The Opportunity

Founded in 2002, California State University Channel Islands is the youngest of 23 campuses in the California State University (CSU) system. Located on approximately 1,200 acres midway between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles in Camarillo, California, CSU Channel Islands is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, as well as its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CSU Channel Islands supports more than 30 academic programs, 26 undergraduate majors, 26 minors, seven master’s programs, and one doctoral program. Enrolling over 7,000 students in the fall of 2019, both graduate and undergraduate students, CSU Channel Islands is designated as an Hispanic-serving institution and is represented by 53.1 percent Hispanic/Latino students, 55.4 percent historically underrepresented groups, 59.7 percent first generation college attendees, and 65 percent female students. The institution has currently achieved approximately one-third of its projected enrollment growth, with a master planned buildout at 15,000. There is just over 1.3 million gross square feet of space on campus, with 44 named buildings currently on record, and over the next four years the campus has over $350 million in the capital construction queue.

The Position

Role of the Director of Environmental Health & Safety for California State University Channel Islands

Reporting to the chief of police, the director of environmental health & safety (EH&S) provides strategic leadership for the development, implementation, and maintenance of a comprehensive health and safety program for the University campus and peripheral properties, ensuring that students, faculty, staff, and visitors have a healthy and safe environment in which to work and study. The director effectively develops, maintains, and implements a comprehensive array of environmental, health and safety programs; collaborates with constituencies at all levels within, and around, the campus community, including system-wide EH&S directors, the chancellor’s office, and other state and federal agencies, regarding environmental health and safety issues; and, develops long-range strategic plans and initiatives to comply with changing environmental health and safety regulations.

The director of environmental health & safety plans, implements, and administers the operational aspects of the University’s EH&S department and provides the technical guidance, training, inspection, and risk analysis to ensure compliance with all applicable environmental and health regulations. The director offers strategic direction for program expansion and development and is expected to lead organizational change in a growing and rapidly evolving environment. Responsibilities of the role include overseeing campus-wide programs related to health and safety, environmental compliance, hazardous materials management, EH&S education and training, and related emergency response operations. Additionally, the director chairs the University Safety Committee, which is responsible for recommending University-wide health and safety policies to the president. The director manages a departmental staff of four, including two direct reports, in a mixed union/non-union environment.

History of the Position

The current director of environmental health & safety (EH&S), Peer Gerber, will be retiring in fall 2020, holding this position for approximately two and a half years after transferring to CSU Channel Islands from CSU Long Beach.  The previous director, Bill Kupfer, was the founding director of the department, building the EH&S program from the ground up. For most of his tenure, Kupfer ran EH&S as a department of one. Kupfer held the position for approximately 17 years before retiring in 2017.

Opportunities and Challenges of the Role

The new director of environmental health & safety must possess a broad and deep understanding of national best practices with regard to the latest health and safety trends and innovations, environmental regulations, comprehensive collaboration, change and crisis management, and strategic visioning in a multifaceted setting on a young and vibrant university campus. The director should be an experienced, resourceful, and energetic leader capable of adaptive management in complex situations, unwaveringly committed to cooperation and partnering at the highest level, possessing a deep understanding of professional and transparent communication principles, and equipped to contribute at both a strategic and operational level across the CSU Channel Islands campus.

It is crucial to identify a competent and visionary individual who can quickly understand and adapt to the ever-changing campus environment related to the COVID-19 pandemic, promote and develop the professional staff in the department, set and implement strategic priorities, implement a comprehensive and forward-thinking array of policies and procedures around health and safety, and work in tandem with the chief of police, Facilities Services, academics, and the vice president for business and financial affairs (CFO) to progressively, innovatively, and systematically move the program and the institution forward.

The following perspectives as noted below were identified as possible opportunities, priorities, and challenges that will face the new director of environmental health & safety at California State University Channel Islands.

  • Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the student population at California State University Channel Islands had been experiencing extreme growth, and indications are that this growth will resume once the crisis has subsided. Having only become a CSU member university in 2002 (thus making it officially a young 18 years old), CSU Channel Islands is still in the process of creating its identity and developing its policies, procedures, and guidelines to govern the many important systems that propel the institution. With this expansive growth in a relatively new environment, there is a great opportunity for the successful candidate to put their own professional mark on Environmental Health & Safety and the institution at large, to establish a new set of expectations and fresh perspectives for the overall policies, procedures, and operations related to EH&S, and to build a career legacy over the course of the implementation of the current plans and the development of future plans. To do so, the director will be expected to bring energy, vibrancy, urgency, and a robust work ethic to the position while working in conjunction with others across the campus to ensure compliance on all local, state, and federal regulations, build a strong and cohesive professional team, and establish solid protocols necessary to continue the overall health and safety of the CSU faculty, staff, and students.
  • Similarly, it will be essential that the new director commit to a comprehensive culture of collaboration and partnering across campus for maximum effectiveness. CSU Channel Islands is committed to building strong, healthy, and mutually supportive relationships as a foundation of the campus culture, and strong collaboration is an absolute necessity in all endeavors to ensure success. The director’s purview will touch a great number of students, faculty, administration, departments, and community members across the institution, so it will be crucial that the successful candidate quickly reach out across each of these areas, conduct a campus-wide “listening tour,” and strive to build solid and mutually beneficial relationships that foster ongoing positive interactions. These connections are absolutely essential in order to assess the real needs of constituents, provide exceptional customer service for the campus community, and ensure that CSU Channel Islands is on the cutting edge of environmental health and safety going forward. In the end, the new director should bring a sense of camaraderie and collegiality to the position and to the department, serving as a “connector” and “face” of Environmental Health & Safety across the campus, and act as a positive force and morale booster for the department, while also being able to make data-driven decisions that are in the best interest of CSU Channel Islands at all times.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it unforeseen challenges in all facets of the University, forcing online learning, remote work environments, and many other personal and professional issues that were unheard of prior to the crisis. The Environmental Health & Safety department has been on the front lines of the University’s response to COVID from the very beginning, and upon arrival, the new director will be expected to quickly familiarize themselves with the current situation across the University, conduct an environmental health and safety analysis, assess the current policies and procedures, then use their expertise to take the lead in the department’s strategic response going forward. The CSU system has already announced that remote/online learning will continue through the spring 2021 semester, so the director will need to devise strategies for an environment that will have only a limited student presence for the near future, but also project past the current climate with policies, procedures, and operations that are innovative and effective for a fully integrated and functioning campus beyond the current situation. The director should bring a fresh perspective, an entrepreneurial spirit, an adaptive mindset that is prepared for rapid change, and a collaborative approach to “move the needle” forward in overcoming COVID-19 at CSU Channel Islands.
  • The director will connect with and work closely with the individuals in the same or similar positions situated at the State level and located in the Chancellor’s Office. It will be essential to ensure that all CSU Channel Islands environmental health and safety initiatives are integrated into the larger system environment, that communication and collaboration are robust at all times between the two, and that there is a solid professional working relationship between the director and their counterparts at the other campuses and at the Chancellor’s Office.
  • The other professional staff within the Environmental Health & Safety department is comprised of two union staff and two non-union managers, so the new director will need to demonstrate an understanding of effectively working with both union and non-union professionals. The director should be willing to listen carefully to staff in an effort to understand their concerns, discern their strengths, identify professional needs, comprehend their roles, and engage each appropriately. Additionally, there is significant interaction between EH&S and Facilities Services, much of which is comprised of unionized staff, and the new director should be prepared to effectively collaborate and partner with this staff on a regular basis.
  • Safety is a priority for the campus community, and the director should be on the front lines of providing a safe and healthy workplace environment for CSU Channel Islands. The director will lead and direct the University Safety Committee, which is responsible for recommending University-wide health and safety policies to the president for implementation. Through this committee and other initiatives, the director will work together in conjunction with EH&S staff, Facilities Services, academics and academic laboratories, and other campus constituents to ensure that all students, faculty, and staff are appropriately trained and informed on current and upcoming environmental health and safety protocols.
  • Because department chairs, faculty, and laboratory technicians are an important component in maintaining a culture of campus safety, the new director must be proactive working with academic colleagues to educate one another and to determine the best ways to meet compliance requirements and other safety regulations in all departments, including Arts/Performing Arts and Sciences. As many facilities at CSU Channel Islands are being used in ways for which they were not originally designed, there is often a sense of “playing a game of catch-up” around health and safety in these facilities, so having a collaborative, proactive, problem-solving attitude in this area will serve to support academic colleagues and positively enhance the learning environment for students.
  • Compliance with regulatory agencies and directives is an important aspect of the director’s job. A clear understanding of compliance, including hazardous materials, waste management, and the reporting requirements required by OSHA, Cal/OSHA, the CDC, and other agencies, will be crucial for success. In the age of COVID-19, these requirements are in a constant state of flux and change, so the director will need to make the appropriate connections with various agencies such that they are in constant contact and are informed when new policies and procedures are being handed down.
  • CSU Channel Island’s geographic location near the coast of Southern California is extremely inviting, with a year-round temperate climate and easy access to Los Angeles and the surrounding amenities. The campus environment is both serene and aesthetically pleasing, providing a very comfortable atmosphere in which to work, including a housing community specifically designed for the campus. Camarillo, California, in which CSU Channel Islands is located, is a smaller, more affordable community with a population of approximately 68,000 and an eclectic assortment of culture, dining, recreation, and other activities for any tastes. On campus, stakeholders reiterated that they liked working at CSU Channel Islands, are very supportive of each other, enjoy the vibrancy and feel of the “young” university, appreciate the collegiality and support of colleagues, enjoy improving the lives of the students, and believe there are many opportunities that await the next director who will be positioned to make a tremendous difference as the institution grows.

