Chief Financial Officer

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Mar 06, 2017
Administrative Jobs
Institutional & Business Affairs
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Marquette University seeks an experienced and collaborative leader to be its Chief Financial Officer (CFO). With a visionary new President, Provost/EVP for Academic Affairs, and Executive Vice President for Operations (EVPO), passionate and service-minded students, excellent faculty, a new university master plan and updated strategic plan, increased engagement with the broader Milwaukee community, and beginning its largest fundraising campaign, Marquette is at an exciting inflection point. Reporting to the EVPO, the CFO will provide strategic leadership and oversight of the University's financial operations and financial planning efforts to assist Marquette in its vision to be one of the most accomplished and innovative Catholic and Jesuit universities in the world.

Marquette is one of 28 Catholic, Jesuit universities in the United States and is the largest private university in Wisconsin. Its attractive 98-acre campus on the edge of Milwaukee's downtown is home to a highly collegial community with more than 2,700 employees and a current enrollment at approximately 11,500 students. Marquette is ranked in the top 100 of national universities by U.S. News and World Report with aspirations to be in the top 50.

The University has embarked on a transformation guided by the President and Provost/EVP for Academic Affairs. Dr. Michael R. Lovell became Marquette's 24th President in 2014, the Provost, Dr. Daniel J. Myers, began his duties in 2015, and the first EVPO, Dave Lawlor, joined the team in 2017, after a realignment of the administrative structure. Together with the rest of the leadership team and the campus community, they are implementing Marquette's ambitious strategic plan, Beyond Boundaries. This plan requires extraordinary investment and innovative new partnerships to bolster how Marquette delivers transformational education and student experiences, thrives in the new and dynamic environment of higher education, builds its endowment, advances research and scholarship, and reimagines and reshapes its infrastructure. The CFO will join Marquette at a critical time for reimagining the financial infrastructure and providing the bold thinking necessary to assist the President, Provost, and EVPO in delivering this transformation.

The CFO will work in close partnership with the EVPO to provide a strategic fiscal vision and operational plan for the campus while ensuring a high level of innovation, transparency, collaboration, and accountability. The CFO will ensure financial goals and processes are clearly established and communicated to the University community and are in support of the University's mission. S/he will have primary responsibility for Marquette's financial planning and reporting, operating and capital budgets, accounting services, purchasing, risk management, debt management and endowment, payroll, and treasury services.

To that end, the new CFO will face a set of opportunities and challenges that include:

  • Develop and operationalize a financial strategy that supports the University's strategic priorities
  • Strengthen and inspire a more innovative and agile financial organization
  • Build community and trust with constituents across the University through the development, implementation, and communication of transparent processes and practices

Marquette has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: Electronic submission of materials is required.

Julie Filizetti and Lindsay Gold

Isaacson, Miller

1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300

San Francisco, CA 94111

Phone: 415.655.4900

Fax: 415.655.4905

Marquette University affirms its longstanding commitment to the principle of equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, disability, veteran's status or national origin. Marquette affirms its commitment to the principle of affirmative action and its commitment to abide by state regulations and federal laws pertaining to equal employment opportunity.

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