Kennesaw State University — Chief Financial Officer

A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University (KSU) is one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. KSU offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 35,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties, entrepreneurial spirit, and Division I athletics draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Ranked a top choice for students by U.S. News, Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status.

Reporting to the president, the chief financial officer (CFO) is responsible for the administration of all financial operations of the university, including the development of a financial strategy and setting metrics tied to that strategy, ongoing development and monitoring of internal control systems designed to preserve and protect university assets, reporting accurate financial information, monitoring adherence to the budget and developing long-term financial and operational strategies.  This position serves on the president’s cabinet and works collaboratively with all members of the cabinet and other key leaders across the University. The CFO also works with officials of the University System of Georgia, other University System institutions, and local, state and federal government units. Units that report specifically to the chief financial officer include: accounting, accounts payable, cash management, contracts administration, financial reporting, payroll, procurement, and the budget office.  

A bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance or a related field and at least ten years of experience in a managerial or leadership role in a complex organization are required.  An advanced degree, professional certifications, and experience in a multi-campus university are preferred. The ideal candidate will possess significant knowledge and understanding of higher education; a demonstrated ability to supervise, train, mentor and motivate professional and administrative staff in a team environment; and experience managing finance (accounting, budgeting, control and reporting) for a complex nonprofit with multiple funding sources including government (federal and state) contracts. In addition, candidates must have the ability to operate creatively, collegially, and effectively in a complex academic and business environment; analyze and interpret data to inform and support decisions; and present complex information in a readily understandable format to various audiences. 

Review of applications will begin October 11, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Mark Hall at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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Kennesaw State University is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.