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California State University, Chico
  • Position Number: 1165554
  • Location: Chico, CA
  • Position Type: Executive - Other Executive

Executive Director

California State University, Chico Research Foundation
invites applications and nominations for the position of Executive Director for the Research Foundation. The Executive Director reports directly to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, collaborates closely with the Board of Directors, the Vice Presidents of Business and Finance and Advancement, and supports the mission, values, and priorities of the Academic Plan within the context of the University's Strategic Plan for the Future.

As a non-profit self-supporting 501(c) (3) auxiliary organization of CSU, Chico, the Research Foundation supports the entrepreneurial arm of the University. The Research Foundation Executive Director provides leadership in enacting a collaborative vision that ensures the service to campus units is executed responsibly to meet the institutional needs. The Research Foundation supports the administration of over 500 grants, contracts, and programs with annual revenues of about $50 million between both the Research and University Foundations. The Research Foundation provides contracted financial and administrative services to the University Foundation, which is Chico State's philanthropic organization. The Research Foundation employs approximately 190 benefited employees along with roughly 500 part-time and student employees through the various externally funded projects. The Research Foundation Administrative team includes Finance, Human Resources, and Information Technology staff all under the supervision of the Executive Director.

Position Description
The Executive Director is responsible for providing leadership and vision for a wide range of auxiliary operations, which support the University's mission. The Executive Director shall establish the Research Foundation as a modern service organization that effectively supports its clients and collaborates well with other administrative units. The Executive Director develops and implements policies and strategies to ensure the continued financial strength of the CSU, Chico Research Foundation, streamlines practices, builds strong teams, and facilitates collaborative relationships within and between units.
The Executive Director for the Research Foundation duties and responsibilities:
  • Responsible for the leadership and management of the Research Foundation Administration team. Leads staff in the development and implementation of short- and long-range plans and other activities that align the Research Foundation with the University's vision and mission.
  • Oversees the management of the organization, including the development of the annual budget for Board approval, and prudently manages the organization's resources within budget guidelines according to Research Foundation and CSU policies, current bylaws, and regulations.
  • Coordinates all activities pertaining to Board of Director meetings, including the development of present and future plans to support the University.
  • Supports operations and administration of the Board of Directors by advising and informing Board members,
    interfacing between the Board, staff, and the University, and supporting the Board's oversight of the organization.
  • Facilitates property acquisitions and management services for the University to meet its mission.
  • Oversees the full range of administrative and business support services to grants, Centers, and other
    projects/departments of the University as needed.
  • Oversees the development, implementation, and fiscal management of Research Foundation operations while
    providing a fresh perspective that assists in innovation and trends that effectively serve its customers.
  • Takes a leadership role in combination with multiple constituencies and diverse groups of people to create a shared vision that is aligned with the University's mission.
  • Communicates with and provides information, advice and counsel to the Board of Directors and its committees in the creation of policies, programs, and strategic direction of the organization.
  • Maintains official records and documents and ensures compliance with federal, state, and local laws and
  • Provides Research Foundation Administrative Directors with the resources and support to ensure best practice, compliance, and empowerment for their Finance, Human Resources, and Information Technology teams.
  • Maintains effective risk management/insurance programs.
  • Works collaboratively with, and provides support to, the Associate Vice President of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to accomplish mission, ensure accountability, and foster efficiency in all endeavors.
  • Maintains positive relationships with staff, clients, board members, funding agencies, donors, university managers, project directors, and community constituents.
  • Oversees gift and trust administration services for the University Foundation, as well as accounting, employment, and other business services, according to the provisions of the service contract between the two foundations.
  • Interfaces and networks with other like entities in the California State University (CSU) system and nationally.

    Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree.
  • Strong evidence of effective leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated experience as an effective member of a management team.
  • A minimum of five years of management experience working with large scale and multi-faceted business operations.
  • Demonstrated awareness and understanding of the importance of compliance with applicable laws and regulations in operating non-profit foundations.
  • Knowledge of financial and management accounting methods for non-profits.
  • Demonstrated expertise in areas of budget development, financial planning, and forecasting.
  • Knowledge of federal and state grant and contract processes.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability and willingness to share information with diverse audiences.
  • Knowledge of the latest analytical techniques to promote data-driven planning and decision-making.

    Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated successful leadership in higher education.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity through leadership, active planning, allocation of resources, and
  • Demonstrated ability to increase the value and performance of non-profit processes.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain effective teams.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles of shared governance and transparency.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with stakeholders with diverse interests and goals.
  • Experience generating and allocating resources in support of a unit's goals, mission, and professional activities, including responsibility for a complex budget.
  • Advanced degree and/or certifications.

    The University
    California State University, Chico is the second-oldest campus in the 23-member CSU system, the nation's largest public university system. Founded in 1887, Chico State enrolls approximately 17,500 students and offers more than 230 graduate and undergraduate programs through its seven colleges and five schools. The campus consistently ranks as one of the best regional public universities in the Western United States and is the only CSU campus to have earned a favorable rating in all five categories of the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard, which rates universities on affordability and value. Its mission includes a broad commitment to environmental sustainability, public service, and community engagement throughout the 12-county North State region, where the campus is located. The University was named a federal Hispanic-Serving Institution in 2015.

    As a university that educates students from a variety of ethnic, cultural and international backgrounds, we value and seek a diverse faculty, staff, and administration. Chico State welcomes applicants who are knowledgeable about and interested in working within a cross-cultural learning environment.

    Applicants should submit a CSU, Chico Research Foundation application, complete and current resume, as well as names, addresses, and telephone numbers of up to five (5) references. A cover letter of interest should indicate how an applicant's qualifications relate to the required qualifications and responsibilities of the California State University, Chico Research Foundation Executive Director. Applicants should briefly articulate their leadership philosophy and explain why they aspire to this position.

    Review of applications will begin March 5, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. As a condition of employment candidates will have to submit official, sealed transcripts. Upon a conditional offer of employment, candidates will have to submit to a confidential background check and Live Scan fingerprinting. All information obtained will be strictly confidential.

    Link to Application
    For a full position description and application:

    Application Submission
    Applications and nominee information should be emailed to:

    Salary Range: $117,500 - $150,000. This position includes options for health, vision and/or dental insurance; employer contributions to a 403(b) retirement plan (beginning year 2); employer-paid life and disability insurance; and vacation, sick leave, and holidays. This is a full-time 12-month management position. The individual selected for this position will begin employment prior to June 1, 2018. This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

    CSU, Chico Research Foundation employs only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. The University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, Americans with Disabilities Act employer. Additional information about the University may be viewed online and Research Foundation information is available at

    The CSU, Chico Research Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. It is the Research Foundation's policy to hire only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. All new employees must provide proof of identity and authorization to work. Prospective applicants with a disability may request and receive reasonable accommodation during the application and selection process.

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