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Executive Director for Student Success

Position overview

Position title: Executive Director for Student Success
Salary range: Based on UC Salary Scales

Application Window

Open date: June 2nd, 2022

Most recent review date: Thursday, Jun 23, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Monday, Oct 31, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description


The Jacobs School of Engineering is a world-class engineering school at the forefront of research and education. With approximately 10,000 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels enrolled in its six academic departments, it is the largest engineering school in California. The student population is exceptionally diverse with respect to national origin, race and ethnicity, gender identity, socioeconomic status, disability, life stage, and academic trajectory. To support the success of all of its students, the Jacobs School of Engineering is creating a new position: Executive Director of Student Success (EDSS). The EDSS will provide leadership of its programs designed to support the academic and professional flourishing of students and student communities. This position bridges academic and staff roles and will be a key partner of the Dean’s leadership team in shaping the student strategy of the Jacobs School of Engineering.


Reporting to the Associate Dean for Students, and in collaboration with the six departments within the Jacobs School of Engineering, the Executive Director for Student Success (EDSS, payroll title Academic Coordinator II) is an academic leader within the Jacobs School of Engineering charged with oversight, assessment, creative development, and strategic direction of student success in the following Dean’s Office educational initiatives: the IDEA Center, Cooperative Education (Co-Op) programs, and the Veteran Forge program. It is expected that programs under this position will evolve and may include additional student-centered initiatives in the future, which the EDSS would play a key role in developing. The EDSS, working with the Associate Dean for Students, will have primary responsibility for the overall direction of these programs.

A major role of the EDSS includes intellectual and strategic leadership of the IDEA Engineering Student Center (the IDEA Center). The IDEA Center, where IDEA stands for Inclusion, Diversity, Excellence, and Achievement, has a staff of seven and administers approximately 20 programs with up to 4,500 student-engagements per year. Programs include academic enrichment, yield and retention, professional development, facilitation of undergraduate research, early warning, community building, coursework in professional skills, scholarships, and mentoring programs. It is expected that the EDSS will oversee the staff of the IDEA Center. The EDSS, working closely with the Associate Dean for Students, would interface with faculty to stoke involvement in summer research, teaching, and mentoring programs. The EDSS would provide impact assessment and related internal communications of the Veteran Forge and Cooperative Education (Co-Op) programs insofar as these initiatives concern student success.

The EDSS would also provide intellectual and strategic leadership around student support across the six engineering departments. These efforts include communicating with department faculty and staff to assess department-level student needs, coordinating IDEA Center programs with department-level student support programs, developing impactful solutions for reducing the time to degree among engineering students, and serving as a strategic liaison between the Dean’s Office and the Student Affairs personnel in each of the six engineering departments. In addition, the EDSS would work with the Associate Dean for Students and the School’s Development Team to explore new funding opportunities for scholarships and new and existing programs, and in the preparation of grant proposals. Leadership of high level assessment of impact and use of these analyses for data-driven development of new and existing programs will also be expected. Contributions to scholarly publications, though not required for this position, may result from involvement in success initiatives within the Jacobs School of Engineering.

Expectations of the Academic Coordinator Series

At the University of California, Academic Coordinator titles are for appointees who administer academic programs that provide service closely related to the teaching or research mission of the University. While Academic Coordinator is an academic appointment, the Academic Coordinator does not confer membership in the Academic Senate. Academic Coordinators go through the review process for academic personnel on a periodic basis. The areas of review are: Coordination of Academic Programs, Professional Competence, and University and Public Service.

Policy related to this series may be found at: and


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Candidates must have a Master’s degree or higher in a field related to either education or engineering.

Preferred qualifications
  • Experience in academic program development & coordination
  • Experience in programs designed to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Demonstrated experience in leadership roles
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills to establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with students, faculty, and staff
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently
  • Exceptionally strong organizational skills
  • Experience in attracting extramural funds
  • Familiarity with the scholarly literature in student success programs

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Up to 2 pages describing your experience and vision for the position.

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Research - Suggested length: no more than 2 pages

  • Statement of Teaching - Suggested length: No more than 2 pages.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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Campus Information

The University of California, San Diego 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, covered veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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Job location

La Jolla, CA