California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State Los Angeles, Cal State LA) is a comprehensive urban institution serving a diverse learning community of over 28,000 students, committed to excellence in education, community engagement, cultural awareness, and social responsibility. As a premier institution within the 23 campus California State University (CSU) system, Cal State Los Angeles fosters an outstanding teaching and learning experience in a rich multicultural/multiethnic environment. As a non-profit and self-sustaining 501(c)(3) auxiliary organization of Cal State LA, the University Auxiliary Services (UAS) is a recognized organization of the California State University system dedicated to benefiting the welfare of students, faculty, and staff and supporting the entrepreneurial arm of the university. The primary purpose of UAS is to help develop and administer contracts and grants, commercial enterprises, externally funded projects including research, workshops and conferences, and to provide contributions that aid and supplement the University’s educational mission. Working together, the University community and UAS endeavor to ensure Cal State LA’s continued success.

The Position

Responsibilities of the Position

The Executive Director of the University Auxiliary Services reports to the UAS Board of Directors and maintains a dotted line reporting relationship to the University’s Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer. The Executive Director is responsible for the overall administration and executive leadership of the wide range of auxiliary operations which support the University’s mission. This position oversees the main operations of UAS including financial support services, human resources management for an average of 600 UAS employees, contracts and grants administration, bookstore operation, campus food services, and child care services. The position also oversees the management of the 103,000 square-foot Golden Eagle building, which houses food services, including a food court with seating for approximately 450 people, a kitchen and catering operations, a 600-seat banquet and conference center, the University Club, a 25,000 square-foot two-story University Bookstore (operated by Barnes & Noble), as well as UAS administrative offices, the Golden Eagle Service Center, classrooms and meeting spaces for the Cal State LA College of Professional and Global Education, and the Pat Brown Institute. In addition, UAS manages several properties on campus including the Television Film and Media Studies (TVFM) Building and the Rongxiang Xu Bioscience Innovation Center, currently under construction.

Characteristics of the Successful Candidate

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited four year college or university and five years of leadership/management experience within a large organization is required. The successful candidate must possess strong organizational skills, an entrepreneurial spirit coupled with the ability to plan strategically. Experience with budget planning, fiscal oversight, and resource allocation; an understanding of educational organizations; excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills are essential. Experience in personnel management including supervision of staff and employee development; a commitment to diversity and social justice with the ability to create a department which is inclusive and accessible; the ability to write proposals, reports, and make presentations; and the ability to work collaboratively in a team environment is expected. Demonstrated ability and interest in working in a multicultural, multiethnic environment is expected.

Additionally, stakeholders at Cal State LA consistently noted the following desirable characteristics of a successful executive director:

  • An ability to build a strong strategic plan that engages members of the University community and compels them to assist in moving the plan forward
  • A spirit of wanting to continually improve the organization and the University
  • A caring style, approachable personality, and strong initiative
  • An understanding of grants and contracts coupled with a knowledge of other models of providing administrative support to these areas
  • An ability and experience working with faculty members in a nonsupervisory role
  • Good judgment aligned with a good sense of risk management
  • A true desire to work with students to better align policies and procedures that are easy to understand and navigate
  • Effective communication skills while working with staff and other institutional constituents

Likely Opportunities, Priorities, and Challenges of the Position

This position is a comprehensive and diverse portfolio. University Auxiliary Services (UAS) is responsible for all aspects of auxiliaries including financial support services, human resources management for an average of 600, UAS employees, contracts and grants administration, bookstore operation, campus food services, and child-care services. The position also oversees the management of 103,000-square-foot Golden Eagle building, which houses food services, including a food court with seating for approximately 450, kitchen and catering operations, a 600-seat banquet and conference center, the University Club, a 25,000-square-foot two-story University Bookstore (operated by Barnes and Noble), as well as UAS administrative offices, the Golden Eagle Service Center, classrooms and meeting spaces for the Cal State LA College of Professional and Global Education, and the Pat Brown Institute.

