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Senior Vice President for Operations and Finance

Iowa State University

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Senior Vice President for Operations and Finance

Iowa State University, one of the nation's leading land-grant institutions, invites nominations and applications for the position of Senior Vice President (SVP) for Operations and Finance. Reporting to President Wendy Wintersteen, the SVP is responsible for developing and leading the financial and operational strategies that support the university's academic, research, and outreach mission.

The SVP serves as a key member of the senior leadership team, with the responsibility to develop financial and operational strategies that will support the University's mission. Leading a division of approximately 750 employees with responsibility for 12,000 acres of land, nearly 6 million assignable square feet of facilities, and an annual all-funds university budget of nearly $1.7 billion, the SVP will be an experienced, collaborative, purpose-driven leader with the professionalism and flexibility to support and inspire innovation at Iowa State University. The SVP partners effectively with leaders across the University and thinks creatively to identify opportunities that maximize financial and operational efficiencies and manages the change required to realize these efficiencies.

The SVP is responsible for overseeing the divisional units with a focus on operational excellence and service. These units and areas of responsibility are finance, financial planning and analysis, auxiliary enterprise, facilities planning and management, real estate and capital planning, and operations and strategy. In addition, this position plays a key role in the continuing implementation of Workday – Finance and Planning and the development and implementation of Workday – Student and Receivables.

The successful candidate must demonstrate a record of strong leadership skills in a complex organization, and the ability to act in the best interest of Iowa State University by identifying opportunities for improvement and generating strategies and solutions to bring about positive change.

Academic Search is assisting Iowa State University in this search. All inquiries, nominations, 
and applications will be held in strict confidence. Complete details regarding the opportunity and required qualifications can be found in the SVP profile.

Inquiries: To learn more about this opportunity and discuss your qualifications and interest, potential applicants are encouraged to schedule a confidential conversation with one of the Senior Consultants for this search: Dr. Ginny Horvath (Bookings Link, or or Dr. Carlos N. Medina, (

Nominations: Although nominations are not required to be considered for this position, leaders who know of outstanding candidate are welcome to submit confidential nominations by sending an email to

Applications: Applicants should send these three separate documents (each in PDF format) to Academic Search at

• A detailed cover letter, addressed to the Search Committee, which expresses your interest in this position and addresses the specific ways you meet the qualifications and expectations outlined in this search profile.
• A current full resume or curriculum vitae that includes relevant education, positions/titles, responsibilities, and accomplishments.
• A list of five professional references, including their names, titles, organizations, phone numbers, and email addresses, noting your relationship with each reference. References will not be contacted until later in the search process with the candidate's permission.

Although the search remains open until the position is filled, for full consideration by the Search Committee, candidates should submit their application materials by May 28, 2024.

Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. Veteran. Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies may be directed to Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, Ames, Iowa 50011, Tel. 515-294-7612, Hotline 515-294-1222, email

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