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Vice President for Finance and Administration/CFO

  • 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 practices.

    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 contract.

    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 university.

    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.

    Essential Functions:
  • 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 and systems.
  • 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 standards.
    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 required.
  • 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 professionals.
  • 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 programs.
  • 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 when necessary.
  • 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 benefit.
  • 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.

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