Dean, College of Extended Learning

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San Francisco State University seeks a collaborative, strategic and transformative leader, with a proven track record of socially-responsible resource stewardship, business development, and a commitment to ensuring diverse student populations have broad access to equity-minded educational and workforce development programs, to serve as the College of Extended Learning Dean.   

The California State University (CSU) system has an annual budget of more than $5 billion. CSU is not only the largest four-year university system in the United States, but it is also one of the most diverse and affordable university systems in the nation. With 23 campuses, serving 460,000 students, and employing 47,000 faculty and staff, CSU is a leader in high-quality, accessible, student-focused higher education, and prepares the majority of California’s leaders and policymakers. Approximately 64 percent of Californians with master’s degrees in public administration studied at the CSU, as well as 35 percent of those with bachelor’s degrees. In addition, 49 percent of Californians with bachelor’s degrees in city, urban, community, and regional planning studied at the CSU. The CSU System has produced tens of thousands of graduates who have had an immeasurable impact. To learn more about the California State University system, see

Originally founded in 1899 as the San Francisco State Normal School, SF State is one of California’s oldest public universities. The institution moved to its current main campus near Lake Merced in 1953; in 1972, the University was re-designated as the California State University, San Francisco; and in 1974, it was renamed San Francisco State University. In the ensuing years, SF State has grown into a leading public state university accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. SF State offers: bachelor’s degrees in 77 academic areas with an additional 48 areas of concentration, master's degrees in 63 academic areas with an additional 41 areas of concentration, along with 16 credential programs and 41 certificate programs. In addition, SF State offers an Educational Doctoral program in Educational Leadership, a Ph.D. in education, with a concentration in special education jointly with UC Berkeley, and a clinical doctorate, Doctor of Physical Therapy jointly with UC San Francisco.

With the unwavering commitment to social justice that is central to the work of the University, SF State prepares its students to become productive, ethical, active citizens with a global perspective. The University is closely embedded within the city and has a legacy of social activism: in the 1960s, the University was home to protests that led to the creation of the first College of Ethnic Studies in the U.S. SF State’s pioneering commitment to community and civic engagement is prevalent throughout the curriculum. More than 500 courses combine academic study with community involvement, and the University’s location in a center of business, technology, and culture provides a laboratory for community-service projects, work-study opportunities, and internships. The University has been named by Princeton Review a "College with a Conscience," classified as one of the Carnegie Foundation’s "Community Engagement" institutions; and consistently receives the Presidential Award in the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to community service.

SF State is home to a vibrant university culture with nearly 220 student organizations. It is the home of the “Gators” (a derivation of “Golden Gaters”) and fields’ eleven sports for men and women. SF State’s motto is “Experientia Docet” – Experience Teaches. Graduates consistently cite the hands-on learning as a key part of what prepared them for beginning their careers. Students apply their talents and classroom learning to real-world challenges through community-service learning, credit-earning internships, and participation with community-focused centers and institutes that address issues relating to health, education, the environment, business, child care and underserved communities.

SF State is a leading educational resource for the San Francisco Bay Area and serves as a major economic engine for the Bay Area and the State of California. The University serves a highly diverse population of thousands of students every year; approximately 38 percent of first- time freshmen are first in their family to attend college. SF State also ranks fourth in the nation among master’s degree-granting institutions in the United States that host international students.

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One of seven colleges that report to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the College of Extended Learning (CEL) mobilizes the resources and expertise of San Francisco State University and its partners to anticipate and meet the educational and professional needs of diverse communities and industries.  A gateway to the University, CEL focuses on the growing number of people whose needs are not met by an on-campus bachelor’s or master’s program.  CEL oversees a variety of international and domestic self-support programs, including academic and professional development certificates, Open University, and corporate and customized trainings, and incubator for innovative program development and delivery at SF State. CEL employs 40 full-time staf­f as well as dozens of extension education faculty.  

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The Dean of the College of Extended Learning is the chief academic, fiscal and administrative officer of the College and reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The successful candidate is a person of vision with proven leadership skills to support and advance the University’s mission in collaboration with University faculty, staff, and administrators, as well as community and industry partners.


In this position, the Dean will:


  • Provide visionary leadership that produces strategic plans, actions, and results;
  • Develop and optimize a robust portfolio of academic and workforce development programs that responds to the needs of our local and global communities;
  • Partner with University units to design, develop and deliver programs and student support services in a variety of course formats and modalities;
  • Oversee sound, ethical and equitable fiscal management and allocation of resources;
  • Develop pathways for diverse populations of potential adult learners to access state-side programs; and
  • Build and expand strategic external and internal partnerships with community and industry partners to extend the College’s reach, impact and relevance.

Key Strategic Priorities

To be successful, the Dean will be expected to address a set of key priorities, including: 

  • Lead the development of a compelling and distinctive identity for the college, with a forward-focused vision that builds upon the unique values and characteristics of San Francisco;
  • Strategically lead the Center for Global Engagement and expand the portfolio of graduate and certificate programs to align with regional and global demand for professional skills and personal enrichment;
  • Provide leadership and advocacy to create and achieve strategic, budgetary and enrollment planning goals for the college;
  • Develop a robust recruitment pipeline to SF State, by strengthening external partnerships and creating innovative pathways to state-side programs; and
  • Develop scholarships and financial assistance programs to ensure greater access to educational opportunities for diverse adult learners who are qualified yet economically disadvantaged.



  • Social Justice: Demonstrated interest in administering, building or partnering with programs that serve a diverse student population in support of the University’s mission and core values;
  • Communication: Evidence of excellent communication, mediation and facilitation skills and the ability to form and maintain productive relationships with academic, industry, community, and global partners;
  • Transformative Leadership: Demonstrated ability to lead staff and work collaboratively with University, community and industry partners to achieve a collective vision;
  • Administrative Leadership: Progressive levels of responsibility in Higher Education administration in the fields of Extended, Continuing, or Adult Education, with a proven track record of results. Five years of administrative experience as a dean, associate dean, department chair, or comparable position preferred;
  • Fiscal Management: Demonstrated expertise in managing a large budget, including strategic oversight and socially responsible stewardship of revenues and resources. Demonstrated experience in strategic planning and policy development;
  • Business Development: Demonstrated track record of establishing revenue-generating endeavors with organizations, agencies, industry and other partners.
  • Disciplinary Expertise: Demonstrated experience and expertise in  Workforce Development, International Education, and Lifelong Learning;
  • Online Programs: Demonstrated success in developing and delivering online courses and programs in a variety of formats and modalities. Expertise in accreditation requirements and additional regulations related to online programs preferred; and
  • Education: Doctorate, Terminal Degree, or equivalent, from an accredited institution.



Salary and Benefits: The salary for this position lies within the Administrator IV range, and comes with a competitive benefits package. This is a CSU Management Personnel Plan (MPP) position. Under this plan, incumbents are subject to normal management reviews and serve at the pleasure of the university president. Additional Management Personnel Plan information can be found at the following website: is external).

PROCEDURE FOR CANDIDACY. Send application letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for a minimum of three references to:

Office of the Provost and VP for Academic Affairs
Chair, Search Committee Dean College of Extended Learning
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue, ADM 455
San Francisco, CA 94132-4111

Or send electronic applications to:

 Review of applications and nominations will begin on December 4, 2019.  Late applications will be accepted and evaluated until the position is filled. The University is an Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity and encourages applications from women, members of all ethnic groups, veterans, and people with disabilities.