Given the size and variety of this portfolio, the successful candidate will need to be able to wear multiple hats and juggle many competing priorities. There is a strong desire to increase the visibility of UAS within the University community, both programmatically and symbolically. Emphasis needs to be placed on collaborating with campus stakeholders on finding strategic and innovative ways to increase the knowledge of what UAS provides for the campus and how to partner with others.

History of the Position

This position opened up after Alma Sahagun’s retirement. Her stable leadership helped to provide vision and accountability to the department. By 2009, UAS was saddled with a deficit of $10.4 million. In the years since, the department has become financially whole. Much of this is due to Sahagun’s leadership and the contributions of other key leaders at Cal State LA. There are huge shoes to fill, but UAS is looking toward the future.

Measures of Success for the Position

Over time, UAS has become financially solvent, having overcome a $10.4 million deficit from building the Golden Eagle Building. Staff members have worked diligently to find innovative ways to solve fiscal issues. The new executive director will be tasked with quickly learning each aspect of the portfolio and creating a plan the guide the department. Other noteworthy measures of success within a reasonable amount of time include:

  • Be seen as a strong and effective leader at Cal State LA
  • Embrace the diversity of the Cal State LA student body and find new ways to support students, faculty, and staff
  • Continue to find new ways to expand upon the innovation and excitement of the Rongxiang Xu Bioscience Innovation Center
  • Collaborate with faculty to continue refining the grants and contracts process
  • Increase the communication within the department and with campus stakeholders
  • Create a strong strategic plan
  • Find strong and impactful ways to continually hear students and their needs
  • An ability to build a strong strategic plan which engages the university community and compels them to assist in moving the plan forward
  • To have the type of spirit to “wake up worrying” about how to continue to improve the organization and the university
  • With such a diverse portfolio, to have a caring style, approachable personality, and strong initiative
  • An understanding of grants and contracts coupled with a knowledge of other models of providing administrative support to these
  • An ability and experience working with faculty members in a non-supervisory role
  • A strong sense of good judgment aligned with a good sense of risk management
  • A true desire to work with students to better align policies and procedures which are easy to understand and navigate
  • Effective communication skills while working with staff and other institutional constituents

An Overview of the Department

Institution & Location

Insititutional Background

California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA or Cal State L.A.) is a public comprehensive university, part of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system. The campus is located in the eastern region of Los Angeles, California, in the University Hills district, facing the San Gabriel Mountains, at the center of metropolitan Los Angeles, just five miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

Founded in 1947, we are the premier public comprehensive university in the heart of Los Angeles. We have produced nationally and internationally recognized leaders in fields that include business and industry, visual and performing arts, athletics, science and technology, government, and higher education. At Cal State LA we are pushing boundaries, creating new opportunities for discovery and innovation.

The University is enjoying record growth. We have converted from the quarter calendar to the semester calendar, and welcomed the largest class in our history — more than 28,000 students, most of whom are the first in their families to pursue a university degree. We opened Cal State LA Downtown, offering degree and certificate programs in a vibrant section of the city. Through our general education requirements, thousands of University students pursue civic and service learning in the communities we serve. We’ve established partnerships and programs that have improved and enriched lives across Southern California and beyond. And our strategic plan is focused on student success, academic distinction, inclusion, and the public good.

Cal State LA’s eight colleges are recognized for outstanding academic programs and small classes, where students are taught and mentored by professors who get to know them as exceptional individuals. We offer 60 undergraduate majors, 55 master’s degree programs and three doctoral programs. We’ve been named by Washington Monthly as one of the top 10 master’s universities in the nation for our contributions to the public good. This exceptional honor recognizes our dedication to access and success, our campus commitment to public service, and research funding that involves faculty and students in world-changing projects. The National Science Foundation has listed our University as the top supplier of Latino science and engineering Ph.D. recipients among all undergraduate and master’s degree universities in the continental United States. We are a powerful engine of social mobility .Cal State L.A. offers 129 types of bachelor’s degrees, 112 different master’s degrees, 22 teaching credentials, and 3 doctoral degrees, including a Ph.D. in special education, a doctor of education (Ed.D.), and a doctor of nursing practice (DNP).

