Arcadia University — Chief Financial Officer

Arcadia University seeks an experienced financial and business operations leader who can connect a high level of financial competence with the mission of the University and who will be a strategic partner to the President and the Board of Trustees.   The CFO will be committed to serving Arcadia’s mission and promoting its vision and strategy. 

INSTITUTUIONAL OVERVIEW

Arcadia University provides a distinctively global, integrative, and personal learning experience for intellectually curious undergraduate and graduate students.  Arcadia offers Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees, and educates nearly 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Global Studies, College of Health Sciences, School of Global Business, and School of Education.  Recognized as a leader in international education with sites in 12 countries, Arcadia offers over 60 well-regarded undergraduate and graduate academic programs across the arts, sciences, business, and education with top-ranked programs in Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant.  

For more information on Arcadia University, visit www.arcadia.edu

ROLE SUMMARY

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) provides leadership, oversight, and stewardship for all aspects of Arcadia’s financial resources while ensuring absolute institutional integrity on fiscal matters and promoting best practices in finance and administration.  Reporting to the President, the CFO works collaboratively with Cabinet members, the Board of Trustees, and other campus leadership in providing strategic advice and recommending and implementing financial and administrative objectives, policies, programs, and practices that ensure a sound financial structure for the institution.  The CFO keeps the President and Board of Trustees informed about Arcadia’s current financial position and works with Arcadia auditors and the Controller to ensure that effective accounting controls are in place, that the university complies with GAAP and applicable federal, state, and local regulatory laws and rules for financial and tax reporting, and that collaborative relationships are maintained.  The CFO collaborates with the Associate Vice President for Human Resources on benefits-related matters, with the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Students Affairs on financial aid planning and monitoring, and the Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations on gifts.  The CFO’s entire staff portfolio includes 96 people, and the CFO’s direct reports are Associate Vice President, Human Resources; Director, Institutional Planning & Budget; Associate Vice President, Facilities Management; Director, Public Safety; Director, Internal Audit, Controller; and Director, Auxiliary Services.  In addition, the budget officers of each academic unit will report to the CFO on a dotted-line basis. In light of its size and complexity, The College of Global Studies is an important enterprise that will require the CFO’s engagement.  

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution is required, with a strong preference for a CPA or an advanced degree such as an MBA and/or CPA equivalent.
  • At least 10 years in progressively responsible financial leadership roles, with comprehensive budget and financial planning experience, including experience in analysis and reporting, budgeting, asset management, audit compliance, and federal and state tax regulations and reporting procedures.  Proven administrative, managerial, supervisory, problem-solving and planning experience within a complex environment.  Higher education experience is highly preferred, but not required.
  • Strong business acumen and mastery of accounting principles is required. 
  • A deep and abiding interest and commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity.    

Arcadia University has retained the services of Diversified Search to assist in this search.  Candidates should send resumes and applications to ArcadiaCFO@divsearch.com.

Arcadia University seeks candidates of diverse cultural backgrounds and abilities.  Arcadia University encourages
members of underrepresented groups to apply.  All offers of employment are conditional based on the successful
completion of a background check.

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