Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration

Eau Claire, WI

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

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The Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration provides leadership and vision in financial and physical plant planning, management and oversight for the Chancellor and the University's senior leaders. This includes working closely with shared governance and student leaders, and other stakeholders to fulfill the mission and strategic goals of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Budgetary responsibilities include stewardship of an annual institutional operating budget.

Serving as the senior financial officer for the institution and reporting directly to the Chancellor, the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration serves as a member of the Chancellor's executive team and is a key liaison with the University of Wisconsin System Administration.

The Vice Chancellor provides vision, leadership and direction to the finance and administrative division, which includes the following units:

  • The Administrative and Knowledge Support Center (ASK), a one-stop administrative support center that includes:
    • Firstsource Support Team/Travel
    • Accounting
    • Accounts Payable
    • Purchasing
    • Risk Management & Safety
    • Budget and Resource Planning
    • Human Resources
  • The Children's Nature Academy, an early childhood education and care center
  • University Police
  • University Auxiliary Operations – University Centers, the student union
    • Blugold Dining
    • Event Services – University and Pablo Operations
    • Camps and Conferences
    • Bookstore and Book Rental
    • Printing Services
    • Service Center and Ticketing
    • Bank and Blugold Card Office
    • UW-Eau Claire Pablo Production Unit
  • Facilities Planning and Facilities Management

The successful candidate will be an innovative, collaborative and experienced leader with a track record of progressive management success in a university or similarly complex setting. The successful candidate will demonstrate planning, resource development and project management skills; possess exceptional analytical skills and the ability to provide university leadership with budget models to enhance strategic decision making; and have experience dealing with governing boards and municipalities, and managing a variety of campus administrative functions including overseeing major facilities projects. In addition, the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration will demonstrate the capacity to lead, support and motivate staff through organizational change. The incumbent will appreciate UW-Eau Claire’s academic mission, approach tasks with a "people" orientation, and possess the ability to tell complicated financial stories in ways that enlighten and engage people inside and outside the University.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Lead a high-functioning division of Finance and Administration with a motivated team united in support of the University's mission.
  • Develop processes and structures that will support and  centralize budgeting and finance support for all divisions, including Academic Affairs, Housing and Residence Life, Athletics, Facilities, etc.
  • Develop and lead transparent short- and long-term budget planning processes that tie resources to strategic priorities, support enrollment growth, facilitate public-private partnerships and advance the capital goals of the University.
  • Create annual financial plans and regular financial reporting to key constituencies, including the Chancellor and divisional leaders.
  • Develop short- and long- range forecasts in support of strategic decision-making; and oversee the financial implementation of the University's vision and plans.
  • Collaborate with a range of community, business and civic partners in the development of facilities initiatives. Coordinate facilities projects with the University of Wisconsin System, State organizations, the University Foundation and other entities to meet university goals.
  • Oversee development and implementation of the comprehensive campus facilities masterplan and annual capital planning to realize institutional goals.
  • Assure sustainable institutional maintenance and betterment of “Wisconsin’s Most Beautiful Campus.”
  • Foster organizational change and a culture of service that provides user-friendly budget and finance support for offices across campus.
  • Oversee the budget, financial and facilities functions at UW-Barron County, as a branch campus of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
  • Establish financial systems that ensure University budget plans and reports are accurate, accessible, fiscally sound and sustainable.
  • Serve as the primary financial liaison between the University and the UW System Administration; provide counsel and information to UW System vice presidents and their staffs; work collaboratively with other UW System  financial  and business  officers,  and  contribute  to  UW System  initiatives  as necessary.
  • Provide leadership and direction to the Chancellor and senior leaders regarding the state biennial Budget, the university's annual budget allocations, and the capital planning process.
  • Foster exemplary human resources management throughout the institution to improve employee recruitment, retention, professional development and engagement.
  • Promote and support the University's commitment to equity, diversity and inclusivity across the campus community.
  • Create a climate of trust, transparency and openness by working collaboratively and communicating frequently with shared governance groups, with department and unit leaders, and with executive leaders.

