California State University, East Bay — Vice President for Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer

California State University, East Bay (Cal State East Bay) seeks an experienced and collaborative leader to serve as the Vice President for Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer (VPAF). The VPAF will be a transformative leader at Cal State East Bay at a pivotal moment, joining a new President as a key member of the leadership team as the university emerges from the pandemic and enters a new strategic planning process. The role of the VPAF is to effectively steward and invest the university’s resources to ensure the financial stability necessary to achieving its ambitious goals in support of student success.

Cal State East Bay is a comprehensive public university and one of 23 campuses in the California State University system. The university is noted for its excellence in applied education and the student learning experience, as well as the beauty of its campuses and proximity to all major Bay Area cities. Cal State East Bay offers rigorous coursework and research opportunities to more than 12,000 undergraduate students and over 2,000 graduate students, supported by approximately 900 faculty and 860 staff. The campus community benefits from an increasingly multicultural environment characteristic of urban and metropolitan universities and maintains a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and social justice.

Reporting to the President, and working in collaboration with the Executive Team, deans, faculty, students, and staff, the VPAF is responsible for overseeing all financial and administrative operations, including financial services, facilities, human resources and payroll, information technology services, risk management, university police, and athletics. The VPAF plays a major leadership role in advancing and enabling the University’s mission, through setting strategy and priorities, defining resource allocation, partnering effectively across campus, and building a culture of service, transparency, and compliance. To do so successfully, the VPAF will address a set of key opportunities and challenges, detailed in this document:

  • Partner across campus to ensure ongoing, sustainable financial success for Cal State East Bay
  • Build a culture of trust, mutual respect, and transparency within the Division of Administration & Finance and the University writ large
  • Maintain and enhance operations, leveraging technology and other innovations to improve administrative efficiency and value
  • Foster an environment wholly dedicated to student success and service excellence
  • Lead, empower, and support the Administration and Finance team

A list of the desired qualifications and characteristics of the VPAF can be found at the conclusion of this document, which was prepared with the assistance of Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm. It provides background information and details the key opportunities and challenges related to the position. All confidential applications, inquiries, and nominations should be directed to the parties listed at the conclusion of this document.

Applications, Inquiries, and Nominations

Cal State East Bay has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; for best consideration, please apply by January 9th, 2022. Complete applications will include a CV, cover letter, and statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. For more details and to submit inquiries, nominations, and applications, visit:

Cati Mitchell-Crossley, Hayden Lizotte, and Evan Layne
Isaacson, Miller
1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415.655.4900

EEO Policy Statement
California State University East Bay is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, genetic information, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, age, disability, covered veteran’s status or any other protected status.

Condition(s) of Employment
Satisfactory completion of a background check (including LiveScan, as appropriate), that may include, but is not limited to: criminal records check, verification of academic credentials, licenses, certificates, credit history, professional references and/or verification of work history is required for employment.

Cal State East Bay will issue a conditional offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Unsatisfactory results may also affect the continued employment of current Cal State East Bay employees who were conditionally offered the position. All background checks are conducted through the university’s third party vendor, Accurate.

LiveScan is conducted through the University Police Department.

Mandated Reporter
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 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.

CSU Vaccination Policy
CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to