Northwestern is committed to excellent teaching, innovative research, and the personal and intellectual growth of its students in a diverse academic community. – Mission statement
Northwestern University (Northwestern) seeks a strategic and experienced financial and administrative leader to serve as its next Senior Vice President for Business and Finance (SVP). Reporting directly to the president, and working with other key senior leaders and trustees, the SVP serves as the chief financial officer for the university, a role of exceptional impact on the future of this elite private research institution.
The next Senior Vice President is expected to bring world class executive leadership to the oversight of Northwestern’s expansive financial portfolio (FY 2017 assets $14.5 billion). Working in close partnership with the Board of Trustees, the President, the Provost, Vice Presidents, and other University constituents, the SVP is responsible for providing balanced fiscal strategies, vision and operational effectiveness, while also fostering a community-wide ethos of innovation, transparency, collaboration, responsibility, and accountability. Key to this role is the development and support of integrated long-range financial, operational, and capital plans.
The SVP will be a proven, effective leader with demonstrated experience strengthening financial and operational systems. The SVP will possess the technical knowledge and strategic business acumen to further develop structure and stability for the University’s fiscal and administrative processes. The successful candidate will support the core mission of Northwestern and will oversee all financial planning, cash and debt management, accounting, treasury, and investment practices for the University. The SVP will manage resources, make recommendations, set strategy, and will serve as the primary liaison for the institution’s banking relationships and with rating agencies. The SVP will also oversee operational areas such as facilities management, human resources, and administrativeinformation technology. The budget area will have a dual report to the Provost and to the SVP. The final administrative portfolio will reflect the strengths and interests of the selected candidate.
The new SVP must have excellent interpersonal, communications, and financial leadership skills. The SVP will have a keen understanding of the trends and issues facing institutions of higher education, and the financial strategies needed for success. The SVP must be resourceful, organized, and results-oriented. The successful candidate will respect Northwestern’s collaborative culture and be a confident, humble leader able to influence and motivate others in a fast-paced environment.
Northwestern University has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist with this important search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in confidence to the firm as indicated at the end of this document.
INQUIRIES, NOMINATIONS, AND APPLICATIONS
Northwestern has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm. Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Nominations, inquiries, and applications, including a letter of interest and resume, should be sent in confidence to:
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.