Measures of Success

At an appropriate interval after joining CSU Channel Islands, the items listed below will initially define success for the new director of environmental health & safety:

  • communication from the Environmental Health & Safety department is frequent, consistent, and transparent throughout campus;
  • the director has established relationships with various key campus stakeholders, conflicts are at a minimum, and the EH&S department is working collaboratively with stakeholders on projects and other forward-thinking initiatives;
  • a strong team dynamic has been formulated within EH&S, professional development is occurring, and the staff are reporting positive job satisfaction. Additionally, the director has established strong relationships with colleagues and peers within the Public Safety Unit and at the State level;
  • a new strategic plan is being devised with innovative initiatives and policies and procedures that promote a culture of campus safety;
  • a culture of education and training is being promoted from EH&S to the greater campus in an effort to provide faculty, staff, and students with the latest regulatory and compliance information;
  • CSU Channel Islands is fully compliant on OSHA, Cal/OSHA, CDC, and other regulatory agency directives;
  • the latest response to COVID-19 is receiving praise and support, and the campus indicates progress in the battle to overcome the pandemic;
  • the director is very visible on campus, available when needed, quick to respond, and approachable at all times;
  • new processes, procedures, and protocols are established that are streamlined and easy for all campus stakeholders to understand.

Qualifications and Characteristics

The successful candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree in health and safety, industrial hygiene, environmental engineering, chemistry, biology, or related field (advanced degree is preferred) with progressive administrative experience working with complex and varied technical assignments related to the administration of EH&S responsibilities in a large institutional or industrial setting. The successful candidate will have experience leading and/or supervising the work of others and excellent leadership, organizational, interpersonal, and management skills. Experience in a college or university setting is highly desirable, as is the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) or Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) designation. The successful candidate will build effective strategic alliances internally and externally, initiate and develop strong working relationships in the community, and facilitate an environment that motivates, empowers, and inspires commitment from staff. The director will be expected to provide clear direction, communicate effectively and with purpose, and work with a spirit of collaboration, inclusion, respect, and collegiality.

In addition to the minimum academic and experiential requirements indicated above, other desired characteristics, skills, actions, and/or abilities noted from discussions with campus stakeholders include the following:

