Syracuse University — Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

The Opportunity
Syracuse University, a private, R1 student-focused global research university, invites applications and nominations for the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Syracuse is a university of national stature and international opportunity, known for its professional programs, investment in research and innovation, and undeniable school spirit. Ranked #58 among National Universities by U.S. News & World Report, Syracuse University was named, in 2021, a top producer of Fulbright Scholars. Syracuse University offers a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges and 18 online degree programs, has more than 14,000 undergraduates and 7,000 graduate students, more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries.

Syracuse University seeks a highly collaborative leader who builds and nurtures partnerships with diverse internal and external stakeholders. The successful candidate will exhibit great leadership abilities and instincts to gain early acceptance by the team. The next Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) will combine creativity and innovative thinking, and the ability to create new ideas aligned with the academic mission, with a pragmatic and fiscally savvy approach that links ideas to the strategic plan.

The CFO reports to the Chancellor and is a key member of the Chancellor’s Executive Team. The CFO provides strategic leadership to, and direction of, the university’s Finance and Administration functions. The CFO provides leadership of and managerial oversight of services for the following units: treasury and university investments/endowment, finance and comptroller, planning and budget, facilities and real estate and risk management and insurance, and some other units. The CFO will also provide administrative guidance to the Director of Internal Audit (the Director of Internal Audit reports directly to the Audit and Compliance Committee of the University’s Board). The CFO works in close partnership with the Chancellor and the Chancellor’s Executive Team in the allocation and oversight of the University’s operating budget.

An undergraduate degree is required; an advanced degree in business administration, economics, public administration, or health administration is strongly preferred. In lieu of an advanced degree; candidates with longstanding experience in comparable positions at institutions of similar size and scope as Syracuse University will be considered.

Syracuse University has retained Korn Ferry, a national executive recruiting firm, to assist with this search. All nominations, inquiries, and application materials should be submitted in confidence to Korn Ferry. Korn Ferry will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Please direct all applications, nominations, and inquiries for the position to the search firm at the contact information below:

Ken Kring, Senior Client Partner
Beau Lambert, Senior Client Partner
Vickie Antolini, Principal
Syracuse specific email: SyracuseCFO@kornferry.com

Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University is interested in candidates who have the communication skills and cross-cultural abilities to maximize their effectiveness with diverse groups of colleagues, students and community members. All employment decisions are made on a non-discriminatory basis. Syracuse University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, citizenship, pregnancy or maternity, protected veteran status, work-related injury or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state or local law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

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