Reporting to the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, the executive director is responsible for strategic and widespread oversight of academic finance and space for the VCU Monroe Park Campus schools and colleges, and the Office of the Provost. This oversight includes financial administration for these units, university-wide budget development, aligning space resources and the academic mission, ensuring fiscal compliance for schools, colleges and units under the provost leadership and leading a small team of finance and administration professionals. This position serves as a key strategic advisor and primary liaison to the provost on all financial matters of VCU academic affairs with central administrative areas and other VP offices. Responsible for disseminating information on new initiatives and implementation of change. This role is responsible for both leading and promoting a positive environment for all fiscal administrators and fiscal staff under the purview of the entire provost executive level. This role requires a highly resourceful individual who is a sophisticated thinker with superior analytical skills, and who can build robust relationships with units and have a deep understanding of their fiscal operations. This position must understand the landscape of VCU as it is responsible for the strategic focusing of funds to support the larger mission of the university, and the alignment of resources with the goals and aspirations of VCU’s strategic plan.
Minimum Hiring Standards:
Master’s degree in finance, accounting or a related degree; or equivalent experience
Minimum of seven years of financial and management experience and knowledge of principles and practices related to budget development and financial analysis Familiarity with generally accepted accounting principles of higher education organizations, state government, private business or a complex unit; and an understanding of regulatory components
Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff and student environment or commitment to do so as a staff member at VCU
Minimum of seven years of progressive responsibilities, including leadership and/ or managerial responsibilities strategically leading a team and other stakeholders in financial?related fields and administrative matters, preferably in large decentralized environments of comparable size and complexity
Demonstrated experience successfully leading or managing diverse teams
Proficiency to perform complex analysis and reporting using advanced spreadsheets and other data analysis tools
Preferred Hiring Standards:
Ability to establish and develop working relationships within a complex organization
Proven experience making high level decisions that affect large scale budget and administration
Superior ability to communicate information verbally and in writing with strong collaboration skills
Ability to appropriately prioritize and complete multiple concurrent activities
Ability to understand and solve complex problems which require extensive collaboration with both internal and external constituencies
Deep commitment to service
Understanding of or ability to quickly learn how VCU functions
Demonstrated experience in initiating and managing change in a large and complex organization
Strength in effectively communicating complex technical information clearly to diverse audiences, with varying levels of financial understanding
Experience in higher education financial management, preferably in a public institution Experience with Banner ERP
Internal Number: FA6210
About Virginia Commonwealth University
VCU is a public research university located in Richmond, the state capital of Virginia. Founded in 1838 as the medical department of Hampden-Sydney College, VCU became the Medical College of Virginia in 1854. In 1968, the General Assembly merged MCV with the Richmond Professional Institute, founded in 1917, to create Virginia Commonwealth University.
Today, more than 31,000 students pursue over 200 degree and certificate programs through VCU’s 11 schools and 3 colleges. VCU is designated as a research university with very high research activity by the Carnegie Foundation. A broad array of university-approved centers and institutes of excellence, involving faculty from multiple disciplines in public policy, biotechnology and health care discoveries, supports the University’s research mission. Twenty graduate and first-professional programs are ranked by U.S. News & World Report as among the best in the country.