Reporting jointly to the Chancellor of Montana State University Northern (MSUN) and the CEO/Dean of Great Falls College MSU (GFC MSU), this is a leadership position responsible for efficiently and effectively organizing, developing and administering the comprehensive administrative services of the two institutions. She/he must relate well to the diversity of faculty, staff and students, and to the unique needs of the two campuses, and must be committed to shared governance, team work, and creative leadership. Characteristics of this position’s leadership requirements include sound judgment, flexibility, creativity, resourcefulness, and excellent communication skills.
The Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance (VCAF) is the chief business and financial officer for Montana State University Northern and Great Falls College MSU and will be base-located on the campus of MSU Northern in Havre, Montana. The Vice Chancellor assists the institution(s) in effective use of its resources to achieve its educational mission and improve institutional effectiveness. As the chief business and financial officer, the duties and responsibilities of the Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance include, but are not limited to, the following:
Lead and oversee budgeting and financial planning for both the MSU Northern and Great Falls campuses, making recommendations to campus and system leadership
Be responsible for long-term planning and forecasting of existing and potential new revenue streams and funding opportunities, in partnership with the MSUN Chancellor and Great Falls College CEO/Dean
Proactively and accurately present the University/College budget, financial and administrative issues to diverse constituencies, including the Montana Legislature, Montana University System, Board of Regents, Commissioner of Higher Education and members of the public
Make decisions concerning policies, procedures, priorities and the allocation of resources in support of the mission and strategic plan of each campus
Supervise and assist leadership positions within the Administration and Finance division on each campus to effectively manage the daily operations under this position’s responsibility
Develop and oversee controls, policies and procedures for all administrative areas on each campus, including but not limited to the core areas of responsibility mentioned above.
The VCAF serves as a member of the executive teams of the MSUN Chancellor and the GFC MSU CEO/Dean. Additionally, this person leads and/or serves on other committees as assigned.
Vice Chancellor for Administration & Finance Search
Rachel Dean, Search Support
Montana State University-Northern
PO Box 7751
Havre, MT 59501
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, preferably in a related field such as business, economics, finance, etc.;
Record of progressively responsible experience as a senior finance or business professional in an organization characterized by competency in core business functions such as financial management, facilities management, business and support services or staff management and evaluation;
Demonstrated ability to develop, analyze and implement effective and innovative budget, financial and administrative strategies;
Evidence of being innovative and creative, particularly related to solving complex business and financial problems that lead to cost-savings, revenue generation, service enhancements, or other types of value-added innovation;
Ability to effectively collaborate with other executives and leaders in strategic planning, budgeting, and organizational management to achieve organizational goals.
Master’s degree in Business Administration, or other advanced degree, from an accredited institution
CPA certification, or other related-field certification or credential
Administrative/executive work experience in higher education
Experience using, managing and/or implementing technology systems or solutions related to the core areas of responsibility
Experience with facilities planning and construction projects
Knowledge of, and experience with, collective bargaining processes and unions
About Montana State University Northern
Montana State University-Northern is north central Montana's comprehensive university offering programs and services at the associate, baccalaureate, and master's levels. MSUN has educational centers in Great Falls (co-located with Great Falls College MSU) and in Lewistown.
Great Falls College Montana State University is a two-year technical/community college within Montana’s public university system.