Search for the Chief Business Officer, Research
Emory University seeks a strategic and experienced leader to serve as its next Chief Business Officer of Research (CBO). Reporting to the Senior Vice President of Research (SVPR) and with close ties to the Senior Vice Provost of Strategic Financial and Resource Planning and the Vice President of Finance and Treasury, the CBO is responsible for fiscal and budget planning, human resources, and organizational development for Emory’s research enterprise. The CBO is a member of the SVPR senior leadership team and SVPR Research Council and interfaces regularly and collaboratively with the Chief Business Officers across the University. The CBO also oversees data analytics and decision support services, information technology, and workforce processes. Additionally, they will spearhead facilities and space planning, capital planning, and strategic initiatives for the Office of the SVPR and the Office of Research Administration.
With research growth on an upward trajectory, Emory is at an important inflection point and will need an accomplished leader skilled in problem solving, process improvement, financial planning, and resource management. The Office of the SVPR values innovation and creative thinking, constantly assessing how and where improvements can be made to meet the growing needs of Emory’s research activity. Comprised of nine undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools, and colleges with the most inclusive—and constantly growing—healthcare system in the region, Emory is known for exceptional teaching, research, scholarship, and service to humanity and a sponsored research base that makes it one of the great universities in the country.
The ideal candidate will be an effective leader, natural collaborator, deft manager, analytical thinker, and skilled communicator who will also have a strategic, decision-enabling mindset and keen financial acumen. The CBO should have experience with financial analysis and budget management, reporting, and strategy, preferably in a higher education environment, with knowledge and/or experience in data analytics, human resources, and information technology. They should be committed to transparency and playing a visible and engaged role across the broader university, being a trusted colleague with key campus partners.
Emory University has retained the executive search firm Isaacson, Miller to conduct the search. Confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications may be directed to the search firm as indicated at the end of this document.
Rebecca Kennedy (she/her), Kristen Andersen (she/her), and Cortnee Bollard (they/them)