Sonoma State University (SSU or Sonoma State), a comprehensive residential public institution in Rohnert Park, California, seeks a visionary and collaborative leader to serve as Vice President of Administration and Finance. This is an exciting opportunity to provide essential administrative leadership at one of California's most popular institutions, unique in its liberal arts and sciences mission and located less than an hour away from the economically booming San Francisco Bay Area amidst the natural beauty of Sonoma County. The Vice President reports to President Judy Sakaki and works closely with the rest of the senior leadership team.
Founded as a liberal arts college in 1961, Sonoma State has evolved into a diversified university with six schools that provide students with the intellectual framework and hands-on skills to thrive in a variety of professional careers. The University operates as part of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system, the largest four-year system of higher education in the United States. Sonoma State has a longstanding tradition of promoting intellectual and personal growth, leadership opportunities and technological proficiency. Sonoma State serves approximately 9,400 students (92 percent undergraduate) and U.S. News and World Report consistently names SSU among “America's Best Colleges.” There is tremendous excitement and energy on campus after new President Judy Sakaki's arrival, as she works to build upon this tradition and refocus attention on student success and the academic mission of the University. SSU is proud to have recently received designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).
The successful candidate will show a successful track record of managing change in complex university system and creatively respond to financial and infrastructure challenges with the full engagement of campus constituents. H/she must be able to create an atmosphere among faculty and staff and skillfully manage relationships with external constituents. The next VP will be committed to transparency in budget-making decisions and understand President Sakaki's vision for the university and its mission. H/she will also be an outstanding communicator with an understanding of issues of diversity, equity, and sustainability. The next VP will maintain SSU's leadership in serving a diverse student body while strengthening its services to students, particularly given SSU's recent designation as an HSI.
SSU has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: http://www.imsearch.com/6193. Electronic submission of materials is required.
Deborah Hodson, Vice President
Rebecca Kennedy, Principal
Michael O'Shea, Associate
1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94111
The University is committed to cultural diversity and it is expected that the successful candidate will further this commitment. The University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.