Marquette University seeks an experienced and collaborative leader to be its Vice President for Finance (VPF). The VPF will work in close partnership with the COO to provide a strategic fiscal vision and operational plan for the campus while ensuring a high level of innovation, transparency, collaboration, and accountability. The VPF will ensure financial goals and processes are clearly established and communicated to the University community and are in support of the University's mission. S/he will have primary responsibility for Marquette's financial planning and reporting, operating and capital budgets, comptroller and accounting services, debt management, internal audit, purchasing, risk management, payroll, and treasury services.
The Office of Finance at Marquette promotes sound resource management, provides quality services, and partners across campus to develop solutions in support of the teaching, research, and service missions of the University. The office has a staff of 45 and includes Marquette's financial planning and reporting, operating and capital budgets, bursar and student loan accounts, comptroller and treasury services, and purchasing. The office also works closely with the academic and administrative units on campus. These units typically have one or more staff members who are responsible for the finances of that unit, and they are referred to as Finance Partners. The Office of Finance meets with the Finance Partners monthly to disseminate information, offer services, and gather feedback.
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Duties and Responsibilities:
Reporting to the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), the VPF serves as the University's chief financial officer and is a member of the President's Advisory Team, the University Leadership Council and the Divisional Leadership Council. The VPF will oversee and strengthen the University's financial units in order to execute the strategic and master plans, support innovation, and fulfill the mission of the University. The VPF will also clearly communicate financial goals and challenges to the Marquette community. The functions reporting to the Vice President for Finance are budget, bursar, comptroller, financial research & analysis, internal audit, purchasing, risk management, treasury services. In addition, the VPF will provide support to the Board of Trustees' Finance and Risk Committee. The VPF also provides support and staffing for the University Financial Planning and Review Committee. The VPF will work closely with the SVP/COO, the President's Advisory Team, Deans, the Divisional Leadership Council, as well as other campus leaders and the UFPRC, on the development and support of integrated long-range financial, operational, and capital plans. This may involve development and implementation of new budget models to support the University's long-range objectives.
The VPF will face a set of opportunities and challenges that include:
Develop and operationalize a financial plan that supports the University's strategic priorities
Strengthen and inspire a more innovative and agile financial organization
Build community and trust with constituents across the University through the development, implementation, and communication of transparent processes and practices.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
The successful candidate will have a bachelor's degree in a relevant field (advanced degree or professional credentials such as CPA desirable) and senior-level financial experience in a complex environment. Candidates should embrace the mission and values of Catholic, Jesuit higher education, and people from all religious backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will also bring most, if not all, of the following professional qualifications, skills, experiences, and personal qualities:
Proven track record of providing strategic financial leadership;
Demonstrated ability to integrate vision, strategy, tactics and activities to move the financial portfolio forward;
An entrepreneurial orientation and a willingness to take considered risks and seize opportunities;
Experience in a growing organization; The ability to be nimble, flexible, and handle ambiguity well;
Experience leading and inspiring change and innovation with a strong orientation toward collaboration, teamwork, transparency, accessibility, accountability, and delegation;
Breadth of experience across accounting, finance, investment, internal controls and management/leadership of operational practices and processes that enhance financial results;
Experience with strategic, operational, and capital planning;
Knowledge of trends in higher education financial management and funding models; desire to understand academic and student financial concerns;
Understanding of the University mission and how it pertains to the functions of the role as Vice President for Finance;
Knowledgeable of financial information systems to plan and set financial systems strategy and direction;
Experience with financials around academic-industry partnerships through sponsored research;
Strong leadership skills demonstrated by the ability to influence, persuade, and inspire others to take action based on a vision and strategic objectives;
The humility and emotional intelligence necessary to build collaborative relationships and an inherent drive to succeed in fulfilling the mission, goals, and objectives of the University without the need for individual promotion;
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain productive, collaborative relationships with a full range of internal and external colleagues and constituencies;
Excellent communication skills, and the ability to convey complex information and concepts in accessible terms, both orally and in writing;
Proven track record for inspiring colleagues with the ability to cultivate and sustain trust and credibility;
Evidence of a commitment to and appreciation for the benefits of a diverse workplace and the ability to create an inclusive and welcoming culture;
Excellent analytical abilities to identify risks and opportunities for the organization;
Measures the success of his/her efforts through the success of the entire team and the University as a whole; and
Commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards.
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About Marquette University
Marquette University is a Catholic, Jesuit university located near the heart of downtown Milwaukee, WI, that offers a comprehensive range of majors in 11 nationally and internationally recognized colleges and schools. A Marquette education offers students a virtually unlimited number of paths and destinations and prepares them for the world by asking them to think critically about it.