The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (VCSA) oversees a comprehensive Student Affairs organization with a $221 million annual budget and a staff of approximately 700.  Responsible for Division-wide strategic planning, assessment, and staff development. The VCSA reports to the Chancellor and serves on the Chancellor’s Cabinet.  The VCSA promotes an engaged and healthy campus environment through services, programs, and innovative learning experiences beyond the classroom; encourages a strong sense of community among students, faculty, and staff with an emphasis on diversity and civic engagement.  The VCSA will foster strong partnerships, particularly with the Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor to promote student success.

The Position

Responsibilities of the Position

  • Use student learning and development theory along with best practices to enhance the student experience, both residential and commuter.
  • Build collaborative working relationships with senior leadership, students, alumni, parents, and the local community
  • Serve as a resource to faculty to support student success.
  • Promote student engagement via a coordinated and collaborative co-curriculum that enhances student success, retention, and graduation rates.
  • Prepare and direct the administration of the divisional budget, reflecting the support of strategic priorities both in the division and in the larger university.
  • Work with key student groups, including but not limited to student government, Greek Life, and other student clubs and organizations.
  • Advocate for student needs with Cabinet, board of trustees, faculty, and others.
  • Conduct regular, rigorous assessment of both student needs and efficacy of services and programs within the Division
  • Implement best practices for student safety in areas including but not limited to alcohol and drug use, gender-based violence, and bullying.
  • Investigate and respond to complaints in a timely manner, consistent with federal mandates, and educate campus constituents about prevention and protections offered.
  • Promote a climate that fosters civility, mutual respect, and high academic, personal and social standards, and that welcomes students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Promote positive town/gown relationships.
  • Manage Divisional staff by providing direction, evaluation, and professional development.
  • Provide policy development, direction and administration for all financial matters for Student Government.
  • Advocate for student input into all areas of the university decision-making processes.
  • Serve as Appellate Officer in the Student Judicial System, when necessary.
  • Represent the Division of Student Affairs on university committees.

Characteristics of the Successful Candidate

A master’s degree in counseling, student development, higher education administration or a related field is required as is progressive student affairs senior leadership experience in higher education including significant supervision and fiscal management.

Additionally, the following characteristics and attributes were identified by various stakeholders and informally shared with Spelman Johnson at UC Irvine when considering the position of Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs:

  • A creative, progressive, energized leader with a strong student-oriented focus.
  • A good listener who can synthesize information, get others on-board, and articulately explain divisional goals and initiatives to individuals outside of student affairs.
  • Strong budget management skills and financial acumen, with the ability to think entrepreneurially with regard to revenue generation.
  • A demonstrated commitment to supporting underrepresented students and championing social justice.
  • Demonstrate success in being a persuasive, effective, and politically sophisticated advocate for student life and the student body within the larger university community, and be comfortable articulating the value of student engagement and the value of student life contributions to the overall educational experience.
  • Exhibit strategic thinking and an ability to contribute to discussions of university issues beyond student affairs.
  • A practiced and engaging public speaker with a demonstrated ability to state and defend a position; not a “yes” person.
  • Serve as an astute relationship-builder forging collaborative partnerships with academic affairs, fiscal affairs, the campus community, and the local community.
  • A strong understanding of contemporary student issues and values, and the ability to develop a natural rapport with students and student leaders;
  • Be a hands-on leader when necessary, but also delegate appropriate responsibilities to staff members and ensure accountability for outcomes
  • A commitment to student leadership, student involvement, and student organizations;
  • Excellent crisis management skills and the ability to appropriately de-escalate conflict situations;
  • Strategic—capable of articulating a visionary agenda and leading a team in a systematic manner.
  • Approachable, visible, and engaged in all facets of campus life.
  • Creative—able to think outside the box and generate innovative solutions to complex problems.
  • Demonstrate a positive track record of managing and developing professional staff and graduate students.
  • A commitment to fact-based and data-driven decision-making and place additional focus on assessment;
  • Offer a record of leadership in higher education professional associations.
  • Bring systems-oriented thinking to the role, combining excellent organizational and management skills to improve policies, practices, and protocols.
  • Value the contributions and talents of others and maintain a professional reputation of being fair and equitable.
  • Possess personal traits that include a good sense of humor, self-confidence, intellectual curiosity, passion for student development, and a friendly and engaging style.
  • Empower staff to reach personal and professional goals through a supportive work environment, positive staff development, and calculated risk-taking.

