Location: Lakewood, NJ Category: Administrative Staff Posted On: Thu Dec 6 2018 Job Description:
The Vice President for Finance and Administration/CFO is one of two senior leaders reporting to the President, the other being the Provost. The Vice President/CFO works closely with various internal and external constituencies, including the Board of Trustees, Marketing and Advancement, Enrollment Management, and, Student Affairs. The Vice President/CFO provides leadership for the institution's ongoing efforts to develop operating strategies that enhance efficiency and lead to more effective administrative practices.
The Office of Vice President for Finance and Administration consists of Finance, Facilities, Procurement and Campus Services, Student Financial Services, Human Resources, Information Technology, Food Service, Campus Security, and Conferences and Special Events. Information Technology, Financial Aid, Food Service and Bookstore are managed through the Vice President's office by contract.
To be effective, the Vice President/CFO must be a confident, high-energy leader, a superb communicator, and an innovative thinker. In addition, the administrator will understand and respect an environment that encourages teamwork, student success, inclusive decision-making, and a sense of community across the university.
The Vice President/CFO's primary responsibilities include accounting and reporting, strategic planning, analysis of resource use; budgeting; treasury and risk management; procurement; student accounts; financial aid; campus security; facilities construction and operations; human resource services; and special events.
Cost Control and Restructuring: Actions were taken to closely monitor the university's cost structure, evaluate its academic programs, and improve its administrative processes and systems. External assessments were conducted of Finance, Information Technology, Marketing, and Admissions. Significant changes have been made in leadership along with a new strategic planning effort aimed at ongoing restructuring and repositioning. Many of these efforts continue, such as a strengthened budget process; a new information technology governance model; partnerships with community colleges, a unique relationship with a for-profit technical training organization, organizational consolidations, and greater sophistication in enrollment and administration of financial aid. The search for a new Vice President for Finance and Administration/CFO is an important step in strengthening the senior leadership team. The new Vice President will have a key role in building upon the recent changes and enhancements.
Develop a Strategic Partnership with the President and Provost: The constraints and uncertainties of the current economic climate require greater financial acumen among the senior leadership team. The President and Provost welcome the financial expertise of the VPFA/CFO to support and assist their efforts to analyze, evaluate, and prioritize the viability of the various long- and short-range initiatives.
Enhance Stewardship of Resources: As the ability to increase tuition is limited and as external support continues to be constrained, the Vice President/CFO will need to work collaboratively with the President and Provost throughout the budget development process, offering advice and analysis as various budget scenarios are considered. The Vice President/CFO will be expected to play a key role in monitoring the university's budget execution and supporting the Provost, other Administrators and Deans in setting budget priorities, allocating resources, and working to develop alternatives that support the university's missions. Through introduction of policies, training, communications and guidance, the Vice President/CFO will also help to instill a culture of fiscal discipline and financial accountability throughout the university.
Advocate Proactively with Internal and External Constituents: The Vice President must cultivate strong and collegial relationships with co-workers across the university. Similarly, the Vice President is also responsible for engaging external constituents whose organizations are crucial to the success of the university. Working with the Board of Trustees, financial leaders in other academic institutions, state, local, and non-profit agencies, the Vice President will be expected pursue strategic alliances and collaborative partnerships that allow GCU to thrive.
Enhance Business Operations, Service Quality, Revenues and Efficiency: The Vice President will be expected to provide hands on, accountable leadership for of a team of direct reports who need, and are eager for competent, professional direction. A key and on-going expectation for the Vice President is to foster a culture in the Finance/Administration organization that supports operational excellence, delivers quality customer service, and promotes optimal efficiency. He or she will analyze current administrative practices in an effort to develop and implement more effective procedures to enhance delivery of service as defined by measurable standards.
Integrate the core values of respect, compassion, integrity, justice, and service in all aspects of interaction.
Perform other duties as assigned by the President.
An undergraduate degree in a business-related field is required.
