Northern Illinois University - Vice President for Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer

IL, Dekalb

Northern Illinois University (NIU) invites inquiries, nominations and applications for a collaborative, strategic and forward-thinking vice president for administration and finance and chief financial officer (VPAF/CFO) to join its leadership team and help steer the future of this innovative and student-centered R2 doctoral university.

The VPAF/CFO will report to NIU President Lisa Freeman (appointed in 2018) and will work in partnership with the executive vice president and provost and NIU’s senior leadership team to support NIU’s aspiration to be an engine for progress, creativity and social mobility and to empower students, faculty and staff to make a difference in our globally connected world. The VPAF/CFO will oversee the Division of Administration and Finance, comprised of NIU’s major business and financial operations — including facilities, information technology and enterprise risk management — and is responsible for ensuring NIU’s continued status as a fiscally sound, efficiently managed and mission-centric institution.

The VPAF/CFO will work collaboratively with senior leaders to achieve the University’s strategic goals, which include strengthening NIU’s role and position as an impactful and engaged public university. Key priorities will be optimizing NIU’s financial planning and budget formulation process; improving institutional analysis and reporting of relevant financial data; streamlining internal communications to better engage and empower budget and operations managers across the University; and strengthening the infrastructure and availability of financial and physical resources to support teaching and learning, research, sponsored programs, innovative partnerships and other institutional priorities.

The VPAF/CFO must be an experienced administrator with proven leadership skills, including at least 10 years of financial and administrative leadership in higher education, to inform timely, data-driven decision making and planning. They must possess a keen sense of the various challenges facing higher education, especially those specific to a public research university of NIU’s size and complexity and be able to grow and advance the campus’ financial literacy and understanding of resource allocation and impact. A demonstrated commitment to embracing and fostering diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as a deep respect for shared governance, are essential. The VPAF/CFO will also possess the interpersonal and communication skills required to lead change, implement efficient and effective policies across a large and diverse institution and work collaboratively to promote a culture of collegiality and innovation. 

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

WittKieffer is assisting Northern Illinois University in this search, which will remain open until an appointment is made.

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

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Kim Brettschneider and Kim Migoya

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.