Student Affairs

Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, CA United States

The University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) is seeking applications and nominations for the position of Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students (AVC/DOS). This is a tremendous opportunity for a proven Student Affairs leader with the skills and talent to manage and inspire essential Student Affairs departments and dedicated staff while supporting the success of the diverse student body, individually and collectively. As a senior advisor to the Vice Chancellor and a key staff member in the Division of Student Affairs, the Associate Vice Chancellor plays a significant role in strategic planning, personnel and budget management, student engagement, and policy development. As the individual responsible for ensuring the needs of students are addressed during times of joy and of crisis, the Dean of Students must be able to genuinely connect and engage with students and to advise and mentor other staff as they do the same. The University is looking for a professional who can manage both roles. The Division of Student Affairs shares a deep commitment to enhancing opportunities for students to grow and flourish, and the AVC/DOS is an essential leader for those initiatives. This leadership role is particularly positioned to help implement the campus’ ambitious strategic plan and will serve as a key advocate in the upcoming fundraising campaign.

The Position

The Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students provides leadership for a large portfolio focusing on the development and experiences of students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. As a visible and informed advocate for students, the AVC/DOS will develop and share a vision for responding to and anticipating the needs and expectations of the high-achieving, dedicated, and active student-scholars of Berkeley. The AVC/DOS will: possess excellent collaborative skills; be expected to create outstanding relationships across the University; lead a multidimensional team within the Dean of Students portfolio; and have the experience to envision the possibilities for enhancing key auxiliary services and programs. The professional in this key position must be able to navigate this complex institution with finesse, confidence, transparency, and humility. To be successful, it is important that the AVC/DOS demonstrate a commitment to social justice, the desire to enrich the experience and engagement of students, and the ability to build trust while dealing with critical issues and challenges on campus. Essential for candidates to understand are the need for confidence in the visible role of AVC/DOS and to value the nuance required in advocating for students and staff while supporting the mission, history and values of the University. 

As a student-centered thought leader and partner to others in the Student Affairs Division, the AVC/DOS will enhance responsive connections with constituent groups, understand the expectations of students and families, advocate for underrepresented students, and build alliances both on and off campus. The AVC/DOS will provide leadership for dedicated staff with a strong commitment to advancing departmental and divisional priorities. Imagining the possibilities with colleagues who enjoy the rigor and the challenges of the University, value the opportunities to engage with students who are inspiring, and are committed to the highest quality services and programs, will be central to success in this vital leadership role. 

Qualifications include a Master’s degree in a related area with an emphasis in Student Affairs and Higher Education Administration, Doctorate preferred. Ten or more years of experience in Student Affairs/Services, and experience supervising a multi-departmental portfolio that demonstrates effective personnel management, negotiation, public speaking, and media relations skills. The full list of qualifications is at the link below.


Application Procedure and Timeline 

UC Berkeley has partnered with Keeling and Associates, LLC (K&A) in this search process. A full position announcement and profile, including information on responsibilities and desired qualifications is available at

Applications should include a cover letter and resume/curriculum vitae and must be sent, preferably in PDF format, to The subject line of the email should read “UC Berkeley – AVC/DOS.” All applicants received by January 6, 2020, will receive full consideration.  

Confidential inquiries and nominations should be addressed to Dr. Jan Walbert, Vice President and Senior Consultant for Executive Search, Keeling & Associates, at

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


  • Start Date: No Start Date
  • Education: Master's Degree Required
  • Work Experience: 10+ years
  • Part/Full Time: Full-Time

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