United States University is an accredited, student-centered university that empowers every student to succeed. The University is a for profit institution owned by Aspen Group. Our campus is located in San Diego, California, and offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in health sciences, business, nursing, and California Teaching Credentials. We provide an accessible, nurturing, and student-focused educational experience — regardless of circumstance — to anyone who desires progress in their personal or professional lives. Our diverse faculty forge personal relationships with students, mentoring them throughout their entire educational journey. With small class sizes, 24/7 access and support, and scholarship opportunities, USU is an inclusive community of learning dedicated to our students' and graduates' personal and professional growth. The University’s unique payment plan for students choosing this plan avoids student debt with an affordable monthly payment on a credit card.

Position Overview:

The President and Chief Executive Officer provides overall strategic direction to the university staff and faculty to achieve forecasted results while maintaining the highest level of compliance with the standards of the Department of Education and adherence with expectations of an accredited institution of higher education. This role works within the guidelines established by the Board of Trustees, while guiding academic development and maintenance of competitive programs and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the University.

This role will reside in San Diego, CA, with travel to our Phoenix, AZ campus. All applications and resumes must be accompanied by a cover letter to be considered for the role. To apply, send cover letter and resume to:

Salary: $250,000-$300,000

Key Responsibilities:


  • Provide visionary leadership with a high degree of energy and creativity and create an effective, systemic approach to fulfill the mission and strategic goals of the University.
  • Foster inclusive and collaborative leadership that respects the ideas and needs of all stakeholders by supporting and complying with the University's participatory governance system.
  • Foster diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice in all matters.
  • Attract and retain outstanding faculty, staff, and administrators and motivate them to achieve high standards in pursuit of academic excellence.
  • Analyze operations to evaluate a university's performance and its staff in meeting objectives and determine areas of potential cost reduction, program improvement, or policy change.
  • Direct, plan and implement policies, objectives, and activities to ensure continuing operations, maximize returns on investments, and increase productivity.
  • Work with the executive team and key stakeholders to determine the strategic direction of the University.
  • Exhibit an openness to innovation necessary to succeed in today’s higher education market.

Program and Service Excellence:

  • Support and enhance teaching and learning in a student-centered, student-focused culture.
  • Foster faculty and staff development to meet the needs of future program and course development.
  • Promote innovative partnerships between student support services and instruction.
  • Fiscal Accountability and Facilities Development and Planning
  • Ensure the fiscal health of the University while staying competitive with surrounding academic institutions.
  • Lead the continued redevelopment and construction of university facilities and the campus environment.
  • Pursue new revenue opportunities while meeting state approval and program accreditation standards.

University and Community Relations

  • Be accessible to students and adaptable to the ever-changing diversity of our student population.
  • Articulate the philosophy of a positive campus community while promoting a culture of relationship building.
  • Promote positive relationships and build bridges with the communities served by the University and establish a visible and prominent presence in the community.
  • Confer with board members, organization officials, and staff members to discuss issues, coordinate activities, and resolve problems.
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned.

The above functions are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this job. This is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Education and Experience:

  • Terminal degree from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum 10 years experience as Chief Executive Officer or Vice President of a post-secondary institution.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated computer skills in word processing, spreadsheet, and electronic mail software.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with faculty, staff, and students of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Ability to successfully manage multiple tasks on time within a fast-paced environment.
  • Broad knowledge of the philosophy and mission of the University
  • Ability to think strategically and prioritize effectively.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills and a high level of professional integrity
  • Maintains a positive, helpful, constructive attitude while working with the Board of Trustees, ownership group, university staff, students, and the community.
  • Strong time management and organizational skills in a dynamic, constantly changing environment.
  • Ability to work effectively, exhibit a professional manner, and establish constructive working relationships.
  • Attention to detail and quality focused.
  • Show an openness to working in the for-profit world of higher education.
  • Work in an environment with a larger corporate owner.
  • Possess skills to work in an online world of higher education.
  • Ability to build community in a hybrid work and education environment.

Work Environment:

The job's essential functions are usually performed in an environmentally controlled facility where the noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. While performing the job duties, the employee is regularly required to sit, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee may sometimes be required to lift and/or move objects weighing up to 25 pounds. This job's specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

The work environment and physical demands described representing those required of an employee to perform the essential functions of this job with or without reasonable accommodations.

All responsibilities are performed in an ethical manner consistent with the University's mission:

United States University provides professional and personal educational opportunities, with a special outreach to underserved groups. Through campus and online courses, the University offers affordable, relevant, and accessible undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates in a supportive student-centered learning environment.

At United States University, we embrace diversity, support it, celebrate it, and thrive on it for the benefit of our employees and our community. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. United States University is proud to be an equal employment workplace and an affirmative action employer.