Measures of Success for the Position

The following items will define the new Vice Chancellor’s success over the first few years of employment:

  • The VCSA is a highly visible leader, and is well-known and respected throughout the campus community as the leading student development expert.
  • Strong relationships have been established with other senior administrators, faculty, and staff throughout the university—particularly among colleagues in academic affairs, enrollment management, and finance and administration—and these relationships are producing valuable collaborations that support student success and institutional strategic goals.
  • The level of student engagement has grown, particularly regarding students’ interest and involvement in significant leadership endeavors.
  • A culture of assessment has been established throughout the Student Affairs Division.
  • A strategic plan for Student Affairs has been articulated, informed by internal research and assessment and through review and consideration of national best practices and trends impacting the work of student affairs professionals and the students they serve.
  • The Vice Chancellor is connected with key stakeholders and visible in the local community.
  • Trust has been developed among staff across the division. Responsibilities are delegated to the appropriate departments, and leaders are held accountable for outcomes.
  • Decision-making processes are efficient, inclusive, and transparent.
  • There is a strong sense of shared vision and collegiality within the division.

An Overview of the Division of Student Affairs

Student Affairs is dedicated to enriching the student experience from outreach and orientation through graduation by providing comprehensive programs, services and opportunities for students to:

  • Complement and enhance their academic success
  • Prepare for leadership in a global society
  • Develop and strengthen personal, social and professional skills
  • Support their physical and mental health and wellness

Student Affairs serves to support the University of California’s mission of teaching, research and public service, and to enhance the quality of student life, leadership and character excellence. The division also serves to promote the general welfare of the campus community within the framework of the UC Irvine values of respect, intellectual curiosity, integrity, commitment, empathy, appreciation and fun.


The division of Student Affairs is organized in clusters based on the services provided to students: Auxiliary Services, Student Life & Leadership, and Wellness, Health & Counseling Services. Departments within each cluster are:

Office of the Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs

  • Student Affairs Assessment, Research & Evaluation
  • Commencement Ceremonies & Special Events
  • Student Affairs Communications & Marketing
  • Student Affairs Cultural Affairs & Organizational Relationships
  • Dalai Lama Scholarship Program & Living Peace Series
  • Student Affairs Development & Giving
  • UCI Esports
  • Living Program

Auxiliary Services

  • Student Affairs Budget & Resource Planning
  • Hospitality & Dining Services
  • Student Center & Event Services
  • Student Government & Student Media
  • Student Housing
  • The Hill (UCI Bookstore)
  • Student Affairs IT

Wellness, Health & Counseling Services

  • Campus Recreation & Anteater Recreation Center (ARC)
  • CARE (Campus Assault Resources & Education)
  • Child Care Services
  • Counseling Center
  • Disability Services Center
  • Student Health Center
  • Center for Student Wellness & Health Promotion

Student Life & Leadership

  • Dean of Students
  • Campus Organizations
  • Center for Black Cultures, Resources & Research
  • Center for Student Leadership
  • Cross-Cultural Center
  • DREAM Center
  • Greek Life
  • International Center
  • LGBT Resource Center
  • New Student Programs
  • Office of Academic Integrity & Student Conduct
  • Student Outreach and Retention (SOAR) Center
  • UCI Parents
  • Veteran Services
  • Volunteer Programs
  • Women’s Hub

Organizational Chart

Institution & Location

Institutional Background

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 30,000 students and offers 192 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy.

