Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer

University of the Pacific invites nominations and applications for the position of Chief Financial Officer. The university seeks a proven, strategic, and collaborative leader to join its leadership team.

Located across Northern California, University of the Pacific’s (“Pacific”) three campuses in Sacramento, San Francisco and Stockton connect students to some of the most diverse, dynamic and rapidly-growing centers for industry and innovation in the country. The University, established in 1851, was California's first chartered institution of higher learning. Initially located in Santa Clara, the university later moved to San Jose, and in 1924, to Stockton, making it the first private four-year university in the Central Valley. University of the Pacific provides personalized learning and small class sizes, with professors passionate about their students' success. Pacific offers all the choices of a major university, with 10 schools and colleges and nearly 100 majors.

The University of the Pacific is ranked as #18 Best Universities in the West and in the top 12% of Best Universities in the U.S. by the Wall Street Journal. It also holds U.S. News & World Report rankings of #36 in Social Mobility and #53 in Best Value, as well as the top 2% ranking of Alumni Earnings Among All 4-year U.S. Colleges and Universities from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and Workforce. 

Reporting to the President, the Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) will lead a finance organization with direct oversight of Budget, Treasury and Investments, Payroll, Accounts Payable, Financial Reporting, Procurement, Sponsored Programs Accounting, Student Business Services and E-Commerce for the University. The CFO will be responsible for the University’s financial operations and charged with partnering with the President, Provost, and other members of the leadership team to align Pacific’s resources and strategic goals.

The CFO serves as an institutional catalyst, stimulating sound financial management practices across the organization that support both change and the achievement of the strategic and financial objectives of the University. As an institutional leader, the CFO will oversee efficiencies and proper disciplines across the three campuses to assure best practices. The CFO also will serve as a role model for how to engage a variety of individuals with different perspectives to develop creative solutions to constrained resources. The successful candidate will have significant, demonstrated financial leadership experience, preferably in higher education, as well as the gravitas to join Pacific’s dynamic leadership team. A bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s degree is preferred.

University of the Pacific has retained Korn Ferry, a national executive recruiting firm, to assist with this search. All nominations, inquiries, and application materials should be submitted in confidence to Korn Ferry. Korn Ferry will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Please direct all applications, nominations, and inquiries for the position to the search firm at the contact information below:

University of the Pacific is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer dedicated to workforce diversity. In compliance with applicable law and its own policy, Pacific is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff and does not discriminate in its hiring of faculty and staff, or in the provision of its employment benefits to its faculty and staff on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sex/gender, marital status, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, medical condition, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, or mental or physical disability. The university will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.