Vice President for Finance and Administration
Reporting to the President, the Vice President for Finance and Administration provides leadership, strategic planning, and coordination of the university’s financial and administrative operations to ensure optimal support of the university’s mission and goals. As a member of the President’s Executive Cabinet and senior staff, the Vice President serves as the chief steward of the university’s financial, human, and physical resources. The Vice President provides leadership for process improvement and service excellence across the division, ensures effective coordination and consultation with appropriate University System of Georgia officials, and works collaboratively with other university leaders on initiatives that advance the mission and strategic priorities of the university.
This position must build a culture of innovation and collaboration within the division and across divisions, as well as with external stakeholders to ensure positive and progressive actions and outcomes. Serving as Chief Financial Officer for the university, the position provides actionable and effective strategic direction and ensures financial solvency and sustainability of the institution. Additionally, the position serves as an ex-officio trustee for the Georgia College Foundation Board.
For more information, please contact Costas Spirou, Search Committee Chair and see the Search Website and Position Description/Application.
The Vice President for Finance and Administration must have the ability to work with an executive cabinet and display an appreciation and deep understanding of the university’s operational interconnectivity at all levels to represent the institution effectively, as well as the ability to work with all levels of staff, faculty, administration, students, and external stakeholders. The position must be able to lead and be led. The areas within the Division of Finance and Administration provide a wide range of services to the university, including accounting, budget, business office, human resources, facilities operations, facilities planning, public safety, auxiliary services, student accounts, payroll, materials management, and information technology. This position must build a culture of innovation and collaboration within the division and across divisions, as well as with external stakeholders to ensure positive and progressive actions and outcomes. Serving as Chief Financial Officer for the university, the position provides actionable and effective strategic direction and ensures financial solvency and sustainability of the institution. Additionally, the position serves as an ex-officio trustee for the Georgia College Foundation Board. This position requires a high level of leadership knowledge and experience within a higher education environment involving multiple complex units, and progressive management skills, including; the ability to identify and address complex problems; competency in prescribing and interpreting research and expansive data analytic abilities; effectiveness in non-disruptive change management; and the ability to conduct both long-range and short-range planning. Additionally, the position must have impeccable integrity, robust interpersonal skills, strong financial/business acumen, change-management fortitude, and the ability to inspire others to be their personal best.
The position provides sound stewardship of the institution’s finances and safeguards the assets and resources of the college. Works collaboratively and collectively with the President and Vice Presidents to achieve the strategic direction of the institution. Maintains effective communication within the division and broader university community, as well as with external university relationships. Ensures that the university`s services operate in accordance with the USG Business Manual guidelines, and practice sound internal controls. Ensures effective planning and assessment processes across the division. Oversees campus financial and capital planning, space inventory, and space allocation processes. Ensures the development and implementation of appropriate personnel policies and procedures and the overall effectiveness of human resource functions, including employee relations and salary administration. This position requires highly effective communication skills, including the ability to listen and the willingness to communicate and collaborate frequently and effectively. In-depth knowledge and understanding of higher education finances are essential. The position must possess the ability to manage change and conflict rationally. Additionally, the position must have sound time-management skills to work efficiently, decisively, professionally, and in an organized manner. The position must have the ability to plan and direct new operational processes to increase efficiency, reduce costs, and increase stakeholder satisfaction.
The position represents the university and president in negotiations with local governmental agencies and elected officials. The position ensures the development and implementation of policies and procedures needed for effective risk management across the division and institution. The position builds and maintains a strong working relationship with USG officials. The position ensures compliance within the division with institutional and USG policies and procedures and all applicable state and federal laws and rules.
Master’s degree in business administration or a related field; at least 10 years of related experience in a higher education environment; AND strong financial credentials and experience.