In 1965, the University of California, Irvine was founded with a mission to catalyze the community and enhance lives through rigorous academics, cutting-edge research, and dedicated public service. Today, we draw on the unyielding spirit of our pioneering faculty, staff and students who arrived on campus with a dream to inspire change and generate new ideas. We believe that true progress is made when different perspectives come together to advance our understanding of the world around us.

UCI is consistently recognized as trailblazer in a broad range of fields, garnering national and international honors in every school. The campus’s diverse academic offerings paired with world-class leadership create an environment worthy of any passionate, dedicated scholar

University of California—Irvine is a public institution that was founded in 1965. Its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 1,474 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar.

The University of California—Irvine, a research institution in Orange County, specializes in areas such as cancer and neuroscience studies in conjunction with the highly ranked UC Irvine Medical Center. Graduate programs are highly regarded at UC—Irvine, too, with specialty offerings at the Paul Merage School of Business and the Henry Samueli School of Engineering. Students can participate in more than 500 student organizations, including nearly 50 fraternities and sororities. The Pacific Ocean is only 5 miles from campus. Known as a commuter school, the university offers on-campus residences. Freshmen are not required to live on campus but more than three-fourths do. The university has earned accolades for its eco-friendly measures, promoting green initiatives through student groups like the Anteaters for Recycling and Conservation.

Institutional Honors

  • UCI is one of 62 universities in the U.S. and Canada elected to membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities.
  • Times Higher Education ranked UCI 2 nationally and No. 9 internationally in its Golden Age University Rankings, a list that recognizes colleges founded in the aftermath of World War II (between 1945-1966) during a period of rapid academic growth and investment in research. THE also named UCI among the top 100 in its 2018 World University Rankings and No. 30 in its 2018 ranking of best public universities.
  • UCI is ranked seventh among the nation’s best public universities and 42nd among all national public and private universities, according to the annual S. News & World Report “America’s Best Colleges” ranking of undergraduate programs at leading universities.
  • The New York Timesnamed UCI  1 among U.S. universities “doing the most for the American dream” in its 2017 and 2015 College Access Index lists. A measure of economic diversity, the index is based on several factors: the share of students receiving Pell Grants (which typically go to families making less than $70,000 a year); the graduation rate of those students; the net cost, after financial aid, that a college charges low- and middle-income students; and endowment per student.

Program Rankings

Sustainability & Environment

  • 1of 4 universities to receive the STARS platinum rating
  • Sierramagazine has named UCI a top 10 “Coolest School” for eight consecutive years for its innovative sustainable practices. The magazine is the official publication of the Sierra Club, one of the nation’s largest and most influential environmental organizations.
  • Money magazine named UCI the university for beach lovers.
  • UCI also is a member of The Princeton Review’s Green College Honor Roll. The campus was recognized for its environmentally responsible policies, healthy and sustainable quality of life for students, and green educational opportunities.


  • The U.S. Department of Education named UCI a Hispanic-serving institution for 2017-18, meaning that fully one-quarter of undergraduates identify as Latino and that half of all students receive financial aid. UCI also is designated as an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving institution.
  • Diverse Issues in Higher Education ranks UCI seventh in the nation for awarding bachelor’s degrees to minority students in 2016. Rankings are based on data submitted by institutions of higher education to the U.S. Department of Education.
  • The Paul Merage School of Business is ranked 1 for employing the highest percentage of female faculty by Financial Times.


  • Forbesnamed UCI the Best Value College in 2018 based on the campus’s tuition costs, school quality, graduation success rates and post-grad earnings.
  • Money magazine ranked UCI 7th among the nation’s four-year colleges and universities delivering the most value in 2017.
  • S. News & World Report ranks UCI 31st in best value.

Orange County, CA

Destination beaches. Pristine hiking and bike trails. World-class entertainment. Elite education. Exciting career prospects. Unlimited possibilities.

