Palo Alto University

Palo Alto, CA

Vice President for Business Affairs & CFO

Palo Alto University is in the search for a Vice President for Business Affairs & CFO (VP-CFO) who will bring strategic, entrepreneurial, and visionary leadership to the university’s business operations to support the mission of providing outstanding training to the next generation of mental health professionals.

Palo Alto University (PAU) is a private, non-profit university located in the heart of Northern California’s Silicon Valley. As it approaches its 50th year of operations, PAU has developed, and is pursuing, a new strategic plan built on a foundation of inclusive excellence. The pandemic has shone a bright light on the need for research, teaching, and clinical training to support the significant rise in mental health challenges in our communities. PAU prepares well-trained and culturally aware mental health professionals to meet those challenges. PAU’s alumni are in leadership positions in their fields throughout the country and internationally.

Reporting to the President, the VP-CFO will support PAU’s efforts to be a driving force in addressing pressing and emerging issues in the fields of psychology and counseling to equitably meet the needs of today’s diverse communities. As PAU continues to strengthen its position as a thought-leader in training, education, and research in psychology and counseling, the VP-CFO will deploy strategic financial management strategies, evaluate and make recommendations to strengthen existing programs, leverage innovation for new business opportunities/initiatives, and build community partnerships and other tactics to support the financial health of the institution. PAU has an annual operating budget of $35M.

The VP-CFO should have a growth and innovation mindset and be grounded in pragmatism, serving as a strategic financial and planning partner to the President, Board of Trustees, Cabinet, and the PAU community. The VP-CFO leads the Business Affairs division, a group of strong professionals who execute a diverse mission set for the ongoing operation of the university. This position is responsible for the management of the business office, and provides oversight for facilities, information technology, business development, and capital projects. The complete position description may be found here.

For additional information or to apply, please contact Lisa Grossman or Dennis Hanthorn at info[at]moppenheim[dot]com.

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