Senior Associate Dean, Business Affairs & Chief Operating Officer
The McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at
Austin is a premier business school at a world-class public
research university. McCombs offers undergraduate, graduate, and
professional degrees across the full spectrum of business
disciplines and sustains a community that fosters lifelong
engagement with its students and alumni. The school cultivates
principled leaders and develops ideas that will advance the
economy, improve lives, strengthen communities, and create new
knowledge for future generations. In all its activities, McCombs
aims to be “human centered and future focused.” The School
enjoys significant positive momentum, and its stated goal is to
“establish our place among the top 10 business schools in the
country in the minds of our peers and competitors, faculty, staff,
students, alumni, recruiters, and business and social leaders.” For
more information about the mission, programs, and community of the
McCombs School of Business, see https://www.mccombs.utexas.edu.
Reporting to the Dean, the Senior Associate Dean, Business
Affairs & Chief Operating Officer (“COO”) is a new,
transformational, executive-level leadership position overseeing
critical business operations of the School and adding to the
strategic capacity of the School’s leadership. The COO reports to
and serves as an advisor to the Dean and to colleagues on the
Dean’s leadership team on strategy, direction, resources, and risk.
They are responsible for leading, managing, and representing the
financial and operational components of the School. The role’s
responsibilities includes School finance, human resources,
facilities planning and operations, and information
Serving as a collaborative partner and advisor to the Dean, the
COO plays a broad, multi-faceted role in ensuring McCombs’ success,
in the development and stewarding of its resources, and in the
maintenance of its position within and beyond the University and
its top-tier business-school peer group.
Qualifications and Competencies
McCombs seeks an experienced administrative leader with a track
record of success in executive positions within complex,
multi-constituent, mission-driven organizations. The COO must be
wise, seasoned, judicious, and principled, must be able to make
sound decisions about resources, direction, investments, and risks
within a strategic view of the School’s opportunities and
challenges, and must be able to work collaboratively with a diverse
group of faculty, staff, and students and colleagues. The COO will
bring broad experience in critical business operations and will be
prepared to implement best practices into McCombs, taking cues from
both business and academia.
The COO will demonstrate a sustained commitment to diversity and
inclusion, will have strong communication and collaboration skills,
and the ability to communicate difficult and complex matters
effectively to a range of audiences and skill levels. They will
also have strong interpersonal skills and will be an effective
negotiator able to find ways to balance interests within the
School’s mission areas and strategic priorities.
In addition to these skills and attributes, a bachelor's degree
in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting, or related field
is required. An advanced degree in Business Administration,
Finance, Accounting, Computer Sciences, or another field relevant
to business education and business broadly defined is preferred, as
is experience in higher education.
The University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas at
Austin is one of the largest and most distinguished public
universities in the United States. As the flagship school of the
University of Texas System, UT Austin is the largest of its nine
academic universities and six health institutions statewide.
Recognized as one of the country’s top 20 public universities
according to U.S. News & World Report, the University
has a 431-acre main campus with 18 colleges and schools, more than
51,000 students, and 3,000 teaching faculty.
Named “Best Place to Live” by U.S. News & World
Report in 2019 – for the third year in a row – Austin’s top
spot was supported by recurring top-five place on the Milken
Institute’s “Best Performing Cities” list. Austinites are a diverse
mix of government employees, college students, musicians, high-tech
workers, blue-collar workers, and a vibrant LGBT community.
The McCombs School of Business has engaged Opus Partners
to support the recruitment of this position. Craig Smith, Partner,
and Sarah Gaines, Senior Associate, are managing the search.
Applicants are invited to email a PDF containing their resume and a
brief letter describing their interest and qualifications to Sarah
Gaines via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominations, recommendations, expressions of interest, and
inquiries should be sent to the same address. All possible
discretion will be exercised to maintain the privacy of applicants
through the search process. Review of applications will begin
immediately and will continue until the position has been filled.
Proof of conferred degree and a background check will be conducted
at the time of hire.
The McCombs School of Business is committed to achieving
diversity in its faculty, students, and curriculum and it welcomes
applicants who can help achieve these objectives.
The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal
opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all
applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and
affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of
equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the
basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex,
sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability,
religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and
activities, and admissions.
Location/Region: Austin, TX (78712)