Chief Operating Officer, School of Arts and Sciences

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Against a backdrop of entrepreneurial thinking and momentum around inventing innovative organizational processes and approaches, the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) at Rutgers University—New Brunswick invites nominations and applications for the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO).

One of the nation’s oldest and largest higher education institutions, Rutgers University is among America’s highest-ranked, most diverse public research and land grant universities. The university serves more than 69,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries, is located on three campuses — New Brunswick, Camden, and Newark — and consists of 29 schools and colleges. Rutgers University—New Brunswick is a member of the Association of American Universities and the Big Ten Academic Alliance. Rutgers University—New Brunswick conducts groundbreaking research and offers a premier education in a diverse community. Students choose Rutgers University—New Brunswick for its educational excellence and vast opportunities to prepare for a career of meaning and consequence.

The School of Arts and Sciences of Rutgers University—New Brunswick is home to award-winning faculty and more than 40 departments and programs and with more than 100 majors and minors to choose from. As the largest school within Rutgers, SAS combines excellence in teaching with world-class research, all in an atmosphere of rich cultural and academic diversity. With an annual operating budget of about $450 million, SAS has approximately 1,000 full-time faculty members and 500 staff employees and supports the education of over 20,000 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students in its degree programs.

Reporting to the Executive Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, with a dotted line relationship to the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Chief Business Officer, the COO will create and implement a strategic approach to advancing the operations of the largest and most complex unit at Rutgers. The new leader will oversee the administrative services for SAS, including finance, human resources, and facilities. The COO will partner with senior leaders to articulate and advance a vision for the school’s financial and administrative strategy; assess and improve the school’s financial reporting structures, practices, and procedures; promote a greater sense of community among staff; and support an environment rooted in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through these efforts, the COO will advance the school’s research and teaching missions by focusing on enhancing support for faculty, improving infrastructure, and increasing operational efficiencies.

The successful candidate will be a strong, strategic partner to the Executive Dean and senior leadership team. They will have a record of successful organizational decision-making and experience managing within a complex higher education environment. The ideal candidate will bring significant experience in accounting and financial operations and a strong background in financial analysis. They will also have experience managing human resources processes and practices, including labor relation issues, and a demonstrated commitment to the principles of diversity.

All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Applicants should submit, as separate documents, a resume or CV and letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile, available at www.wittkieffer.com and submit your interest and materials through the WittKieffer candidate portal. WittKieffer is assisting Rutgers University—New Brunswick in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by February 19, 2024.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Alejandra Gillette-Teran, Kim Migoya, and Robin Mamlet
RutgersSASCOO@wittkieffer.com

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