Chief Financial Officer
The Rockefeller University seeks a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) who will report to the Executive Vice President and serve as a key strategic member of the President’s leadership team. The successful candidate will be a highly collaborative leader who will serve as a trusted partner in stewarding Rockefeller’s financial resources in support of the more than 70 research labs on the campus, its research hospital, and its overall mission. The CFO will ensure absolute institutional integrity on fiscal matters and is responsible for directing the day-to-day fiscal functions of the University, including oversight of all financial operations, such as procurement, the Controller’s office, budget and planning, and treasury. Through the office of Budget and Research Administration and the office of the Controller, the CFO ultimately supervises a team of approximately 30. The CFO serves as the principal contact for the Chairs of the Board’s Finance and Audit Committees.
- Responsible for the short- and long-term financial health of The Rockefeller University including leading the financial planning for the multi-year plan, annual and capital budgets, forecasting, and setting capital structure.
- Engage with the leadership team to ensure that the fiscal resources are deployed to support the mission and priorities of the University.
- Work closely with faculty members on the planning and management of lab budgets.
- Be responsible for the quality, accuracy, and timeliness of financial information provided to internal and external parties.
- Develop and implement procedures, processes, and disciplines fundamental to maintaining effective compliance and control environments and functioning as the chief financial compliance officer.
- Provide a highly responsive, technically savvy, performance-driven, customer-focused service organization committed to freeing program staff to pursue
- Communicate financial information clearly and transparently across the institution.
- Develop and facilitate the use of key performance indicators/metrics to inform decision-making.
- Serve as the primary interface with banks, audit firms, and rating agencies to ensure effective, efficient, and quality service.
The successful candidate will be a seasoned executive with substantial leadership experience in academic, research, or grant-making organizations. As a financial and accounting professional with exceptional technical skills, the competitive candidate will be an effective, strategic, self-motivated, and confident operations leader. The candidate should have exceptional analytic skills and be capable of developing and implementing clear goals, systems, and priorities. Accounting and financial expertise, outstanding analytic and problem-solving abilities, and strong interpersonal skills are expected. A strong communicator with high EQ, the CFO will be attracted to the opportunity to join an organization with a clear, compelling mission and embrace the opportunity to forge solid and supportive relationships with scientists leading the extraordinary research.
CRITICAL LEADERSHIP CAPABILITIES
Financial and Strategic Leadership: At a transformative biomedical research institute with an impressive trajectory and high ambitions for its impact, work collaboratively with the leadership team to develop a long-range financial and business model that supports the strategic priorities of the University as well as its resources. Develop financial and performance management tools to enable better decision-making and planning. Lead in developing systems, policies, and structures to support a world-class finance organization and safeguard the compliance and control environment. Work closely with the leadership to develop collaborative, transparent processes for supporting and prioritizing new investments in programs and initiatives, and communicating to the community.
Leadership Skills: In a University that does high-impact research in a highly supportive environment, bring the wisdom, skills, and experience to serve as a key member of the management team focused on supporting the academic and research missions. Strengthen engagement across the University and continue the culture of transparency and partnership with lab directors and other leaders. Have the temperament and training to bring rigor, data, and creativity to inform problem-solving and priority-setting. Serve as a role model, coach, and mentor with the ability to attract, develop, and retain excellent talent. Set high standards and model integrity.
Relationship Building/Influencing Skills: As one of the key executive leaders within an elite research institution, the CFO must be able to build rapport and establish credibility with a wide range of stakeholders across the University and externally. The CFO must convey an unwavering commitment to the scientists at the University and be aligned in supporting their success. They are accessible, ready to collaborate, and can solicit input, listen well, and synthesize information quickly. The new CFO must have the talents, experience, and “soft skills” needed to achieve trusted adviser status with colleagues, University leaders, and members of the Board.
THE SEARCH PROCESS
The Rockefeller University is eager to receive input that will help it build a diverse pool of talented individuals. To that end, the Search Committee welcomes your comments, inquiries, applications, and nominations, which may be submitted via email with supporting materials to: RockefellerUniversityCFO@SpencerStuart.com
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