Assistant Dean for Student Affairs


Job Summary:

The Assistant Dean for Student Affairs is a critical management position responsible for providing broad leadership and management of student recruitment, admissions, student records, student advising and co- and extra-curricular programs for students. The Assistant Dean of Student Affairs has a central role in student program planning, policy setting, strategic planning, organizational development, and risk management. Significant duties include innovative business development and implementation of new opportunities in support of the School’s mission and programs. The incumbent is responsible for leading the Student Affairs Unit comprised of Recruitment and Admissions and Student Services and Records. The Unit provides support and programming for students in four MBA programs (in 3 geographic locations and one in an online modality), the Master of Professional Accountancy program (MPAc), the Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) and undergraduate offerings. The Assistant Dean works collaboratively as part of the Senior Management Team with staff and faculty as appropriate.

Department Specific Job Scope:

The UC Davis Graduate School of Management is consistently ranked among the premier business schools in the United States and internationally. The principal goal of the School’s programs is to produce graduates who have the ability, knowledge and motivation to perform effectively as leaders in business. The school has approximately 500 MBA students enrolled in the Full Time MBA and Working Professional MBA programs on the UC Davis campus, in Sacramento and in the San Francisco Bay Area, 60 students in the MPAc and 100 students in the MSBA programs, as well as undergraduate students in the Technology Management and Accounting Minors. The GSM is also planning to launch an online MBA program in academic year 2019-20. U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked UC Davis among the top 10 percent of MBA programs in the nation. The school is largely self- funded and relies on student fees from self-supporting programs and professional degree fees for 80 percent of its revenue. Student enrollments are fundamental to the School’s financial success and reputation. This position is one of five senior staff administrators in the School.

Positions Supervised:
  • Admissions Recruitment Manager 1
  • Student Services Advisor 4
  • Admissions Recruitment Specialist 3
  • Events Specialist 2

Indirect Supervision:

  • 12 FTE

Essential Responsibilities:


In collaboration with and in support of the Senior Director of Admissions, develops recruitment strategies leveraging the strength of the UC Davis and GSM brand and our success in international business school rankings. Creates scholarship packages from an annual scholarship budget of $1.8 million+ designed to attract top-quality students from diverse backgrounds. Develops, in collaboration with other senior leaders, marketing strategies to attract a qualified and diverse student body. Manages the recruitment team and oversees the formulation of student information sessions. Establishes performance metrics and ensures the recruitment and admissions teams meet annual performance goals. Works with Admissions Committee faculty chair to ensure academic standards are upheld in the admissions process. Formulates school admissions policy as part of the GSM Admissions Committee. Oversees the admissions and enrollment operations and processes.


Serves as a strategic advisor to the Dean on matters relating to student services and degree programs. As part of the Senior Management Team for the School, participates in the annual program, financial, and administrative strategy sessions to define and update the five-year strategic plan for the School. Manages an annual operating budget of $700K+. Serves as the administrative counterpart on faculty curricular planning committees. Serves as the administrative liaison for academic program reviews and other academic matters related to the student experience. Creates business plans to expand efforts involving international partnerships. Leads planning team meetings to discuss new partnership initiatives with other business schools ranging from diversity initiatives to student-exchange programs with international partners, to joint degree partnerships. Presents strategic ideas in group settings. Interacts with potential partners, and develops and assesses new program models.


Provides leadership and strategic guidance for the Student Services team. Oversees all administrative and student programming activities including the Leadership Series, student registrar services, and student data management and reporting. Ensures the implementation of curricular and administrative changes are managed to ensure a successful student experience. In collaboration with Academic Directors, interfaces with the student leadership team to provide and receive feedback. Interfaces with appropriate campus units as needed regarding confidential student matters or programmatic issues.

Physical Demands:

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco-free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any UC Davis owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space. 


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree or equivalent level of education and experience.
  • A minimum of five years of high-level student affairs experience within a large, complex higher educational institution.
  • Proven track record to be an effective leader in the area of student affairs including recruitment, admissions, co- and extracurricular activities and student services.
  • Knowledge of the business school curriculum and the competitive environment for a diverse pool of qualified admits.
  • Ability to explain information clearly and communicate decisions through excellent presentation and communication skills.
  • Experience in financial planning and analysis to manage programs with significant budgets.
  • Experience in innovative program development and project management skills with the ability to take complex, high impact projects from conception to fruition in a timely and effective manner.
  • Proven ability to apply interpersonal and communication skills to effectively interact with diverse groups and individuals at all levels of the organization, establish formal and informal relationships with others to provide feedback, information, and support, secure and/or provide information to clarify situations and decisions, resolve problems in a collaborative manner and communicate policy decisions.
  • Experience and team-building skills to effectively recruit, train, evaluate, motivate, resolve problems/conflicts, conduct performance management and build an effective service-oriented, team environment. Success in the supervision of staff with the ability to create the structure and practices that allow for staff and self to continuously upgrade capabilities.
  • Strong strategic thinking and planning skills. High degree of analytical skills and problem-solving ability to effectively provide sound recommendations and continually examine systems and develop or revise to accommodate change requirements.
  • Ability to identify and utilize employee strengths, while supporting the development of new competencies in an exciting and dynamic environment.

Ability to achieve goals through promoting collaboration and team building and working cooperatively with peers, employees and faculty.  

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Background in international partnerships or program development.
  • Background in marketing and communications.
  • Background in the University of California student affairs and academic program management.
  • Demonstrated success in recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority students.