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Chief Financial Officer Boulder, CO

The University of Colorado Boulder, the flagship university of the distinguished University of Colorado system, seeks a strategic, collaborative, and mission-driven leader to serve as its next Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

As one of only 36 U.S. public research institutions in the Association for American Universities (AAU), CU Boulder is an R1 research university committed to realizing the positive impact of new knowledge. With nine colleges and schools, an enrollment of 35,000 students, and more than 1,300 tenure and tenure-track faculty, CU Boulder is the largest of the four-campus University of Colorado system. From offering dozens of exciting programs in a range of academic fields, to serving as one of the world’s most dynamic research and innovation hubs, to working closely through hundreds of public outreach efforts with communities across Colorado and the world, the University takes pride in helping its students, faculty, staff, and partners turn new ideas into productive outcomes that change lives.

The CFO is a senior fiscal steward of the resources for the University, overseeing CU Boulder’s $2 billion budget, and manages a broad portfolio, with oversight of data analytics, financial reporting, institutional data reporting, and strategic budget development. Reporting to the Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer (EVC-COO) and serving on the Chancellor’s leadership cabinet, the CFO works closely with senior leadership, notably the Provost and EVC-COO, to develop a comprehensive campus-wide finance strategy and budget controls. The CFO also serves as a senior advisor on all aspects that financially affect campus operations, including financial planning, budgeting and analysis, controllership, and revenue cycle planning. The CFO develops and communicates campus policies on finance, accounting, budgeting, and financial and accounting systems, and leads the development and delivery of the annual operating and capital budgets, the campus annual budget process, management of cash reserves, and oversight of structured financing associated with debt issuances and public/private partnerships. In addition to Budget and Finance, the CFO oversees the Division of Business Strategy, which provides support to the campus for enterprise contract negotiations and business development as well as several campus auxiliaries such as parking, bookstore, and the CU Children’s Center.

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and 10 or more years of combined progressive management experience in accounting, financial planning and analysis, or budget management and business operations are required. The successful candidate will also bring most, if not all, of the following professional qualifications, characteristics, and skills: 

  • Master’s degree in business or public administration, accounting, finance, or related field;
  • Five (5) or more years of experience in higher education-based senior level management and leadership in financial planning and analysis;
  • Experience in public presentation and speaking;
  • Breadth of experience across accounting, finance, investment, internal controls, and management/leadership of operational practices and processes that enhance financial results;
  • Experience with strategic, operational, and capital planning;
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate vision, strategy, tactics, and activities to advance the financial portfolio;
  • Demonstrated experience implementing institutional diversity, equity, and inclusion goals and strategies;
  • Knowledge of trends in higher education financial management and funding models;
  • Experience and success envisioning and operationalizing a long-term financial strategy, including experience creatively financing large-scale capital projects;
  • Experience advising senior leaders, and successfully navigating and managing a large, complex, decentralized organization.

The salary range for this position is $300,000-$350,000 annually; relocation and/or a signing bonus is available.

Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. For this search, a complete application includes a CV/resume and a 2-3 page cover letter that addresses the following:

  • Why you are interested in this opportunity at CU Boulder;
  • Your experience and commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion at a divisional or institutional level;
  • How your background and experiences have prepared you to address the opportunities and challenges for this role, laid out on pages 5-7 of the full position profile (link below)

For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see below. Electronic submission of materials is required.

Cati Mitchell-Crossley and Courtney Wilk-Mandel are leading this search with Carley Davenport and Thea Kosmack.


The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, pregnancy, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.


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