University Economic Development Association

Associate Dean


Title   Associate Dean
Organization / Institution   CSUN Tseng College: Graduate, International and Midcareer Education
City, State   Northridge, CA

Position Summary

At CSUN we aspire to continually grow as an inclusive, cooperative community!

CSUN strives to be a destination workplace, where everyone understands that they belong to a community that is vital in advancing student success and providing exemplary service to all stakeholders. We foster an environment of success, both for our students and our employees. We have a relentless passion for celebrating diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as being an employer of choice. You will also have the opportunity to realize your own personal goals and be recognized for the work you do and enjoy the unique value the CSUN community can offer. As a leader you will have the opportunity to thrive in a community in which our leaders share common traits as identified in our Leadership Principles If this sounds like you, you’ve come to the right place.

CSUN’s Tseng College provides advanced professional education to undergraduate, graduate, international and midcareer students. With more than $38 million in revenue and more than 28,700 total enrollments in 2019-2020, the College is a leading provider of professional degrees, certificates and custom-designed programs. Known for its premier support services, the College employs an administrative staff of more than 70 full-time employees, leading to high graduation rates – 74-93 percent for most programs in 2019-2020, with some, like the Master of Social Work and Accelerated B.S. Nursing, achieving 98 percent in 2019-2020. The College is nationally recognized for providing programs with formats, delivery modes and locations that address the needs and constraints facing working professionals and their organizations. It works closely with businesses, communities, agencies and international partners to design and deliver programs that meet unique organizational needs and goals. Servicing international students, the College provides English-language and college-preparation instruction. In addition to its tutoring services, the College specializes in programs that help international students integrate into, or more fully experience, the university. These include an intensive, year-round academic program; a semester studying at CSUN; and an immersive summer experience.

The College is also responsible for CSUN’s University Access programs, which offer classes during the winter and summer breaks, and allow non-CSUN students to attend courses for credit. With more than 30 programs and degrees, the college provides students with an extensive range of academic and professional options. Its master’s degrees include applied behavioral analysis, assistive technology, communicative disorders, diverse community development leadership, engineering management, humanities, instructional design, knowledge management, music industry administration, public administration, public health, social work and taxation. Bachelor’s degrees include liberal studies, public sector management and nursing. Certificate programs include assistive technology applications, business administration, radiologic technology and speech-language pathology.

  • The Associate Dean is a key member of the senior team of the College along with the Dean and the Executive Director of the College’s Division of Business Operations and Finance and is expected to know the work of the College well and to ensure that the College works in keeping with the college’s mission, purpose, values and five-year vision. The Associate Dean has oversight of the College’s Division of Academic Affairs. The Associate Dean is responsible with the Dean and the Executive Director for moving the College forward; ensuring that the College is continuously expanding and refining core capacities; engaging the full talents of the College staff to respond to a changing array of opportunities; and ensuring that the College makes significant contributions to CSUN’s present and future in keeping with the College Five-Year Vision and yearly goals.
  • The focus and priority of CSUN and the College is ensuring student success. The Associate Dean’s choices and strategies are expected to be crafted to foster and support student success. The Associate Dean is also expected to work at all times in keeping with CSUN’s mission and priorities and the College’s purpose and values.
  • The Associate Dean has primary responsibility for ensuring that the College academic policies, processes, and administrative practices are in keeping with CSUN academic policies, practices and standards, and ensuring that CSUN programs offered through the College are compliant with all requirements for accreditation, requirements at the Federal and State level, and CSU Executive Orders relevant to self-support programs, graduate, international, and midcareer education. The Associate Dean has special oversight responsibility for CSUN’s degrees, certificate programs, and credit courses offered through the College.
  • The Associate Dean serves as the direct supervisor for the director of the College’s Graduate and Professional Education Programs and Services Unit (which manages and provides student support services, CSUN’s self-support degree, certificate programs, and executive education offerings), the manager of the College’s University Access Programs (Winter Term, Summer Session, and Open University), and the director of the College’s Student Success Pathways Programs.
  • The Associate Dean oversees staff members responsible for gaining and maintaining state authorization – the process required to gain the authorization required to offer fully online programs in other states within the US and, as required, in other countries.

