Chief Financial Officer

Potsdam, NY
May 01, 2019
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Posting Details

Position Information

Job TitleChief Financial OfficerPosting NumberExe 2014000125 Position Summary Information

Job Description Summary

Clarkson University in Potsdam NY invites nominations and applications for the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO). A key member of the President’s leadership team, the CFO will exercise executive and administrative direction over University financial and operational programs to include the planning, development, implementation, coordination and monitoring of Business and Fiscal Programs, policies and procedures. The CFO will assume responsibilities at the university no later than September 1, 2019.

Ranked as a Top-Tier National University by U.S. News & World Report, America’s Best Colleges, Clarkson University is an independent, nationally recognized technological university whose faculty of teacher/scholars aspires to offer superior instruction and engage in high-quality research and scholarship in engineering, business, science, health and liberal arts. Clarkson University’s main campus is located on 640 wooded acres in Potsdam, New York and along with three other campuses, Clarkson is the institution of choice for more than 4,300 enterprising, high-ability undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in 95+ rigorous academic programs of study.

The CFO will lead the Operations Team of five direct reports: Director of Financial Aid; Director of Student Administrative Services; Director of Budgets and Planning; Controller; and Director of Legal Affairs, Compliance, & Risk Management. In addition they will direct, coordinate and administer the activities of the University Business and Financial Affairs Division to include endowment, enterprise risk management, legal affairs, compliance, purchasing, student accounts, student records, student financial aid, annual and long-term operating and capital budgets, general accounting, accounts payable, and fixed assets.

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Minimum Qualifications:
Include Education,
Experience, and Skills

Minimum qualifications for the position are a bachelor’s degree in business administration, finance or related discipline with a preference for an individual with a Master’s degree and/or professional certifications. At a minimum the Chief Financial Officer will have ten or more years of progressive responsibilities in the area of financial administration, significant leadership and management experience in business and finance, including complex financial transactions, due diligence, contract negotiations and strategic planning.

Preferred Qualifications:
Include Education,
Experience, and Skills

Preference will be given to those with a master’s degree and experience in higher education. Professional experience leading to an understanding of the academic environment, governance, and values along with a state-of-the-art knowledge of information system, accounting and investments will be preferred.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, bend and stoop. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Clarkson is committed to complying with the guidelines set forth under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Posting Detail Information

Open Date04/30/2019Close DateOpen Until FilledYesSpecial Instructions for this Posting

Nominations & Applications

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are all welcome. Applications will be received and considered until the position is filled. Applications must include a letter of interest that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the position profile, resume and five professional references with email addresses and telephone numbers (references will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant). Applications and nominations should be sent electronically (Microsoft Word preferred) to: [email protected]

The search is being assisted by:

Oscar C. Page, Ph.D.
Executive Search Consultant
AGB Search
[email protected]
(903) 870-8303

An equal opportunity /affirmative action employer, Clarkson actively seeks and encourages applications from minorities, women and people with disabilities. Prior to a final offer of employment, the selected candidate will be required to submit to a background check including, but not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, and criminal background check.

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