Assistant Vice Chancellor, Finance and Budget Management

The University of California, Merced (UC Merced), the newest campus in the University of California system, seeks to hire an outstanding and innovative financial and budgetary leader as its Assistant Vice Chancellor, Finance and Budget Management (AVC). Founded in 2002, the University of California, Merced is the first new University of California campus in 40 years, and the first American research university of the twenty-first century. Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Planning and Budget, the new AVC will lead the Financial and Budget Management Group. The AVC will help move this young institution into an exciting new phase, supporting the rapid and entrepreneurial growth of the campus’ infrastructure and physical space, leading the transformation of the campus’ budget process, and building a team around a new vision for the organization. This position will require a balance of strategic planning, creative vision, and leadership and thoughtful partnership and is a remarkable opportunity for a gifted financial strategist to continue to develop a new campus within the world’s most prestigious public university system.

UC Merced was conceived both to serve the needs of the rapidly growing Central Valley, one of the world's most productive agricultural regions, and to increase access to the University of California system for California's top achievers. The campus represents an important point of pride for the city of Merced (pop. 80,000), a city within driving distance of Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevadas, as well as the state capital in Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay Area, Napa Valley, and the Monterey coast.  Through its innovative 2020 Project - a commitment by the State of California and the University of California to increase access to the UC system for eligible state students and to support a rapidly growing region - the campus is expected to grow to 10,000 students over the next few years; and as many as 25,000 students within two decades. This enrollment growth will involve the hiring of 150 new faculty and continued development of its 815-acre campus by 2022.

UC Merced is the most ethnically diverse campus in the UC system and has been designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education. Since welcoming its first freshman class in 2005, UC Merced has grown to an all funds budget surpassing $250 million with enrollment reaching over 7,300 students, including more than 520 graduate students in its three Schools: School of Engineering (SoE), School of Natural Sciences (SNS), and the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (SSHA). Seventy-one percent of the undergraduates are first-generation college students, with sixty-one percent Pell Grant eligible. UC Merced is by far the youngest university to appear in the U.S News & World Report ranking of national universities. The news magazine’s 2017 Best Colleges rankings, rate UC Merced 78 among public schools and 152 overall in the “National Universities” category. UC Merced has also been designated a “doctoral-granting university with higher research activity” - or R2, the second-highest classification for American research universities - in its very first appearance on the highly cited Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. To learn more about the UC system and the Merced campus, please refer to the University’s website at

UC Merced has made significant progress since its founding, and the AVC will build upon a strong foundation to lead the continued growth and evolution of the Merced campus. Working with faculty, students, and staff across the UC Merced community, as well as with leaders from the UC system and the regional community, the AVC will be asked to address a set of key opportunities and challenges, as follows:

  • Create and implement a robust and transparent budget process and useful management tools;
  • Partner with colleagues across the campus to allow the whole of the campus’ financial and administrative structures to be greater than the sum of its parts;
  • Lead, develop and evolve the Financial and Budget Management Group to a new standard of service for the campus;
  • Continue to build and strengthen UC Merced’s diverse and inclusive intellectual community;
  • Represent and amplify the presence of UC Merced in UC system-wide meetings and forums on financial and budgetary matters.

UC Merced has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: Electronic submission of materials is required.

UC Merced is an EEO/AA/Vet/Disability/Minority Employer

David Bellshaw, Lindsay Gold, Samantha Weigand

Isaacson, Miller

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