An advanced degree in business, public administration, health administration, or other relevant field is preferred, as is a professional certification, such as CPA or CMA.
In lieu of an advanced degree, candidates with longstanding experience in comparable positions at institutions of similar size and scope will be considered.
The ability to function in a complex, high demand environment, managing multiple priorities simultaneously.
Experience as a proven senior executive in a higher education, foundation, not for profit, or business organization of similar size and complexity.
A track record of innovation in developing progressive business policies and practices.
Ability to provide critical, conceptual, and strategic thinking to important financial, academic, and administrative issues.
Successful experience managing a staff that includes accounting, facility management, technology and safety professionals.
Expertise in budget development and implementation, and with a wide variety of financial management skills including ratio analysis, debt management, bond issuance endowment and investments, financial modeling and grants management.
Familiarity with major construction, renovation, and maintenance programs, understanding of facilities management, capital construction, real estate development, campus master planning, and business operations.
Record of significant leadership and accomplishment in planning, managing, and implementing business and financial systems, human resources, and knowledge of trends in enterprise resource planning and management.
The capacity to establish clear goals, procedures, systems, and priorities across different areas.
Exceptional communication skills in the service of conveying the goals and objectives of finance and administration programs.
Familiarity with Financial Aid policies and practices in independent higher education.
Ability to lead effectively using collaboration, persuasion, negotiation and partnering wherever possible but also to exert strong influence on matters of good business practice and principal when necessary.
Ability to present complex financial information into lay terms and to effectively articulate the university's financial vision, strengths, goals, and requirements to a wide range of audiences, both internal and external.
Understanding of the political, social, and economic factors shaping the future of private higher education, and the political skill to develop strong partnerships with affiliated entities.
Experience dealing with local, state, and federal legislative and regulatory agencies in ways that build trust and promote mutual benefit.
Genuine commitment to the mission and values of Georgian Court University including the Mercy core values of respect, integrity, justice, compassion, and service.
The highest standards for personal and professional excellence and unquestionable integrity.
Internal Number: 105531
About Georgian Court University
Georgian Court University: History, Culture and Academic Excellence
Georgian Court University offers more than 30 undergraduate degrees, 10 graduate Founded and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of New Jersey, Georgian Court University is located in residential Lakewood, New Jersey, on a magnificent 156-acre estate formerly belonging to financier George Jay Gould. The campus is conveniently situated 60 miles from New York and Philadelphia and only 10 miles from the beautiful Jersey Shore. Bordering Lake Carasaljo, the site is a National Historic Landmark with magnificent statuary, beautiful architecture and lush gardens, making it a truly breathtaking and inspiring place to learn, study, and live. After a long history as a women's college with coeducational graduate programs and undergraduate evening programs, Georgian Court has become fully coeducational as of Fall 2013. All degree and certificate programs during the day and evening are now open to both women and men.
Open to students of all faiths, Georgian Court University provides comprehensive liberal arts education in the Roman Catholic tradition with a special concern for women. The university offers a curriculum th...at is broad enough to be truly liberal, yet specialized enough to provide in-depth preparation for careers or further study.
The unique Georgian Court University atmosphere is one of a small college ambiance in a technologically advanced, highly esteemed university setting. Centered around the core values of the Sisters of Mercy, the university offers an extremely safe and nurturing campus environment with individualized attention and guidance.
The Georgian Court faculty is committed to teaching and individual mentoring, with an outstanding 92% holding doctorates or terminal degrees in their field. They are dedicated and caring educators and experts in their respective industries, while demonstrating public service and a personal affinity to our core values—respect, integrity, justice, compassion, and service.
degrees, and a variety of certificates in a wide range of areas through our three schools: The School of Arts & Sciences, The School of Business, and The School of Education.
Benefits of a Georgian Court University education include: small classes, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1; personalized education—faculty members readily available for mentoring ; all classes taught by faculty members, not graduate assistants, and inclusive core values of respect, integrity, justice, compassion, and service.