Northern Arizona University
NAU Advancement Foundation Chief Financial Officer
Northern Arizona University (NAU) Advancement Foundation in Flagstaff, Arizona seeks an entrepreneurial and strategic leader with deep financial and administrative experience coupled with understanding of the academic enterprise to serve as its next chief financial officer (CFO).
Reporting to chief executive officer of the NAU Foundation and vice president of NAU Advancement, the incoming associate vice president and chief financial officer for the NAU Advancement Foundation will support the administrative, financial, and risk management operations for both the Advancement division and the Foundation. The dual role position will be integral to the vice president's leadership team by actively collaborating to establish a vision and plan for Advancement and Foundation’s aggressive goals.
The chief financial officer will build upon an understanding of higher education funding trends and intricacies to assist the foundation in its financial growth. Through the use of effective financial modeling tools and techniques, the chief financial officer will develop and enact thoughtful and data-informed strategies and investments that will ultimately advance the strategic priorities of the university. The position is responsible for all financial operations of NAU Advancement. Demonstrated knowledge and commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential in supporting the values of the foundation and the university.
NAU began in 1899 as a teachers’ college, and its commitment to building a better tomorrow through education remains the university's highest priority. Now a land-grant university with nearly 29,000 students (including 21,248 on the Flagstaff campus), NAU is classified as an R2 university with very high research activity and competes in NCAA Division I sports in the Big Sky conference. The university is divided into eight colleges offering about 130 undergraduate degrees, 100 graduate programs, and various academic certificates. Students can take classes and conduct research at more than 20 statewide locations, including the Phoenix Biomedical Campus.
Flagstaff is located near the center of Northern Arizona, about 150 miles north of Phoenix, AZ and 80 miles south of the Grand Canyon. The City is surrounded by coniferous forests, which allow for an array of outdoor sports, camping, and backpacking opportunities. Downhill skiers enjoy 32 runs down the San Francisco Peaks, just 14 miles from downtown Flagstaff. Olympic athletes choose Flagstaff as a training site because of the climate, altitude and available facilities. The altitude makes it a mecca for celestial observations. Last but certainly not least, it is home to 70,000 people who prioritize family, community, work and play balance in their daily lives.
Inquiries and nominations may be directed to WittKieffer consultants Ben Haden and Kati Sweaney at NAUFCFO@wittkieffer.com. Candidates should provide a resume and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile. Application materials should be submitted through WittKieffer's Candidate Portal.
Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.