SUNY Oneonta, a leading institution within the State University of New York’s (SUNY) comprehensive system of higher education, seeks a collaborative, transparent, and entrepreneurial administrator to serve as the new Vice President for Finance and Administration. Reporting to the incoming president Dr. Barbara Morris, the Vice President is responsible for ensuring the College’s fiscal health and functioning. The Vice President will lead the financial and business services, budget, facilities, information technology, auxiliary services, sponsored program administration, foundation financial management, and the SICAS Center, which provides student information system support to 60 colleges and universities. As a key officer of the College, the Vice President also serves as the campus Operations Manager for the SUNY Research Foundation and Treasurer of both the College at Oneonta Foundation, Inc. and Oneonta Auxiliary Services.
The Institution: SUNY Oneonta is a comprehensive, public, liberal arts and sciences college whose mission seeks to foster the individual student's intellectual, personal, and civic development. Currently operating with a sustainably balanced budget and enjoying a campus with minimal deferred maintenance, the College is dedicated to excellence in linking teaching, advisement, and scholarly activities, and the cultivation of a campus environment rich in opportunities for participation, personal challenge, and service. The institution has an annual all-funds budget of approximately $115 million and employs 1,300 faculty and staff. The primary sources of revenue for the College are tuition, fees, and state support, with tuition accounting for more than a third of the College’s revenue. With a decline of direct state support to 11%, the College adopted an innovative approach through streamlining processes, adopting strategic funding campaigns with the collaboration of alumni, faculty and staff, and students. Overall, there has been a steady shift of funding from administrative functions to academic and direct student support functions. Since 2008, the percentage of total college spending on academic and direct student support has increased from 56% to 64%. In 2012, the College established the Strategic Allocation of Resources (StAR) program, through which faculty, staff, and students are invited to submit proposals intended to advance the goals and objectives of the College’s strategic plan. Proposals are reviewed by the President’s Executive Council, and funding is approved by the President’s Cabinet. StAR has funded initiatives ranging from a financial literacy program aimed at reducing student debt at graduation to a series of faculty-led domestic intercultural immersion trips.
The 250-acre main campus houses 32 academic and support buildings, 15 residence halls, and updated athletic facilities. A nearby 275-acre College Camp and another 1,200 acres on Otsego Lake, the site of the Biological Field Station and Cooperstown Graduate Program, provide supplemental instructional and research facilities. Up-to-date technology for teaching, learning, and administrative support is a hallmark of the College. The College at Oneonta Foundation’s endowment of $58 million supports student research and scholarships, lectureships, internships, faculty development, and campus program enhancements. The College ranks #12 on the 2017 list of “Top Public Regional Universities” in the North published by U.S. News & World Report. One of the most selective of the SUNY institutions, the College receives over 13,000 applicants for approximately 1,100 places in the first-year class. The institution continues to build on its 83% first-year to second-year retention rate, placing it among the best in the country. With an enrollment of approximately 6,100 predominantly full-time undergraduate students, the institution features small classes and a high level of student satisfaction. It belongs to the SUNY Athletic Conference of the NCAA’s Division III. Oneonta received INSIGHT magazine’s Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award in 2014 and 2017, accepted an invitation to join the Colleges of Distinction this year, and has been included in the Princeton Review’s “Guide to Green Colleges” every year since the Guide’s inception in 2010. To learn more about the College, please visit www.oneonta.edu.
Qualifications: The successful candidate must demonstrate a history of sound financial management and a commitment to transparency. S/he must have experience in higher education administration and a series of progressively responsible administrative positions. The consistent ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with campus constituents and SUNY system administration is vital. Experience working with diverse populations is desired. Qualified candidates will possess an earned bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline, while an advanced degree is preferred.
Location: SUNY Oneonta’s 250-acre campus overlooks the scenic Susquehanna River Valley in central New York about halfway between Albany and Binghamton. The College is located on the outskirts of the City of Oneonta, a friendly community with approximately 14,000 residents. In addition to being an educational center, the city offers diverse housing, shopping, cultural, and recreational opportunities. The College contributes significantly to the cultural and intellectual life of the community and region. Major cultural activities offered on campus include theatrical productions and musical events offered by student groups, community organizations, and national touring acts as well as art exhibitions in the College galleries. Throughout the academic year, an array of speakers address important and timely topics. Residents and visitors to the area enjoy its natural beauty, outdoor recreational opportunities, and many historic sites. Two state parks (Glimmerglass and Gilbert Lake) and several popular ski areas are located nearby.
Application: Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume online at: http://oneonta.interviewexchange.com/candapply.jsp?JOBID=96959. The search process is confidential and candidates progressing to public stages of the search will be notified before references begin. For a confidential discussion about this opportunity or to make a nomination, please call Dana John Cohick, Vice President and Senior Consultant or Amanda O’Donnell, Search Manager at 800-992-9277 or email OneontaVPFA@rpainc.org. The review of candidates will take place as candidate materials arrive, and selections of candidates for first round interviews will begin in late May.
SUNY Oneonta values a diverse college community. Please visit the website on diversity at: www.oneonta.edu/home/diversity.asp. Moreover, the College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
About SUNY Oneonta
Established in 1889 as a state normal school with the sole mission of training teachers, the SUNY College at Oneonta was a founding member of the State University of New York system in 1948. Today, SUNY Oneonta is a multi-purpose comprehensive public college with programs in the liberal arts, sciences, social sciences, and professional studies. The College is known for outstanding and accessible faculty, a campus community committed to academics and service, developing students into life-long learners, and a beautiful campus that helps nurture connections between the upper Susquehanna Valley of rural central New York and our global society.