Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer
University of Pittsburgh
May 18, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
The University of Pittsburgh (“Pitt”) invites nominations and applications for the position of Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer. The Senior Vice Chancellor/CFO reports directly to Chancellor Patrick Gallagher, is a key member of the executive leadership team and works closely with the Board of Trustees. The position is open due to the retirement of current Senior Vice Chancellor Arthur Ramicone, who has served the university with great distinction for 30 years.
Responsibilities include oversight of financial reporting and budgeting; treasury, general, student, cost and research accounting, tax matters, financial operations and information systems, insurance, workers’ compensation, and university investments. The Senior Vice Chancellor/CFO also works with various internal and external constituencies to improve the effectiveness of the University’s financial and business operations. The Senior Vice Chancellor/CFO provides leadership in the university’s efforts to become more innovative and strategic in its financial practices.
Founded in 1787, Pitt is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States, with a long and proud 231-year history. It is a member of the Association of American Universities and currently serves approximately 10,000 graduate and 25,000 undergraduate students through 16 graduate, professional, and undergraduate schools at its Pittsburgh campus and four regional campuses in Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown, and Titusville, Pennsylvania.
The University is located in a metropolitan area that has been recognized as America’s “most livable city,” as one of the nation’s “smartest” cities, most affordable cities, and best cities for achieving the American Dream. Home to a number of Fortune 500 companies and high-tech firms, Pittsburgh has been widely viewed as an inspiring example of 21st century economic transformation, driven principally by the “eds and meds,” with the University sitting at the heart of that increasingly important sector.
The University regularly appears in the top echelon of national and global university rankings. In a recent US News & World Report ranking, the University of Pittsburgh was ranked 42nd on a list of the top 500 universities in the world. The University also has consistently been listed among the top ten American universities in terms of total federal research and development support as determined by the National Science Foundation.
The University seeks a collaborative leader with a record of professional accomplishment in the area of finance. Successful applicants will have outstanding administrative leadership capacity, excellent communication skills, and commitment to a diverse university. Applicants should have experience as a senior executive financial officer in a higher education, health system, government or business organization of relevant size and complexity.
Applicants must be familiar with a wide variety of financing techniques and have a record of significant leadership and accomplishment in planning and implementing major business and financial systems. Knowledge of trends in enterprise resource management systems is required, as is experience in dealing with local, state, and federal legislative and regulatory issues as they affect public universities. Experience with major academic health centers is also highly desirable in this research intensive environment. Additional information about the position can be found at www.wittkieffer.com.
Pitt’s new Senior Vice Chancellor/CFO will join one of the world’s most accomplished universities at a moment when new leadership and a new strategic plan combine to provide the opportunity for significant continued forward progress for the institution.
Nominations, expressions of interest, and applications are invited. Interested individuals should provide a letter describing their interest in and qualifications for the position, a current CV, and the names and contact information of five references. This material should be sent via email to the University’s consultants at PittCFO@wittkieffer.com.
This search will be conducted with respect for candidate confidentiality. References will not be contacted without the candidate’s prior knowledge and approval. To receive full consideration, applications should be received by June 15, 2018.
Confidential inquiries and questions concerning this search may be sent by email to PittCFO@wittkieffer.com or directed to John K. Thornburgh at (412) 209-2666 or Jane Courson at (617) 283-0399.
The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.