Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Apply by 10 April 2018
Executive-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 10 January 2018

Job Description

The mission of Ashesi University is to educate ethical, entrepreneurial leaders in Africa; to cultivate within students, the critical thinking skills, concern for others, and the courage it will take to transform our continent.

Reporting to the President and serving on the Executive Committee, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) provides leadership in daily operations of the university to ensure the smooth and efficient functioning of business and administrative functions. The position is very internally and operationally focused in the areas of Human Resources, Facilities & Logistics, Information Technology, Budgeting, and the Academic Registry.

As a key member of the executive team, the COO is responsible for ensuring a high-quality and economically efficient administration that supports the university’s mission. The ability to work well with colleagues and direct reports across a wide range of functions such academics, finance, facilities, human resources, information technology and student services, is crucial in this role.

The COO oversees the administrative integrity of the university and provides leadership in long-range planning; budgeting; and daily operations.

Working with the Director of Human Resources, academic deans and other senior executives, the successful candidate will help recruit, retain, and support an outstanding staff who continuously add to the university’s excellence. Leadership and managerial competencies are essential. The successful COO will inspire and foster a strong spirit of collegiality and shared accomplishment between faculty members and administrative staff.


  • An MBA or its equivalent. A PhD will be an advantage
  • Strong project management background, with a demonstrated track record of completing complex projects, is required
  • A minimum of ten (10) years’ experience, managing multi-functional teams
  • A strong background in finance and accounting is a plus

To apply:

Please submit the following to

  • A Curriculum Vitae
  • A statement of interest in leading Ashesi’s operations
  • Name and contact information of three professional references

About the Organization

About Ashesi University College

Since our founding in 2002, Ashesi has established a reputation as a leader in undergraduate education in Africa, with an educational experience that fosters ethical leadership, an entrepreneurial mindset and the ability to solve complex problems. These qualities are what set Ashesi students and alumni apart. Across various industries today, Ashesi graduates are highly sought, and over 90% have stayed to work for progress in Africa.

At the heart of the Ashesi experience is our interdisciplinary core curriculum, and our campus culture. Ashesi students come from 24 countries across the globe to learn, live and innovate together; almost half are on scholarships, and 48% are women. On campus, these students join with faculty and Ashesi leadership on a shared mission to transform the African continent.

To educate ethical and entrepreneurial leaders in Africa; to cultivate in students, the critical thinking skills, concern for others and the courage it will take to transform our continent.

The Ashesi Way -- the principles that define us

  • Scholarship
  • Leadership
  • Citizenship

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