Fort Hays State
University (FHSU), a regional comprehensive public university where
determined, innovative and caring faculty and staff share a deep
commitment to teaching and mentoring students, seeks applications
and nominations for the position of Vice President for
Administration and Finance (VPAF). FHSU is fiscally strong and
healthy, and is well-respected for its low debt-to-income ratio.
Sources of educational revenue are diverse: international, online,
and on campus – with an enrollment of about 15,000 students.
FHSU exists to improve lives through a high quality,
accessible university. A successful candidate will be a seasoned
executive who desires the complexity and challenges of working for
a dynamic university and values a team-oriented leadership ethos to
advance FHSU’s 119-year legacy of success.
Key points the organization
believes will be strong attractors to top candidates:
- This is a career-enhancing opportunity to serve as the chief
financial officer for a forward-thinking, nationally prominent,
- The institution is fiscally strong and healthy, and is
well-respected for its low debt-to-income ratio. Sources of
educational revenue are diverse: international, online, and on
- Beautiful campus buildings include newly constructed student
success center and a fine arts building. Other recent new
construction includes residential life and themed Greek Life
housing, a 48,000-ft2 applied technology and sculpture building,
and a track & field complex. The majority of existing buildings
have been renovated. A dynamic energy center directs campus-wide
efficiencies, and two wind generators have reduced purchased power
needs by approximately 55%, resulting in annual savings on energy
costs of about $700,000.
- FHSU promotes intellectual life and cultural experiences for
the community and the region through university programs and
services, including theatre, music, art, and library programs
throughout the year.
- Faculty are collegial and cooperative, are personally invested
in the institution and community, often know their students by
name, and create opportunities for engagement where they can have a
positive impact on the lives of
The Role of the Vice President for Administration and
The Vice President of Administration and
Finance functions as the CFO for Fort Hays State University.
Reporting directly to the president, the VPAF works across the
university to optimize the university’s decision-making
capabilities and inspire the highest standards of financial
performance. As a key member of the university’s executive
leadership team, the VPAF develops and implements strategies and
procedures to ensure the financial viability of the university,
enabling FHSU to advance its educational mission. The VPAF will
oversee a team of approximately 190 talented employees. Functional
areas include budgeting and planning, accounting, business office,
central purchasing, facilities planning, human resources, physical
plant, printing services, purchasing, student fiscal services,
technology services, and university police.
The VPAF provides a range of financial services and operations
to support the fiscal integrity of the university. Through strong
stewardship of the university’s financial resources, enforcement of
effective policy, procedures, and internal controls, and through
accurate financial reporting, the team strives to serve the
university’s diverse customer base and safeguard the public trust
through responsive and reliable financial management.
The successful candidate will be a confident and innovative
leader with strong knowledge of strategic planning, process
improvement, fund accounting, and project management. The new
leader will also understand and respect shared governance and
promote an environment that encourages teamwork, inclusive
decision-making, and a sense of community.
Responsibilities of the Vice President for
Administration and Finance
- Provide leadership for the division of administration and
finance as aligned with our planning processes: campus strategic
plan, strategic enrollment plan, and master plan.
- Hire, develop, and retain high quality administration and
finance staff and build a team-oriented environment.
- Establish, approve and implement operating procedures to
control and account for the assets, liabilities, revenues and
expenses of the institution in accordance with applicable
regulations and generally accepted accounting principles for both
public and private funds. To oversee audits of the financial
operation, to discharge the finance functions in accordance with
state statutes and to report to the president as appropriate.
- Establish, approve and implement operational procedures to
purchase on behalf of the University in the most economical way,
interest in real property, contractual services, rentals of all
types, supplies and materials, equipment and services in accord
with state of Kansas procedures.
- Establish, approve and implement operating procedures to manage
and maintain the fixed and plant assets; the inventory of movable
equipment of the institution, and the disposal, salvage or
demolition thereof; and to administer and supervise all capital
construction contracts and renovation projects.
- Establish, approve and implement internal budget procedures in
compliance with the policies and guidelines of the Board of
Regents, the Governor’s Budget Division and the Legislative
- Establish, approve and implement operating procedures to
provide specific centralized support services (postal,
telecommunications, risk management and specific auxiliary services
and enterprises) common to the efficient administration of the
- Establish, approve and implement operating procedures for the
administration of all human capital policies and employment
- Review and sign contracts pursuant to delegated authority and
recommend or negotiate all early retirement or other agreements
concerning staff personnel.
- Establish, approve and implement procedures to ensure the
prudent administration and coordination of the authority granted to
the University, including reimbursement procedures for travel,
entertainment and recruitment expenses and compliance with the
applicable policies and regulations approved by the Board of
- Establish, approve and implement operating procedures
addressing risk management and to secure and protect the assets and
personnel of the institution, including assurance of safe working
places, control of parking, traffic and emergency procedures.
- Manage the investments of university funds and the assurance
and retirement of long-and short-term obligations in accordance
with the policies and procedures adopted by the Board of Regents
and the state of Kansas.
- Act as the University’s fiscal liaison with the Board of
Regents and the Fort Hays State University Foundation.
