South Texas College of Law Houston - Chief Administrative Officer

TX, Houston

South Texas College of Law Houston (STCL Houston), an independent law school based in Houston, Texas, seeks a Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) to provide strategic direction of financial management and operations for the institution. 

STCL Houston plays a vital role in the Houston community by developing skilled and ethical graduates who are committed to the highest ideals of the legal profession. Founded in 1923, the law school has more than 15,000 alumni and more than 50 full-time faculty and 60 adjunct faculty who teach nearly 1,000 students each year. In addition, the law school has 102 full-time staff members and approximately 50 part-time staff. Located in the heart of downtown Houston, STCL Houston is just minutes away from courthouses, major international law firms, corporations and legal services providers, ensuring that students have the kinds of opportunity they need to begin pursuing a successful legal career immediately after graduation.

Under the direction of President and Dean, Michael Barry, the CAO serves as a key member of the executive leadership team and the President and Dean’s Cabinet. The CAO provides thought leadership to STCL Houston and partners with the executive leadership team to realize the organization’s mission to provide a diverse body of students with the opportunity to obtain an exceptional legal education and prepare graduates to serve their community and the profession with distinction.

The CAO will collaborate with the STCL Houston community to develop and implement the organization’s annual operating budget of approximately $34 million while also ensuring operational excellence and long-term visioning toward supporting the institution’s strategic plan. The CAO provides oversight, planning and coordination of the Information Technology, Finance & Accounting, Facilities, Human Resources, Business Operations and Safety and Security departments of STCL Houston.

STCL Houston is searching for a strategic problem-solver who takes a values-based approach to leading finance and operations. The successful candidate will be a confident and innovative leader with strong knowledge of strategic planning, process improvement, fund accounting and project management. The new leader will also understand and respect shared governance and promote an environment that encourages teamwork, inclusive decision-making and a sense of community.

Candidates should have a track record of successful senior leadership in business management, operations, finance or a related area. Candidates should also be able to demonstrate accomplishments developing and attaining strategic goals and objectives, preferably in higher education or a similar complex organizational setting. The ideal candidate should also demonstrate alignment with STCL Houston’s mission. A relevant undergraduate degree is required. A relevant graduate degree (master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership/Administration, Business Administration, Operations Management, Accounting, Finance or relevant discipline) is highly preferred. Applicants with sufficient high-level experience without the graduate degree will be considered. A minimum of 10 years of leadership and high-level, progressive, and relevant finance experience is required. While successful leadership experience in higher education is preferred, analogous experience outside higher education will be considered.

Nominations, expressions of interest, and applications are invited. Interested individuals should provide a letter describing their interest in and qualifications for the position and a current CV. These materials should be uploaded to WittKieffer’s candidate portal using the buttons below. This search will be conducted with respect for candidate confidentiality. Confidential inquiries, nominations and questions concerning this search may be sent by email to WittKieffer consultants, Werner Boel and Luis Bertot at

STCL Houston is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action institution and encourages applications and nominations of women and members of minority groups. STCL Houston admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate based on sex, sexual orientation, age, race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, or disability in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.