University of Pittsburgh - Associate Vice Chancellor for Capital Finance

PA, Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) invites applications and nominations for the position of associate vice chancellor for capital finance (AVC), a newly established senior leadership role reporting directly to the University’s senior vice chancellor (SVC) for business and operations. This executive will be responsible for providing financial direction and strategic vision for major capital projects and real estate initiatives in support of the University’s Campus Master Plan, Institutional Master Plan, 10-Year Capital Plan, and other emerging opportunities.

Founded in 1787, Pitt is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States, with a long and proud 234-year history. It is a member of the Association of American Universities and currently serves over 9,000 graduate and 25,000 undergraduate students through 16 graduate, professional, and undergraduate schools at its Pittsburgh campus and four regional campuses in Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown, and Titusville, Pennsylvania.

The Pittsburgh campus is located in a metropolitan area that has been recognized as America’s “most livable city,” as one of the nation’s “smartest” cities, most affordable cities, and best cities for achieving the American Dream. Home to a number of Fortune 500 companies and high-tech firms, Pittsburgh has been widely viewed as an inspiring example of 21st century economic transformation, driven principally by the “eds and meds,” with the University sitting at the heart of that increasingly important sector.

The University regularly appears in the top echelon of national and global university rankings. In a recent US News & World Report ranking, the University of Pittsburgh was ranked 43rd on a list of the Best Global Universities. The University also has consistently been listed among the Top Ten American Universities in terms of total federal research and development support as determined by the National Science Foundation, and has been ranked by the Wall Street Journal as the number one public university in the Northeastern United States. This is a particularly compelling time to join the University, as it has emerged from the pandemic in a position of strength, both operationally and financially. In addition, there are a number of strategic capital planning projects underway in which the associate vice chancellor will play a key role in advancing transformative campus development.

The AVC will work closely with the growing Office of Real Estate and capital planning teams from Facilities Management (FM), Planning and Design (PD) and Business and Auxiliary Services (BAS), and will be responsible for holistic financial stewardship, planning and reporting within B&O. The AVC will oversee financial planning and analysis for capital projects and real estate opportunities including property acquisitions or dispositions and major leases of commercial, retail, research, clinical, residential, and other property. This position will work closely with B&O leadership teams as well as the Offices of the SVC/Chief Financial Officer, SVC and Provost, SVC for Research, SVC for Health Sciences, SVC for Philanthropic and Alumni Engagement, Director of Athletics, and others as required to support projects, initiatives and operating needs.

The ideal candidate for the AVC position is a meticulous servant leader. It is important for the AVC to embody a cooperative spirit in pursuit of meeting the challenges of a growing institution in an ever-changing world. Pitt takes pride and seeks to invest in the rich diversity of its faculty, staff and student body. Therefore, the AVC must deeply value the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity and access. The AVC will commit to meaningful inclusion, diversity, equity and access outcomes in their work, including how resources are allocated, how access is imagined and defined, and the ways in which they mentor and communicate with staff and stakeholders.

The position is expected to work independently and regularly report to the SVC on priorities, initiatives, and a summary of current projects. Ability to advise senior administration regarding financial strategies for short and long-term planning will ensure success. 

This is an extraordinary opportunity for an experienced budget and planning professional to make an impact at the University of Pittsburgh during a pivotal time of continued growth.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile.

WittKieffer is assisting The University of Pittsburgh in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received as soon as possible.

Application materials should be submitted to WittKieffer’s candidate portal using the buttons below.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Kim Brettschneider and John Thornburgh
PittAVC@wittkieffer.com

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled