections, and Student Organizations, Leadership & Engagement. UCLA Student Affairs provides these programs and services, making a positive impact on students’ academic performance, the quality of students’ campus experience, and even on post-graduate experiences.


Los Angeles, California.

Vision and Mission

UCLA Mission Statement: UCLA’s primary purpose as a public research university is the creation, dissemination, preservation, and application of knowledge for the betterment of the global society.

Student Affairs Mission Statement: Student Affairs supports the academic success of all UCLA students; fosters their intellectual, personal, social, and professional development in preparation for the entirety of their lives; and contributes to enhancing the quality of campus life, the educational environment, and students’ relationship with the broader UCLA family, including alumni. Student Affairs aspirations include supporting the academic enterprise and institutional goals, ensuring student welfare, developing a responsive Student Affairs staff, making the most of technology, and respecting financial and budgetary considerations.

For additional information, please visit: http://www.studentaffairs.ucla.edu/.

Reporting Relationship and Position Concept

Reporting to Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Monroe Gorden, Jr., J.D., the Executive Director of Student Affairs Initiatives/Deputy Director (Executive Director/EDSAI) contributes in a senior leadership role to the formulation and execution of the overall vision, strategic plan, policies, and resource management of the Student Affairs organization, particularly as it relates to issues pertaining to the campus climate and Student Affairs community. Additionally, the Executive Director is responsible for the evaluation and supervision of the Coordinator of the Student Fee Advisory Committee.

UCLA seeks an experienced, results-oriented leader to provide supervision for the following Student Affairs programs: Student Fee Advisory Committee coordination, Student Affairs liaison for Bruin Day and Transfer Bruin Day activities, various campus yield activities, and the facilitation of student interactions with the Chancellor and other senior leadership. The Executive Director will also serve as executive support to the Interim Vice Chancellor in addressing high-level issues, policies, and projects across the full range of Student Affairs activities, giving special attention to and sharing policy responsibility for issues of diversity and campus climate. The EDSAI will represent the Interim Vice Chancellor to other campus organizations on a wide variety of student affairs and institutional matters.

Specific Duties

Under the direction of the Interim Vice Chancellor, the Executive Director is responsible for direct operational responsibility for aspects of UCLA Student Affairs. Specific duties include:

  1. Manage initiatives, projects, ongoing business, and communications for the Interim Vice Chancellor. Serve as a liaison to assistant vice chancellors, senior officers, and Student Affairs directors.
  1. Advise the Interim Vice Chancellor and the senior Student Affairs leadership on administrative policy, procedures, and practices as they relate to organizational issues and objectives, to the highest level of sensitivity. Develop and draft policy, responses, and reports to meet executive needs. Where appropriate, communicate the intent of the Interim Vice Chancellor to the various leadership positions in writing and in person.
  1. Work with the Interim Vice Chancellor and senior officers to set the agenda and implement strategies to foster an inclusive and diverse campus for undergraduate and graduate students. Lead and coordinate efforts to build an inclusive campus community and represent the university and Student Affairs commitment to diversity.
  1. Track information, projects, tasks, and issues to ensure appropriate management and communication. Disseminate information in a timely manner, with understanding of the sensitive and immediate nature of many issues.
  1. Work cooperatively and collaboratively with the Student Affairs divisions and areas as part of the annual planning process. Review organizational plans and planning processes both independently and in cooperation with other senior staff. Advise the Interim Vice Chancellor on organizational issues related to planning and new Student Affairs initiatives.
  1. Work closely with divisional senior officers and others in the university to develop action plans and resolutions for a variety of situations and cases. Implement actions approved by the Interim Vice Chancellor.
  1. Represent the Interim Vice Chancellor in high-level discussions and meetings. Attend campus meetings and councils, as needed, including those external (University of California Office of the President and others) to the campus. Report on proceedings.
  1. Supervise the Student Fee Advisory Committee Coordinator, and set Student Affairs strategy related to Student Service Fee budgetary and programmatic goals.
  1. Convene all student and student group interactions with the Chancellor and university senior leadership related to Student Affairs initiatives and programs.
  1. Operate as Student Affairs liaison for Bruin Day and Transfer Bruin Day activities as they relate to the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs initiatives and goals.
  1. Plan, coordinate, and implement senior Student Affairs meetings and retreats.

Candidate Qualifications

The successful candidate will be an energetic, forward thinking, solutions-focused leader with a strong work ethic. This individual will also have the following characteristics, traits, and competencies:

  • This executive will masterfully formulate short- and long-term plans in order to establish and achieve strategic goals. Must have the vision and courage to break new ground, while ensuring and advancing the health and stability of Student Affairs and the broader campus, especially as it relates to diversity and the campus climate. The Executive Director will have a proven ability to act as a tactical partner and advisor to the Interim Vice Chancellor, working in concert with other Student Affairs leaders to develop goals and plans for UCLA Student Affairs.
  • Ability to work independently in a consultative, collaborative manner with the highest level of campus leadership. Must be able to be effective in shared governance environments.
  • Highly developed skill in both verbal and written communication to address sensitive, complex, and broad-ranging issues in a university setting, blended with the ability to be an effective, engaged, and interested listener. This executive will strive to achieve transparency in his/her interactions.
  • Substantial professional experience in higher education, including familiarity with standards, principles, and policies appropriate to a student affairs department in a higher education institution. A proven ability to lead within a student affairs organization in a complex university.
  • Demonstrated record for advancing diversity and an inclusive campus climate. Depth of understanding and capacity to articulate complicated diversity issues and the interests of diverse communities.
  • Deep knowledge and understanding of university policy, programs, management issues, and challenges. Skill in developing options and recommendations for consideration of the senior Student Affairs leadership.
  • Proven ability to clearly and logically analyze qualitative and quantitative information, trends, and policies coupled with skill in developing broad institutional assessments and initiatives, as well as more focused plans, solutions, and approaches.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and managing administrative processes to serve executive functions and requirements. Must be able to supervise and direct staff utilizing a leadership style characterized by openness, trust, collegiality, optimism, intellectual curiosity, and creativity, coupled with high energy, decisiveness, fairness, self-accountability, and a strong commitment to UCLA Student Affairs’ mission, core values, and strategic priorities.
  • The Executive Director will be a motivated self-starter who can work independently, accepting challenging circumstances and taking initiative to solve problems where solutions may not be readily apparent. This leader should be driven to exceed goals and set his/her own standards for achieving high performance.
  • Shown capacity to exercise tact and discretion in matters of confidentiality combined with the ability to listen carefully and effectively and to manage sensitive information.
  • Deep understanding of the academic enterprise; broad experience with undergraduate, graduate, or professional students; and successful administrative or leadership experience.
  • Must possess a strong passion for working with students, as well as a keen understanding of and interest in their unique issues and wellbeing.


The successful candidate will hold an advanced degree from an accredited institution in higher education or a related field; a terminal degree or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience in the university setting is preferred.

How to Apply

Qualified applicants must apply for this position using the UCLA Career Opportunities website. Go to the UCLA HR website and the position is listed under Requisition 26391.

Applications received by September 11, 2017, will be given priority in the review process.

UCLA is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


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