The Ohio State University — Chief Administrative Officer

The Ohio State University, a member of the Association of American Universities, is a world-class public, urban, land-grant research university with very high research activity. As Ohio’s flagship, it is the leading comprehensive teaching and research institution in the state. Nearly 65,000 students are enrolled at Ohio State, which includes the University’s Columbus campus; its regional campuses at Lima, Mansfield, Marion, and Newark, where a premium is placed on access; and its Wooster campus, home to the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and the Agricultural Technical Institute. Ohio State has 15 colleges that offer more than 200 undergraduate majors and some 270 Master’s, doctoral, and professional programs.

A member of the senior leadership team, the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) reports to the Vice President for the Office of Distance Education & eLearning (ODEE) and Chief Information Officer (CIO) and is responsible for strategic planning and setting the short- and long-term strategic direction for administrative and technical services within the landscape of IT and eLearning. This includes oversight and direction of shared services including finance, contract management, facilities management, marketing and communications, human resources, relationship management, and IT service management, and their related financial, human capital and administrative management responsibilities. 

The CAO has a broad and comprehensive knowledge of the financial and political structure of a large, complex organization as well as the vision required to help steer into the future. This key role brings a strategic focus on clarity and alignment of the services we provide to our faculty, staff and students, how we offer and provide best-in-class service delivery and how we ensure a consistent user experience.

The CAO will work with all areas of the organization to understand current management and operational needs, map out future goals, and create efficiencies to ensure effective utilization of resources across the organization and the university enterprise. The CAO will have the finance/business acumen to design service cost models and illustrate and articulate them elegantly for our customers and stakeholders. A forward-thinking, solutions mindset is critical in order to plan effectively for future state.

Required: Bachelor’s degree, or an equivalent combination of education and experience; at least 15 years of strategic management experience in a relevant position within a similarly complex organization; strong skills in creative visualization of data and information. 

Desired: Experience in one or more of the following areas is highly desirable: designing and delivering complex services to meet customer requirements; leading in a metrics driven culture; visualizing complex budget structures; higher education; supporting a start-up or spinning off a business.

Closing Statement:
The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

How to Apply:
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Application deadline 9/29/2019.