Vice President for Business and Finance, CFO

Jul 16, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


California State University, Chico

Vice President for Business and Finance, CFO

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Vice President for Business and Finance, CFO
California State University, Chico

invites applications and nominations for an innovative and transformative leader to serve in the role of Vice President for Business and Finance, enhance our mission and goals, and further the University's reputation as an exemplary institution. The Vice President for Business and Finance is the chief business officer and chief financial officer managing a $225 million operating budget and reporting directly to the President.

The Division of Business and Finance operates ten departments in support of the CSU, Chico campus, which serves more than 17,000 students in a residential environment. The division encompasses many areas, from maintenance of the beautiful campus grounds and ensuring safety, to overseeing capital improvements, and providing financial management and transparency. The division has more than 330 staff members and a budget of over $25 million.

The successful candidate will be a dynamic, innovative, collaborative, and experienced leader with a track record of progressive management success in a university or similarly complex setting; planning, resource development and project management skills; experience dealing with governing boards and municipalities; and experience managing a variety of campus operation functions. In addition, the Vice President will demonstrate the capacity to inspire staff to serve with excellence, to be an effective problem solver within a complex organization, and lead staff through organizational change, including delivery of the finalized campus master plan which is currently being updated.

The incumbent embraces the mission of Academic Affairs, Students Affairs, and Advancement; approaches tasks with a “people” orientation; demonstrates commitment to inclusivity and diversity; and possesses exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.

The Vice President for Business and Finance is responsible for providing creative vision, leadership, and management of the financial and business functions in support of the University's academic mission; maintaining open lines of communication and seeking to thoroughly understand diverse points of view; providing appropriate opportunity for input; and making decisions that align the goals of the University. Responsibilities include:



  • Promoting the financial well-being of the University by providing budget management, exercising executive control over University budgets, and safeguarding all financial assets of the University and auxiliaries
  • Overseeing Financial Services, Human Resources, labor relations, University Budget, Audit, University Police, Title IX/Clery, Business Information Technology Systems, Environmental Health and Safety, Facilities Management and Services which includes capital planning, design and construction, Risk Management and Business Services
  • Minimizing liability to the University by ensuring compliance of governing regulations and addressing risk management issues
  • Marshalling necessary financial resources to implement mission and vision, utilizing data to assess progress and determine direction
  • Working cooperatively with the President and Cabinet as a productive team
  • Supporting the leadership team by hiring individuals who align with the University mission, providing timely and direct feedback, creating opportunity for personal and professional development, providing incentives for high performance, and ensuring success
  • Articulating, regularly updating, and implementing a strategic plan for Business and Finance which aligns with the University's strategic plan
  • Participating in shared governance across the University including students, staff, and faculty, and applying University policies and procedures
  • Ensuring the University's commitment to its values and mission, including diversity and inclusion and sustainability, as evidenced by creative and effective initiatives
  • Programming that models inclusiveness and community involvement both within and outside of the University
  • Fostering an environment of collegiality, support, and mutual trust
  • Collaborating with University Advancement to source new partnerships with public and private entities to create new opportunities for revenue generation
  • Supporting the philanthropic efforts of the University
  • Serving as the campus emergency executive with overall responsibility for campus-wide emergency management planning and executive of the campus plan

    Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Experience in senior financial leadership in higher education, government, or comparable organization
  • Experience overseeing multi-disciplinary operational units in a complex organization

    Preferred Experience and Attributes:
  • Experience in and understanding of higher education at a senior level within a university setting
  • Advanced degree and/or professional certification preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to see the big picture and relate business affairs strategies and resources to the university's mission and strategic plan
  • Demonstrated commitment to ethical leadership; possession of qualities such as wisdom, integrity, optimism, inclusiveness, self-reflection, and sound judgment
  • A transparent management style that fosters collegiality and teamwork
  • Experience modeling exceptional leadership for colleagues and holds others accountable for the same standards
  • Experience collaborating with other divisions to innovate and problem solve
  • Experience with data-driven assessment for decision-making and improving business processes
  • Demonstrated appreciation for the principles of academic freedom and shared governance
  • Exceptional interpersonal, communication and conflict resolution skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in the strategic leadership of budget development and management, capital planning, facilities management, safety/security, real estate acquisition and development, risk management, human resources, and contracting and purchasing services and in other areas reporting to this role
  • Ability to communicate a vision for the future of Business and Finance
  • Demonstrated competence/knowledge in a collective bargaining environment
  • Commitment to diversity demonstrated by leadership, active planning, allocation of resources, and accountability
  • Experience with fundraising and Public-Private Partnerships (P3)

    The University California State University, Chico, a funded Hispanic Serving Institution, is one of the most highly ranked regional public universities in the West and one of the most popular within the California State University 23 campus system. Chico State, which started as a Normal School in 1887, now has 17,000 students, 7 colleges, and 70 undergraduate and 35 graduate degrees. Chico State provides students a Northern California small-college-town, residential campus experience that rivals many private universities. The campus emphasizes and fosters sustainability, service to the community, and civic engagement that transforms student learning and enhances the local and extended environment. Over 135,000 alumni have achieved distinction as graduates. Corporate and alumni development plans are fully implemented, and the Wildcats NCAA II athletic teams routinely compete for national championships.

    As a university that educates students of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds, we value a diverse faculty, staff, and administration and seek to create as diverse a pool of candidates as possible. The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status.

    Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, only complete applications received by September 7 can be assured full consideration. As a condition of employment, persons will have to submit to a confidential background check and submit official, sealed transcripts. All information obtained will be strictly confidential.

    Applications/Nominations: Applicants should submit a complete and current curriculum vitae or resume, as well as names, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of up to five references. A cover letter of interest should indicate how the applicant's qualifications relate to each of the required qualifications, as well as the preferred experiences and attributes of the position. Applicants should succinctly articulate their administrative philosophy and the role of the Division of Business and Finance in public higher education. This search is being assisted by Academic Search and applications should be sent electronically to [email protected]. Nominations and requests for confidential conversations may be sent to senior consultant Jessica Kozloff at [email protected].

    California State University, Chico employs only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. California State University, Chico is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, Americans with Disabilities Act employer.

    An annual security report disclosing crime statistics for California State University, Chico can be obtained by contacting the California State University Police Department (530) 898-5555 or by accessing the following web site:

    Additional information about the University is available at:

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    California State University, Chico employs only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. California State University, Chico is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, Americans with Disabilities Act employer. An annual security report disclosing crime statistics for California State University, Chico can be obtained by contacting the California State University Police Department (530) 898-5555 or by accessing the following web site:



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