The Vice President for Finance and Administration/CFO is
reports to the President and is a member of Cabinet. The Vice
President/CFO works closely with various internal and external
constituencies, including the Board of Trustees, Marketing and
Advancement, Enrollment Management, and Academic and Student
Affairs. The Vice President/CFO provides leadership for the
institution's ongoing efforts to develop operating strategies that
enhance efficiency and lead to more effective administrative
The Office of Vice President for Finance and Administration
consists of Finance, Facilities, Procurement and Campus Services,
Student Financial Services, Human Resources, Information
Technology, Food Service, Campus Security, and Conferences and
Special Events. Information Technology, Facilities, Food Service
and Bookstore are managed through the Vice President's office by
To be effective, the Vice President/CFO must be a high-energy
leader, a superb communicator, and an innovative thinker. In
addition, the administrator will understand and respect an
environment that encourages teamwork and transparency, student
success, inclusive decision-making, and a sense of community across
The Vice President/CFO's primary responsibilities include
accounting and reporting, strategic planning, analysis of resource
use; budgeting; treasury, planning and management; procurement;
student accounts; risk management: financial aid; campus security;
facilities construction and operations; human resource services;
and special events.
Cost Control and Restructuring : The Vice President/CFO
will closely monitor the university's cost structure, continuously
evaluate its operations and improve its administrative processes
Develop a Strategic Partnership with the President and
Provost : The new Vice President/CFO will work in a strategic
partnership with the President and Provost in order to drive
forward the mission and vision of the University.
Enhance Stewardship of Resources : The Vice
President/CFO will work collaboratively with the President and
Provost throughout the budget development process, offering advice
and analysis as various budget scenarios are considered. The Vice
President/CFO will be expected to play a key role in monitoring the
university's budget execution and supporting the Provost, other
Administrators and Deans in setting budget priorities, allocating
resources, and working to develop alternatives that support the
university's missions. Through introduction of policies, training,
communications and guidance, the Vice President/CFO will also help
to instill a culture of fiscal discipline and financial
accountability throughout the university.
Assess Risks: The Vice President/CFO with support of
contracted legal services, will review and analyze contracts and
other agreements for risk and liability.
Advocate Proactively with Internal and External
Constituents : The Vice President/CFO must cultivate strong and
collegial relationships with his/her colleagues across the
University. Similarly, the Vice President/CFO is also responsible
for engaging external constituents whose organizations are crucial
to the success of the university. Working with the Board of
Trustees, financial leaders in other academic institutions, state,
local, and non-profit agencies, the Vice President will be expected
pursue strategic alliances and collaborative partnerships that
allow GCU to thrive.
Enhance Business Operations, Service Quality, Revenues and
Efficiency : The Vice President/CFO will be expected to provide
hands on, accountable leadership for a team of direct reports. A
key and on-going expectation for the Vice President is to foster a
culture in the Finance/Administration organization that supports
operational excellence, delivers quality customer service, and
promotes optimal efficiency. He or she will analyze current
administrative practices to develop and implement more effective
procedures to enhance delivery of service as defined by measurable
Integrate the core values of respect, compassion, integrity,
justice, and service in all aspects of interaction.
Perform other duties as assigned by the President.
An undergraduate degree in a business-related field is
An advanced degree in business, public administration, health
administration, or other relevant field is preferred, as is a
professional certification, such as CPA or CMA.
In lieu of an advanced degree, candidates with longstanding
experience in comparable positions at institutions of similar size
and scope will be considered.
The ability to function in a complex, high demand environment,
managing multiple priorities simultaneously.
Experience as a proven senior executive in a higher education,
foundation, not for profit, or business organization of similar
size and complexity.
A track record of innovation in developing progressive business
policies and practices.
Ability to provide critical, conceptual, and strategic thinking
to important financial, academic, and administrative issues.
Successful experience managing a staff that includes
accounting, facility management, technology and safety
Expertise in budget development and implementation, and with a
wide variety of financial management skills including ratio
analysis, debt management, bond issuance endowment and investments,
financial modeling and grants management.
Familiarity with major construction, renovation, and
maintenance programs, understanding of facilities management,
capital construction, real estate development, campus master
planning, and business operations.
Record of significant leadership and accomplishment in
planning, managing, and implementing business and financial
systems, human resources, and knowledge of trends in enterprise
resource planning and management.
The capacity to establish clear goals, procedures, systems, and
priorities across different areas.
Exceptional communication skills in the service of conveying
the goals and objectives of finance and administration
Familiarity with Financial Aid policies and practices in
independent higher education.
Ability to lead effectively using collaboration, persuasion,
negotiation and partnering wherever possible but also to exert
strong influence on matters of good business practice and principal
Ability to present complex financial information into lay terms
and to effectively articulate the university's financial vision,
strengths, goals, and requirements to a wide range of audiences,
both internal and external.
Understanding of the political, social, and economic factors
shaping the future of private higher education, and the political
skill to develop strong partnerships with affiliated entities.
Experience dealing with local, state, and federal legislative
and regulatory agencies in ways that build trust and promote mutual
Genuine commitment to the mission and values of Georgian Court
University including the Mercy core values of respect, integrity,
justice, compassion, and service.
The highest standards for personal and professional excellence
and unquestionable integrity.