QUALIFICATIONS & DESIRED CHARACTERISTICS

The successful candidate will present evidence of the following:

  • Demonstrated ability to understand and communicate complex concepts in ways that inform and engage individuals both inside and outside the University.
  • An unquestionable personal code of ethics; and excellent interpersonal skills, with evidence of collaborative, team-oriented leadership style.
  • Commitment to equity, diversity and inclusivity demonstrated by leadership, active planning, allocation of resources, and accountability.
  • Demonstrated ability to see the big picture and relate financial strategies and resources to the University's mission and strategic and capital plan while also providing active project management to get things done.
  • Demonstrated ability to create and implement financial forecasting and modelling tools to facilitate decisions on organizational investment strategies and risk management.
  • Ability to act with urgency in service to the University's vision and mission and to champion Innovation.
  • Experience with change management and continuous improvement.
  • Demonstrated appreciation for the principles of academic freedom and shared governance and a transparent management style that fosters collegiality and teamwork.
  • A history of effective leadership in a culture of shared governance is preferred.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, analyze and implement long-term sustainable financial models.
  • Ability to perform advanced analytics in support of strategic decision-making.
  • Ability to manage large-scale capital projects.
  • Supervisory experience overseeing multi-disciplinary operational units in a complex organization, including service-focused units.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master's degree (or equivalent) or terminal degree from an accredited institution. A degree in administration or business-related field is an asset.
  • Experience with public-private partnerships.
  • Well-developed knowledge and ability to interpret and apply federal and state laws and regulations.
  • Working knowledge of current financial information systems, web technology and database applications.
  • Evidence of progressively responsible senior leadership in finance, budgeting and planning for complex organizations such as health care, higher education, or county, municipal, or state government.

UNIVERSITY and EAU CLAIRE COMMUNITY: UW-Eau Claire, an institution of approximately 11,500 students and 1,250 faculty and staff, is consistently recognized as a top comprehensive university in the Midwest and is widely known as a leader in faculty-undergraduate research and study abroad. We strive for excellence in liberal education and select graduate and professional programs through commitment to teaching and learning and dedication to our core values of diversity, sustainability, leadership, and innovation.

The City of Eau Claire, situated at the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers, is at the center of a metropolitan area of approximately 100,000 people located 90 miles east of Minneapolis/St. Paul. The area features beautiful parks and trails, strong public schools, a vibrant arts scene and local food culture, and abundant recreational opportunities.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applications are submitted electronically. Please follow instructions found on the following UW-Eau Claire Web site: https://www.uwec.edu/job-postings/ .You must create an account and login before you can apply.  If you have not yet registered, click on the "Click here to Register" link to begin the registration process. If you are already a registered user, input your "User Name" and "Password" and select "Login."  Click the link to the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration position (Job ID # 16545) and then click the "Apply Now" button to submit your application electronically.  Your application will not be considered complete until all required documents are attached and all required fields are completed.  Please be sure you have included the following in PDF format:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum vita
  • Names and full contact information for five professional references.

Please direct requests for additional information to:  Ms. M.J. Brukardt, Special Assistant to the Chancellor   brukarmj@uwec.edu

To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by August 7, 2020.  However, screening may continue until position is filled. The university reserves the right to contact additional references with notice given to the candidates at an appropriate time in the process. Employment will require a background check. Employment will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding past conduct related to sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7).

The UW-Eau Claire Police Department is dedicated to maintaining a safe and secure environment for learning and working. Although crime at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is limited, the   University Police want students, faculty and staff to be aware of crime on campus and the area surrounding the campus. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose annual information about campus crime.  Visit Campus Security and Fire Report  (https://www.uwec.edu/files/8/annual-security-report.pdf) .  Also visit our Campus Security Authority policy (https://www.uwec.edu/files/787/CleryCompliancePolicy.pdf).

UW-Eau Claire is an AA/EEO/Veterans/Disability employer dedicated to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Posted: 07/24/2020