- Act as the President’s liaison to the USS/UPS Staff Senate and
to act for the President as appropriate in the day-to-day
management of operations and communications with the USS/UPS
- Manage the buildings and grounds of the University and
establish, approve and implement operating procedures to control
and account for these assets.
- Participate in facilities planning and assure that a
university-wide perspective is appropriately represented in the
space and renovation discussions.
- Establish, approve and implement operating procedures to manage
effectively campus security. To oversee positive working
relationships with local and state law enforcement emergency
- Oversee the following processes and committees: the athletics
advisory board, employee tuition assistance, residence
classification appeals, staff development committee, traffic
- A master’s degree in higher education
leadership/administration, business administration, operations
management, accounting, finance, or a relevant discipline
- A minimum of 10 years of successful financial management at the
- Experienced in public higher education and has demonstrated
ability to work in a diverse academic community
- Understanding of, and respect for, shared governance
- Knowledge of strategic planning, process improvement, fund
accounting, and project management
- Demonstrated accomplishments developing and attaining strategic
goals and objectives within a complex organizational
setting/preferably higher education
- Demonstrated competencies in fiscal management, financial
accounting and reporting, business management and administrative
- Skillful in accounting, budget management, investment
management, and project management
- Proven experience in planning and developing comprehensive
capital and operating budgets for a wide-ranging portfolio of
- Knowledgeable about institutional financial planning to include
budget forecasting, debt, investments and risk management
- Strong analytical and organizations skills;
- Works fluently with financial data
- Supports a collaborative and deliberative decision-making
- Possesses excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Experienced supervising others and with general office
management; creating and prompting an environment that encourages
teamwork, inclusive decision-making, and a sense of community
- Demonstrated ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced
- Enduring commitment to learning; growth mindset
- Demonstrated a high degree of integrity, credibility, and
Appointment Date: January 2022
Priority Application Date: Review of
applications will commence on September 26, 2021 and will continue
until the position is filled.
Salary: Salary is commensurate with
Benefits: Competitive benefit package http://www.fhsu.edu/humanresourceoffice/Prospective-Employees/
Application Process: To apply for this
position, please visit https://fhsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/CAREERS.
Only electronic applications submitted through the webpage
will be accepted.
Required Application Documents: Letters
of application, including a resume or vitae, transcripts, (official
transcripts are required at the time of employment), and the names,
addresses, phone numbers and email addresses for four current
professional references should be submitted. Applicant documents
should be submitted in one PDF.
If you have questions regarding the position, please
Shannon Lindsey, Human Resource Director
About Fort Hays State University
in 1902, FHSU is a leading, forward-thinking university of the
Midwest, with student enrollment numbers in the range of 4,000 on
campus, 7,000 online, and 4,000 in our unique China partnership
program. Over 400 faculty and more than 500 professional and
staff support and guide degree and certificate programs for the
associate’s, bachelor's, and master’s programs, and for the
Doctorate of Nursing Practice, representing 31 departments within
these academic divisions:
- College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
- W.R. and Yvonne Robbins College of Business and
- College of Education
- College of Health and Behavioral Sciences
- Peter Werth College of Science, Technology, and
- Graduate School
Fort Hays State University provides exceptional opportunities
for students from Kansas, the region, and the world, and the
University attracts goal-oriented students who want premier
learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom combined
with one-to-one attention and support. FHSU students graduate with
the knowledge, professional skills, and confidence to have a
competitive edge in their chosen careers. Upon graduation, 95% of
FHSU students find a job or placement in graduate
Community of Hays
Candidates will discover
a locale where professional satisfaction and career achievement are
paired with an optimal quality of life. Fort Hays State University
is located in Hays, Kansas, a vibrant, growing community of over
20,000 that takes great pride in the University's presence. Hays is
a celebration of historic and contemporary contrasts, evidenced in
its frontier roots highlighted throughout the city and local
museums and in its redeveloped downtown area where residents enjoy
one-of-a-kind restaurants, unique shopping, and a vibrant arts
scene. This community’s commitment to the future inspires Hays
businesses to reinvest locally.
A welcoming and family-centered community, Hays offers premier
healthcare services, a growing high-tech and retail business
community, and excellent Pre-K and K–12 schools in both the private
and public sectors. The City of Hays has long been known as a safe
community, and the FHSU campus is recognized by the National
Council for Home Safety and Security in 2018 as one of the Top 100
Safest College Campuses in America. For entertainment, recreation,
education, employment, or simply for a comfortable place to live,
residents of all ages will find in Hays the elements that
contribute to a safe, enjoyable, and fulfilling lifestyle.
Notice of Non-discrimination – Fort Hays
State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not
discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, national
origin, color, age, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic
information, disability or veteran status.
Background Check: Final candidate will have consented to and
successfully completed a criminal background check.
Notice to KPERS retirees applying for a position: Recent
legislation changes working-after-retirement rules for both you and
your employer if you go back to work for a KPERS employer. Please
contact your KPERS representative or www.kpers.org for further
information on how this might affect you.