Stony Brook University is seeking an accomplished executive with exceptional strategic, financial, operational, and interpersonal capabilities to join the senior leadership team as Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration (SVP). The SVP reports to the President of the University and is the senior officer responsible for managing the institution’s financial resources and administrative operations.

The SVP works at the most senior level of the University to advance its mission of education, research, and service, providing strategic leadership to the staff responsible for many of the University’s central administrative functions. S/he works closely with the Provost and the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences to develop and implement a shared vision for how the University can best develop, sustain, and deploy its resources to pursue institutional priorities. A particularly important role Stony Brook’s new SVP will play is to strengthen the University’s infrastructure, systems, and overall capacity in financial planning, management, analysis, and reporting. 

The SVP oversees the Vice Presidents for Finance and Human Resource Services and the Office of Internal Audit, has responsibility for all facilities maintenance, and oversees design and construction activity. The SVP is also ultimately responsible for Police and Emergency Management, Environmental Health and Safety, and Parking and Transportation. The SVP currently has seven direct reports, a division of approximately 500 staff, and an operating budget of $130 million. Recently, the division has been supervising approximately $800 million in new construction and critical maintenance projects on Stony Brook’s campuses.

The SVP will be an individual with demonstrated exceptional financial and administrative skills. Candidates must possess senior-level operational and administrative experience in a comparably complex setting, a graduate degree, and a significant period of progressively responsible leadership experience in relevant areas. Candidates must demonstrate creativity, strategic thinking, and superior communication skills. Financial planning and management expertise is central to success in this role and is the central competency sought in candidates who will also bring a breadth of vision, a capacity for strategic planning, and change-management capabilities.

Founded in 1957 as a teachers’ preparatory school, Stony Brook University has advanced significantly in both size and reputation. Today it is one of the State University of New York’s (SUNY) four University Centers and widely regarded as a flagship of the SUNY system. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Stony Brook jointly manages nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory on behalf of the Department of Energy. The University has been ranked among the top 1 percent of the world’s higher education institutions by QS World University Rankings and as one of the nation’s top 100 universities and top 50 public universities by U.S. News & World Report. Stony Brook’s operating budget is approximately $2.6 billion.

Stony Brook University has retained Opus Partners ( to support this recruitment. Craig Smith, Partner; Neeta Mehta, Principal; and Laura Jenks, Senior Associate, are leading the search. Confidential inquiries, applications, and nominations should be sent to or

Stony Brook University is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity employer. Qualified women and people of color are especially encouraged to apply.