Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

University of Oklahoma
Oklahoma, United States
Salary Not specified
Mar 05, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer


The University of Oklahoma seeks to fill the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to oversee all areas of Administration and Finance for the comprehensive university system, which consists of three campuses.



The central campus and the offices of administration of the University of Oklahoma are located on some 3,500 acres in Norman, a city of more than 100,000 residents. OU’s undergraduate population is slightly more than 20,000, giving students a major university experience in a private college atmosphere. Norman is located near the center of the state, 20 miles south of Oklahoma City, the state capital.


The colleges housed on the Norman campus are University College, the Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences, the Michael F. Price College of Business, the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy, the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, the Gallogly College of Engineering, the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts, the Graduate College, the Joe C. and Carole Kerr McClendon Honors College, the David L. Boren College of International Studies, the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, the College of Law, and the College of Professional and Continuing Studies. The Norman campus is also home to the College of Continuing Education, which directs outreach programs throughout the state.


Oklahoma City

The OU Health Sciences Center (OUHSC), located in the heart of Oklahoma City, is home to internationally prominent faculty, state-of-the-art facilities and new technology, which combine to make The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center a leader in education, research and patient care. It is one of only three comprehensive academic health centers in the nation with seven health profession colleges, NCI Cancer Center designation, and both an adult and pediatric Level One Trauma Center. OUHSC serves approximately 4,000 students in more than 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Students and residents receive clinical training at on-site institutions, including the OU Health Center, Oklahoma Children’s Hospital at OU Health, and Veterans Affairs Medical Center. In addition, affiliate training programs are maintained at hospitals and clinics throughout the state.



The OU-Tulsa Schusterman Center is located in the heart of mid-town Tulsa at 41st and Yale. The vision of OU-Tulsa is to build a nationally-recognized center of higher education excellence in select areas that emphasize strong campus community partnerships and leverage unique opportunities and needs in the Tulsa region.


About the Position

The CFO reports directly to the President of the University of Oklahoma, and, in partnership with the President, is responsible for ensuring the Board of Regents is regularly briefed and informed on the university’s financial state. The CFO is accountable for the administration of all financial operations of the university, including the development of a financial and operational strategy with metrics tied to that strategy; and the ongoing development and monitoring of control systems designed to preserve university assets, report accurate financial results, monitor adherence to the budget, and develop long-term financial and operational strategies. This position shall assist the President in the active financial and administrative management of the university and shall perform such specific duties as from time-to-time may be prescribed by the President, the Board, or by any standing or special committee of the Board. The CFO’s portfolio will also include university-wide oversight of Information Technology, Human Resources, Operations, Enterprise Risk Management, and Bursar and Student Financial Services. The CFO also works closely with OU Foundation leadership and OU Athletics financial management.


Professional Requirements


A seasoned financial manager with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field, such as finance. There is a preference for the applicant who holds a current CPA license and/or an advanced degree.



A minimum of 15 to 20 years of financial and administrative experience is required, with a leadership role in a large, complex, multi-location and matrixed organization. Experience in higher education is preferred, but not required.



The CFO will bring the following:

  • Innovation, resourcefulness, and creative problem solving.
  • Ability to build and lead a strong team of finance professionals.
  • A thoughtful and informed decision-making process which provides decisive leadership, where appropriate.
  • A tactful and diplomatic collaborator, comfortable managing challenging situations or conflict
  • Ability to lead by influence.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven ability to evaluate costs, risks, and benefits associated with alternative actions prior to making decisions.
  • Significant experience in or knowledge of GASB accounting.
  • Working knowledge of sponsored research accounting, compliance, and reporting.
  • Experience establishing metrics including analysis of leading and lagging indicators.
  • Ability and willingness to delegate effectively and to hold direct reports accountable.



The CFO will have a demonstrated history of behavior that demonstrates unquestioned integrity, emotional maturity, common sense, excellent judgement, political savviness, diplomacy, tact, adaptability and discretion. The incumbent will have a strong commitment to the university’s purpose and the campus-specific strategic plans.


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About the University of Oklahoma

Created by the Oklahoma Territorial Legislature in 1890, the University of Oklahoma is a doctoral degree-granting research university serving the educational, cultural, economic, and health-care needs of the state, region, and nation. The Norman campus serves as home to all of the university’s academic programs except health-related fields.


The OU Health Sciences Center, which has academic and clinical programs in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and across the state, is one of the most comprehensive academic health centers in the nation with seven professional colleges, the state’s largest clinical group practice OU Physicians, and research centers such as the NCI designated Stephenson Cancer Center and the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center. The OU Health Sciences Center is closely affiliated with the non-profit OU Medicine health system, which includes OU Medical Center, the Children’s Hospital, and OU Medical Center Edmond, and provides essential clinical services across adult and pediatric specialties. Both the Norman and Health Sciences Center colleges offer academic programs at the Schusterman Center, the site of OU-Tulsa.


OU enrolls almost 32,000 students, has more than 2,800 full-time faculty members, and has 21 colleges offering 172 majors at the baccalaureate level, 156 majors at the master’s level, 81 doctoral-level majors and 54 graduate certificates. The university’s annual operating budget is $2.05 billion. The University of Oklahoma is an EO institution Individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and are encouraged to apply.