Vanderbilt University is a world-renowned private universitylocated in Nashville, Tennessee. With astudent enrollment of nearly 13,000 students across 10 schools and colleges, Vanderbilt offers undergraduate programs in theliberal arts and sciences, engineering, music, education and human development,as well as a full range of graduate and professional degrees. The combination of cutting edge research,strength in the liberal arts, nationally recognized schools of medicine, law,business and divinity creates an invigorating atmosphere where students tailortheir education to meet their goals and researchers collaborate to solvecomplex questions affecting our health, culture and society.
Cornelius Vanderbilt had a vision of a place that would ‘contribute tostrengthening the ties that should exist between all sections of our common country’when he gave $1 million to create a university in Nashville in 1873. Vanderbilt provides a gateway togreatness, drawing the best and brightest students from across the nation andaround the world. Vanderbilt alumni can be found in Congress, on the judicialbench, in the pulpit, heading corporations, conducting innovative medicalresearch, writing for and appearing on the stage and screen, and playing in the NFL, NBA, and major league baseball.
The Finance Director, InformationTechnology has responsibility for supporting and stewarding a unified financialvision for information technology across all Vanderbilt academic andadministrative groups. Reporting to the ViceChancellor for Finance and Chief Financial Officer (‘CFO’) and working in closecollaboration with the Vice Chancellor for IT and Chief Information Officer (‘CIO’)this role is a member of the leadership team for both organizations and willassume a key partnership role with the rest of the finance and IT teams. Thisindividual will effectively steward technology expenditures to ensure currentperformance while providing for future investments. The Finance Director,Information Technology will create a cohesive, forward-thinking and progressivetechnology financial framework and support environment in support of the CIOand the technology needs across the Vanderbilt community.
The FinanceDirector, Information Technology will support all of the financial needsassociated with the creation of a new delivery model for technology servicesacross the university's research and education units, ensuring that studentsand faculty have the reliability and flexibility they need in their technologytools. As part of the Finance leadershipteam, this position will be a strategic partner with the departmental and schoolbusiness officers, working with them to insure their technology needs are metwhile minimizing costs. VUIT provides ITinfrastructure, products, and services supporting education and researchprograms across the university and includes approximately 300 staff and anoperating budget of nearly $55 million.
Overall, the Finance Director must:
Provide strategic leadership and vision in thedevelopment of financial and business models supporting information resourcemanagement strategies that balance service and quality with costs and risks;
Lead the VUIT finance team in their efforts to streamlineand simplify their processes, including financial reporting, trackingdepartmental technology spend and collections from schools and departments.
Develop an in-depth understanding of the university'spriorities and advise clear, sustainable financial frameworks supporting informationtechnology priorities that are responsive to the university's plans and goals;
Collaborate closely with the finance and IT teams toensure joint decision-making and planning, to assist individual units toachieve their special information technology objectives, and to ensure the mosteffective use of available resources;
Conceptualize, launch, and deliver multiple projectson-time and within budget;
Define criteria for measuring and assessing the financialperformance of the IT organization, and monitoring and reporting results inorder to take corrective action where necessary;
Help carry out the collective business goals of the CFOand CIO; and
Support the CFOand CIO by carrying out special projects and by providing tactical and strategic advice. The Finance Director will be a leader within the financeand IT teams who will provide rigorousanalysis toinform arange of executivedecisions.
Vanderbilt is seeking candidates with a strongcustomer service philosophy and who possess a record of professional experiencethat demonstrates progressive responsibilities and senior-level financial managementexperience in a complex IT environment. Candidates must be proven leaders demonstrating at least five years ofexperience managing within complex financial organizations.
Although the Finance Director may not come directlyfrom a higher education environment, qualified candidates must possess an understandingof and appreciation for a university academic environment, the roles andrelationships of faculty, staff, and students, and the diverse needs fortechnical support. Candidates must havedemonstrated success at managing and leading change in a complex, collaborativeorganization.
Equally significant qualifications include strongintegrity, a high level of energy, excellent oral and written communicationskills, and exceptional interpersonal relationship and team-buildingskills. Candidates will also havesignificant financial competence, intellectual depth and business acumen,having progressed through roles of increasing responsibility during theircareer. Providing transparent andcost-efficient operational leadership is critical for this person to besuccessful, as is the ability to balance and prioritize the highest and bestuse of financial resources in fulfilling the technical service needs of theinstitution.
A bachelor'sdegree is required and an advanced degree, or equivalent experience, isstrongly preferred. Vanderbilt seeks atechnology finance leader of the highest caliber, which should be reflected inthe appropriate combination of education, experience and attitude.
In terms of theperformance and personal competencies required for the position, the followingattributes are most important:
Understands all parts of the organization, and their financialinterdependencies and uses that knowledge to influence strategy and make assetallocation recommendations.
Ensures the IT organization is aligned financially withthe goals and objectives of the university. Considers cross-functional, cross-divisional, and/or university-widefactors when managing the group / function. Sponsors the use of common university-wide processes and practices(i.e., best practices).
Has an insatiable desire to learn, understand andimprove the organization in support of our mission.
Able to develop and implement leading-edge changes inbusiness practices that will support the university in a more cost effectiveand efficient manner with clear and measurable results.
Develops and implements continuous improvementprograms, recognizing opportunities to simplify financial/operational processesand create efficiencies. Anticipates andensures appropriate resources and structures are in place to support short- andlong-term university goals. Createsand/or uses effective metrics to support fact-based opinions and drive results.
Develops and advances ideas from plan to results withprocesses that ensure input and feedback from campus constituents. Cultivates trust and credibility withcolleagues.
Builds effective relationships inside and outside ofthe organization. Effectively relates toothers by collaborating and cooperating even with those holding divergentand/or opposing views and goals. Modelsrespect to people from all backgrounds and organization levels, by seeking andincluding different thinking styles, cultures, and backgrounds.
Communicateseffectively at all levels of the organization.
Conveys a natural, collegial style and keen desire to bean integralpart of the Vanderbilt community.
Duties and Responsibilities
As a member of the finance and VUIT leadershipteams, the Finance Director provides direction and support for IT financialneeds across the institution. The Finance Director directly supports all IT financialneeds of the CFO and CIO. The FinanceDirector will assist with the identification of financial opportunities tooptimize the use of resources across all IT areas. Critical year-one success factors aresummarized below:
Develop and manageproject plans, budgets, and timelines; identify and supervise participants;define and oversee deliverables.
Build and maintaineffective, collaborative, and consultative relationships with stakeholders andclients throughout the university.
Define businessobjectives, manage requirements, and manage tasks to completion.
Business and Analytical Acumen
Develop a logical,sustainable and equitable IT funding model
Build a business caseframework to review and prioritize IT investments
Analyze current andpast trends across various institutional business enterprises.
Identify and establishmetrics to measure and monitor IT business performance, highlighting trends andanalyzing causes of unexpected variance.
Create sophisticatedanalytical models to project future outcomes and support strategic objectives.
Comfort with businessintelligence tool to perform ad-hoc data analysis and develop dashboards
Prepare presentationssupporting analysis and recommendations.
Maintain and enhanceknowledge of business practices, emerging accounting guidelines, financialtrends, and resulting information technology needs and impacts.
Help reduce complexityof IT infrastructure
Design, maintain, andmonitor a system of internal controls to mitigate risks within the ITorganization.
Regularly monitor andassess risks, and participate in institutional risk management exercises.
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About Vanderbilt University
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