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Chief Financial Officer, Athletics

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Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati embarks upon its third century – building on the past and defining the future by leading urban, public universities into a new era of innovation and impact through its strategic direction, Next Lives Here. Underscoring the power of creativity, ingenuity, invention and inclusion, what’s Next will accelerate our unrivaled momentum, evidenced by eight straight years of record enrollment and rankings that include placement among America’s top 100 public universities by U.S. News & World Report. Home to a diverse student body of nearly 47,000 and more than 4,200 distinguished faculty, the university combines its Research 1 (Very High Research Activity) Carnegie Classification with a physical setting that The New York Times recently acclaimed as “the most ambitious campus design program in the country".


Job Overview

The University of Cincinnati (UC), Department of Athletics seeks applications for a Sr. Associate AD/CFO or Executive Sr. Associate AD/CFO (Sr. Business Officer). The position's rank will be determined based on the final candidate's experience and qualifications.  Reporting directly to the Athletic Director, the position will be part of the Athletics' Executive Team. This is a full-time position, salaried, with a comprehensive benefits package. 

The successful candidate will serve as the Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Athletics and direct a broad range of activities and functions to ensure effective operations and achievement of organization objectives while complying with University of Cincinnati and departmental policies, NCAA Division I, and Conference bylaws and regulations. Areas of oversight will include Budget/Business Office, Capital Projects, Human Resources, team and business travel.  

The Cincinnati Bearcats compete at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics as a member of the American Athletic Conference. UC fields 18 varsity teams with over 500 student-athletes supported by over 150 full-time staff on the award-winning UC campus in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bearcats have won seven national championships and 113 conference championships during its proud history. Numerous luminaries and Olympians have worn UC's red and black through the years including hall of fame legends Sandy Koufax, Oscar Robertson and Jack Twyman.  

UC student-athletes averaged a 3.400 GPA in the fall of 2020 with 78 percent of our student-athletes earning spots on the honor roll. 

The UC Department of Athletics is committed to connecting its community, enhancing its University and impacting the lives of its student-athletes as they prepare to change the world.

For more information on UC Athletics, visit www.GoBEARCATS.com.

Essential Functions

  • Responsible for long-range financial and strategic planning as well as overseeing the day-to-day business operations.
  • Formulate budget and monitor expenditures in accordance with university rules, and federal and state regulations.
  • Responsible for the management of complex budgets. Responsible for the management and oversight of both general funds and development funds. May be responsible for managing grant funding.
  • Advise college/unit leadership and other leaders in the university on financial and administrative matters.
  • Ensure effective operation of the school/unit’s finances and administrative operations in order to achieve objectives.
  • Responsible for ensuring the college/unit is following appropriate spending, contracting and reconciliation protocols including compliance with university guidelines.
  • Provide regular budget and expense reports for each area within the college/unit including providing support for members of the leadership team in reviewing in interpreting the reports.
  • May manage Human Resources function to ensure that the college/unit has an appropriate and diverse workforce including oversight of organizational development, position planning, recruitment and hiring, training and staff development, and evaluation. Provide oversight for performance management and escalated employee relation cases.
  • Primary operations officer for college/unit, assuming responsibility of space planning, renovations, liaison on maintenance and housekeeping.
  • May manage technology strategies and operations for the college/unit including desktop support staff and operations.
  • May provide general oversight for other administrative and business units.
  • Evaluate operational activities to ensure compliance and make recommendations.
  • Manage and direct special projects on behalf of the Dean/unit Vice President or Vice Provost.
  • Serve as liaison with internal and external constituents.
  • May provide direct and/or indirect supervision to exempt and non-exempt staff (i.e., hiring/firing, performance evaluations, disciplinary action, approve time off, etc.).
  • Perform related duties based on departmental need. This job description can be changed at any time.

Required Education

Bachelor's Degree must be in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting, or related field.  

Required Experience

Seven (7) years of relevant work experience to include three (3) years supervision.

Additional Qualifications Considered

  • Master's Degree/MBA.
  • Experience managing large, complex budgets and financials within higher education.
  • The ideal candidate will have experience in Division I college athletics. 
  • The position requires some evening and weekend hours.

Application Information

Interested and qualified applicants must apply online and include a cover letter of interest and a current CV/Resume. All certifications and other documentation can be uploaded using the Additional Documents section in the application. Applications without a cover letter and CV/Resume will not be considered for the position.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Office environment/no specific unusual physical or environmental demands.


Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


REQ: 74982 


Chief Financial Officer, Athletics

Date:  Nov 24, 2021

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  UC East Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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