Illinois State University seeks an innovative, visionary individual committed to mission, vision, and values outlined in the University’s Educating Illinois Strategic Plan. The Vice President for Finance and Planning has three broad primary responsibilities: chief financial officer, chief planning and budgeting officer, and head of the Finance and Planning Division.
As Illinois State University's chief financial officer, the Vice President for Finance and Planning takes a lead role in conceptualizing and implementing programs that ensures Illinois State University's long-term financial viability.
As a member of the President's Executive Cabinet, the Vice President for Finance and Planning works with other university leaders in developing and executing a broad vision and strategic plan for the university. The Vice President will also work closely with the university's Board of Trustees, State of Illinois officials, and representatives of other internal and external constituencies and represent the university in matters of strategic importance to Illinois State University. The Vice President will bring a deep knowledge of best practices in finance and planning, creative and innovating thinking, an appreciation for shared governance and commitment to working collaboratively with all areas of the University.
The Vice President for Finance and Planning reports directly to Illinois State University’s President. Reporting to the Vice President are the Senior Associate Vice President for Planning, Finance, and Facilities, the Assistant Vice President for Human Resources, the Associate Vice President for Administrative Technologies and Chief Technology Officer, the Comptroller, the Director of Budget Planning and Operations, and the Assistant to the Vice President. The Vice President is expected to work collaboratively and collegially with the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, the Vice President for Students Affairs, the Vice President for University Advancement, and other campus leaders.
Qualities and Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate:
The Vice President for Finance and Planning is required to have a deep commitment to students and their success, in addition to a record of accomplishment with building strong and abiding interpersonal relationships. Illinois State and especially its senior leadership team are highly collaborative and interactive; a strong orientation to team and to collective success is critical. The ideal candidate must possess superior oral and written communications skills, especially the ability and enthusiasm to listen carefully and effectively, and be able to encourage forward thinking and innovation in the changing higher education landscape.
Nominees and applicants for the Vice President’s position must possess an advanced degree (beyond bachelor’s), a minimum of 5 years of successful and progressive experience in senior administrative leadership in financial and planning operations, and have demonstrated the following qualifications:
- Ability to effectively develop and lead diverse teams of professionals;
- Outstanding skills related to problem-solving and oral and written communications;
- Skills in financial, capital, and budget planning and management;
- Strong collaborative interpersonal skills and the ability to build positive and effective relationships across campus with administrators, faculty, staff, students, and external constituents;
- Commitment to diversity and inclusion; and
- Commitment to working within a share governance environment.
Preference will be given to nominees and applicants who demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to the teaching, research, and service missions of a university, the interrelationships and dependencies between academic and administrative units, in-depth knowledge of the full range of issues addressed by an administration and finance executive in a public university setting, and an understanding of the culture of a large, residential, research-oriented university.
Procedure for Candidacy:
We invite inquiries, nominations and applications. Initial review of applications will begin on January 23, 2017, and continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile, a full resume or curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be submitted electronically via Illinois State University’s application portal: www.jobs.ilstu.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=71705. Questions and nominations may be directed to Lisa Mason, Senior Employment Consultant, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 309-438-7487.
Illinois State University:
Founded in 1857, Illinois State is a coeducational, residential university that emphasizes undergraduate study. Its 34 academic departments in 6 colleges offer 72 undergraduate programs in more than 160 fields of study. The Graduate School coordinates 42 masters, 2 specialist, and 10 doctoral programs. Illinois State ranks 79th among the top 100 public universities in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report rankings of “Best National Universities” released in fall 2015 and has been named a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Illinois State University is located in the twin-city community of Bloomington-Normal, with a population of approximately 125,000 and is located within easy driving distance of the financial and business centers in Chicago and St. Louis. Expansion Management Magazine rated Bloomington-Normal as one of two metro areas with a five-star quality of life, giving the community high rankings in such areas as standard of living, quality of schools, and traffic and commute. In 2016, Huffington Post named Bloomington one of the “11 Amazing Cities You’ve Never Thought To Live In, But Should.” Bloomington was also recently placed on Livability.com’s list of 100 Best Places to Live.
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Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran.