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Vice President of Finance

Concordia University Chicago
Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Oct 1, 2021

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Financial Affairs, Executive, Chancellors & Presidents
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Full Time
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Concordia University Chicago (CUC) invites applications for the full-time, exempt position of Vice President of Finance. The Vice President of Finance provides strategic leadership and analytical decision support to other university leaders to accomplish our mission, while maximizing the effectiveness of our resources. The Vice President of Finance is a key financial leader and partner and serves on the President's Cabinet. This position reports directly to the CFO and is located in River Forest, IL.


  • Partners with the college deans and functional leaders to create forecasts, key performance indicators and special analyses that align with university goals and strategic plan objectives
  • Advises the President's Cabinet on matters related to the University's operating and capital budgets, financial planning, and debt management
  • Measures financial performance monthly and identifies risks and opportunities around utilization of assets and financial resources; Meets with senior leaders quarterly to review results
  • Monitors and assesses the investment portfolio of the Concordia University Chicago Foundation
  • Ensures compliance to financial policies, processes, and other control mechanisms to safeguard assets and sustain the university

Skill Sets:

Servant Leader: Successful and effective record of achievement in a senior financial management position. Demonstrated expertise in financial planning. Proven presentation capabilities at the executive level.

Missionally minded: Must embrace CUC's cultural values and aspire to live them in the workplace. Leads with a customer-service attitude and takes initiative to solve problems. Must be a collaborative team player, curious and disciplined with a strong desire to make things better together.

Analytical Skills: Excels at analyzing and interpreting financial statements, data, and metrics. Ability to write and present the story behind the numbers. Solid reasoning ability and enjoys solving problems. Ability to multi-task, shift gears quickly, work independently and collaboratively. Ability to meet deadlines while paying attention to details.

Communication skills: Effectively presents information to business partners and non-financial managers. Excellent interpersonal skills, including comfort level interacting with senior level management. Team orientation and ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment. Articulates the University's mission, vision, and goals to broad and unique constituents.

Education & Experience Requirements:

  • MBA or Master's degree in Accounting or Finance required
  • 10+ years of experience performing financial analysis required
  • Experience working in a university setting is strongly preferred
  • Financial modeling experience highly desired.
  • Experience with Banner financial module and other financial systems is preferred.

Compensation and Benefits:

Title (AVP or VP) and starting range is dependent upon individual qualifications and experience. Concordia University Chicago benefit options include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and/or Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • Disability and Survivor Plan (Basic Life Insurance)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Retirement Pension Plan
  • Retirement 403(b) Savings Plan
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • Accident Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Tuition benefits (available for employees and their qualified dependents)

Application Information:

Interested individuals should include a cover letter, resume and references with their online application.

Concordia does not discriminate in the employment of individuals on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, sex or age. As an institution of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, however, and to the extent allowed by law, Concordia University reserves the right to give preference in employment based upon religious affiliation.

Concordia University Chicago does not generally sponsor for employment visas except for positions that oversee, teach or support our international programs.

About Concordia University Chicago:

Concordia University Chicago is a liberal arts-based Christian university founded in the Lutheran tradition. Through its College of Theology, Arts & Humanities, College of Business, College of Education, and College of Health, Science & Technology, Concordia-Chicago offers more than 160 areas of study in small classes taught by professors who are passionate about teaching and student success. All undergraduate and graduate degrees are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Concordia University Chicago has been recognized as a College of Distinction since 2010, and is consistently ranked among the Best Regional Universities - Midwest by U.S. News & World Report. For more than a decade, combined undergraduate and graduate enrollment has exceeded 5,000 students. Concordia University Chicago is located in River Forest, 10 miles west of downtown Chicago. Learn more about our commitment to higher education, rooted in the Gospel, at

Steadfast in Jesus Christ as revealed in the Holy Scriptures, Concordia University Chicago promotes academic rigor in its liberal arts and professional programs; grounds students in objective truth, integrity, and excellence; and practices faithfulness to the Confessional teachings of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, as it forms students for vocations in church, family, and the world.

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