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Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance/Chief Financial Officer

California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo

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Search for the Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, CA

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) seeks an experienced senior administrator with an excellent record of strategic leadership and operational management. The successful candidate will be inspiring, entrepreneurial, and have a collegial style. As the chief fiscal officer of the University, with executive responsibility for ensuring quality administrative and fiscal services, the Senior Vice President (SVP) reports directly to the university president for all matters related to the management and oversight of the business, operations and financial affairs of the university. The SVP is responsible for the implementation of all fiscal policies and regulations; the fiscal oversight of the university's auxiliary organizations (Cal Poly Corporation, Associated Students Inc. and Cal Poly Foundation); and developing and supporting a quality service orientation and ethic within their areas of responsibility. These areas of responsibility include: financial services, accounting and university budget and planning; campus-wide information technology services; contract and procurement services; real estate; capital project planning, design and construction; facility maintenance; internal audit; mail and distribution services; risk management; administrative compliance services; public safety (university police, emergency management and transportation services); the Cal Poly Corporation; and the Performing Arts Center. The SVP is responsible for ensuring the sustainability, waste reduction, and stewardship of the natural resources needed for the continued efficient operations of the Cal Poly campus including facilities, campus grounds, energy usage and construction, and facilitating student learn-by-doing opportunities that take advantage of the physical campus.

The SVP, in partnership with the president and executive vice president/provost, shares a major leadership role in defining resource allocation, developing priorities and strategies, and implementing campus-wide budget processes. As one of nine vice presidents, the SVP plays a key role in the development of university policy. The SVP represents and acts for the president on matters of established financial policy within the university and the California State University system, and they accept specific delegations and assignments requiring coordination at the senior administrative levels.

The SVP will join the Cal Poly community during a critical time of transition and expansion, with a prime opportunity to make a lasting impact on the Cal Poly campus, San Luis Obispo and Central Coast communities, and California State University system. Cal Poly has seen significant growth in applications and enrollment in recent years, with more and more students attracted to the polytechnic structure of the institution and the experiential Learn by Doing philosophy that powers its academic missions. To meet the needs of students and supporters, faculty, and staff, the university is developing new physical resources to accommodate living and learning for all community members. The campus is on a growth trajectory which will include a transition to Year-Round Operations in 2025, with the goal of extending Learn by Doing pedagogy to a growing student body by maximizing the value campus resources deliver to learners. Also on the horizon is the campus academic calendar transition from quarters to semesters, set to begin in 2026. Leading a talented team of professionals, the SVP will provide critical strategic leadership for financial and administrative operations as Cal Poly further evolves its position as the preeminent campus of the California State University system and seeks creative, yet undiscovered ways to invest in the teaching and learning missions for all students. In working to achieve these goals, the SVP will address the following key opportunities and challenges:
  • Provide outstanding counsel and guidance to senior administration in advancing Cal Poly's vision and mission.
  • Enable the academic budget process by providing advice, education, and facilitation.
  • Orchestrate funding for major planning projects and new services.
  • Establish and bolster an office for efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Play a leading role in outreach to the city, county, Central Coast region, and state regarding relevant financial and planning initiatives and strategy.
  • Lead a complex administrative and financial organization in an era of change.
The anticipated salary range for this position is $300,000-$360,000 annually. Note that the offer is calculated based on the background and relevant years of experience of the individual selected. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Applications must be submitted through the Cal Poly portal for the search at Each applicant must provide as separate attachments to the online application a detailed curriculum vitae or resume, a cover letter, and a statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and copies of applications can also be sent via the Isaacson, Miller website for the search:

David Bellshaw, Evan Layne, and Nancy Pan
Isaacson, Miller
100 Sansome Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94111

At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 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. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

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