Los Angeles, California

With approximately 3.8 million residents, Los Angeles is the most populous city in the state of California and the second most populous city in the United States. Los Angeles is also the seat of L.A. County, one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the United States, while the entire Los Angeles area has been recognized as the most diverse of the nation’s largest cities.

Nicknamed the City of Angels, Los Angeles is a global city, with strengths in business, international trade, entertainment, culture, media, fashion, science, sports, technology, education, medicine, and research. The city is home to renowned institutions that cover a broad range of professional, cultural, and entertainment fields. The city is one of the most substantial economic engines in the United States.

There is no better location in the world for an art and design college. L.A. has been described as America’s Artist Super City, because more artists live and work there than in any other metropolitan area in the nation. It has also been called America’s Creative Capital, because the creative industries there, including the arts, design, and entertainment, are a powerful economic driver, accounting for 1 in 7 jobs in the region and making an outsize economic impact.

The Mission of California State University, Los Angeles

Cal State LA transforms lives and fosters thriving communities across greater Los Angeles. They cultivate and amplify their students’ unique talents, diverse life experiences, and intellect through engaged teaching, learning, scholarship, research, and public service that support their overall success, well-being, and the greater good.

Vision

Cal State LA will be internationally recognized as the premier comprehensive public university in greater Los Angeles. Cal State LA is dedicated to delivering cutting-edge academic programs that prepare students to be innovative leaders in both their professional and civic lives and to serving the public good through initiatives that engage local, regional, and global communities in mutually beneficial partnerships.

Values

  • Students First – They put their students’ academic success, career-readiness, and well-being at the center of everything they do.
  • Pushing Boundaries – They set ambitious goals to challenge and inspire them, benefitting their role as L.A.’s premier comprehensive public university.
  • Engagement, Service, and the Public Good – They foster meaningful, collaborative relationships that contribute to the public good among the University community, alumni, and local, regional, and global communities.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – They cultivate diversity, expect cultural competence, and actively seek perspectives and engagement from all constituents in their community, to develop just and equitable expectations.
  • Student Engagement – They encourage their students to take ownership of their own campus experiences by seeking opportunities that promote inclusion, a sense of belonging, and leadership.
  • Engaged Teaching and Learning – They cultivate and amplify their students’ unique talents, diverse life experiences, and intellect through engaged teaching, learning, scholarship, research and vibrant student life.
  • Academic Distinction – They foster and promote academic distinction through innovation, academic rigor and the pursuit of lifelong learning.
  • Community of Scholars – They foster a community of scholars among faculty and students engaged in research, scholarship, and creative accomplishments.
  • A Culture of Excellence – They encourage and expect all members of their University community to pursue academic, professional, and personal excellence.
  • Transparent Collaborative Decision-Making – They make data-informed, evidence-based decisions and are collaborative and transparent in their approach and communication.
  • Mutual Respect – They are committed to cultivating a supportive and accepting environment where each of them commits to fostering a culture of respect for all.
  • Academic Freedom – They promote academic freedom and professional ethics.

Strategic Plan

In October 2015, Cal State LA embarked on a strategic planning initiative that sought to help the University community articulate a vision for Cal State LA’s future, and create a framework to make that vision a reality. A Strategic Planning Coordinating Committee, composed of faculty, staff, students, and administrative representatives, was created to lead this initiative. Our approach was collaborative, inclusive, and transparent, with a range of engagement opportunities that ensured every voice in their community was heard.

For more information: http://www.calstatela.edu/strategicplan.

William A. Covino, President

William A. Covino is the seventh president of California State University, Los Angeles, leading the institution as it realizes its mission of engagement, service, and the public good. President Covino holds a Ph.D. in English and has published important scholarship on the power and uses of rhetoric, persuasion, and imagination. He is also a nationally celebrated proponent of civic learning.

