Education and Experience
Required: Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business, economics, finance, or related field.
Required: Ten years of progressive experience in leadership positions within financial affairs.
Required: Demonstrated success in the development and management of multi-million-dollar budgets.
Required: Demonstrated success in working collaboratively with a variety of partners and constituents.
Required: Demonstrated financial acumen.
Preferred but not required: graduate degree in accounting, business, economics, finance, or related field; prior experience in higher education.
Or a combination of equivalent education and/or experience.
Certifications and Licenses
Preferred: CPA License.
Preferred: Active Driver’s License.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Significant leadership experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities in the areas of accounting, business, economics, and/or finance.
Excellence in the areas of initiative and leadership.
Excellent judgment, including during emergency, crisis, difficult, and confidential situations.
Strong supervisory and management skills. Ability to establish and sustain a positive work culture of respect for all employees.
Strong skills and oversight abilities in negotiations with contractors/vendors, review of contracts, and overseeing work by contractors/vendors.
Strong verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to successfully manage multiple projects and balance multiple priorities while maintaining a positive outlook and working effectively in a team environment.
Thoroughness, accuracy, and timeliness in completing essential duties.
Strong orientation towards policy and process improvements.
Strong organizational, time, and project management skills; excellent attention to detail and accuracy.
Strong critical-thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.
Ability to work effectively and independently as well as in a team setting; ability to effectively receive supervisory direction.
Excellent interpersonal skills and professional rapport that will lead to effective and respectful working relationships with University stakeholders.
Demonstrated competence with and commitment to diversity and inclusion; ability to be an effective partner with diverse students, faculty, and staff.
Ability to establish effective working relationships, professional rapport, and effectively accomplish work within a University setting that includes a wide array of individuals, groups, policies, and processes.
Effective ability to use and learn computers, technology, software, and applications at level of sophistication required for the duties of the position, including, without limitation, Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), the internet, and computerized maintenance management systems.*
*All University of Portland positions require the ability to use and/or learn to use in a timely manner current or new technologies, software, and applications at level of proficiency and sophistication required for duties of the position. In most situations, the necessity of learning, using, and/or supporting new technologies, software, and/or applications does not change a job description nor make the position one that involves higher level duties.
Please see full job description (link in most postings) for information about physical requirements, working conditions, work standards, and statement about reasonable accommodations.