Senior Vice President of Finance/Chief Operating Officer

New Orleans, Louisiana
Dec 18, 2018
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Four-Year Institution

Loyola University New Orleans (Loyola) is a Catholic and Jesuit university that seeks an entrepreneurial and experienced leader to serve as its next Senior Vice President of Finance/Chief Operating Officer (COO). The university has a remarkable history and rich Jesuit tradition, located in one of the most culturally rich and distinctive cities in the country – a city that is rapidly transforming itself into an enterprising and creative urban center. Loyola has embarked on an ambitious plan to revitalize the institution and enhance its financial stability for the future, within a rapidly changing environment for higher education. Together with new President Tania Tetlow, the first woman and lay president of the university, and an emerging senior leadership team, the COO will have an unparalleled opportunity to help to shape Loyola’s future through strong fiscal stewardship, ingenuity, and leadership. The COO will have direct oversight over all of the financial functions of the university, as well as other important business function areas. From a financial perspective, the COO will provide executive leadership and oversight of the Division of Finance and Administration, including the university’s operating budget, restricted accounts, bond indebtedness, and endowments, and will partner with the Endowment Subcommittee of the Board of Trustees on management of the endowment. The COO will also provide executive leadership and oversight of the areas of Facilities, Public Safety, Emergency Management, Information Technology, and Human Resources.

At Loyola University New Orleans, students, faculty, and staff live by the mottoes “men and women with and for others” and Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, doing everything in love or “for the greater glory of God.” Academic excellence, a commitment to social justice, and strength in diversity and inclusion are all hallmarks of Loyola, an institution dedicated to shaping not only minds, but hearts. Guided by Jesuit intellectual rigor and Ignatian spirituality, Loyola instills in its community the value of always striving for the magis, translated in Latin, simply, as “the more.”

Founded in 1904 as Loyola College by the Society of Jesus, Loyola is one of 28 Jesuit Catholic universities and colleges in the United States. The university is grounded in the liberal arts and sciences while also offering opportunities for professional studies at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including a law school. Loyola is the only Jesuit University in the U.S. with a College of Music and Fine Arts. Loyola has an enrollment of approximately 4,300 students, including 3,000 undergraduates, and the university offers 66 undergraduate programs and 17 graduate and professional degree programs. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1, Loyola has a remarkably diverse undergraduate and graduate student population and offers meaningful faculty interaction in a picturesque campus in Uptown New Orleans. Loyola has a deep commitment to opportunity and access, with approximately eighty-nine percent of undergraduate students receiving financial aid.

While the COO does not have to be Catholic, the search committee welcomes candidates who are open to gaining a deep understanding of Loyola’s Catholic, Jesuit mission. The COO will leverage Loyola’s mission, history and location, and positive energy and momentum on campus to help achieve its goals. The COO must be a highly accomplished financial executive and an effective leader with strong technical knowledge who can further develop structure and stability for the fiscal and administrative processes, provide strategic planning oversight, and lead and inspire a team of professionals. To move the University forward, the COO will be expected to address the following critical opportunities and challenges:

  •  Fulfill the vision laid out in Project Magis (
  • Lead financial strategy, analysis, and planning aligned with Loyola’s mission and priorities
  • Ensure the University has appropriate and effective systems and internal controls
  • Communicate clearly and frequently with both internal and external groups
  • Provide clear leadership, direction, and support to Finance and Administration staff

Loyola University New Orleans is assisted in this search by Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 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, Pamela Pezzoli and Ludi Chow

Isaacson, Miller

1300 19th Street NW

Suite 700

Washington, DC 20036

Loyola University New Orleans does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, veteran's status, or national origin in its educational programs or activities, including employment and admissions. At the same time, Loyola cherishes its right to seek and retain personnel who will make a positive contribution to its religious character, goals, and mission in order to enhance the Jesuit, Catholic tradition.

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