  • a broad and deep understanding and knowledge base around environmental health, safety, academic labs, hazardous waste, investigations, and related environments, with special emphasis given to EH&S issues in higher education or a closely related setting;
  • strong leadership skills, particularly in the face of emergencies such as the COVID-19 crisis, with the ability to be an activator who can quickly and effectively formulate plans, implement solutions, and subsequently obtain desired results;
  • a strong commitment to cultivating collaborative relationships and building partnerships across all levels of the institution, particularly with departmental peers, Facilities Services, academic labs, and various institutional work groups;
  • an independent thinker with the ability to conduct in-depth research when EH&S issues arise and then to synthesize the findings into a strategic and practical solution that works best for the situation at hand;
  • an excellent and transparent communicator, including written, verbal, and technical writing skills, with the ability to reach all levels of the University and to effectively speak to students, faculty, staff, and the community;
  • strategic vision, with the ability to institutionally generate support for that vision;
  • the ability to proactively inspire, motivate, and develop staff with supervisory abilities that promote professional development, unity, and teamwork throughout the department;
  • a demonstrated understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a willingness to support, promote, and embrace these concepts at all times;
  • a deep understanding of EH&S, OSHA, CDC, and other regulatory compliance issues, the ability to quickly adapt as regulations change on a moment’s notice, knowledge of reporting requirements, and a commitment to assertively holding others accountable for their part in maintaining compliance while not coming across as aggressive or condescending in any way;
  • similarly, the ability to interpret communications and new regulations that emanate from the federal or state legislatures, as well as other regulatory agencies, and the ability to translate this information into a compelling story that can justify requests for resources;
  • the ability to make difficult decisions when necessary, to conduct challenging conversations when pertinent, to mediate disputes when necessary, to adapt to significant changes on the spur of the moment without being reactive, and to remain “cool under pressure” no matter the situation;
  • the ability to listen actively and carefully to all sides of an issue, ask knowledgeable questions, learn the University and its priorities, accept input from all levels of the institutional community, and then make well-informed decisions;
  • strong training, facilitation, and education skills, with the ability to convey information about difficult issues in a manner that can be understood at all levels;
  • political savvy, with the ability to proactively interact with all levels of the University, including the cabinet and president when necessary.
  • possess and exhibit integrity, honesty, and trustworthiness at all times;
  • an understanding of and experience in the representative (union) environment will be highly preferable, as several departmental staff and other collaborative partners are a part of a union;
  • a systems or systematic mindset, which includes a proactive approach to the job, the ability to take initiative and identify areas that are lacking, and provide solutions that are systematic in nature;
  • ability to multitask, remain flexible and adaptable, and manage a large and constantly evolving workload;
  • knowledge of operating an emergency management center in the face of issues such as earthquakes, wildfires, and COVID;
  • a creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial spirit, with the ability to determine needs, address issues, and manage change effectively;
  • the ability to create a culture of safety on campus, as well as the ability to convince faculty, staff, and students of the importance of that culture of safety and the dangers that are inherent when that culture is not present;
  • charisma, energy, approachability, availability, and a sense of humor;
  • the ability to delegate when necessary, understanding that they may not always have the answers, but possess a genuine willingness to seek others who may have the necessary answers;
  • strong technology skills, an understanding of the value and importance of technology in a 21st century world, and the ability to adapt technology to changing needs; and
  • knowledge of the California State University system or other complex state university system is highly desirable.

Overview of Business & Financial Affairs, Public Safety, Environmental Health & Safety

The Environmental Health & Safety Department, with its five staff members, reports to the Public Safety Unit, which in turn reports to the Division of Business & Financial Affairs.

Division of Business & Financial Affairs

Ysabel Trinidad – Vice President for Business & Financial Affairs

Ysabel Trinidad joined CSU Channel Islands in December 2011 as the vice president for business & financial affairs. She previously served as the vice chancellor for administrative services at the University of Washington Tacoma. Prior to that time, she spent 12 years at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Ysabel holds a BS magna cum laude in Business Administration from CSU Fresno and an MBA from St. Mary’s University, San Antonio.

The Division of Business & Financial Affairs is comprised of Information Technology, Financial Services/Controller, Facilities Services, Public Safety/Police, Administrative Services, Planning & Analysis, and Strategic Operations.

Organizational Chart for the Division of Business and Financial Affairs

Public Safety Unit

The California State University Channel Islands Public Safety Unit is comprised of the University Police Department, Transportation & Parking Services Department, and the Environmental Health & Safety Department under the leadership of the Chief of Police. Its combined Core Mission, Philosophy and Goals are as follows:

Public Safety Unit Core Mission

The California State University Channel Islands Public Safety Unit, in partnership with its student-centered community, ensures a safe and secure campus environment.

Public Safety Unit Core Philosophy

  • Accept nothing less than excellence. What we do is important. What we do makes a difference.
  • Support civility, understanding, and mutual respect towards all persons.
  • Focus on public safety issues through the delivery of services that includes aspects of traditional law enforcement, as well as prevention, problem-solving, community engagement, and partnerships.
  • Every staff member, both individually and collectively, has the authority to solve problems and make operational decisions suitable to their roles.
  • Leadership is required and rewarded at every level, with administrators, supervisors, police officers, and dispatchers held accountable for decisions and the effects of their efforts at solving public safety issues.

Public Safety Unit Core Goals

  • Employ excellent people.
  • Educate, develop, and empower them to make a difference.
  • Practice civility, understanding, and mutual respect.
  • Provide excellent traditional law enforcement services.
  • Provide excellent crime prevention services.
  • Facilitate problem solving as opposed to problem responding.
  • Engage the community and nurture mutually beneficial partnerships.

Organizational Chart for the Public Safety Unit


Environmental Health & Safety Department


CSU Channel Islands is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for the community. This goal is required by a framework of law and regulation, and moreover, by ethical and leadership values that are consistent with the University mission. In support of this goal, the Environment, Health & Safety office develops written programs in conformance with these laws and values and provides related services, consultation, and training. In short, the department collaborates with the campus community to protect human health and the environment.

