Vice President & Chief Financial Officer (Administrator IV) - Administration and Finance (499276)

  • Cal State University (CSU) San Francisco
  • San Francisco, California
  • Mar 02, 2021
Full Time Accounting and Finance Administration and Management

Job Description


Working Title

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

SF State University

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


Administration and Finance

Administrator Level

This is an Administrator IV position in the California State University Management Personnel Plan (MPP), reporting to the President.


Full-Time (1.0)

Anticipated Hiring Range

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Position Summary

SF State seeks an innovative and service-oriented financial leader with an entrepreneurial spirit to manage, advance, and strengthen the campus' resources and provide creative solutions to administrative challenges and campus-wide projects with the ultimate goal of student success. The ideal candidate will possess a proven track record of leading and managing a similarly sized and complex portfolio of budget, financial, and administrative responsibilities, preferably within a higher education institution and a collective bargaining environment. The incoming VPAF should be a strong communicator with superb change management skills and possess a collaborative leadership style with integrity and values consistent with the California State University System, its mission and its focus on student success.

Reporting directly to the President, the Vice President for Administration & Finance (VPAF) serves as the Chief Financial Officer, is a member of the President's Cabinet, and works closely with all university leadership to strategically and operationally advance the administrative and financial position and functions of the University. The Vice President for Administration and Finance's division supports and advances the mission of the University by providing vision, leadership, and excellent stewardship of human, physical, and fiscal resources. The VPAF must be comfortable working transparently in partnership with the President, other administrative leaders, staff, faculty, the Chancellor's Office and members of the Board of Trustees in an environment that utilizes, respects, and values shared governance and collaboration. Functional areas reporting directly to the VPAF includes approximately 500 employees in eight units: Audit & Advisory Services, Budget Administration & Operations, Business Operations, Fiscal Affairs, Housing, Dining & Conference Services, Human Resources, Facilities Services and Information Technology Services. The VPAF has financial oversight over all campus units, including overseeing an operating budget of approximately $555 million and a capital budget of $172 million which includes three auxiliary organizations.

The ideal candidate will have related professional financial and/or administrative experience that demonstrates progressive responsibility and evidence of strategic leadership. Applicable higher education senior financial/administrative management experience is highly desirable. This innovative and tactical thinker will possess sound technical skills and knowledge of all aspects of business affairs including accounting, funds management, and the functions and principles of management; capital project and bond financing experience is a plus. The successful candidate will espouse principals based on integrity, honesty, sincerity and compassion, along with a commitment to academically excellent, student-centered education in a culturally-diverse urban environment. Effective leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills are required along with a collaborative nature to support team building and effective relationships across organizational lines. A master's degree in business, accounting, finance or in a closely related field is strongly preferred. Compensation is commensurate with experience and includes competitive base salary and benefits.

San Francisco State is a large comprehensive urban university located in an unusually vibrant and beautiful city with a rich intellectual and cultural life. The university has distinguished itself as an active center of academic scholarship, creative innovation, and civic involvement. Through its six academic colleges, San Francisco State offers undergraduate and graduate instruction for professional and technical careers as well as a broad liberal arts education. San Francisco State is a culturally diverse campus that is part of the 23-campus California State University system. San Francisco State offers: bachelor's degrees in 77 academic areas with an additional 48 areas of concentration, master's degrees in 63 academic areas with an additional 41 areas of concentration, along with 16 credential programs and 42 undergraduate and graduate certificate programs. In addition, San Francisco State offers a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D) in Educational Leadership, Ph.D. in education, with a concentration in special education jointly with UC Berkeley; and a joint Master of Science in Physical Therapy leading to a clinical doctoral degree (D.P.T.) and a research doctorate for licensed physical therapists (DPTS) jointly with UC San Francisco.

SF State has always been an engaged campus, with a proud historical commitment to social justice, academic innovation, and inclusive excellence, but we're now undertaking an ambitious effort to grow, deepen, and affirm our identity as "the City's university" for San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area. SF State is surrounded by robust private, non-profit, and public sectors that are home to the country's leading technology companies, top-tier cultural institutions, legacy-making advocacy organizations - all of which are populated by legions of the university's alumni and friends.

