Dean, College of Health and Human Sciences

San Jose, CA

San Jose State University


Classification: Administrator IV
Anticipated Hiring Salary: Commensurate with experience
FLSA status: Exempt

San Jose State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please visit

About the Position

*All application materials must be submitted to the search firm via e-mail.*

San Jose State University (SJSU) seeks an experienced, innovative and visionary academic leader committed to excellence in teaching, research, professional practice and service as its next dean, College of Health and Human Sciences. This is an exciting opportunity to engage the faculty in developing innovative programs that build and integrate multiple strengths within the college and SJSU that result in the college being viewed nationally among the premier colleges in the health professions and human sciences.

Founded in 1857, San Jose State University is the oldest public institution of higher education on the West Coast, serving nearly 36,000 students as the only public four-year university in California's "Silicon Valley." This makes it the fifth largest campus in the California State University (CSU) System. It is both a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific-Islander Serving Institution (AANPISI), as well as one of the largest international-student serving institutions in the CSU. As one of the 200 top research universities in the nation, San Jose State University has robust NSF and NIH-funded research programs and one of the highest levels of research funding in the CSU system. SJSU seeks a dean that can leverage the strength of this diverse campus community to meet the needs of its learners and advance the health and well-being of the local and global communities that this institution serves, while also attracting even greater faculty, staff and student diversity to the college.

Reporting to the provost, the dean serves as the senior administrator and is the principal champion for vision, leadership and strategic direction for the College of Health and Human Sciences. The dean is uniquely placed to create an environment within the college to support the campus' investment in recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff as well as undergraduate and graduate students. The dean must work effectively with departments, faculty, staff, other senior administrators and student leaders to define, articulate and successfully implement a distinctive mission, vision and educational philosophy for the college. The dean is responsible for leadership of the college's strategic planning, student success efforts, accreditation, enrollment, academic program planning, assessment of curriculum and instruction, recruitment and evaluation of faculty and staff, professional development and research support, budgeting and fiscal management and the allocation and use of facilities.

The dean represents the college and university in community, corporate and professional organizations and agencies. This person is required to develop resources from internal and external connections that further the goals of the college and university in an environment where external philanthropy has become of greater importance to the sustainability of programs. The dean will play a prominent role in development efforts, actively participating in fundraising activities. The dean must exhibit solid management skills, effectiveness in resource acquisition and allocation, ability to build partnerships within the university and throughout the community and a clear understanding of state and national trends in higher education and in the disciplines. For more information, please visit

As a member of the provost's Academic Affairs leadership team and the president's leadership council, the dean works with the president, provost, deans and other senior administrators to manage the university's resources to accomplish the college and university's goals.

This is a position in the CSU - Management Personnel Plan (MPP), and serves at the pleasure of the President. This position will require adherence to University compliance training such as: Conflict of Interest and Ethics, AB 1825 Sexual Harassment Prevention, Information Security, and Injury and Illness Prevention Program. The person hired for this position may be required to complete an outside employment disclosure statement in accordance with Title V of the California Code of Regulations.

Required Qualifications

-A terminal degree in a health science discipline or equivalent
-Academic work qualifying the candidate for appointment at the rank of Professor
-Demonstrated record of teaching, research, service and/or experience meriting appointment as a tenured professor in the college
-Demonstrated ability to develop a culture of philanthropy

Preferred Qualifications

-Leadership experience at the department chair, director, associate dean or dean level, gained within a multi-disciplinary school of allied health or health/human sciences
-Experience with and demonstrated knowledge of accreditation standards and processes for health and human science programs
-Experience working in a collective bargaining environment

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

-Ability to be an innovative, visionary and entrepreneurial leader, with high personal integrity.
-Ability to effectively represent the college and/or university concerning critical or politically sensitive matters.
-Ability to work collegially with university leadership and the College faculty and staff within a shared governance structure.
-Ability to listen attentively to all perspectives from constituent groups before making decisions related to college policies and activities.
-Ability to maintain dignity and self-control in difficult situations.
-Ability to articulate and implement a vision of how curricular development can enhance health and human sciences education.
-Ability to provide resources and inspiration to support basic and applied research.
-Ability to implement solid, proven effective budgeting and management skills.
-Ability to attract, seek out and generate external resources
-Demonstrated superior managerial skills.
-Demonstrate forward-looking and innovative academic initiatives and provide assistance for faculty and staff to carry them to successful completion in a complex collaborative environment.
-Ability to communicate accurate information and informed opinions in writing or orally to varied audiences.
-Ability to effectively lead a management team and demonstrate a style of open communication and transparent decision-making.

Application Procedures

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited.

For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by Friday, January 17, 2020.

Candidates should provide a resume, letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile and the names and contact information of five references. Candidates should also submit a Diversity Statement as part of their application materials. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates.

These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the WittKieffer consultants supporting this search, Zachary A. Smith,Ph.D. and Claudia Teschky at

The consultants can be reached through the office of Hillary Hmura at 630-575-6959.

Additional Information

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was offered the position on a contingent basis.

The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. Some positions may also require fingerprinting. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


All San Jose State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Equal Employment Statement

San Jose State University (SJSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.

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