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  • Terminal degree in the academic field in question from a regionally accredited US university or a similarly accredited international university.
  • Suitable for a tenure track position at the rank of associate or full professor at CSUN.
  • Experience serving as department chair or member of a university committee or serving in university administrative roles.
  • Experience developing, assessing, and approving academic programs at the baccalaureate or master’s level.
  • Experience working in a large comprehensive university.
  • Possess both traditional and digital research skills that can be applied to administrative issues
  • Demonstrated strong written English language skills.


  • Additional Preferred Qualifications:
    Higher Education Experience: Significant experience working across departmental and college lines at a CSU campus. Demonstrated understanding of the role of faculty and faculty governance in a university context. Experience working with self-support programs and services. Demonstrated record of accomplishment of leadership in their field within the university and at the state and national levels. Demonstrated an understanding of the major issues facing higher education today including assessment, learning theory, student achievement, graduation rates, alternative teaching and learning strategies, online/digital learning, international education, learning outcomes. Experience with curriculum approval process in the CSU.
  • Management and Leadership Experience: A significant and successful record of management and leadership, including a demonstrated ability to manage large projects with a wide range of stakeholders. Demonstrated ability to work well with a wide range of individuals with diverse backgrounds, different working styles, different communication styles, and different levels of organizational abilities. Demonstrated project planning and management abilities. Ability to work in changing and demanding contexts. Demonstrated record of innovation, creative problem solving, and ability to respond to a changing array of opportunities. Ability to work effectively across disciplinary lines and lead projects that are outside their own disciplines. Experience leading teams/units and supervising staff. Ability to communicate effectively with students interested in CSUN self-support programs and guide others reporting to the Associate Dean to communicate effectively with students from diverse backgrounds including international students.
  • Communication, International and External Relations: This role requires the ability to communicate very effectively in a wide range of contexts. Demonstrated strong oral and written English language skills. Ability to develop and maintain strong and positive working relationships within one’s unit, university, community, and internationally. Demonstrated record of productive and positive working relationships. Possess a personality and demeanor that colleagues would find easy and pleasant to work with and count on to follow through on projects and be productive. Ability to command the respect and positive regard of students, faculty, administrators, and staff at all levels.
  • Financial Reasoning and Budget Management: Ability to understand the essentials of how a program or project is budgeted and priced in the context of self-support higher education. Demonstrated track record of being able to plan and manage projects that require an attention to budget. Demonstrated record of managing such budgets successfully and completing projects on time and on budget. Demonstrated ability to look at projects from the perspective of cost-effectiveness and return on investment.
  • Markets and Marketing: Ability to understand the essentials of developing programs, events, and service for target markets. Ability to consider market needs and demands when developing a program or service. Ability to understand the essentials of marketing. Demonstrated ability to develop and market programs, events, or services successfully.
  • Technical Skills: Comfortability working with the University’s primary academic and administrative technologies. Experience with online programs and services (working with online instructional programs).
  • Research Skills: Demonstrated record of basing decisions and choices on facts and data. Demonstrated record of seeking full and accurate information before making significant policy and process choices.
  • Working Style: Possess a transparent and open working style and a high level of professional integrity. Demonstrated record of setting and maintaining high professional standards for one’s self and taking personal pride and responsibility for performance excellence in all of one’s roles. Ability to be collaborative and respectful of diversity in all forms. Provide a positive model for overall professional standards and day-to-day working modes. Proven ability to make hard choices and maintain high-performance standards. Ability to recognize and cultivate talent and support and encourage strong performance. Ability to be agile and able to adapt to changing opportunities and rapid growth.
  • Leadership Principles: Lead diverse teams to support the operational mission and vision of employers by fostering an ethical, inclusive and collegial work environment. Demonstrated ability to support ongoing improvement through courageous, resilient, and catalytic leadership. Lead varying initiatives through a collaborative, service-oriented and communicative approach. Demonstrated commitment to employee development, recognition, and accountability to further operational goals.


Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
• The University offers excellent fringe benefits. Anticipated starting hiring range: $150,000, dependent upon qualifications and experience.


General Information
• This position is a sensitive position as designated by the CSU.
• A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily. 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.
• The person holding this position may be 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 as a condition of employment.
• 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.
• Candidates should apply by completing the CSUN on-line application. To submit an application and for more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please visit the link:
• This position is re-posted and will be OPEN UNTIL FILLED.


Equal Employment Opportunity
CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Recruitment Services at 818-677-2101.
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