Welcome to Anteater Country. UCI is located in the heart of beautiful Orange County, nestled between Los Angeles and San Diego counties and just five miles from SoCal’s sunny shores. A cornerstone of Irvine, one of the safest cities in the U.S. and home to Southern California’s burgeoning tech coast, UCI is the perfect place to study, work, live and play. Our close proximity to shopping, amusement parks, premier arts and cultural centers, and industry leaders make UCI a destination unlike any other. Discover how Irvine combines the best of a college town community with the vibrant opportunities of a bustling city.

Irvine, California was master-planned to be an economic powerhouse and offer an extraordinary quality of life. A leading business center with more than 100 global corporations; a family-oriented multicultural community where residents speak more than 70 languages; a leader in education, Irvine is where community, business and nature are in harmony. Beautifully manicured office parks are surrounded by more than 16,000 acres of parks, sports fields and dedicated open space, the most in the county, offering residents and visitors alike preserved natural habitats and wildlands with miles of hiking and biking trails. You’ll also appreciate Irvine being recognized as “America’s Safest Big City” by the FBI since 2005.

Irvine is a perfect meeting destination, located minutes from a multitude of diverse businesses and corporate centers; served by one of the country’s most passenger-friendly airports and conveniently located near the area’s highways.

Sports tournaments will score in Irvine with over a dozen sports fields and facilities, including the Orange County Great Park’s Sports Complex.

And for those looking for a weekend getaway, Irvine is right in the middle of all that makes Orange County postcard worthy!

Business or pleasure—Irvine, one of the nation’s largest and most successful master-planned urban communities, encompasses 66 square miles and features some of the best outdoor recreation, family activities, shopping, dining, sports facilities and meeting venues in California and across the nation.

For more information about Irvine, CA, visit the Chamber of Commerce at


At the core of the University of California’s mission are three imperatives: research, education and public service. These principles are reflected in our pursuit of academic excellence, cutting-edge research, and leadership and character development.


As we look toward the future, UCI is poised to tackle the world’s great challenges and serve our community in truly meaningful ways. An anchoring institution of Orange County, UCI is a powerhouse of groundbreaking research and discovery – actively partnering with community and business leaders to enhance lives and make a difference. We envision a world where society is enriched by the cultural hub of art, science and learning only possible at a public university; where the economic structure of Southern California explodes with opportunity as UCI innovation meets industry; and where humanity is changed for the better by the brilliant ideas and work produced at UCI.

Principles of Community

UCI is a multicultural community of people from diverse backgrounds. We are enriched by our mutual respect for one another, and we strive to learn from our differences in an atmosphere of positive engagement. Universities exist to provide the conditions for hard thought and difficult debate so that individuals can develop the capacity for independent judgment. For that reason, tolerance, civility and respect for diversity of background, gender, ethnicity, race, religion, political beliefs, sexual orientation and physical abilities are crucially important for our campus community to thrive.

Strategic Plan

UCI’s strategic plan sets forth an ambitious path to reach new heights of excellence and social impact. Based on four strategic pillars, we have a clear direction into the foreseeable future that echoes the promise of our university’s founding mission. We will mobilize knowledge, we will serve the people, and we will educate the best and brightest.

This ambitious strategic vision sets out a bold road map for growth and expansion, while being mindful of the need to develop new models of financial sustainability. It builds on UCI’s strengths to make our university even better. It was developed with extensive participation by the university community, reflecting our fundamental commitment to shared governance, and honors the spirit of all those who contributed to our culture of innovation and excellence. It intends to meet the expectations of those who participate in the life of this great institution, based on four strategic pillars:

  1. Growth that Makes a Difference: Expanding our Capacity to Improve Lives
  2. First in Class: Elevating the Student Experience to Prepare Future Leaders
  3. Great Partners: Making Regional and Global Connections That Enhance our Mission and Serve the People
  4. New Paths for Our Brilliant Future: Forging Best Practices to Power the coming Century

For a more detailed look at the Strategic Plan, visit


Chancellor Howard Gillman

Howard Gillman was appointed by the University of California Board of Regents as the sixth chancellor of the University of California, Irvine on September 18, 2014. He is an award-winning scholar and teacher with an expertise in the American Constitution and the Supreme Court. He holds faculty appointments in the School of Law, the Department of Political Science (within the School of Social Sciences), the Department of History (within the School of Humanities), and the Department of Criminology, Law and Society (within the School of Social Ecology) and every year teaches an undergraduate seminar. He also provides administrative oversight to, and serves as co-chair of the advisory board of, the University of California’s National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement.

