Vice-President (Finance and Operations)

Salary Commensurate with experience
Aug 05, 2020
Position Type
Executive, Other Executive
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

University of Guelph is a top-ranked comprehensive university, with nearly 27,000 undergraduate and over 3,000 graduate students across 85 different majors. The University plays an integral role in the educational, business, and cultural life of the province of Ontario, through the impact of its teaching, research, and community service, and through its special mandate to serve the Province in support of the agri-food sector and veterinary medicine. Guelph’s seven colleges conduct leading edge teaching and research in the physical and life sciences, arts, business, social sciences, and agricultural and veterinary sciences. The University of Guelph is recognized for its academic reputation, for being student-centered, and for its strong sense of community. At the core of its identity is a focus on sustainability and improving life, a commitment that has found deep resonance within the community. Guelph is a unique place with transformative research and teaching and a distinctive campus culture.  The University is strong, vibrant, distinct, and highly successful across a range of measures. Its faculty have a strong track record of generating new knowledge and discovery. The University applies its knowledge and discoveries to shape understanding and effect lasting positive change.

Reporting to the President and Vice-Chancellor, the Vice-President (Finance and Operations) will provide strategic leadership, strategic capital planning and master planning, oversight and stewardship for all aspects of the University’s financial operational services, facilities (building operations including construction), human resources including pension, ancillary services, risk management, and campus endowment lands development. The Vice-President (Finance and Operations) will be expected to work collaboratively with the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) in preparation of the budget. The Vice-President (Finance and Operations) is responsible for the University’s non-academic support functions and for the development and implementation of related innovative business and fiscal policies, regulations, and practices with a goal of leading and achieving operational effectiveness and efficiencies.  As a member of the University’s Senior Executive Team, the Vice-President (Finance and Operations) is responsible for providing strategic financial leadership and direction to the organization, ensuring excellence in financial and strategic capital planning, and reporting to several Committees of the Board of Governors. The Vice-President, Finance and Operations will be expected to work collaboratively with the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) in preparation of the budget. The successful Vice-President (Finance and Operations) will prioritize a strategic approach to their portfolio, with a strong emphasis on planning, analysis, accountability, risk management, teamwork and transparency.

As the ideal candidate, you bring advanced education and/or professional credentials, along with leadership experience within a diverse portfolio of functions and in organizations with complex governance structures. You have demonstrated that you are strategic, innovative, collegial and entrepreneurial and possess the strategic acumen and global thinking to enable you to set your sights on the horizon, to understand the goals of the university and to translate them into plans that support the university’s mission, allow students, faculty and staff to realize their goals, and ensure the University of Guelph’s sustainability in the broadest sense. You are passionate about how you and your team can collaborate with and support others in the pursuit of the academic, teaching and research mission of the university.

The next Vice-President (Finance and Operations) should possess an advanced degree and a professional designation (CPA),  experience in leading within a diverse portfolio of functions, experience in or an appreciation for working within a complex governance structure and a broadly-accountable context, and experience in fostering and maintaining positive relationships and partnerships with community, business, government, and other institutions and organizations. 

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Amorell Saunders N’Daw at or Janet Rose at or submit your application online at

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Guelph and KBRS will provide support in the recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you require accommodation in order to participate as a candidate in the recruitment process, please contact or communicate your needs to the recruitment professional named in the job description.

The University recognizes that applicants may have had obligations outside of work that have negatively impacted their record of achievements (e.g., parental, elder care, and/or medical). You are not required to disclose these obligations in the hiring process. If you choose to do so, the University will ensure that these obligations do not negatively impact the assessment of your qualifications for the position.

The University of Guelph resides on the ancestral lands of the Attawandaron people and the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit and we offer our respect to our Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Métis neighbours as we strive to strengthen our relationships with them.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. Acknowledging the University’s diverse population and ensuring that every member of an inclusive campus is a valued contributor is a foundational pillar of success. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

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