Brooklyn Law School - Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Brooklyn Law School (BLS), a private law school based in New York City, New York, seeks an Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer (EVP) to provide strategic direction of financial management and operations for the institution.
Founded in 1901, BLS is located at the intersection of Brooklyn Heights, the Brooklyn Civic Center, and Downtown Brooklyn. The campus is at the heart of a distinctive legal, cultural, social, and visually stunning neighborhood that draws visitors from around the world to its cool communities and tree-lined streets. The mission of BLS is to provide its students with the knowledge, skills, and ethical values needed for a career in the law. One of the Law School’s greatest strengths is the composition, diversity, and achievements of its 70-member full-time faculty, who are gifted teachers in the classroom and renowned scholars and policy shapers in the larger community. More than 120 staff members and administrators work with and support Brooklyn Law’s faculty and students. The Law School’s operating budget for the 2023 fiscal year is $64 million, supported by an endowment of $231 million, the majority of which is unrestricted.
The EVP will report to the newly appointed Dean and President of the Law School, Dave Meyer, and the Board of Trustees, be an active member of the Dean and President’s senior leadership team, and will work collaboratively with other members of the senior staff. BLS 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, 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 BLS’ 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 eight 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.
All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile and a CV or resume. WittKieffer is assisting Brooklyn Law School in this search. Application review has begun and will continue until the position has been filled. Candidates are urged to submit their materials as soon as possible, through WittKieffer’s candidate portal using the buttons below.
Nominations and inquiries can be directed in confidence to: Werner Boel, LL.M. and Luis Bertot at BrooklynLawEVP@wittkieffer.com.
Salary range for this position is from $280,000-$320,000.
It is the policy of Brooklyn Law School not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected status under federal, state, or local law. It is also the policy of Brooklyn Law School to take affirmative action to employ, and to advance in employment, all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status, and to base all employment decisions on legitimate job requirements. This policy shall apply to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, upgrading, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, recall, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation, and selection for training, including apprenticeship, at all levels of employment.