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Chief Financial Officer San Francisco, CA

California College of the Arts (CCA), located in the San Francisco Bay Area, is seeking a Chief Financial Officer/Senior Vice President, Business & Finance (CFO). Currently with two campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA is a leading art and design college renowned for its interdisciplinarity and breadth of programs and its commitment to students and faculty dedicated to making “art that matters.” The CFO position is a unique opportunity for an accomplished senior financial management executive with deep expertise in both strategy and operations to play a central role in ensuring the long-term growth and prosperity of one of the nation’s premier arts institutions.

Established in 1907, CCA is home to a dynamic and energetic community of artists, architects, designers, writers, curators, and scholars. The college offers 32 programs in four disciplines: fine arts, architecture, design, and writing. CCA enrolls approximately 1,500 undergraduate and 450 graduate degree-seeking students, employs more than 500 faculty and 250 staff, and boasts more than 18,000 alumni.

With a progressive past and an innovative present, the Bay Area is ground zero for the global creative economy. CCA’s location and its social and cultural mission attract luminaries and activists. Close ties to Silicon Valley, the Bay Area, and ongoing exchanges with the Pacific Rim and Latin America make CCA a center of creative engagement with the future.

CCA has ambitious and bold plans for the years ahead. The transition to a consolidated single San Francisco campus is well under way with the third of three new student housing projects under construction and set to open for Fall 2020. An academic expansion on an adjacent 2.4 acre parcel has been designed by award winning architect Jeanne Gang and is set to start construction soon. The Oakland campus that the college will be leaving is in the entitlement process with development partners Emerald Fund and Equity Community Builders with the goal of providing housing and arts uses as a legacy project. In addition, CCA is successfully moving through the silent phase of a capital campaign to support unification.

As a key member of the senior leadership team, the CFO will work closely with the president, the Board of Trustees, faculty, and staff, and will provide creative vision and collaborative management ensuring CCA’s financial success and physical growth into the future.

The CFO will be a seasoned financial and administrative leader with a track record of success and an affinity and talent for collaboration. This individual must bring enthusiasm and capacity both to the task of developing and leading an intricate, service-intensive operation and the opportunity to play a strategic role in the advancement of the college’s larger goals. To be successful, the CFO must address a number of key opportunities and challenges, including:

  • Creatively manage existing partnerships and structures through a dynamic period of change;
  • Establish and sustain effective processes and structures to steer CCA through campus unification and beyond;
  • Develop and motivate a talented team of professionals with a lens toward efficient and dedicated customer service;
  • Strategically partner with campus leaders to further CCA’s goal of supporting a talented and diverse campus; and
  • Represent the financial interests and educational mission of CCA to both internal and external constituents. 

Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Electronic submission of materials is required.

Regan Gough is leading this search with Emily Chiswick-Patterson. 


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