Fairfield University is a co-educational, comprehensive Jesuit
university with a 200-acre campus located along the scenic
shoreline community of Fairfield, CT. The University is comprised
of approximately 3,500 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate students
pursuing degrees within 5 schools: The College of Arts and
Sciences, The Charles F. Dolan School of Business, The School of
Engineering, The Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health
Studies, and School of Education and Human Development. As an
expression of our Jesuit, Catholic mission and identity, Fairfield
embraces a liberal humanistic approach to education, encouraging
critical thinking, cultivating free and open inquiry, and fostering
ethical and religious values.
Fairfield University invites nominations and applications for the
position of Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration.
Consistently ranked among the top three northern regional
universities by U.S. News and World Report—and experiencing a
period of unprecedented growth and innovation— Fairfield is a
Jesuit, Catholic university that prepares students for leadership
and service in a constantly changing world. The private,
co-educational university has more than 5,000 undergraduate and
graduate students enrolled in its 5 schools and colleges: the
College of Arts and Sciences, the Charles F. Dolan School of
Business, the Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health
Studies, the School of Engineering, and the recently renamed School
of Education and Human Development. Fairfield University is built
upon the 450-year-old Ignatian tradition of “meeting the world as
it is” through scholarship and service. Fairfield is distinguished
by a rigorous curriculum, close interaction among faculty and
students, and a beautiful, 210-acre campus with views of the Long
Fairfield has never been positioned better than it is today to
accelerate as an exemplar of a modern, Jesuit Catholic university.
Currently, the University offers 48 undergraduate majors, 24
interdisciplinary minors, 45 graduate programs, 3 of which are
doctoral. 312 full-time faculty and 306 parttime faculty teach
across the College of Arts and Sciences, the Charles F. Dolan
School of Business, the Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and
Health Studies, the School of Engineering, and the School of
Education and Human Development. Year after year, Fairfield
programs receive noteworthy praise.
This will be an exciting time for a new leader to join as Fairfield
is in the midst of historic growth, expecting its largest incoming
class ever this fall. To further this evolution and growth, the
board recently approved a special appropriation to fund four
strategic initiatives over five years that will be key to ongoing
and future success: Preparing for the Advent of Big Data, Engaging
Industry and Community Partnerships, Expanding Geographic
Footprint, and Exploring New Instructional Modalities. More on
these initiatives and the role can be found in the full prospectus
Reporting to President Mark Nemec, the Senior Vice President
orchestrates a unified strategy across a complex academic
organization to ensure alignment, collaboration and effective
support of the institution in both current and future initiatives.
The SVP leads a team of 150 employees through five direct reports:
Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer; Vice
President, Chief Information Officer; Vice President, Facilities
Management; Assistant Vice President, Auxiliary Services; and
Director, Public Safety.
The senior leadership team is characterized by trust, open
communication, and shared goals, Fairfield seeks a leader who will
exemplify those characteristics and bring an entrepreneurial and
creative approach to developing/supporting new, innovative ideas
that will stretch the institution and push the boundaries within
higher education. The SVP will also create and articulate an
inspiring operational vision for the organization that will best
position us for achieving our ambitious strategic
The ideal candidate will be an accomplished strategic finance and
operations leader with notable executive experience in leading a
positive, sustained impact in complex matrixed environments, where
collaboration and influence management were critical to success.
They should be solutions-oriented, high energy leader have the
skills and breadth of vision to partner effectively with an
accomplished senior leadership team.
Finally, applicants from all religious backgrounds are encouraged.
The successful candidate should have strong appreciation for the
values of a Jesuit and/or Catholic education; embodying the
University’s mission of preparing students for leadership and
service through broad intellectual inquiry, the pursuit of social
justice, and cultivation of the whole person: body, mind and
To review the position specification, please click here: Fairfield SVP Prospectus
Nominations, inquiries and expressions of interest should be
Duties may be changed and/or be added at any time.
Disclaimer: The above information on this description has been
designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed
by employees within this classification. It is not designed to
contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all
duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees
assigned to this job.
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All offers of employment are contingent upon a satisfactory
Fairfield University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and, in this
spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of
color, Veterans, and members of historically underrepresented
groups. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to
all qualified individuals with a disability.
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