Foundation Executive Director

CSUDH Foundation

Carson, CA

ID: 7068550
Posted: August 4, 2020
Application Deadline: August 31, 2020

Job Description

The Executive Director is the senior manager of the Foundation, with a focus on advancing the needs of the University, and has a dual report to the CSUDH Foundation Board of Directors and the CSUDH Vice President of Administration and Finance. The Executive Director is responsible for the overall strategic planning, revenue generation, financial management, organizational development, leadership, and management of the Foundation and serves at the pleasure of CSUDH President and the Foundation Board of Directors.

The Executive Director leads strategic planning and direction for the Foundation while working to establish financial and programmatic goals that ensure long-term financial viability of the organization. As such, the Executive Director will continuously improve and evolve business models; including rebuilding the organization into a modern support unit that efficiently and effectively supports the University’s interests in growing sponsored project activities, entrepreneurial and innovative pursuits, and improving/expanding self-support services; such as dining services. The Executive Director is charged with providing responsible stewardship of the assets and resources of CSUDH Foundation.

The Executive Director, in leading the work of the Foundation, directs the units and operations of: accounting, payroll, purchasing, and other business services for federal, state and private grants and contracts; the infant/toddler development center; various contracts for internal University services, external usage of CSUDH facilities, food service, retail operations, and public/private land development; operations in financial and gift account management for the Philanthropic Foundation; and business services for Associated students and Loker Student Union.

The successful candidate will possess an entrepreneurial mindset, implement sound business practices, and promote a collective vision to ensure the development and continuous improvement of all aspects of the Foundation’s auxiliary services.

Responsibilities for the Executive Director include the following:

General Administration and Management
• Developing and leading the business strategy of the Foundation within the context of the campus environment and the University’s mission and objectives, including establishing and using performance measurements to guide decision-making.
• Representing all Foundation programs and services to the University, the general public and all other constituents.
• Establishing and leading an effective management team, providing direction and mentoring, creating professional development opportunities, and appropriate provisions for succession.
• Maintaining a culture that attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse staff of talented individuals.
• Providing a supportive work environment for staff that is equitable, diverse, and inclusive.
• Leading staff in the development and implementation of short and long range operational and strategic plans.
• Overseeing the design, delivery and quality of Foundation support and services to University constituents including faculty, finance and administration, facilities, grants and contracts, associated students, etc.
• Working adeptly and collaboratively with internal customers and partners to understand, anticipate, and align Foundation programs and services with the current and evolving needs of the University.
• Overseeing the financial management of the Foundation, including the development and implementation of annual operating and capital budgets; exercising prudent management of the Foundation’s resources; and maintaining compliance with Foundation and CSU polices and applicable laws and regulations.
• Directing and monitoring, through the Chief Financial Officer, the overall financial operations and fiscal controls of the Foundation.
• Effectively managing Foundation human resources and payroll in compliance with applicable personnel policies and procedures and current laws and regulations.
• Overseeing the development, implementation and fiscal management of commercial operations responsive to the needs of University constituents and fostering and encouraging innovation and implementation of industry best practices and trends.
• Providing oversight and direction to the campus dining program with a focus on delivery of high quality products and services to the campus community; responsible for all retail, concessions and catering operations -- providing financial controls and budgetary oversight; food pricing and meal plans; staffing plans; operation, and customer satisfaction programs.
• Maintaining official records and documents and ensure compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations. Ensuring adherence to the bylaws of the Foundation and the operating agreement between the University and the Foundation.
• Partner with the University to devise ways and means of leveraging assets to create mission related revenue generating enterprises, including industry, public or private partnerships.
• Working adeptly and collaboratively with internal customers and partners to understand, anticipate, and align Foundation programs and services with current and evolving needs.

Board Administration and Support
• Providing leadership in establishing and maintaining collaborative interactions and processes with the Board members, Foundation staff, and the University that results in the development and implementation of goals, objectives and operational plans aligned with the interests and needs of the University.
• Effectively communicating with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board and its committees to create policies, programs, and to provide strategic oversight. Informing the Board on the condition of the organization and all important influencing factors.

Minimum and Preferred Qualifications
• A bachelor’s degree is required. A master’s degree in business or a closely related field is preferred. Equivalent years of work experience in a related field may be substituted for educational requirements.
• Ten years of progressively responsible administrative management is required, with five years in a senior-level position in public entities and/or non-profits preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The following knowledge, skills and abilities are preferred:
1. Knowledge of business and finance functions in a complex higher education/non-profit environment.
2. Knowledge of the role of 501(c)(3) non-profit corporations within a university environment is preferred.
3. Demonstrated experience in one or more of the functional areas that are part of the Foundation’s portfolio of services--public/private real estate development and management, retail and commercial business operations and management in a complex multi-unit program, management and administration of multiple and varied contracts, federal, state and private funding agency grant and contract development and administration.
4. Comprehensive experience with budget development, cost accounting, and fiscal policy.
5. Familiarity with organizational management policies and practices, including human resources policies and procedures.
6. Experience in developing and managing advisory or governing boards.
7. Demonstrated administrative and organizational skills such as strategic planning, measuring and evaluating progress, organizing, motivating, and leading staff.
8. Ability to work closely with, and in support of, faculty.
9. Ability to consult and work cooperatively with diverse constituents of the University.
10. Ability to communicate effectively, earn and maintain the trust and cooperation of faculty, staff and students, and establish an open and collaborative environment within the Foundation.


The California State University, Dominguez Hills Foundation is an equal employment opportunity employer, and is strongly committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce. The CSUDH Foundation considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status. Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may call the Human Resources Office at (310) 243-2373.


This position requires new and re-hires employment verification to be processed through the E-Verify program administered by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service in partnership with the Social Security Administration.
If hired, the successful candidate will be required to furnish proof of legal authorization to work in the United States


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