Chief Administrative Officer

The office of the Vice President for Finance at Johnson University invites applications for the full-time position of Chief Administrative Officer on the Tennessee campus. Successful applicants must possess exceptional communication, customer service, and team-building skills, at least a bachelor’s degree in business, finance, management, or related field (master’s degree preferred), significant experience in a senior leadership role, preferably in an educational setting or nonprofit organization, and understand and support the mission and core values of the University. Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references via email to the Administrative Assistant to VP for Finance, Tonya Greene at [email protected]. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

General Job Description:

The Chief Administrative Officer reports to the Vice President for Finance and is responsible for oversight of all non-academic operations departments. These include plant services, information technology, campus store, major contractual relationships, and risk management. In addition, the person in the position assumes a leadership role in strategic planning and execution of the strategic direction of all operations departments. Chief administrative officers should be able to thrive in a challenging, fast-paced environment that may require more than 40 hours every week. They should be able to promote a climate of cooperation among staff employees and their respective administrative offices, maximize effectiveness of the unit’s execution of its responsibilities, and provide feedback for performance assessment and continuous improvement.

Primary responsibilities include oversight of the following:
• Inventory and plant assets;
• Maintenance of buildings/furnishings;
• Protective/safety services;
• Housekeeping services;
• Groundskeeping services;
• Operation of utilities;
• New construction and physical plant expansion;
• Information Technology department;
• Director of Operations;
• Operation of the Campus Store;
• Major third party and contractual relationships, such as dining services;
• Risk management activities, including institution-wide insurance coverage, campus security and safety, and environmental safety;
• Auxiliary enterprises;
• Strategic planning for operations departments;
• Resource allocation and budgeting for operations departments;
• Other duties as assigned by the President and Vice President for Finance.

Knowledge and Skills Requirements:

• Demonstrated leadership ability, team management, and organization skills;
• Outstanding interpersonal skills;
• Excellent written and oral communication skills;
• Excellent analytical and abstract reasoning skills;
• Strong decision-making and problem-solving skills;
• Experience with fiscal planning, budgeting and reporting;


• A bachelor’s degree in business, finance, management, or related field; Master’s (especially an MBA) degree preferred;
• Significant experience in a senior leadership role, preferably in an educational setting or nonprofit organization.

Working Conditions:

This position is primarily sedentary, working at a desk in a climate-controlled office. Some standing or walking will be required to maintain files and obtain information.

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Johnson University is a Christian university affiliated with Christian churches and churches of Christ. Its mission is to educate students for “Christian ministries and other strategic vocations framed by the Great Commission in order to extend the kingdom of God among all nations.” Accordingly, Johnson University seeks to hire and educate individuals who share its vision and core values to carry out that mission. Johnson University does not unlawfully discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment practices.

Johnson University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, age, veteran status, genetic information, political affiliation, or disability–if such disability may be accommodated without undue hardship—in provision of educational opportunities, programs and activities, or employment opportunities and benefits, pursuant to the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and subsequent amendments to that act, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and subsequent re-authorization of that act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and subsequent amendments to that act.

The University, however, reserves the right under those provisions to make certain employment decisions on the basis of religion, marital status, or sex consistent with the University’s religious beliefs when establishing qualifications for certain positions. Further, as a Christian ministry, the University retains the right to select those who serve in ministerial positions, as that term has been defined by the courts in the context of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, based on criteria established by the University without regard to Title VII, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law governing the employment relationship.