Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, UT Institute of Agriculture
Location: knoxville, Tennessee
Internal Number: 226176
The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) Associate Vice Chancellor (AVC) for Business and Finance provides leadership, vision, and direction for financial operations reflective of the services and mission of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, an organization within the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) with 2,500 employees and annual expenditures exceeding $210 million. As a direct report to the Institute of Agriculture Senior Vice Chancellor and Senior Vice President and member of the UTIA Executive Committee, primary duties include strategic planning, execution, and oversight of financial operations that aligns with University, Institute, and individual unit goals and budgets. The AVC is responsible for the business operations of the Institute and provides oversight of unit budget directors and departmental financial staff within UTIA.
The UT Institute of Agriculture provides Real. Life. Solutions. to some of society's most pressing issues. Through its statewide presence and its international work, the UT Institute of Agriculture is creating a global impact. UTIA is home to the Herbert College of Agriculture, UT AgResearch and its ten centers across the state, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, and UT Extension, which has a presence in all ninety-five Tennessee counties. It also boasts the Smith Center for International Sustainable Agriculture as well as the State Botanical Garden of Tennessee. Through teaching, research, and outreach, UTIA seeks to support food, fiber, and energy systems; enrich the economy; enhance biodiversity and environmental quality; develop the workforce; and strengthen the health of humans and animals.
As a land-grant institute, we provide Real. Life. Solutions. through teaching, discovery, and service.
Over the next decade, we will excel as an Institute by developing solutions and services that advance agriculture, education, natural resource management, human and animal health, and our communities.
Because UTK is the state's land-grant flagship university, the AVC is responsible for finance and accounting of all Federal Land Grant programs. The AVC is also responsible for monitoring the Institute's accounting and financial operations, auditing and management analysis, budgeting, payroll, purchasing, contracts, public safety, emergency management, and physical plant operations including grounds, maintenance, building services and transportation. This includes staff, research and education centers, 4-H camps, and programs in each of Tennessee's 95 counties. The development and enhancement of various fee-based programs is also within the scope of this role in order to promote growth and the increased generation of revenue.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Acting as fiduciary for the Institute as well as accountability to external constituencies for the financial status of the Institute.
Leading short-term and long-term financial planning efforts, including revenue enhancements, budget reductions, budget allocations/reallocations, and other strategies for maximizing resource utilization.
Assessing complex financial and managerial challenges through peer comparisons and benchmarking and recommending strategies to meet or exceed benchmarks.
Promoting a workplace environment that values diversity, equity, and inclusion, and is based on teamwork, inclusive decision making and a sense of shared community across the University.
Developing procedures for the Institute consistent with university policies as well as state and federal regulations and laws. Setting standards for assessing the effectiveness of fiscal policies and procedures.
Identifying sources of revenue to support existing programs and providing guidance for the creation and funding of new programs that foster the mission of the Institute.
Partnering with the UT Foundation and the 4-H Foundation to ensure endowment earnings are properly utilized to meet program needs and/or donor wishes. Providing financial oversight of the Institute's ~$80 million in endowment funds.
Ensuring the availability of critical financial metrics to allow for fiscal planning and data-based decision-making.
Coordinating the development and maintenance of healthy, safe, and functional office spaces throughout the Institute, including the more than 100 off-campus facilities across the State of Tennessee.
Providing oversight of the Institute's emergency response plan as it relates to the coordination of resources to address emergencies, implement continuity of business plans, and safeguard persons and property.
Building relationships that ensure the confidence and trust of key stakeholder groups.
Our primary mission is to move forward the frontiers of human knowledge and enrich and elevate the citizens of the state of Tennessee, the nation, and the world. As the preeminent research-based, land-grant university in the state, UT embodies the spirit of excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, creative activity, outreach, and engagement attained by the nation’s finest public research institutions.