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Senior Vice President of Operations

Oklahoma State University
Oklahoma, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Jul 9, 2021

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Chief Business Officers & Vice Presidents
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Senior Vice President of Operations

Oklahoma State University


Oklahoma State University is a comprehensive land-grant system, with the main campus in Stillwater, a north-central Oklahoma community with a population of approximately 50,000. Located approximately 60 miles from the Tulsa and Oklahoma City metropolitan areas, the university has a diverse student body. Of OSU’s 35,000 students, approximately 24,000 are on the Stillwater campus, including almost 700 at the OSU-Tulsa campus, and the remaining students are enrolled at one of OSU’s three branch campuses: the Institute of Technology- Okmulgee; OSU-Oklahoma City; and the Center for Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine in Tulsa. Oklahoma State is a doctorate granting university with 200 undergraduate majors and options, 79 master’s programs, and 45 doctoral programs. More information regarding our prestigious colleges and schools can be found at

This individual reports directly to the President and will serve as a member of the President’s senior staff by leading, directing, delegating, or assisting with projects, including matters involving university officials, and community and government leaders as requested by the President. The Senior Vice President (SVP) also tracks to completion all initiatives initiated by the President. Additionally, the SVP provides specialized services and support to the President; performs special assignments and conducts special administrative tasks and research studies for the President on a wide range of subjects related to the overall management and operation of the university; is responsible for the direction and executive oversight of daily office operations, office budgets, and all of the activities and services provided by the operations sector of the university; assists in implementing the President's vision and goals. The SVP, working in close collaboration with appropriate senior campus officials; serves a critical support role in strategic planning, decision-making, and execution of decisions, serving as a member of the President's cabinet; provides advice to the President and coordination and liaison with other senior administrators on virtually any matter of interest to the President, including policy, programs, budget, personnel and community and legislative relations. The position serves as one of the President's strategic liaisons with university and community constituencies; represents the President in all manner of situations as requested, manages confidential and sensitive issues for the President and assists senior administrators in developing solutions to a wide range of issues in all areas of campus operations. The SVP performs a wide range of duties requiring tact, sensitivity, independent judgment, diplomacy, organizational skills, and flexibility, which require dedication to consultation and consensus building, and strict confidentiality.

QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate will have a master’s degree with a minimum of ten years’ progressive experience within a university or other comparable setting while assuming increasing responsibilities and oversight of divisions and direct reports. Additional qualifications include the ability to partner well with colleagues both in and outside of the organization; a demonstrated ability to build consensus among diverse groups of constituents and to communicate effectively both in writing and orally. The successful candidate also displays the demonstrated ability to plan, organize, coordinate and direct multiple projects and activities with varied deadlines; the strength of strategic thinking and effectively moving strategic agendas; proven experience in handling highly confidential and sensitive materials and situations; a keen sense of attention to detail; knowledge of organizational, business, and management practices as applied to strategic planning, risk management, analysis, and evaluation of programs, policies, and operational needs; and demonstrated ability to provide exceptional service orientation. It is preferable for the candidate to have experience in a higher education setting in one or more of the following areas: strategic planning, risk management, business, finance, and/or operations. It is also preferred that the candidate show a history of increasing responsibility working successfully with higher education executives at an academic institution.

APPLICATIONS: For full consideration, applications should be submitted online at, Req#9652 on or before Thursday, August 5, 2021. In order to be considered for this position, applicants must submit a letter expressing interest in the position, a current résumé, a list of five references with contact information, and a statement of leadership philosophy for university system operations.

Oklahoma State University, as an equal opportunity employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. Oklahoma State University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate based on race, religion, age, sex, color, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or veteran status with regard to employment, educational programs and activities, and/or admissions. For more information, visit

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