Current Job Openings

Consider a Career at Presidio Graduate School

We are looking for passionate individuals to join our team and offer rewarding opportunities to advance your career while making a difference. As part of our team, you’ll use your skills and expertise to drive change and develop the next generation of sustainability leaders in a culture of respect, collaboration, integrity, innovation, and professionalism.

About Us

Founded in 2003, Presidio Graduate School (PGS) educates and inspires a new generation of skilled, visionary, and enterprising leaders to transform business and public policy and create a more just, prosperous, and sustainable world. Through innovative MBA, MPA, Dual Degree, and Executive Certificate programs in Sustainable Management, PGS activates students and professionals across a range of disciplines, industries, and sectors to bridge the gap between commerce and the common good. PGS has 150 students currently enrolled and more than 1,900 alumni. Our community of world-class faculty is composed of scholar-practitioners, with subject matter expertise in areas ranging from ecological economics and clean technology to social entrepreneurship and urban sustainability. PGS was ranked among the top five sustainable MBA programs in the nation by Fast Company magazine.

For more information about PGS, our community, and course offerings, please visit https://www.presidio.edu/academics/.

What’s It Like to Work at Presidio Graduate School?

PGS is in a “rebirth” phase. A high proportion of the staff is new, and we are launching into an invigorating era of program diversification and growth. Our team will be working remotely until summer 2022, at which time we plan to have an office near a BART station in San Francisco or Oakland. We compensate our employees well, offer unlimited/flex vacation, and are united in our common mission around sustainability, social justice, and education.

Current Openings

Position Summary

Reporting to the President, the Finance Director leads financial operations and works closely with the Senior Administrative team to ensure financial oversight, budget management, and smooth operations. The Director will have direct oversight of the school’s operating budget and financial accounts, and they will be responsible for ensuring smooth and efficient financial operations of the program. As PGS continues to grow in terms of reach, depth, and impact, the Director will provide strategic vision and operational expertise on our growth plans and opportunities for transformative impact.

Responsibilities

Financial Management:
  • Maintain best practices, systems, accuracy, and integrity in accounting and finance, with oversight of budget and audits
  • Provide actual vs. forecast performance reports to functional department heads, partnering with the program and operational teams to develop organization-wide awareness and knowledge of financial issues and concerns
  • Develop streamlined financial reports (P&L and cash forecasts) for senior leadership and Board of Directors, enabling the President, full Board, and Finance Committee to make critical strategic and fiscal decisions
  • Oversee relationship with third party accounting firm, FASS
Budgets and Financial Planning:
  • Prepare school budgets, lead multi-year financial planning, and program-specific financial planning
Reporting and Compliance:
  • Oversees all audit preparation including annual non-profit financial audit as well as single audit (related to Financial Aid and DoE funds)
  • Oversee various compliance and accreditation audits, site visits, and reporting
  • Senior Financial Officer for WASC (accreditation)
Talent and Operations:
  • Oversee team, talent, operations, and organizational systems
General Management:
  • Mentor, manage and coach direct and indirect reports

Qualifications and Characteristics

  • Passion for PGS’s mission
  • MBA or CPA preferred
  • 5-7 years of financial oversight experience; experience in education preferred
  • Excellent Excel skills
  • Technically savvy and meticulously organized
  • Excellent organization, problem-solving, and analytical skills
  • Proven ability to excel in a matrix environment and build collaborative relationships
  • Effective developer of solutions to business challenges; self-motivated with excellent problem solving and analytical skills
  • Outstanding written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Natural ability to bring an energetic, action-driven attitude and enjoyment to daily work

Location

Presidio Graduate School will be operating with a remote structure until summer 2021. When new offices are secured, the high priority is for the new office to be within walking distance to a BART stop in either the East Bay or San Francisco.

Position Summary

Reporting to the President of Presidio Graduate School, the Associate Director of Development and Alumni Affairs plays a critical role in building the school’s fundraising program and alumni engagement.  This position oversees our existing Annual Appeal and Major Donor initiatives, with exciting opportunities to build and expand.  They also will work with alumni volunteers to support greater alumni activity and engagement with PGS and with each other.  The Associate Director will supervise seasonal or part-time staff/student workers, as well as consultants as needed.  They will work closely with PGS’s President as well as board and alumni volunteers.

Over the past year, PGS has spent time cleaning up our database and putting the building blocks in place for a successful development effort.  Now, we are waiting for the right entrepreneurial and creative teammate to join us and launch our fundraising forward into the future.

Key responsibilities

  • Responsible for all aspects of PGS’s development department, including our annual appeal, major donor efforts, and potentially foundation grants
  • Evolve our nascent major donor program from the basics to a full-fledge and ongoing effort
  • Manage the annual appeal process that solicits alumni and other stakeholders
  • Oversee all development processes, including gift acknowledgment and reconciliation
  • Partner with our marketing/communications team to better share the story of PGS and our impact with our donors and community
  • Develop and launch additional fundraising efforts as appropriate, such as events, corporate sponsorship, and foundation grants
  • Serve as liaison to the alumni community, organizing 1-2 events per year and encouraging alumni leadership for additional activities
  • Oversee development/alumni database and finance reconciliation, including potential evolution over time to new systems
  • Supervise part-time staff and consultants as needed. We have currently budgeted for both a half-time hourly worker and consulting support

Qualifications

The Associate Director will bring the following professional attributes and experiences to the position:

  • At least five years of relevant experience in a development department, ideally in higher ed or K-12
  • Proven, successful outcomes from annual appeals and/or major donor engagement
  • A proactive, positive, can-do attitude
  • An ability to work independently
  • Attention to detail and process
  • Excellent communications skills

Is this the right position for you?

