California State University, Dominguez Hills Foundation — Executive Director

Founded in 1960, California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH or CSU Dominguez Hills) is a member of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system. Located in the city of Carson, 13 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, the University had a total enrollment of 17,027 students in the fall of 2019, comprising 15,224 undergraduates and 1,803 graduate and post-baccalaureate students. CSU Dominguez Hills is one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the western United States, with nearly 60 percent of the student population identifying as the first in their families to go to college. The University enrolls the largest number and percentage of African American students of any CSU campus and is consistently ranked nationally as a top degree producer. CSUDH ranked 33rd on the US News and World Report 2020 list of “top public schools” among Western Regional Universities. The CSUDH Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation and an auxiliary arm of CSU Dominguez Hills that aims to support the University’s ever-expanding educational mission and objectives through the development of innovative programs and proven revenue-generating strategies.

The Position
The executive director is the senior manager of the Foundation reporting to the CSUDH vice president for administration and finance/CFO and working in close collaboration and consultation with the Foundation Board of Directors and the University President to advance the needs of the University. The executive director will be an innovative and entrepreneurial professional responsible for the overall strategic planning, revenue generation, financial management, organizational development, leadership, and management of the Foundation.

The executive director, in leading the work of the Foundation, directs the units and operations of: accounting, payroll, purchasing, and other business services for federal, state and private grants and contracts; operations in financial and gift account management for the CSU Dominguez Hills Philanthropic Foundation; dining, bookstore and other retail operations; the infant/toddler development center; various contracts for internal university services, external usage of CSUDH facilities and public/private land development; and business services for Associated Students and Loker Student Union. With an annual operating budget of $5- 7 million, the executive director oversees a team of approximately 35 full-time, and 20 part-time staff members. The Foundation also employs approximately 80 student staff members within the dining operations.

A bachelor’s degree is required while a master’s degree in business or a closely related field is preferred. Equivalent years of work experience in a related field may be substituted for educational requirements. Ten years of progressively responsible administrative management is required, with a minimum of five years in a senior-level position in public and/or non-profit entities.

The search committee is particularly interested in candidates with outstanding business acumen, demonstrated experience and a record of success in one or more of the functional areas that are part of the Foundation’s portfolio of services– management and administration of multiple and varied contracts; federal, state and private funding agency grant and contract development and administration; retail and commercial business operations and management in a complex multi-unit program; and public/private real estate development and management. Experience in developing and managing advisory or governing boards is critical to the success of the executive director, as is knowledge of business and finance functions in a complex higher education environment. Comprehensive, hands-on experience with budget development, cost accounting, and fiscal policy will be important attributes for the new executive director.

Application and Nomination
Review of applications will begin Monday, August 31, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Michel Frendian at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Visit the California State University, Dominguez Hills Foundation web site at
Visit the California State University, Dominguez Hills website at

The California State University, Dominguez Hills Foundation is an equal employment opportunity employer, and is strongly committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce. The CSUDH Foundation considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status. Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may call the Human Resources Office at (310) 243-2373.