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Executive Director and Associate Vice President of Business Development San Marcos, CA

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) seeks applications and nominations for the role of Executive Director (ED) of the CSUSM Corporation.

As one of three auxiliary organizations for CSUSM, the CSUSM Corporation is a self-supporting 501(c)(3) nonprofit that advances CSUSM’s mission by providing instructional support and services not typically provided by the state, including support for sponsored projects, real estate and property management, campus dining and student housing services, commercial partners management, business operations, and summer conferences. The Executive Director, in leading the Corporation, provides innovative and entrepreneurial leadership, strategic planning, financial management, and organizational development. In addition, the Executive Director will provide a creative and ambitious vision in seeking new forms of revenue generation, will be dedicated to serving a diverse student body, and will demonstrate excellent managerial and contract negotiation skills.

Since its founding in 1989 as the California State University’s 20th campus, California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) has grown to serve over 16,000 students across its 43 undergraduate and 25 graduate programs. A comprehensive public university offering diverse academic programs, the campus prides itself on exemplary teaching, innovative and experiential curricula, and the application of new technologies to solve real problems. A national model for student access and success, more than 50 percent of CSUSM graduates are the first in their families to earn a bachelor’s degree. CSUSM is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and enrolls more Native American students per capita than any other California State University campus. CSUSM grounds its mission in the public trust, alignment with regional needs, and sustained enrichment of the intellectual, civic, economic, and cultural life of the region and state.

Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. For best consideration, please apply by September 30, 2021. For more details and to submit inquiries, nominations, and applications, please see below.

Cati Mitchell-Crossley is leading this search with Hayden Lizotte.


California State University San Marcos 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.


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