Chief Financial Officer

Los Angeles, CA
Aug 23, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The heart of the University of Southern California and, indeed, the University's oldest, largest, and most diverse academic unit of letters, arts and sciences was renamed the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences on March 23, 2011. USC Dornsife is presently home to approximately 840 faculty, including 460 tenured or tenure track faculty. The College is organized into 30+ academic departments and 30+ institutes and centers. Faculty of USC Dornsife are highly productive researchers, garnering more than $85 million in extramural funding in the prior fiscal year. The Dornsife College offers 85 undergraduate majors, 74 undergraduate minors, 15 master's programs, and 25 PhD programs. Approximately 6,900 undergraduates pursue a major at USC Dornsife, while over 1,750 graduate students study and conduct research. Among the sources of pride for USC Dornsife is that all tenured and tenure-track faculty members—even Distinguished and University professors—teach undergraduate courses.

Reporting to the Dean and working in close collaboration with the Dean's cabinet, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is responsible for strategically leading, planning, and organizing the financial functions of the College. The CFO supports the USC Dornsife leadership by being jointly accountable, with the Dean, for the College's financial performance. The CFO provides financial analysis and management; develops and enforces financial policies essential to maintaining a sustainable business model; owns the internal control environment of the College; and supports departments, centers, institutes, and programs on an as-needed basis. The CFO leads the development of the $500 million annual budget and manages the College's finances to meet academic, operating, and financial objectives. The role works closely with central University offices on financial matters. The CFO will play a prominent leadership role both in the College and at the University level, to represent the College's interests effectively and collaborate with peers in the other schools and business units on enterprise-level financial planning.

A bachelor's degree in finance, accounting, business management, administration, or a related field and at least seven years of financial leadership experience in a large, complex organization are required. A master's degree and financial leadership experience in higher education are preferred. The ideal candidate will possess a mastery of revenue center management (RCM) financial management principles; progressive management experience at the upper management level and demonstrated leadership skills in financial administration, capital and budget planning, business operations, accounting management, and tuition-based budgeting; demonstrated strategic leadership, planning, change management, and process improvement skills; demonstrated ability to achieve consensus and influence a wide range of people at various levels to achieve results in a collaborative decision-making environment; and advanced financial expertise in accounting, budget planning, and financial forecasting. Experience in higher education/liberal arts highly desired.


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