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Vice President for Business and Finance

California State University, Chico

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California State University, Chico
Vice President for Business and Finance

California State University, Chico (Chico State) invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice President for Business and Finance (VPBF). The VPBF serves as the chief business officer and chief financial officer for the University. Reporting to President Steve Perez (appointed the University's 13th president in July 2023),the VPBF will be a dynamic, innovative, collaborative, transparent, and experienced leader.

The successful candidate will have a track record of 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 lead staff through organizational change. The incumbent will appreciate the academic mission, approach tasks with a “people” orientation, and possess exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.

Required Qualifications

1. Advanced degree (or equivalent combination of education and experience) in business, administration, or a related field.
2. Five years of experience in budget and administration in higher education, government, or comparable organization.
3. Experience overseeing multi-disciplinary operational units in a complex organization.
4. Ability to effectively establish and maintain cooperative working relationships within a diverse, multicultural environment.

Preferred Critical Attributes

1. Demonstrated ability to see the big picture and relate business affairs strategies and resources to the University's mission and strategic plan.
2. An unquestionable personal code of ethics (possess qualities such as wisdom, integrity, optimism, inclusiveness, and sound judgment).
3. A transparent management style that fosters collegiality and teamwork.
4. Demonstrated ability to model exceptional leadership for colleagues and hold others accountable to the same standards.
5. Experience with data-informed assessment for decision-making and improving business processes.
6. Demonstrated appreciation for the principles of academic freedom and shared governance.
7. Exceptional interpersonal, communication, and conflict resolution skills.
8. 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, contracting and purchasing services, and in other areas reporting to this role.
9. Experience in higher education.
10. Ability to communicate a vision for the future of the Division of Business and Finance.
11. Demonstrated competence/knowledge in a collective bargaining environment.
12. Commitment to diversity demonstrated by leadership, active planning, allocation of resources, and accountability.
13. Experience with Public-Private Partnership (P3).

Complete details regarding this opportunity (including compensation) can be found in the position profile on the Academic Search website.


Review of applications will begin in late January and continue until the position is filled. However, only complete applications received by February 26, 2024, can be assured full consideration. Applicants should submit a complete and current resume or curriculum vitae, as well as names, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of up to five references. (No references will be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate.) A cover letter of interest should indicate how the applicant's qualifications relate to each of the required qualifications, as well as the preferred 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 Nominations and requests for confidential conversations may be sent to senior consultants Stacey Morgan Foster at and Mary E. Kennard at

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