University of San Francisco - Vice Provost for Budget, Planning and Strategic Analysis

CA, San Francisco

The University of San Francisco (USF), a diverse, urban, Jesuit Catholic university with a global mission, invites nominations and applications for the role of vice provost for budget, planning and strategic analysis (VP BPSA). 

Since 1855, the University of San Francisco has dedicated itself to offering a daring and dynamic liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. USF is committed to educating hearts and minds to cultivate the full, integral development of each person and all persons; pursuing learning as a lifelong humanizing and liberating social activity; and advancing excellence as the standard for teaching, scholarship, creative expression, and service. Inspired by a faith that does justice, USF strives to humbly and responsibly engage with, and contribute to, the cultural, intellectual, economic, and spiritual gifts and talents of the San Francisco Bay Area and the global communities to which they belong. In the 2022 U.S. News and World Report, USF was ranked 103rd among national universities and first among national universities for the racial/ethnic diversity of its student body and fourth in international student enrollment. The University employs 444 full-time faculty members and 655 part-time faculty members and serves more than 5,969 undergraduate and 4,065 graduate students in arts and sciences, education, law, management, and nursing and health professions.

Reporting directly to Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs (Provost/VPAA) Julia Chinyere Oparah, the VP BPSA leads efforts to align the University’s resources with its mission and strategic priorities, working collaboratively to build a thriving and growth-oriented enterprise. With direct responsibility for the institution’s forecasting and budget development, the VP BPSA will work closely with academic deans and enrollment management to develop realistic and growth-oriented models for the University. The VP BPSA will support the Provost and Academic Affairs leadership team in ensuring that budget decisions are rooted in advancing the University’s mission and values as a student-centered, liberal arts institution. In so doing, the VP BPSA will partner with the Provost, vice provosts, deans, partnering offices in the Provost’s Circle, and their teams to engage the community in conversations around strategic priorities, as outlined in the University’s new strategic plan and communicate effectively about the University’s budget and planning process. The VP BPSA will encourage and promote transparent University-wide dialogue and work effectively with stakeholders with varying degrees of familiarity with the operating budget process. The ability to communicate information clearly and to create buy-in will be important for long-term success. The VP BPSA will bring an entrepreneurial and creative approach to revenue-generating initiatives at the University and will oversee one of the external funding units, the Office of Contracts and Grants (OCG). The VP BPSA will assist the OCG director in a new grant-seeking strategy that focuses on securing collaborative grants to meet strategic priorities and leveraging our key strengths (e.g., diversity, equity and inclusion, environmental sustainability, and global education). The VP BPSA works with the OCG director to seek opportunities to collaborate with other institutions and strategic partners to seek funding for shared goals, such as positioning USF as an anchor university in San Francisco and lead funding initiatives in the Jesuit education network. They will center antiracism, equity and inclusion in their work, particularly in relation to fostering equitable access to information and decision-making in relation to budget and planning.

The ideal candidate will be a collaborative, creative and transparent leader with demonstrated success and leadership in managing organizational change. The VP BPSA will possess a deep understanding of the academic mission of the University and bring a wealth of experience in budget and long-term planning. The successful candidate will serve as a highly visible and trusted partner and creative problem solver, with the ability to work seamlessly across the institution, creating connections and deepening relationships with all key stakeholders. The VP BPSA will be guided in their work by the University’s mission and Jesuit values. They must lead with creativity, entrepreneurism, integrity, transparency, engagement, sound judgment, cultural humility, and an equity lens, engendering a collaborative approach to budget and planning.

A graduate degree or equivalent professional experience and progressively responsible senior-level experience in budget and finance management in an academic setting is desired.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. For fullest consideration, applicants should submit a CV and letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile. USF is also requiring a diversity, equity, and inclusion statement responding to the following prompt. The statement should be no more than two pages in length.

The University of San Francisco is ranked #1 in the nation for student diversity and is deeply committed to inclusive excellence and social justice. What is your understanding of the role of diversity, equity, and inclusion in academic leadership, and what initiatives or contributions exemplify your ability to promote DEI for students, faculty, librarians, and staff? Please also describe how you have navigated questions of power, privilege, and demonstrated cultural humility when engaging with diverse community members.

WittKieffer is assisting the University of San Francisco in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by May 20, 2022. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal, via the buttons below. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Alejandra Gillette-Teran, Kim Migoya and Suzanne Teer

The University of San Francisco is an equal opportunity institution of higher education. The University does not discriminate in employment, educational services, or academic programs on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, age (except minors), sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related and genetic-related) and disability, or any other basis prohibited by law. The University reasonably accommodates qualified individuals with disabilities under the law.

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