Vice President of Finance & Administration
Oversee University Finances | Improve Campus Facilities | Promote Growth & Excellence
The Vice President, Finance & Administration advises and counsels the President and the campus community regarding financial resource management operations and is a member of the President’s Cabinet and Executive Team. The Vice President is responsible for the leadership and management of campus financial and administrative services, including annual operating and capital budgeting, cash management, financial reporting and forecasting, strategic planning for financial health, audit, and investments, as well as oversight for human resources, finance office, public safety, facility services, campus infrastructure, food services, and residence life. This position reports directly to the President of the University.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Establishes the objectives, scope of services, structure, staffing, and performance standards for the division while ensuring the division functions optimally in supporting the University's Catholic Franciscan mission.
- Provides leadership in strategic planning and execution for the division.
- Develops and supervises the division through coaching, mentoring, facilitating, and supporting professional development.
- Actively participates in the President’s Cabinet and Executive Team meetings, staff meetings, councils, and other committees.
- Works collaboratively across all divisions.
- Represents the University to various internal and external constituents.
- Advocates and facilitates a positive climate of continuous improvement.
- Embraces and promotes the use of technology as a tool to provide efficiency and service to the University.
- Prepares and presents financial information, and other requested reports to the Board.
Finance & Administration
- Responsible for the strategic financial plan development and implementation that sustains and advances the fiscal health and stability of the University.
- Develops and maintains financial policies and procedures capable of supporting and enhancing operations, in accordance with sound financial management principles, government regulations, and industry best practices.
- Responsible for revenue forecasting, operating and capital budget development, planning, and allocation of financial resources.
- Presents and attends meetings with the Board of Trustee's Finance and Audit Committee, providing reports to said committees as requested.
- Responsible for annual financial statements and audits of the university.
- Provides leadership and works to maximize the financial performance of auxiliary units including the dining services, facilities, infrastructure, and residence life.
- Supervises human resource functions including employee benefits, compensation structures, and compliance with applicable federal and state legislation.
- Responsible for comprehensive procurement policies and procedures that ensure the efficient and economic delivery and payment of goods and services.
Operations, Risk Management, and Campus Safety
- Oversees annual facilities improvement and maintenance; leads efforts to update the plan on a regular basis.
- Responsible for the physical plant and maintenance of all physical properties and infrastructure.
- Maintains a safe and secure campus environment; assesses and is responsible for the University’s Emergency Preparedness Plan.
- Coordinates the development of business continuity plans to allow the University to continue operations and recover after an emergency.
- Oversees the implementation of a risk management process to identify and manage strategic risks.
- Conducts internal audits and minimizes and mitigates insurable risk through a comprehensive insurance program for University operations.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
- Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance, or a related field, Master’s preferred.
- Five years of increasingly responsible higher education administrative, management, and leadership experience with direct oversight for many, if not all, of the functions listed above.
- Must possess excellent communication skills.
- Must have the ability to crystalize complex financial information into lay terminology and effectively articulate the University's financial vision, strengths, goals, and requirements to a wide range of internal and external audiences.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or business community members. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
Advanced skills in Microsoft Office, knowledge of ERP systems and accounting software. The knowledge and ability to automate using the University system. Prior use of Ellucian products is helpful.
Ability to comprehend and apply advanced calculus, modern algebra, and advanced statistical theory principles.
Ability to solve problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
Briar Cliff University is an equal opportunity employer.
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