Vice President for Finance and Management
Company: Inside Higher Ed
Posted on: April 9, 2021
Budget Title:VICE PRESIDENT FOR FINANCE AND MANAGEMENTCampus
Title:Vice President for Finance and
ManagementSchool/Division:Finance and Management, Division
ofDepartment:Finance and Management OfficeStaff Sub-Type:Staff &
AdministrationSalary Level:MP2Salary Range:CompetitivePosition
Effort:Full-TimePosition Summary:SUNY Cortland, a top public
university of approximately 6,900 students located in the
geographic center of New York state, prides itself on being a
popular destination for students and employees alike. The
university's campus has transformed in the past decade, with
emerging academic programs, an increasingly diverse population and
more than $350 million in construction and renovation. The Division
of Finance and Management seeks a people-first leader who embraces
the opportunity to strategically lead SUNY Cortland's fiscal
matters.Home to approximately 265 employees, the Division of
Finance and Management includes all Business Office functions and
the Facilities Management unit. The Vice President for Finance and
Management (VPFM) oversees these areas and serves as chief business
and financial officer of the university. This person ensures
financial solvency through oversight; plans and implements
appropriate fiscal policies; serves as the campus operations
manager for the Research Foundation of SUNY; and fulfills the role
of primary campus liaison to the SUNY Cortland Child Care Center
and Cortland Auxiliary Services, which provides dining and other
essential services to campus. This position reports directly to the
President and serves as a key member of the President's Cabinet.For
more than 150 years, SUNY Cortland has provided unmistakable value
for students seeking a well-rounded academic, athletic and social
experience. The university ranks highest among SUNY comprehensive
colleges on Money magazine's "Best Colleges for Your Money List,"
fields a powerhouse Division III athletics program and boasts an
impressive network of alumni making a difference in education,
business, government, fitness, medicine and many other fields.Major
- Serve as a key member of the six-person President's Cabinet,
working to develop, refine and advance the institution's overall
- Work as a collaborative leader to establish strategic goals and
objectives for the Division of Finance and Management that support
and align with the institution's overall mission and vision.
- Lead the development, implementation and oversight of
appropriate fiscal policies and procedures to most effectively
monitor the university's budgets and promote continued stability
and growth. Collaborates with the Resource Advisory Council (RAC)
which is charged with reviewing and implementing consistency and
transparency in fiscal related decision making.
- Formulate and present operating and capital budgets as well as
compliance with control procedures and audit recommendations for
- Develop and maintain positive working relationships with
outside stakeholders to acquire information and appropriate legal
guidance, especially as it relates to funding and completing
capital projects. Outside groups may include SUNY System
Administration; the State University Construction Fund; the State
University Business Officers Association (SUBOA); state or local
government officials; and various professional organizations.
- Monitor and direct as needed the implementation of financial
directives from SUNY System Administration, the Office of the State
Comptroller and other agencies, as appropriate.
- Serve as the university's official liaison to SUNY Cortland
Auxiliary Service (CAS), the SUNY Cortland Child Care Center, an
ex-officio, non-voting director on the Cortland College Foundation,
and a member of relevant committees such as the Facilities Master
Plan and Oversight Committee.
- Provide a level of leadership that promotes enthusiasm,
confidence and a cooperative attitude among campus community
members as well as a work culture that encourages staff members to
appreciate diversity and embrace opportunity in their respective
- Research ways to improve allocations of funding and personnel;
work with other SUNY institutions to share savings and increased
efficiencies; and seek out opportunities to improve efficiency and
effect cost reductions.
- Maintain clear and consistent communication on behalf of the
Division of Finance and Management, ensuring that appropriate
departments are made aware of campus needs and the campus is
informed about relevant activities within the division.
- Attend important campus functions and other official meetings
or events as required.Job Requirements (Knowledge, Skills and
- Ability to collaborate and support the strategic direction and
decisions of the institution at the highest level and be able to
identify and allocate the university's resources to most
effectively support the achieving identified goals, objectives and
direction of the institution.
- Ability to understand and evaluate financial information from
multiple funding sources with various rules and regulations and be
able to provide sound strategic financial forecasting and
recommendations to maintain and ever increase the financial
stability of the institution.
- Ability to understand, interpret, and explain complex budget
information to a wide audience with a commitment to transparency in
the sharing of information.
- Ability to exercise sound judgement and to include others in
decision-making processes as warranted.
- Knowledge and understanding of shared governance and ability to
collaboratively approach decision-making with a strong focus on
- Commitment to an openness to different viewpoints and
communicate in a manner which demonstrates empathy and respect for
diverse backgrounds and differences in lived experiences.
- Ability to gain trust of colleagues, show respect for others,
value diversity, equity and inclusion, demonstrate honesty and
integrity, and uphold others to the same expectations.
- Uphold high ethical and moral standards.
- Ability to develop staff members and possess flexible
interpersonal styles to effectively interact with others at all
levels of the organization.Functional and Supervisory
Relationships:Reports to the presidentCurrent direct reports:
- Associate Vice President for Facilities Management
- Executive Director of Finance
- Director of University and Student Accounting Services
*Administrative Assistant IIUniversity affiliated roles:
- Liaison to Executive Director of Cortland Auxiliary
- Liaison to Director of the SUNY Cortland Child Care
- Ex-officio, non-voting director on the Cortland College
- Operations Manager for The Research Foundation of SUNY programs
at SUNY Cortland.Collaborates and works closely with other members
of the President's Cabinet:
- Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
- Chief of Staff
- Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
- Vice President for Institutional Advancement
- Vice President for Student AffairsRequired Qualifications:
- Master's degree
- Demonstrated successful experience as a senior-level leader in
higher education or similarly complex organization.
- Experience in accounting, finance or business operations.
- Demonstrated excellent written and oral communication
- Record of collaborative problem-solving, planning and
- Master's degree in a related field (e.g., business, public or
educational administration, finance, or accounting).
- Doctorate degree highly preferred.
- Several years of experience with progressive responsibility in
business, accounting and/or financial management.
- Significant university budgeting and financial management
experience, highly preferred.
- Experience as a senior-level administrator in a higher
- SUNY experience highly preferred
- Experience in a unionized environment
- Record of cultural competency and active engagement in
diversity, equity and inclusion initiativesEEO Statement:The State
University of New York College at Cortland is an Affirmative
Action/Equal Employment Opportunity/Americans with Disabilities Act
(AA/EEO/ADA) employer. The College actively seeks applications from
women, veterans, individuals with a disability, members of
underrepresented groups or anyone that would enrich the diversity
of the College.Posting Number:S20064Review Start
Date:05/10/2021Open Until Filled:YesQuick Link for Direct Access to
to Applicant:Professional references will be requested and
reference checks will be conducted utilizing an online, automated
reference checking solution prior to extending campus interview
invitations.Priority consideration will be provided to applications
received by May 10, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
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