Oregon State University (OSU or the University) is seeking an Associate Vice President for Finance and Controller (AVP&C). This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Vice President of Finance & Administration. This search will be conducted externally using the firm of Isaacson, Miller (IM).
OSU, an internationally recognized, innovative, and mission-driven land-grant and research university, seeks a highly motivated, collaborative, innovative, and strategic leader to serve as Associate Vice President for Finance and Controller (AVP&C). The Division of Finance and Administration is undergoing significant change with a renewed focus on customer service, fiscal accountability, and consultative decision-making for the University. The AVP&C will be a key member of the division and will have considerable independence to make high level decisions on a broad and complex range of university-wide fiscal policies, procedures and operations that will have a significant impact on the strategic plans and operations of the University. The AVP&C will report to the Vice President of Finance and Administration and is the University's principle accounting, financial reporting, internal controls, and tax executive. As an essential advisor to senior leadership, the AVP&C will strengthen collaboration and relationships across the University to better support the mission and position the University for success.
It is an exciting time to join OSU. The University continues to climb the excellence ladder, keeping a clear focus on valuing student success, advancing and disseminating knowledge, and serving the people and the state of Oregon. With campuses in Corvallis, Bend, and Newport, and an emerging presence in Portland, OSU remains one of only two universities in the country to hold the Land, Sea, Space and Sun Grant designations and is the state's only institution to hold both the Carnegie Foundation's top designation for research institutions and its prestigious Community Engagement classification. The University is now in the third phase of its strategic plan and continues to make measurable progress in all areas, including the growth and diversification of faculty and high-achieving students and creation of a more inclusive and welcoming community. Research grants and expenditures have continued to increase dramatically, and the faculty has outpaced peer institutions for prestigious grants and partnerships, while maintaining deep commitments to engaged learning and public service. OSU has also successfully increased revenue from private fundraising, corporate partnerships, research grants and technology transfers culminating in the university's first ever comprehensive fundraising campaign, which exceeded its $1 billion goal nearly a year ahead of schedule. Plans for a second and more ambitious fundraising campaign are underway. These successes have fueled OSU's rise as a land-grant university for the 21st century.
The successful candidate will have the technical skills, leadership and managerial abilities to lead a large and complex office with integrity and transparency, nurture the development of a high performance work team, provide sound advice and counsel to the OSU leadership team, work collaboratively across the institution, ensure fiscal integrity, and position OSU as a model for excellence. A bachelor's degree is required and a CPA certification and an MBA or other advanced degree in accounting, finance, business, or related field are highly preferred. Candidates must have a minimum of eight (8) years of experience as a senior level manager, including direct responsibility for financial services and accounting operations.
A list of the desired qualifications and characteristics of the AVP&C, as well as the background information and key opportunities and challenges of the position, can be found at the conclusion of this document, which was prepared by the search committee with the assistance of Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm. All confidential applications, inquiries, and nominations should be directed to the parties listed at the conclusion of this document.
About the Division of Finance and Administration The mission of the Division of Finance and Administration is to provide leadership, innovative services, creative solutions, and integrated systems enabling the university mission through collaborative stewardship of human and financial resources within an environment of transparency and exemplary service. The Division is responsible for identifying meaningful metrics, quantifying targets, and implementing plans to successfully meet them. Under the leadership of Michael Green, the Division is in the midst of restructuring and refocusing its efforts to respond to growth and to raise the level of service and support that the Division provides to the University.
In 2008, OSU developed a Shared Services/Business Center Model that was implemented in 2010. It was an effort to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of administrative processes across campus, with a goal of developing close partnerships between academic and administrative unit personnel and the Business Center (BC) personnel providing business operations services. The goals of the model are: to provide excellent support and service; improve the internal control environment; enhance financial accuracy and savings; minimize risks and protect sensitive information; and, provide greater consistency and compliance with governmental regulations and University policies. The seven OSU Business Centers serve as an integrated, multi-functional team responsible for the operations of anywhere between several and several dozen academic and/or administrative units, while the Division of Finance and Administration is focused on policy setting, classification and compensation, benefits administration, and organizational development.
