Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer

The Opportunity
The University of Chicago is one of the world’s premier teaching and research institutions and is seeking their next Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”). Reporting to President Alivisatos and serving as a strategic business partner to and member of the President’s executive team. The Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) works closely with the Provost, Deans, Faculty, Vice Presidents, and senior administrators throughout the University and Health System to manage and strengthen the University’s business, financial, and administrative policies, and strategies to achieve the institutions goals in support of its academic, research, patient care, professional education, and service missions.

The CFO will have the broad mandate from University leadership to oversee, coordinate and integrate financial, technological, and human infrastructure, institution-wide, while balancing central and decentralized responsibility and authority.

The CFO will take a strategic approach in all areas of the University’s financial, technological, and human infrastructure to ensure that decision-making, across the comprehensive portfolio is consistently, accurately, and effectively driven by strategic data and analysis; to consider the full range of opportunities for partnerships, internal and external to the University, and engagement with important constituencies and stakeholders; and to convey centrally and reinforce locally consistent communication about the University and the strategic interests and positions that are most critical to maintaining a strong and forward-looking financial position. 

The CFO provides executive leadership for the financial administration of the University including Financial Services, Controllership, Treasury / Capital Markets, Human Resources, Information Technology Services, Risk Management, Compliance, Internal Audit, and Shared Services, and shares responsibility for Commercial Real Estate (jointly with the Vice President for Civic Engagement).

The University of Chicago 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: 

Barry Bregman, Senior Client Partner
Beau Lambert, Senior Client Partner
Megan Maxwell, Senior Associate
University of Chicago specific email: 

In keeping with its long-standing traditions and policies, the University of Chicago considers students, employees, applicants for admission or employment, and those seeking access to University programs on the basis of individual merit. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law (including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972).