CFO & Vice President for Finance & Administration
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Founded in 1901, Golden Gate University (GGU) serves as a pioneer of adult education, delivering undergraduate- and graduate-level programs in professional fields such as business and management, accounting, taxation, and law. Located in the heart of downtown San Francisco, the surrounding environs have provided a unique opportunity to collaboratively develop market-responsive programs that equip students for career advancement by providing them with skills that are immediately applicable in rapidly evolving industries. Lauded in a New York Times’ editorial as “a model for how other institutions can adapt to the newer, older face of American college students”, GGU is a nonprofit institution accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC); the Law School holds accreditations from the American Bar Association, the Association of American Law Schools and The State Bar of California. GGU enrolls approximately 3,800 undergraduate, graduate, and law students. About 95% of students are 25 years or older, with the average student aged 34. There are approximately 70 full and part time faculty members. Golden Gate University’s annual budget is approximately $51M.
The CFO will partner with GGU’s president and senior leadership team to help propel forward strategic initiatives aimed at making GGU a model for higher education through leveraging opportunities afforded by residing at the center of one of the world’s most dynamic regional economies. The CFO will contribute to GGU’s success in a variety of ways, including:
- Collaborating with other senior leaders to develop and execute strategic initiatives that must rapidly adapt to changing circumstances
- Telling GGU’s constantly evolving financial “story” in a manner that is informative and accessible to all stakeholders
- Promoting a culture of collaboration and innovation across the University
- The Vice President for Finance & Administration serves as the University’s Chief Financial Officer, reporting directly to the President with responsibility for financial planning and operations, capital and debt management, cash-flow optimization, risk management, human resources management, information technology infrastructure and services, facilities development and operations, public safety/security, and auxiliary services. S/he serves as the university’s Treasurer and as liaison to the Investment; Finance and Operations; Audit Committees; and the Real Estate Task Force of the Board of Trustees. The CFO/VPFA is a member of the President’s senior leadership team, and is a key contributor to the development and achievement of the University’s strategic and operational goals.