Since the conceptualization of this model, OSU has experienced significant growth and change. Student enrollment, the number of full-time employees, and sponsored research activities have each increased by approximately one-third. At the same time, OSU underwent a radical shift in governance, transitioning from the Oregon University System structure to a standalone public institution with its own governing Board of Trustees. In recent years, OSU has experienced turnover in some key senior leadership positions. Like other universities, OSU also faces increased pressures in terms of increased governmental scrutiny, affordability concerns requiring sophisticated, real time forecasting and budget monitoring and increased complexity and options in investments and endowment management. During this same period, the University's level of business operations support personnel has grown at a much slower rate (approximately 14 percent), resulting in an imbalance between workload and staff capacity. In 2017, concerns about high workloads, backlogs, and limited availability of business operations personnel to provide consultative and analytical support to academic and administrative unit compelled the University to engage a consulting firm to review the current business operations structure in order to:
Enhance financial and budget management effectiveness organization-wide
Improve alignment of resources with strategic priorities
Provide insight into options for reducing level of effort required to manage OSU's business operations
Improve responsiveness to address specific business management needs across OSU
Develop actions to enable appropriate risk mitigation from business operations decisions and activities
Increase alignment across business operations groups
Enhance collaboration on critical business operations activities across OSU The resulting report made a number of recommendations that the division is currently exploring or executing and the AVP&C will be an integral team member and leader in evaluating or facilitating the successful completion of them. The recommendations include updating the organizational structures, better documentation and consistent implementation of policy, articulation of decision making authority and responsibility, investment in process improvement, systems, and professional development, definition of service levels, and better communication within the division and across the University. One of the key recommendations also involved better definition of the role of Controller as a key partner for the Vice President and one who will drive change and improve consistency, communication and customer service within OSU's business operations.
To learn more about the Division of Finance and Administration, see http://fa.oregonstate.edu/.
Typically requires Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration or related field. Holds Certified Public Accountant license. Minimum of ten years senior level management experience including direct responsibility for financial services and accounting operations.
The AVP&C must be an energetic and seasoned strategic leader who will partner with others to advance the mission of the University as a public land-grant university.
This individual will be well grounded in accounting rules and procedures, with a proven track record of working across an enterprise to solve problems and advance an institution's goals, and have progressively responsible experience in financial leadership roles.
In particular, the successful candidate should have most of the following attributes:
A bachelor's degree or higher in accounting, finance, business administration or a related field.
A minimum of eight (8) years of senior level management experience, including direct responsibility for financial services and accounting operations.
Experience overseeing internal controls and compliance, particularly through the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) or other internal controls framework.
A demonstrated track record of administrative effectiveness in a college or university, public agency, corporate or other nonprofit setting. Innovative and progressive management skills in implementing and enforcing fiscal, human resources and organizational policies and analysis of systems, processes and procedures.
Demonstrable leadership and supervisory skills with the ability to foster an effective and diverse work environment that encourages teamwork, customer service, inclusiveness, and employee growth.
Executive leadership abilities, including strong interpersonal skills that foster trust and confidence.
The ability to think strategically and creatively, with demonstrated experience in leading change, balancing strategic initiatives and daily operations.
A high level of professionalism and integrity with a demonstrated ability to work productively with, and gain confidence of, all levels of an organization, the ability to maintain focus, successfully execute plans, and bring closure to activities, tasks, and projects.
A demonstrated ability to make firm and responsible decisions in a highly complex, multi-faceted environment, and multi-task diverse projects.
Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
Superior analytical skills.
The ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with a wide range of colleagues and constituents.
A demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity in the broadest sense of the word and a willingness to value the differences each person brings to the University.
This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSUSTANDARD 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the Criminal History Check Requirement.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with education and experience.
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OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.
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