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Vice President for Finance and Operations, CFO

Campbellsville University
Campbellsville, KY
Competitive, commensurate with experience
Date posted
Jun 14, 2024

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Vice President for Finance and Operations, Chief Financial Officer


Area:              Finance

Status:           Full-time, Exempt

Reports to:    President


Reporting directly to the University President and serving as a member of the University’s Senior Leadership team, the Vice President for Finance and Operations, CFO will (a) oversee all aspects of finance for the institution including student accounts, payroll, purchasing, accounts payable, accounting, budget, tax, treasury, investments, facilities, and operations; (b) work with other divisions to ensure institutional growth and quality through excellence in stewardship; (c) supervise and mentor strong deputy leaders in the areas of operations, information technology, human resources, and finance/accounting; and (d) coordinate strategically with the Senior Leadership team to initiate positive change for the University.


The successful candidate will possess a depth of experience in higher level business administration and a track record of success including knowledge of finance, budget, and management.  An exhibited understanding and readiness to contribute to the liberal arts mission of the institution is strongly desired.  The ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies in a university environment should be evident.

  • Graduate degree required, preferably in Business, Management, or Higher Education Leadership.
  • CPA certification preferred
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in upper level administration.
  • Outstanding relational, communication, and organizational skills.
  • Extensive knowledge of best practices in business with demonstrated and documented success.
  • Ability to cast vision, implement change, and grow and mentor deputy leaders.

Other important characteristics include a strong work ethic, competitive nature, personal integrity, emotional intelligence, a sense of humor, and a vocational call to Christian higher education. Evidence of a commitment to lifelong learning and professional growth is also required.

Primary Responsibilities:

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


  • Lead in the financial operation of the University to achieve budget goals, strategic investment returns, and integrity of practice.
  • Create and execute budget strategies engaging all campus leadership and utilizing best practices to meet goals.
  • Demonstrate ability to plan strategically and analyze effectively with budgeting, financial, and business acumen.
  • Develop, communicate, and enforce clear policies for operation that hold our community to the highest standards of business practice.

Deputy Leadership

  • Oversee strong deputy leaders in the areas of information technology, operations, human resources, and finance and accounting.
  • Invest in the development of future university leaders through intentional mentoring relationships and professional development opportunities.

Information & Data Management

  • Oversee the management of information and data across the divisions of finance and operations.
  • Ensure the protection of private information and guard the institution in matters of data management.

Broader University Involvement

  • Serve as member of the Senior Leadership team.
  • Serve on University committees as assigned.
  • Serve as an advocate in the community building relationships with civic leadership, religious organizations, business and corporate partnerships, and other leaders.
  • Treat members of the campus community with fairness, dignity, and respect – seeking a spirit of unity and harmony to achieve a common mission.
  • Fulfill other duties as assigned by the President.

Campbellsville University is a comprehensive, Christian institution that offers pre-professional, undergraduate and graduate programs. The university is dedicated to academic excellence solidly grounded in the liberal arts that fosters personal growth, integrity and professional preparation within a caring environment. The university prepares students as Christian servant-leaders for life-long learning, continued scholarship, and active participation in a diverse, global society. The individual employee is expected to conduct him or herself in a manner becoming an employee of a Christian institution, and the employee should uphold the highest standards of conduct in terms of honesty, truthfulness, respectful attitude, and conduct toward others.  Each individual associated with Campbellsville University is to perform his or her daily responsibilities mindful of the intent of the institutional mission statement and core values. Employees must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.


To nominate someone for this position, e-mail:

Jason Lawson, Ph.D. will be leading this search. If you have questions or would like to have a confidential conversation about the position, call 270-789-5016 or e-mail:

For best consideration, please apply by July 15, 2024.

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