Executive Director, Accounting & Financial Reporting

January 24, 2019


University of Chicago


Education and Nonprofit




Chicago, IL 60637


  • The University of Chicago, one of the nation’s – and the world’s most prestigious research universities and great intellectual communities, seeks a strategic, creative and exceedingly astute accounting leader to serve as the Executive Director of Accounting and Financial Reporting.
  • This position provides an outstanding opportunity for a seasoned accounting executive who desires the complexity, challenges and rewards involved working for a dynamic, world-class institution.
  • Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Finance and serving as a key member of the institution’s finance division team and senior accountant, the Executive Director will help to develop and implement strategies and procedures that will ensure the financial viability of the organization and enable the University to continue to advance its educational mission.
  • The Executive Director will oversee six functional areas, including:
    • Accounting and financial reporting
    • Tax Reporting,
    • Cost Studies
    • Endowment and Annuity
    • Life Income Funds,
    • Plant and facilities and Staff Benefit and Budget and; will supervise an overall staff of approximately 13 accounting professionals and support personnel.
  • The ideal candidate for the Executive Director of Accounting and Financial Reporting position will possess a strong record of leadership and accomplishment in the field of accounting and business operations, finance, and senior administration.
  • This individual must exhibit a high degree of integrity, credibility and discretion, while demonstrating the ability to work in a participatory manner with colleagues at all levels of the organization to achieve positive results through astute accounting management, fiscal stewardship, and exceptional customer service to both internal and external constituents.


  • The next Executive Director will have an exemplary background of demonstrated success in building and maintaining a broad-based team of strong accounting professionals and fiscal operational leadership.
  • Other essential qualities include:
    • Outstanding interpersonal skills,
    • A strong work ethic,
    • Personal integrity and accountability,
    • Technical ability,
    • Applied business experience
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • The incumbent will also demonstrate strong attention to detail and the ability to keep abreast of the latest trends and regulatory changes that directly affect the higher education environment.

Additional information, including a Leadership Profile, can be found at www.wittkieffer.com. Recruitment is underway and will continue until the position is filled.
Nominations, expressions of interest, and applications (including a cover letter and resume) are invited and should be submitted by clicking here to reach the candidate portal and the consultant’s supporting the University of Chicago with this project, Mercedes Vance, Jane Courson and Kim Brettschneider. Confidential inquiries and questions concerning the Executive Director of Accounting and Financial Reporting search may be directed to the consultant’s at: 630/575-6175.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

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Full Time

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Mercedes Vance, Jane Courson and Kim Brettschneider

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