Tenets of work

The department strives to prevent problems rather than react to losses, find collaborative solutions, and carefully conserve resources by producing administrative procedures that are as simple and efficient as possible while still effectively serving University interests.

Organizational Chart for Environmental Health & Safety 

Institution & Location

Institutional Overview

Student-centered. Innovative. Creative. Since opening its doors in 2002, that is the kind of education California State University Channel Islands has striven to provide.

Its history reflects that it is destined to be a campus of innovation. As the youngest of the 23 CSU campuses, CSU Channel Islands has an energy and vibrancy that is felt everywhere on campus. From the start, the University has offered integrative courses and programs that emphasize real-world experiences and service learning.


CSU Channel Islands received its accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).


California State University Channel Islands may be youthful, but it is rich in tradition. CSU Channel Islands honors the history and culture of the land where the campus is situated through the following:

  • Its colors: red and silver—red to be consistent with the tradition of the region and silver for the mascot, the dolphin.
  • Its mascot: to honor the heritage and culture of the Chumash Indians, CSU Channel Islands chose the tribe’s cherished dolphin as its mascot.
  • Its commencement: the inaugural commencement ceremony in 2003 launched many traditions, including the following:
    • Sounding of a conch shell by a Chumash elder signals the recognition of building on the knowledge base of the indigenous people who first inhabited this area.
    • Striking a ship’s bell by an honored staff member, loaned by Naval Base Ventura County, to signal the beginning of the ceremonies.
    • Carrying the Light of Learning by an honorary marshal, to symbolize the University’s commitment to a life of the mind and the central role played by the outstanding faculty.
    • Welcome in multiple languages, signifying CSU Channel Island’s commitment to graduating students with multicultural and international perspectives.
    • Passing through an arch, symbolizing graduates entering a new phase of life.
    • Carrying the CSU Channel Island mace, which was carved from native walnut by local artists. Two dolphins dancing on waves, honoring the Chumash crossing the Rainbow Bridge to get to the mainland, top the mace.
    • Peeling of the carillon bells from the Bell Tower, the centerpiece of campus, after the final degree is awarded.
  • Its alma mater: the campus continues to celebrate CSU Channel Islands through song every day at 11:55am.

Visit a timeline on the history of CSU Channel Islands here.

University Mission

Placing students at the center of the educational experience, California State University Channel Islands provides undergraduate and graduate education that facilitates learning within and across disciplines through integrative approaches, emphasizes experiential and service learning, and graduates students with multicultural and international perspectives.

Institutional Mission-Based Learning Outcomes

CSU Channel Island graduates will possess an education of sufficient breadth and depth to appreciate and interpret the natural, social, and aesthetic worlds and to address the highly complex issues facing societies. Graduates will be able to:

  • Identify and describe the modern world and issues facing societies from multiple perspectives including those within and across disciplines, cultures, and nations (when appropriate).
  • Analyze issues, and develop and convey to others solutions to problems using the methodologies, tools, and techniques of an academic discipline.

University Strategic Plan

California State University Channel Islands aspires to be recognized nationally as a leader in providing equitable, affordable, and transformative education that enables social and economic mobility for its diverse student population.

The Strategic Initiatives for 2018-23 are a result of recommendations from the Strategic Initiative Steering Committee and subcommittees, numerous open forums, two World Cafés, feedback from the President’s White Paper, and information garnered through the campus listening tour.

These initiatives are categorized within four key areas: Educational Excellence, Student Success, Inclusive Excellence, and Capacity & Sustainability. They will advance our commitment to our students and the community we serve.

To read more about the president’s strategic initiatives:


Executive Leadership

Dr. Erika D. Beck – President

Erika D. Beck began her tenure as president of California State University Channel Islands in August 2016. Prior to her appointment she served as provost and executive vice president at Nevada State College.

President Beck is dedicated to furthering CSU Channel Island’s vision of becoming recognized nationally as a leader in providing equitable, affordable, and transformative education that enables social and economic mobility for its diverse student population.

She is also deeply committed to the community and sits on the Ventura P-20 Council and the Santa Barbara Zoo Board of Directors. She is an honorary board member of the Gold Coast Veterans Foundation.

A native Californian, President Beck holds a BA in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego; an MA in Psychology from San Diego State University; and a PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of California, San Diego, where she also served as a faculty fellow. A former research associate at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, she has conducted research in the areas of developmental psychopathology and cognitive neuroscience. In addition to her formal education, she is actively engaged in the national dialogue regarding inclusive excellence and the use of data to improve student learning outcomes.

