Senior Vice President, Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer

University of Arizona

Senior Vice President, Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer

Established in 1885, the University of Arizona (“UA” or the “University”), the state’s flagship and land-grant university with two medical schools, produces graduates who are real-world ready through its 100% Engagement initiative. Recognized as a global leader, the UA is also a leader in research, bringing more than $622 million in research investment each year, and ranking 22nd among all public universities. The UA is advancing the frontiers of interdisciplinary scholarship and entrepreneurial partnerships and is a member of the Association of American Universities, the 62 leading public and private research universities. It benefits the state with an estimated economic impact of $8.3 billion annually. The UA placed at No. 46 among public institutions in the publication’s Best Colleges 2019 rankings — 14 spots higher than last year. Among all universities, public and private, the UA was No. 106, an 18-spot improvement over the university’s 2018 ranking and the UA’s highest appearance on the U.S. News & World Report list in almost 10 years.

The Senior Vice President, Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer (“SVP/CFO”) reports directly to the President and is a key member of the President’s senior leadership team, working closely with the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, Senior Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, and President and CEO, UA Foundation and Vice President of Development.

The SVP/CFO provides leadership for and has managerial oversight of a division of more than 1,400 FTE, including financial services, human resources, institutional equity, procurement, contracting, auditing, facilities management, parking, transportation, planning, design and construction of facilities, real estate management, Arizona Public Media, risk management, systems control and the university police.

UA seeks an accomplished and proven leader, with a record of innovation and entrepreneurial thinking, to participate in strategic planning, oversee the university’s budget and head its Business Affairs operation. This individual will build excellent relationships other senior leaders and campus constituents, facilitate the mission of the university through business affairs, and will work consultatively and collaboratively to shepherd the university’s financial and business resources.

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To ensure full consideration, candidate materials should be received by January 11, 2019. Review of nominations and applications for the position will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. All candidate information will be held in strict confidence until the final round of interviews. Please direct all applications, nominations, and inquiries for the position to the search firm assisting the university at the contact information below:

John Amer, Senior Client Partner

Beau Lambert, Senior Client Partner

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The University of Arizona values its inclusive climate because diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems and creating an inclusive academic community. As a Hispanic-serving institution, UA translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because the university seeks a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, it provides equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. As an Employer of National Service, UA also welcomes alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness. For more information about the University’s commitment to nondiscrimination, including comprehensive information about our policies, procedures, and resources, as well as contact information for inquiries, please visit [and/or]