The Associate Director of Development and Alumni Affairs is the perfect role for an emerging, entrepreneurial leader who aspires to be a full Development Director in the next couple of years.  This position is a stepping stone to launch into that more senior leadership role and is the right opportunity for someone who will find joy in taking a basic development department and making it their own.  The person should enjoy a challenge, cleaning up processes and systems, and most of all, building relationships with alumni and donors in order to further the school’s mission and impact.  They work independently and proactively and don’t mind getting their hands dirty one day and rising up to a strategic level the next.  They are excited to be a part of a fast-moving and innovative organization.

Location

Presidio Graduate School will be operating with a remote structure until summer 2021. When new offices are secured, the high priority is for the new office to be within walking distance to a BART stop in either the East Bay or San Francisco.

Position Summary

The Associate Director of Program Expansion will play an exciting leadership role in Presidio Graduate School’s growth, expansion, and impact.  Reporting to the Provost, they are responsible for launching, managing, and executing new academic programs at PGS.  Our primary program launches for the 2020-2021 school year will be a re-imagined Masters in Public Administration degree (mostly or entirely online) and a new certificate program in a related field.  These programs are designed to be the first of multiple new program launches over the next several years to grow and diversify PGS’s program portfolio, complementing our pioneering Sustainable MBA program.

The Associate Director will be responsible for finalizing and crystallizing the overall program vision, including macro curriculum design in partnership with faculty and subject matter experts.  In addition, they will project manage all aspects of program launch, collaborating with other staff members throughout the process including accreditation, marketing, enrollment and course development.  This person will wake up in the morning with a passion to bring cutting-edge new programs to the world, programs that emphasize systems thinking, social justice, climate change, and racial equity.

Our vision is that the Associate Director serves as a kind of one-person incubator for new PGS programs, nurturing them from idea to execution, and then when programs successfully launches, they will hand them off to a colleague for ongoing management.

Please note that there is some flexibility for this position to serve as a half-time employee (50%) up to a full-time employee (100%).  We are flexible and keen to find the right person for the role.    

Key responsibilities

Key responsibilities include the following:

  • Managing the design, development and launch of new PGS programs, including certificates and full degree programs 
  • Creating high-level curricular frameworks for new programs, including program learning outcomes, in conjunction with faculty, subject matter experts, and academic partners
  • Creating detailed project plans; updating project plans regularly and managing internal and external stakeholders to achieve on-time delivery
  • Partnering with marketing and enrollment to create effective marketing campaigns and strategies to achieve enrollment goals
  • Working with our Instructional Designer to develop new courses, enhance programs and advance digital learning initiatives
  • Designing start up student services for initial semesters of operation
  • Partnering with our admissions team to design and execute start-up admissions processes
  • Coordinating market research and program design efforts for additional new program launches for the 2021-2022 school year and beyond

Qualifications

The Associate Director will bring the following professional attributes and experiences to the position:

  • You have a fire inside you to make the projects and programs you lead succeed  
  • You’ve successfully developed and implemented exciting and creative new programs, products, and/or ideas   
  • You’ve led a complex, multi-stakeholder project to fruition
  • You’ve demonstrated strong skills in curriculum and pedagogical design, and you have experience in online/blended learning 
  • You have a strong commitment to teamwork and problem solving, as well as ability to act independently
  • You’ve worked successfully with marketing partners to meet audacious goals 
  • You are skilled at researching and synthesizing complex data and information
  • You are passionate about systems thinking, sustainability, social justice, and the opportunity to educate a new type of leader to drive change and impact

Is this the right position for you?

The Associate Director of Program Expansion is a perfect role for the left brain / right brain hybrid.  You are creative and resourceful, yet also love organization, order, and meticulous planning.  You are intellectually curious and will enjoy diving into the subject areas of our new program portfolio in order to lead curriculum curation, identify potential faculty and subject matter experts, and stay abreast of important trends and topics.  You are tenacious and committed to making sure program launches meet their aggressive timelines.  You love building great relationships with your colleagues, realizing that your success relies on their partnership – plus you deeply enjoy meaningful collaboration.  Finally, you are not afraid to push the envelope and design path-breaking programs with a twist and flair unusual in traditional higher ed.

What’s it like to work at Presidio Graduate School?

PGS is not a typical higher ed institution.  We are more like a fast-paced social enterprise with a high commitment to academic excellence and student outcomes.  In addition, we are in a “rebirth” phase.  A high proportion of the staff is new, and we are launching into an invigorating era of program diversification and growth.  

Our team will be working remotely until summer 2021, at which time we plan to have an office near a BART station in San Francisco or Oakland.  We compensate our employees well, offer unlimited / flex vacation, and are united in our common mission around sustainability, social justice, and education.

How to apply

To apply for a current job opening, please send your salary requirements, cover letter, and resume to [email protected]. Applications will not be considered without a thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications for this position.

Presidio Graduate School is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, handicap or disability in accordance with federal law.