She was selected as a Woman of the Year by the California Women’s Caucus, one of the Top 50 Women in Business by the Pacific Coast Business Times, a Woman of Distinction in Education by the National Association of Women in Business Leaders, and as a Top Female Business Leader in Education by the Las Vegas Business Press.

A devoted mother of two young boys, President Beck enjoys running, yoga, and perpetual conversations with her children about how many more minutes until “we get there.”

Dr. Elizabeth A. Say – Interim Provost

Elizabeth A. Say is the interim provost at California State University Channel Islands and has spent most of her professional career in the California State University System. Prior to joining CSU Channel Islands, she was the dean of the College of Humanities at California State University Northridge (CSUN). As dean, she provided leadership to a faculty and staff of almost 400 persons in eight departments as well as six interdisciplinary programs.

Previously, Say was the associate dean of Humanities (2001 – 2004), professor and founding chair of the Department of Women’s Studies (1998 – 2001), and a faculty member in the Department of Religious Studies (1989 – 1998). An alumna of CSUN, she received her BA in English and Religious Studies in 1981, and her PhD in Religious Social Ethics at the University of Southern California in 1988.

Her research and publications are in the areas of women and religion, ethics, and academic administration. Her most recent publication is a co-edited collection titled The History and Future of Liberal Arts Education: From the Desk of the Dean. She has held leadership roles in the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Religion, the National Women’s Studies Association, and the Western Commission on the Study of Religion.

Academic Programs and Faculty

Innovative. Student-centered. That’s CSU Channel Islands. All of the more than 30 academic programs at California State University Channel Islands are student-centered, innovative, and creative. Students will be inspired to question, think critically, and explore. The professors are accessible mentors who take an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning—whether students are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree or certification—to advance their careers.

Majors: 26

Minors: 37

Doctoral, Graduate, and Credential Programs: 14

Faculty & Staff

Total Faculty (fall 2019): 492

  • Tenure Track: 162
  • Lecturers: 330
  • Staff: 536

The Student Body at a Glance

Total Enrollment: 7,093 (as of fall 2019)

Undergraduate students: 6,860

Graduate & Post-Baccalaureate students: 233

Females: 4,611 or 65%

Males: 2,480 or 35%

Latino: 51.6%

White: 27.7%

Unknown: 5.6%

Asian: 5.9%

Two or More: 4.1%

Black or African American: 2.2%

International: 2.4%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.1%

By the Numbers

Clubs and Organizations: 78

Countries to Study Abroad: 19

Student to Faculty Ratio: 22:1

Average Freshman GPA: 3.7

Receive Financial Aid: 81%

Admission Rate: 85%

First Generation College Students: 59%

Campus Events Annually: 300+


Camarillo is a city in Ventura County in the state of California. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 65,201, an increase of 8,117 from the 57,084 counted in the 2000 Census. The Ventura Freeway (U.S. Route 101) is the city’s primary thoroughfare. Camarillo is named for Adolfo and Juan Camarillo, two of the few Californios (pre-1848 California natives of Hispanic ancestry) to preserve the city’s heritage after the arrival of Anglo settlers. The railroad coast route came through in 1898 and built a station here. Adolfo Camarillo eventually employed 700 workers growing mainly lima beans. Walnuts and citrus were also grown on the ranch. Adolfo bred Camarillo White Horses in the 1920s through the 1960s and was well known for riding them, dressed in colorful Spanish attire, in parades such as the Fiesta of Santa Barbara.

The city grew slowly prior to World War II but the war effort saw the construction of the Oxnard Army Air Field (later Oxnard Air Force Base in 1951, now Camarillo Airport) to the west of town. The community also grew as the new base along with nearby Naval Air Station Point Mugu and a Seabee base at Port Hueneme brought many workers and their families to the area. The grounds of Camarillo State Hospital, which opened in 1936 south of town, are now the campus of California State University Channel Islands.

Benefits Overview

CSU Channel Islands offers a wide variety of benefits for employees, including, among others:

  • health plans;
  • vision and dental plans;
  • health care reimbursement account;
  • employee assistance program;
  • flex cash;
  • life insurance;
  • accidental death and dismemberment insurance;
  • legal assistance;
  • retirement plans;
  • disability and long term care;
  • fee waiver program.

For more information:

Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to J. Scott Derrick at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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California State University Channel Island is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.