Company: College of Charleston
Posted on: April 8, 2021
Senior Vice President of Finance & Administration At the
University of North Texas (UNT), our caring and creative community
empowers our students to thrive in a rapidly changing world. As one
of Texas' largest universities,--UNT--is a 500-acre campus located
in Denton, Texas, located in the dynamic Dallas-Fort Worth
metropolitan area.--UNT--is home to nearly 41,000 students and
employs over 8000 faculty and staff members. The University of
North Texas invites inquiries, applications and nominations for the
position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Vice President for
Finance and Administration. Reporting to the President,
the--CFO--and Vice President is a senior executive position that
provides leadership and oversight for the development and execution
of a sustainable financial model for the University that
anticipates and responds to the opportunities and challenges
inherent in the contemporary higher education environment. This
position is responsible for supporting the University's academic
and research missions by providing quality financial, business, and
administrative services to the University community while
preserving its assets and ensuring transparency in planning,
budgeting and compliance. The Vice President serves as a member of
the President's Cabinet and assumes an active and collaborative
role in strategic planning, policy development, forecasting, and
resource analysis for the University. As the--CFO--of the
University, this position is actively involved in leading strategic
planning and budgeting processes with emphasis on human capital as
well as operations and physical assets. Additional responsibilities
include managing debt financing and cash flows while evaluating and
limiting associated business risks and maintaining optimal
liquidity. The Vice President monitors and benchmarks institutional
financial performance and identifies and reports on productivity
and efficiency of departments' use of capital assets and financial
resources and quickly advises regarding effective approaches to
capitalize on opportunities or mitigate threats. The Vice President
also oversees and directs the following functions: operating &
capital budget development and management, funds management,
tuition and fees assessment and collection, student financial
services, risk management, emergency management, asset protection,
policy development, business process training, youth protection,
and facilities and plant operations including police, parking and
transportation. Responsibilities of the position include, but are
not limited to: Financial and Administrative Operations:
--- Directs all fiscal planning and operations of the university,
financial analyses, including partnering with leadership to
identify strategic investments and asset mobility opportunities,
and demonstrate flexibility to support the University's long-term
goals, ensuring transparency in the process.
--- Demonstrates sound knowledge of finance within a public agency
and a deep understanding of financial statements, debt management,
and bond issues.
--- Develops and executes an integrated budget formulation in
conjunction with the President and other senior leaders and
administers the approved budget, authorizing appropriate budget
adjustments as needed to carry out the normal operations of the
--- Interprets financial data, presents financial facts, and
advises fellow administrators about the institution's financial
condition. Advocates the benefits of good management practices such
as financial planning and oversight, compliance, and monitoring of
--- Utilizes strategic budgeting practices to build capacity within
the organization and capitalize on development opportunities.
--- Coordinates the development of the Legislative Appropriations
Request with the President; develops evidence and testimony in
support of the request to various state agencies and the
--- Administers all business and financial aspects of the campus to
include development and administration of interagency contracts and
--- Recommends ways to link appropriation and operating budget
requests to campus planning.
--- Integrates major business and related operations, including
areas not directly managed, to ensure a transparent and seamless
team including areas such as budgeting, controller/accounting
activities, purchasing, and human resources. Compliance and
--- Assures development, implementation, and oversight of programs,
policies, and internal controls for improved efficiency,
effectiveness, and performance.
--- Ensures that monitoring systems are in place to track
compliance with all federal and state laws and regulations, and
that all staff have the training necessary to comply with relevant
laws and regulations.
--- Adheres to and fosters high standards of ethical conduct,
compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, and
appropriate financial oversight and controls.
--- Exercises prudent management practices, and authorizes
exceptions to purchasing and payment policies when appropriate and
within existing laws.
--- Works effectively in a collaborative and teaming manner with
other key leaders across the institution, the system and external
partners and stakeholders. Leadership and Development
- Demonstrates effective leadership competencies, managing a team
with diverse functions to ensure accountability at high standards,
and develops the team to ensure effective succession planning.
--- Develops a culture of employee engagement within the
--- Represents--UNTin matters related to the business and financial
management of the institution.
--- Exemplifies best practices and ensures that they are followed
in support of accountability, compliance, customer service, and
--- Provides leadership and oversight of institutional
effectiveness efforts including the use of evaluation results and
linking results to planning.
--- Promotes diversity within units to support existing campus
programs designed to create an inclusive environment. The
University of North Texas System and its component institutions are
committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable
federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative
action. The University of North Texas System and its component
institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex,
sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion,
national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran
status in its application and admission processes, educational
programs and activities, and employment practices. The successful
candidate will possess a Master's degree in business
administration, finance, accounting or other related field and ten
(10) years of experience in progressively responsible senior level
finance and administrative management positions in higher education
or public agency; or equivalent combination of education,
experience and training. Must have experience managing large
budgets and portfolios in excess of $100M, and experience working
in an organization focused on continuous improvement. Knowledge,
Skills, and Abilities required for successful performance:
--- Ability to plan, develop, implement, direct, and evaluate the
university's fiscal function and performance.
--- Strategic financial planning and assessment skills, and ability
to evaluate and advise on the impact of long-range planning
initiatives. Ability to analyze varied courses of action and
actively partner with senior leadership in strategic planning
--- Experience in planning and budgeting at the organizational
level, particularly in higher education or a public agency
--- Strong financial management and reporting acumen, and extensive
research, analytical, evaluative, and problem-solving skills.
--- Exemplary interpersonal, organizational, analytical, and
written and oral communication skills.
--- Strong leadership and effective management skills to lead
diverse departments, organize and direct the work of others, and
develop team members.
--- Demonstrated successful financial management and negotiation of
major projects and contracts in a complex environment to achieve
growth with limited resources.
--- Experience implementing effective business practices to
capitalize on technological resources.
--- Keen sense of excellence and execution with a commitment to
best practices in developing administrative operating procedures
and policies in area of responsibility.
--- Ability to make independent judgments and take appropriate
--- Ability to establish and maintain effective working
relationships at all levels of the University community.
--- Ability to work under considerable pressure, to adjust to
constant change, and coordinate the work of others.
--- Thorough knowledge of electronic information systems and
accounting systems. The preferred candidate will possess the
following additional qualifications:
--- Professional certification such as--CPA--or--CMA.
--- Significant experience in Texas public higher education and
coordination with State agencies. About University of North Texas
With nearly 10,000 employees in the DFW metroplex, UNT System
offers a wide variety of career opportunities. We offer staff
opportunities at our Denton, Dallas, and Fort Worth campuses, as
well as our System offices in Downtown Dallas, and multiple clinics
and business offices throughout Tarrant County. Our positions range
from entry level to executive, and span career fields such as IT,
Healthcare, Finance and Accounting, Administration, Marketing,
Police/Public Safety, Facilities, Campus Planning, Maintenance,
Research, and many more.
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