The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer (VC/CFO). The VC/CFO is the senior campus official responsible for leading UCLA’s financial planning and operations. He/she serves as the principal advisor to the chancellor, executive vice chancellor and provost, and other senior campus leaders on a broad range of issues including strategic initiatives and programs; academic and budgetary planning; and allocation of campus funding, faculty, staff, space and development resources. Organizations reporting directly to the VC/CFO include: Academic Planning and Budget (budget operations, program analysis, institutional research); Capital Programs (planning, design, construction, finance); Corporate Financial Services (accounting, procurement, payables, treasury, payroll, tax, payment systems); Campus Services Enterprises (real estate, off-campus office properties, insurance and risk management); and Administrative Policies. In addition to these operating units, the VC/CFO has functional responsibilities for overall asset and debt strategy, oversight of UCLA’s investments with the UC Regents and UCLA Foundation, and oversight of major IT initiatives. The VC/CFO serves in an ex-officio role on the boards of the UCLA Foundation and the UCLA Investment Company, and serves on other external boards at the request of the chancellor.
Reporting directly to the chancellor and executive vice chancellor and provost, the VC/CFO serves as a member of the Chancellor’s Executive Committee, Council of Vice Chancellors and other key internal committees. He/she forges key relationships with other senior administrators, academic leadership, leadership of the UCLA Health enterprise, faculty, students and UCLA supporters and volunteers. A key partner is the administrative vice chancellor, who is responsible for the Business Transformation Office; Campus Human Resources; Central Ticket Office; Environment, Health & Safety; Events & Transportation; Facilities Management; Housing & Hospitality Services; Information Technology Services; and the UCLA Police Department. Externally, the VC/CFO interacts regularly with senior officials in the UC Office of the President; the UC Board of Regents; officials at other UC campuses and peer higher education institutions; federal, state and local government officials; and members of business, labor and civic organizations.
UCLA seeks a dynamic and innovative VC/CFO with a unique combination of leadership skills and the ability to plan and direct a complex set of administrative and support services advancing UCLA’s mission. Candidates must demonstrate vision, creativity and collaborative and managerial acumen, along with a strong commitment to UCLA’s public mission. Ideal candidates will have substantial financial leadership experience; strong visibility within the higher education community; knowledge of local, federal, state and university policies and procedures; familiarity with transformative trends in the field; aptitude and creativity to work within complex financial constraints and an increasing regulatory environment; a keen ability to make high-impact business decisions with positive long-term consequences for the university; and the capacity to exercise leadership at local, state and national levels. Preferred qualifications include 10 to 15 years of increasingly responsible experience with a proven track record in strategic administrative and operational leadership of a major organization; comprehensive and thorough understanding of all elements of financial management, including strategy and business planning; an advanced degree; a record of advancing diversity; proven success in — or aptitude for — external relations; and a record of success in developing effective relationships with and among campus, business, government and community organizations.
Situated on 419 acres, five miles from the Pacific Ocean, UCLA is enriched by the cultural diversity of the dynamic greater Los Angeles area, as well as the geographic advantages of Southern California. One of the world’s preeminent public research universities, UCLA is an international leader in breadth and quality of academic, research, health care, wellness, cultural, continuing education and athletic programs, with more than 4,000 faculty members who teach approximately 45,000 students in the College of Letters and Science and 12 professional schools. UCLA is consistently ranked among the top institutions nationally for research funding, and has averaged nearly $1 billion annually in competitively-awarded research grants and contracts since 2010.
Confidential review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. To be ensured full consideration, please email a letter of interest and resume to UCLA’s Korn Ferry search consultants at UCLACFO@kornferry.com by Monday, April 9, 2018.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.