SF State has long stood for bold approaches to advancing social justice, socio-economic mobility, entrepreneurial leadership, and creative innovation. With an undergraduate population that is 82% students of color and 31% the first in their families to go to college, we are proud to serve and to graduate students who are equipped to be the leaders, creatives, and innovators called for by these extraordinary times in which we live.

Core Competencies

  • Demonstrated history of creating and supporting a workplace committed to collaboration, teamwork, diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Effective communication skills across a variety of venues
  • Customer/Client focus with an emphasis in problem solving and resolution.
  • Personal effectiveness and credibility as demonstrated by interpersonal and professional confidence.

Position Information

The Vice President for Administration & Finance will:

  • work closely with the President and senior administrative officers to develop the University's strategic financial plan including enrollment, operating and capital forecasts;
  • advise the President on the development of financial and administrative policies based upon best practices and in support of the University's goals and objectives;
  • plan, prepare, and monitor budgets including operating, cash flow and capital budgets, as well as cash planning that ensures the University complies with and exceeds standards set by the California State University (CSU) and the State of California;
  • direct and coordinate the development and implementation of a comprehensive and integrated program of administration for all aspects of business affairs in a complex unit with a varied and diverse composition;
  • create and implement sound policies relevant to complex business practices;
  • provide leadership and direction to the division and to the campus community on issues related to employee health, occupational safety, human resources and employee development, procurement, facilities services, audit and compliance, and information technology;
  • provide accurate and timely data and analysis consistently throughout the year for strategic decision-making. Develop long-range plans, evaluate alternate scenarios/projections and recommend/implement actions to enhance the University's fulfillment of its mission;
  • oversee development, implementation and maintenance of the financial accounting system, and monthly financial reports;
  • oversee all University fiscal operations. Implement sound fiscal policy and procedures to facilitate cash planning, cash flow management and liquidity. Work with University banks and implement appropriate banking services, procedures, and controls;
  • oversee negotiations and approve all University contracts and agreements. Work with University counsel on complex legal, regulatory and compliance issues. Work with insurance brokers and risk consultants to maintain appropriate insurance coverages and implement sound risk management policies to include employee benefits and property liability coverage;
  • work closely with fiscal and administrative units, as well as with the Chancellor's Office of the CSU to ensure the University's financial health;
  • manage the VPAF Cabinet team consistent with University personnel policies;
  • encourage collaboration, enhance professionalism and professional development, and lead performance management initiatives in the areas of business, finance, and administrative effectiveness;
  • represent the university at California Association of Business Officers (CABO) and other CSU system-wide committees and initiatives; and
  • travel as required (25% plus and primarily in California).

Minimum Qualifications

  • A bachelor's degree is required in addition to substantially progressive responsible work experience in the administration of university support functions, including robust experience leading and/or supervising the work of others; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A master's degree in business, finance or a related field is preferred. 10 -15 years of work experience in an academic setting, ideally for public higher education, with an understanding of leadership in a collective bargaining environment. Licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and/or Charter Financial Analyst (CFA).

Pre-Employment Requirements

This position requires the successful completion of a background check.

Eligibility to Work

Applicants must be able to provide proof of US Citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, within three business days from their date of hire.


Threaded through our Total Compensation package is a commitment to Bridging Life's Transitions. SF State is committed to providing our employees with a comprehensive program that rewards efforts that are appreciated by your colleagues, students and the customers we serve.

We offer a competitive compensation package that includes Medical, Dental, Vision, Pension, 401k, Healthcare Savings Account, Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, Vacation and Sick Leave as well as State Holidays and a dynamic Fee Waiver program, all geared towards the University's commitment to attract, motivate and retain our employees.

Additional Information


The Human Resources office is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and can be reached at (415) 338-1872.

Application Deadline

For fullest consideration, application materials should be received by March 31, 2021.

Closing Date/Time: March 1, 2022

Job Address

San Francisco, California 94132 United States View Map