Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Financial Operations

Chicago State University   Chicago, IL   Full-time     Finance
Posted on November 14, 2022
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Chicago State University (CSU), the oldest public university in the Chicago metropolitan area, seeks a strategic and collaborative leader to serve as the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Financial Operations (CFO). The CFO will provide executive-level leadership to the university in the planning and management of core financial and operational functions. The position directly supervises the following seven positions: Associate Vice President of Human Resources / Chief Culture Officer, Director of Procurement, Executive Director of Budget and Resource Planning, Executive Director of Financial Affairs / Controller, Chief Information Officer, Director of Student Payment Services and Executive Assistant. The CFO reports directly to President Zaldwaynaka Scott and serves as a key member of her leadership team providing advice and counsel on all administrative, business and financial matters in support of the University's strategic plan.

Chicago State University is Illinois' only four-year U.S. Department of Education-designated Predominately Black Institution (PBI). CSU serves over 1,500 undergraduate students and nearly 900 graduate students. The university is a member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, a membership organization for public HBCUs and PBIs, and is a nationally accredited university with five colleges in Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Health Sciences and Pharmacy. CSU proudly supports a diverse and non-traditional student population that hails from 28 countries and 36 states. CSU sponsors 15 sports and competes at the NCAA Division I level.

In ranking the nation's best universities for economic and social mobility, CSU ranked number two out of 103 colleges and universities in Illinois, and in the top four percent nationwide. According to a recent study, CSU is ranked first in Illinois and tied at second nationwide among public universities for equity in educating and supporting Black students. CSU has been transforming and renewing its campus to better support students. The university recently received $34 million in new capital funds from the State of Illinois. Some of the biggest capital projects will be the development of a new health professions simulation lab and the construction of the CSU Institute for Solutions for Urban Populations.

Candidates should have a record of successful senior leadership in business management, operations, finance or a related area. While successful leadership experience in higher education is preferred, candidates with experience outside higher education will also be considered. A master's degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance or a related field and ten years of experience of progressively responsible relevant leadership is required.

WittKieffer is assisting Chicago State University in this search. All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. The review of candidates will begin immediately and remain open until the position is filled. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest. A copy of the full leadership profile can be found here:

Candidate materials should be submitted through WittKieffer's candidate portal:

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to: Jeff Compher and Kim Brettschneider at

CSU is an Equal Opportunity Institution committed to cultural, racial, and multi-ethnic communities and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Persons who need reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to participate in the application process should contact the Office of Human Resources at 773-995-2040 or

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