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Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (EVP/COO)

Loyola Marymount University
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jan 5, 2023

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Executive, Other Executive
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Full Time

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (EVP/COO)

Loyola Marymount University (LMU), a top-ranked university in Los Angeles, invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for its next Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (EVP/COO). The Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer works in close collaboration with the Executive Vice President and Provost and together they serve as primary advisors to the President to whom they both report. The EVP/COO provides leadership to seven direct reports and a broad range of administrative areas central to the core operation of the University, including: Finance Division (including the Chief Financial Officer); Campus Safety and Security; Facilities Management and Campus Operations; Human Resources; Information Technology Services; Administration; and Auxiliary and Business Services. These areas together encompass more than 400 staff.

Founded in 1911, LMU is embedded in the intellectual and cultural fabric of Los Angeles, the world's creative capital, where the arts, entertainment, technology, business, and entrepreneurship flourish and where diverse religions, races, and languages interconnect. "Creating the World We Want to Live In" is LMU's strategic plan for the 2021-26 period and can be viewed at

The EVP/COO is responsible for creating greater institutional efficiency and effectiveness, and for providing strategic, financial and operational leadership that aligns with and supports the academic goals of the University. The EVP/COO will work closely with the faculty, staff, and institutional partners to direct activities in support of institutional success; to optimize infrastructure day-to-day and long term; and to integrate services that align with academic pursuits and maximize effective use of resources.

LMU seeks in its next EVP /COO a seasoned and highly collaborative leader with a demonstrated record of superior strategic leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills, as well as an ability to develop effective relationships across multiple constituencies in a tight-knit community. The EVP/COO will be a leader of leaders with a history of "seeing downstream and around corners," ensuring financial sustainability, facilitating critical conversations, fostering innovative and creative problem solving, and taking fiscally sound and informed risks. The successful candidate will possess many of the following experiences, knowledge, skills, and attributes deemed desirable by members of the LMU community:

• Exceptional leadership skills with the ability to develop and communicate vision that inspires and motivates staff.
• A deep understanding of the value of a diverse community; a demonstrated track record of advancing equity and diversity and enhancing inclusiveness.
• Excellent analytical, strategic conceptual thinking, strategic planning, and execution skills.
• Ability to articulate the University's mission, traditions, values, and perspectives.
• High level finance and budgetary acumen and a demonstrated ability to develop budgets and design and manage efficient business processes.
• Demonstrated ability to provide effective long-term vision and leadership in a changing higher education environment.
• Ability to maintain productive relationships with all segments of the community, and with appropriate external entities.
• Exemplary communication skills (both written and oral) evidenced by background in preparing comprehensive reports and executive summaries incorporating business trends, industry trends, student/faculty/staff satisfaction, and other key matrices.
• Undergraduate degree required, graduate degree preferred, with progressively responsible experience in educational administration and leadership.

The full position profile can be found here.

Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Tom Phillips and Laurie Casteen of Koya Partners will lead the search. To express interest in this role please submit a résumé and letter of interest here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Loyola Marymount University, a Carnegie classified R2institution in the mainstream of American Catholic higher education, seeks outstanding applicants who value its mission and share its commitment to inclusive excellence, the education of the whole person, and the building of a just society. LMU is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing an environment free from discrimination and harassment as defined by federal, state and local law. We invite all persons in the full diversity of their being, life experience, and beliefs to apply.
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