Under Chancellor Gillman’s leadership, UCI has accelerated its ascendency among globally preeminent research universities. It has been ranked in the top 10 of all public universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report; doubled its annual philanthropic fundraising to an all-time high, including receiving the largest single gift in the campus’s history; increased its annual research support by more than $100 million, also setting a new record; established the Sue and Bill Gross School of Nursing; furthered its national leadership in sustainable practices; demonstrated its status as a “first choice” college for undergraduates by receiving more than 100,000 freshman and transfer applications for fall 2017, including the second-highest number of applicants from California residents among all UC campuses; fostered regional economic development by establishing the premier local entrepreneurial incubator; announced Illuminations, an arts and culture initiative that enhances student exposure to the arts through enhanced regional partnerships; and developed a new strategic plan, Bright Past, Brilliant Future, that sets out a bold and ambitious road map for growth, expanding the university’s capacity to improve lives in our region and around the world.

Chancellor Gillman previously served as provost and executive vice chancellor (from June 2013) and interim chancellor (from July 2014). As provost he established a wide range of multidisciplinary research, teaching, and hiring initiatives designed to ensure campus-wide attention to important global and regional challenges, prioritized an agenda of “inclusive excellence” for faculty hiring and student support, transformed the campus’s approach to technology transfer and commercialization, expanded commitments to fundraising and community engagement, and reformed the campus budget model to prepare the university for an era of diminished state support.

Academic Programs

UCI is a center for quality education that fosters passionate, enthusiastic and ongoing expansion of knowledge and approaches to scholarship. Graduates are prepared to be global citizens equipped with the tools of analysis, expression and cultural understanding required for leadership in today’s world.

Academic Units:

  • Arts
  • Biological Sciences
  • Business
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Humanities
  • Information & Computer Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Law
  • Physical Sciences
  • Social Ecology
  • Social Sciences

In September 2017, UCI announced that Orange County philanthropists and business leaders Susan and Henry Samueli committed $200 million to name its College of Health Sciences and establish a new integrative health research institute. The college consists of the School of Medicine, the Sue and Bill Gross School of Nursing, the School of Pharmacy (currently the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences) and the School of Population Health (currently the Program in Public Health.) At the college’s core is the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute.

The Student Body

Enrollment (Fall 2017)

Undergraduates 29,307
Graduate (general campus) 5,306
Graduate (Health Sciences) 1,345
Total 35,958

Degrees Awarded (2016-17)

Bachelor’s     7,495
Master’s 1,373
Ph.D./Ed.D. 403
M.D. 94
J.D. 94
Total   9,459

Benefits Overview

UC offers employees a full range of benefits:

Health Plans:

  • Medical Plans
  • Dental Plans
  • Vision Plan

Retirement Benefits

UC offers comprehensive retirement benefits, including a pension plan for eligible faculty and staff hired before July 1, 2016 and a choice of primary (required) retirement benefits for those hired on or after July 1, 2016. UC also offers voluntary retirement savings plans, educational resources to help you prepare for retirement, and retiree health insurance.

  • UC Retirement Benefits
  • Voluntary Retirement Savings Program
  • Retirement Planning Resources
  • Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits

Disability, Life & Accident Insurance

To help you prepare for the unexpected, UC offers insurance plans to provide a financial safety net for you and your family.

  • Basic and Voluntary Disability
  • Life Insurance
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance

Other Benefits:

  • Business Travel Accident Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Family Care Resources
  • Homeowner/Renter/Auto Insurance
  • Legal Insurance
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Tuition Discounts

Here you’ll find information about the plans, your costs, enrolling and disenrolling, links to carriers’ websites and more:

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 Mark Hall at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.