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Dean of Extended, Professional, and Continuing Education

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: San Luis Obispo
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time
Position Description

California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), a distinguished public undergraduate and master’s level institution located in San Luis Obispo, California, seeks an innovative and collaborative leader to serve as the new dean of Extended, Professional and Continuing Education (EPaCE). The dean will join Cal Poly at a transformative time, working closely with the Office of the Provost and leadership within Academic Affairs to envision and enact a strategy to address the evolving market of extended, professional and continuing education. The dean will have the opportunity to create new programs and enhance the unit’s partnership across campus, especially within academic affairs. Building on the university’s unwavering commitment to student success, the dean will implement an innovative, student-focused academic experience and position the EPaCE unit at Cal Poly as a national and international leader in post-traditional and professional education.

As a unit within Academic Affairs, EPaCE is a leading provider of continuing education and training programs in San Luis Obispo County. EPaCE allows Cal Poly to extend the reach and impact of its Learn by Doing approach to education, advancing the university’s commitment to its community, meeting regional needs, and enriching the intellectual, civic, economic, and cultural life of the region and the state.

The dean of EPaCE has a remarkable opportunity to collaborate with fellow deans, department heads and chairs, and university, industry, and community leaders to identify and develop creative programming that enriches Cal Poly’s programs and broadens Cal Poly’s impact to meet the needs of a growing region and state. Cal Poly is committed to meeting these needs, expanding and thriving with a pioneering and entrepreneurial spirit, and the next dean of EPaCE will be an innovative and principled leader with a vision for the future of extended, professional and continuing education in the region, state, and beyond.


About EPaCE and the Role of the Dean

Cal Poly EPaCE provides access to Cal Poly and expands learning opportunities for individuals through a variety of academic and professional programs.

The dean of EPaCE oversees the development of EPaCE’s vision, mission, and programming as well as the effective management of the unit’s financials, business functions, operations, marketing strategies, and fiscal and human resources. The dean is responsible for fostering relationships with college deans, department heads/chairs, and faculty for curricular and program development; collaborating with university and community partners to develop and deliver programs in response to community needs; and providing oversight and management of academic programs in a variety of formats in cooperation with Academic Affairs. In addition, the dean provides leadership for the development and implementation of unit operating policies and procedures, ensures fiscal stability, and oversees the allocation of resources within the unit, including the development of the annual fiscal, program, and marketing plans, as well as the long-range strategic plan. The dean will establish and maintain a strong working relationship with leadership within the division of Academic Affairs and will bring a collaborative spirit and visionary leadership to EPaCE.

The dean oversees a team of 14 and an annual budget of approximately $6 million.


Qualifications and Characteristics

  • An earned doctorate or other terminal degree and established record of academic and management accomplishments.
  • A demonstrated commitment to Cal Poly’s mission of fostering teaching, scholarship, and service in an environment in which students, staff, and faculty are partners in discovery.
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The appointee will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Support, strengthen and invest in Cal Poly’s programs and planning under their set of responsibilities by collaboratively promoting best practices.
  • Serve as a strong advocate for maintaining and increasing high-quality programming.
  • Serve as a strong advocate for shared governance.
  • Serve as a strong advocate for student, faculty, and staff success.
  • Lead and enable groups of people to face challenges and achieve results in complex conditions.
  • Possess superior interpersonal and written/oral skills in communicating with campus and external constituents.
  • Represent the university effectively.
  • Possess qualities including integrity, transparency in decision-making, and an entrepreneurial spirit.


Applications, Inquiries, and Nominations

The search committee will review nominations and applications until the position is filled. However, to ensure full consideration, applicants are encouraged to submit materials by August 15, 2022.

To apply, visit to complete the required online Cal Poly Application. In addition, each applicant must provide as separate attachments to the online application a detailed curriculum vitae or resume, a cover letter, and a diversity statement. The cover letter should address the applicant’s qualifications and experience for this position, including a personal statement of the applicant’s views on academic administration, experiences with and views on leadership, and their management style.

Inquiries, nominations, and referrals may be sent via the Isaacson, Miller website for the search:


Cal Poly

Known for its Learn by Doing pedagogy, Cal Poly is the flagship of the world-renowned California State University system. Annually recognized as one of the top public universities in the nation, Cal Poly continues to offer an academic curriculum based on learned experience gained through real-world practice. Located in San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly is nestled comfortably among the coastal foothills, minutes from the Pacific Ocean and equidistant to the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

Diversity Statement

At Cal Poly, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.

Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. Cal Poly is an equal opportunity employer. 

Supplemental Information

Must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site for occasional professional development.

Must be able to work overtime, occasional holidays, and adjust working hours to meet special jobs. May be called back periodically to perform work as needed on an emergency basis.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Note: Cal Poly cannot deny an applicant a position solely or in part due to a criminal conviction history until it has performed an individualized assessment and linked the relevant conviction history with specific job duties in the position being sought.

Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to Cal Poly or individuals in the university community.

For health and well-being, Cal Poly is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community.

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at CSU Vaccination Policy and questions may be sent to

In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU related work outside of California.

This position is a "designated position" in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position is required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.

Full-time MPP employees are required to disclose outside employment at time of hire or within 30 days of taking additional outside employment subsequent to time of hire.

This position classification has been defined as "Exempt" and is not subject to the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

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