Since becoming president in September 2013, he has emphasized the importance of a curriculum that prepares students to transform the future and improve the quality of life in Los Angeles and beyond. To achieve this goal, President Covino is leading efforts to closely connect civic learning and community service to many of the more than 4,500 courses and programs that have been reinvented as the University moves from a quarter to semester calendar by fall 2016. He has cultivated new alliances and partnerships that will enrich opportunities for students and the community.

President Covino joined Cal State L.A. following a four-year term as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Fresno State. There he served as the chief academic officer, providing leadership for the university’s eight schools and colleges, grants and research, the library, continuing and global education, and other academic units. During his tenure, President Covino increased the number of service-learning courses at Fresno State by 75 percent. In 2011–12, those courses provided more than 110,000 hours of service to the community. In 2013, then-Provost Covino won the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) William M. Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement.

Prior to Fresno State, President Covino served as provost at California State University, Stanislaus, where he earned recognition from the Carnegie Foundation for successful efforts to increase community engagement and was named in the U.S. President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. He served as dean of the Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at Florida Atlantic University, and has also held faculty positions at the University of Illinois at Chicago and San Diego State University.

During his four-decade-long career, President Covino has focused his scholarly work on the history and theory of rhetoric, persuasion, imagination, and literacy. He has authored five books, including The Elements of Persuasion and The Art of Wondering, along with numerous scholarly articles, chapters, and presentations.

He is a member of regional and national organizations, including the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Rotary International, Association of American Colleges and Universities, Western Senior College and University Commission, Coalition of Urban Serving Universities, and Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

A first-generation college student, President Covino moved with his family from Connecticut to the San Fernando Valley when he was 12. He graduated from Reseda High School and attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in English. He holds master’s degrees from California State University, Northridge and the University of Southern California. He earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Southern California in 1981. President Covino and his wife, Dr. Debbie Covino, have four adult children.

The Student Body

2017–2018 Tuition & Fees

  • $6,613 in-state
  • $8,513 out-of-state

Students

  • 27,827 enrolled
  • 42% male/58% female

Student-faculty ratio  25:1

4-year graduation rate: 6%

Classes with fewer than 20 students: 19.4%

Average first-year retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction: 82 %

2016 Endowment: $24.6 million

Academic Program

Colleges and Departments

College of Arts & Letters

  • Art
  • Communication Studies
  • English
  • Liberal Studies
  • Modern Languages and Literatures
  • Music, Theatre & Dance
  • Philosophy
  • Television, Film & Media Studies

College of Business & Economics

  • Accounting
  • Economics and Statistics
  • Finance and Law
  • Information Systems
  • Management
  • Marketing

Charter College of Education

  • Applied and Advanced Studies in Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Special Education and Counseling

College of Engineering, Computer Science & Technology

  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Technology

 College of Health & Human Services

  • Child and Family Studies
  • Communication Disorders
  • Criminal Justice & Criminalistics
  • Kinesiology and Nutritional Science
  • Nursing
  • Public Health
  • Social Work
  • Youth Agency Administration (Certificate Program)
  • Applied Gerontology (Certificate Program)

College of Natural & Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Asian and Asian American Studies (Interdisciplinary Program)
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Chicano Studies
  • Geosciences and Environment
  • History
  • Latin American Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Science (Interdisciplinary Program)
  • Pan-African Studies
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

College of Professional and Global Education

  • Academic Programs
  • Early Start
  • English Language Program
  • International Office
  • International Summer Session
  • Open University
  • Professional Development and Training
  • Study Abroad
  • Study in L.A.
  • Summer Session
  • Test Preparation

Benefits Overview

Benefits Overview

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Flex-Cash
  • Vision
  • COBRA
  • Retirement Plans
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability

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 Jennifer N. Hiatt at jnh@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Visit the California State University, Los Angeles website at www.calstatela.edu

The California State University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or transgender status in its education programs or activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or transgender status in employment, as well as all education programs and activities operated by the University (both on and off campus), and protect all pople regardless of their gender or gender identity from sex discrimination, which includes sexual harassment and sexual misconduct. Executive Order 1095 (PDF) Cal State L.A. adopts this CSU policy and procedure.