The Vice President for Finance and Administration, serving as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), reports directly to the President and leads all aspects of the financial life of the University. The Vice President of Administration and Finance is responsible for the management, direction, control and coordination for administrative and financial activities of the University.
The Vice President for Finance and Administration provides executive level direction and management oversight for the following functions: financial planning and analysis, budgeting, accounting and business operations, financial reporting, internal controls and compliance, investment oversight and treasury functions, debt management, human resources, risk management and insurance, space planning and construction, facilities and grounds operations, purchasing and contracts, mail services, bookstore operations, food service and other auxiliary enterprises. Other functions may fall under the purview of this role depending upon the strengths and knowledge of the selected candidate.
This position also serves as the liaison to the Board of Trustees for all aspects of finance and facilities including performing as the staff lead for the Finance Committee, Investments Sub-Committee, Audit Committee, and the Facilities and Planning Committee.
Along with other members of the President's cabinet, the Vice President is responsible for leading Avila’s mission, vision and values, as well as embracing the ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet who founded Avila more than 100 years ago to promote the unity of neighbor with God and neighbor serving neighbor without distinction.
Benefits: This is a full-time position, eligible for the usual and customary benefits. Avila University’s comprehensive benefit package includes a generous holiday schedule, tuition remission for employee and dependents, vacation and sick leave, retirement benefits and health insurance.
The Community: Kansas City, a two-state metropolitan area with a population of nearly two million, offers a wide variety of cultural, educational and social life opportunities
Avila University, a Catholic university founded and inspired by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, provides undergraduate and graduate education in the liberal arts and professional studies, preparing lifelong learners who make meaningful contributions to the global community.
Candidates that possess a master’s degree in a field appropriate to the responsibilities of the position and those that have achieved a Certified Public Accountant credential or possess another similar credential are preferred. Candidates with a bachelor’s degree combined with extensive applicable administration experience will also be considered. The candidate must also have at least five years of experience in senior higher education administration or similar finance administrative experience in business or non-profit management, including significant proven experience in supervision and upper-level management that demonstrates the ability to:
Sustain good interpersonal relationships with professional colleagues, the University community, and a diverse set of stakeholders.
Interpret the mission, educational role, and agenda of the University to diverse audiences.
Assume leadership in promoting good public relations with University’s Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, students, and external stakeholders.
Applications must include a cover letter/letter of interest, a current resume and a list of references. Submit application materials to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Avila University is committed to equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate on the basis of, sex, race, religion, age, color, sexual orientation, disability, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veterans status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law.
About Avila University
Avila University, a Catholic, co-educational University founded and inspired by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, is a values-based community of learning providing liberal arts, professional, undergraduate and graduate education to prepare students for responsible, lifelong contributions to the global community. Avila University was founded as St. Teresa’s College in 1916 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, who remain its sponsor today. Avila was the first private college for women in Kansas City and by 1946 and was called the College of St. Teresa with programs in nursing, education and business. Additional programs in allied health, social work, and special education followed and the growth of the college resulted in a move to its present campus in 1963, which is located in suburban South Kansas City. Seeking to serve a diverse population, the college became co-educational in 1969; established graduate programs in business, education, and psychology in 1978; and became Avila University in 2002.
Since its founding in 1916, Avila University has been committed to excellence in teaching and learning in an environment deeply rooted in its Catholic heritage that respect...s the worth, dignity and potential of each human being. Today, Avila provides more than 30 undergraduate degree programs and has eight available master’s options. In 2017, Avila launched the Avila Promise, an initiative designed to improve college affordability, increase on-time graduation, decrease student debt and increase internship, research and global study experiences. The Avila Promise reduces tuition for all students, provides a 4-year graduation guarantee, guarantees an internship or research experience and provides up to a $1,000 travel grant in their junior or senior year.
Avila is not your typical private university. It serves a high percentage (43 percent) of low-income and first-generation (31 percent) college students. These students benefit from the one-on-one attention, high-quality academics, and interdisciplinary classes that Avila offers. Avila is also one of the most diverse institutions in the Midwest— 45 percent of students come from a racial or ethnic minority. Students come from 30 states and 22 different countries. The Avila University faculty is made up of 134 full-time equivalent professors and 77 percent of them hold Ph.D. degrees or terminal degrees in their field. Avila University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.
The Community: Kansas City, a two-state metropolitan area with a population of nearly two million, offers a wide variety of cultural, educational and social life opportunities. We are fortunate to have a community of quality schools, cultural amenities, and affordable living. Kiplinger Magazine and other publications have rated Kansas City as one of the 50 Smart Places to Live.