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Dominguez Hills

Job Title:
VP Administration & Finance/Chief Financial Officer

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Date Posted:
October 30, 2013

Closing Date:
Open until filled

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California State University, Dominguez Hills is committed to improving the lives of our students and enhancing the economic and social well-being of our community, the state, and the region.

Under the leadership of newly appointed President, Dr. Willie J. Hagan, we are implementing multi-year faculty and staff hiring plans, increasing our investment in best practices to increase student success, enhancing faculty and staff professional development, investing in critical information technology and classroom infrastructure upgrades, strengthening our research and fundraising capacity, expanding learning outcomes assessment, aggressively pursuing increased external engagement, public private partnerships, gifts and donations, research and other grants. Our goal is to become a national laboratory and model for student academic success. A strategic and collaborative Vice President for Administration and Finance/Chief Financial Officer is central to these efforts.

Reporting to the University President, the Vice President for Administration and Finance/Chief Financial Officer (VPAF/CFO) is a member of the President’s Cabinet and serves as the chief administrator and advisor to the President on university financial and administrative matters.

The VPAF/CFO oversees management and operation of the 346-acre campus, establishes and administers effective human resource policies and practices for university managers and staff, and manages an annual university operating budget of $168 million and a university endowment of approximately $12.5 million. Additionally, the VPAF/CFO fosters strong relationships with other senior leaders and campus constituents; works consultatively and collaboratively within the campus community and with external agencies to identify new and existing resources to advance university priorities; and serves as the primary liaison to the CSU system administration, government agencies, and other entities regarding university fiscal and administrative matters.

In support of these efforts, the VPUA fosters and leads a highly productive administration and finance division. Areas of administrative oversight include: budget planning and administration, financial management, human resources management, payroll, physical plant, facilities planning and construction, university police, and administrative oversight of the University Foundation, an independent 501c3 auxiliary organization responsible for commercial operations such as the bookstore, food services, and grant and contract administration.

Financial Management

Serves and the chief administrator responsible for ensuring sound financial management of the university, including financial planning, budgeting, financial and cost accounting and reporting, contracting and purchasing, fiscal controls, investments, debt management, insurance and risk management, capital construction, and real estate management.
Serves as a liaison between the Federal, State and Chancellor's Office auditors and the campus and assures sound fiscal and administrative control practices.
Advises the President, other university administrators and academic and administrative leaders on matters concerning financial policies and procedures.
Provides transparent, user friendly budget reports and financial information and actively engages the university constituents in budget town halls and other meetings and discussions regarding university financial matters.
Develops and implements effective capital and facility financial plans and strategies, including actively pursuing and advocating for state bond funding via the CO and initiating and developing effective win-win partnerships with private and other public entities.


Oversees university space allocation and facilities planning, design, construction, and maintenance of campus buildings and other facilities.
Guides and administers campus personnel management, including development and implementation of effective human resources policies, practices and services fostering a high performance culture and a superior workforce.
Oversees a highly effective university police operation responsible for assuring a safe and secure campus environment
Provides administrative oversight of the University Foundation, an independent 501c3 auxiliary organization responsible for commercial operations such as the bookstore, food services, and grant and contract administration.

Division Leadership

Leads an effective and productive division of Administration and Finance. Oversees the recruitment, management, training, retention, and evaluation of highly qualified professional and support staff. Supports and fosters staff success, develops a strong sense of team and cross-department and divisional collaboration, and establishes an environment of mentoring, accountability, and support.
Oversees division and department strategic plans aligned with the university strategic plan and coordinates assessment, development, and enhancement of effective fiscal and administrative and policies, procedures, and services established and implemented in consultation with division managers and staff. Actively engages university constituents in providing feedback on business and administrative operations and incorporates input from constituents in developing and implementing changes and enhancements as necessary.
Serves as a liaison to various internal and external groups including AEG/the Stub Hub Center, CSU system wide organizations such as the Chief Administrative Business Officers, and the City of Carson.

A master’s degree or equivalent in business administration, public policy or related field from an accredited institution.
A minimum of five years higher education financial/administrative senior leadership experience.
Proven track record of effective financial planning and budget leadership in a higher education environment.
Demonstrated experience building and maintaining successful relationships and working effectively in a highly collaborative leadership team.
Proactive creative problem solver and demonstrated experience thinking outside the box.
Superior communications skills including the ability to tactfully communicate both bad and good news.
Substantial knowledge of facilities planning, design and construction.
Understanding of federal and state laws and requirements that govern university financial and administrative operations.
Demonstrated successful experience managing and motivating staff and building and leading a high performing team, including superior leadership, supervision and staff development skills.
A strong sense of ethics and sound judgment and decision-making.
Excellent presentation, speaking and writing skills and intrapersonal skills.
Ability to anticipate, plan, and implement improvements and changes in operations and services as necessary.
Demonstrated evidence and strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in a multicultural environment.
Deep understanding of and appreciation of the academic sector.

Experience working in a financial or administrative capacity at a regional public comprehensive institution.
Familiarity with California public higher education, California legislative affairs, and in interacting with legislators and state higher education advisory/regulatory agencies.
Demonstrated experience partnering with private or public entities to enhance university facilities, operations or services.

California State University Dominguez Hills offers a comprehensive and attractive benefits program to its employees. Further information on benefits offered can be found at http://www4.csudh.edu/hr/salary-benefits/

Upon appointment, the applicant must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.
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.

Must be able to pass a Live Scan (fingerprinting) background check as a requirement of employment.

Possession of a valid Driver's License is required. Employees in this position will be enrolled in the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Government Employer Pull Notice Program which confirms possession of a valid driver's license and reflects driving record.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, a current C.V., and the names and contact information for three references to the mailing address or email identified below. This position will remain open until filled.

Application materials may be sent via postal mail to the address below or via email to

Office of the President
CSU Dominguez Hills
1000 E. Victoria St.
Carson, CA 90747
Attention: Chair, VP for Admin and Finance/CFO Search Committee

About CSU, Dominguez Hills
CSU Dominguez Hills, an urban university in the twenty-three campus California State University system, is located in Carson, in the South Bay region of Los Angeles County. Its 346-acre park-like campus is situated in the historic Rancho San Pedro, the oldest Spanish land grant in the Los Angeles area. The campus is strategically located in the heart of a major technological, industrial, and transportation complex in Southern California. The area includes the massive Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach—Southern California’s gateway to international commerce. Cultural, performance, and sports venues in downtown Los Angeles are about fifteen minutes away and the South Bay beach communities are a few minutes away to the west and south. The StubHub Sports Center, a 125-acre sports center developed by AEG and home to Major League Soccer’s L.A. Galaxy and Chivas USA, is located on the CSUDH campus.

With an enrollment exceeding 14,000 students, CSUDH is a federally recognized Minority-Serving Institution as well as a Hispanic Serving Institution and is among the most ethnically diverse universities in the nation: 45% Hispanic, 23% African American, 17% White, and 12% Asian/Pacific Islanders.

CSUDH is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and offers 45 baccalaureate degrees, 24 master’s degrees, and a number of certificate and credential programs. While continuing to emphasize the liberal arts and sciences, the university offers professional programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Eleven programs hold accreditations from national professional associations: business administration, clinical sciences, computer science, education, health science, music, nursing, occupational therapy, public administration, special education, and theatre arts. The university is known for excellence in teacher education, nursing, psychology, business administration, and digital media arts. CSUDH is also a national leader in distance education, with ten academic degree programs and seven certificate programs offered online.

CSU Dominguez Hills is an Equal Opportunity/ADA Employer