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Job ID: 156616

Vice President for Finance and Operations
Lake Superior State University

Date Posted Mar. 29, 2021
Title Vice President for Finance and Operations
University Lake Superior State University
Sault Ste Marie, MI, United States
Department Administration
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date July 2021
  • Executive Vice-President
  • Business & Administration
    Financial Planning/Budget Management

The Vice President for Finance and Operations (VPFO) serves as the chief financial officer and is responsible to the President for all business, operational, and fiscal affairs of the University. The VP of Finance and Operations has leadership and operational accountability for financial planning; budget management (business operations); investment management; master planning; strategic planning; project management; contract management; compliance and regulatory oversight; facilities and infrastructure oversight; Information Technology (IT); purchasing; University Bookstore, institutional research; as well as serves as the Foundation Board Treasurer, as the Board of Trustees Treasurer, as a member of the President’s Senior Management Team, and as an adviser to the President.

1. Provide University leadership in assigned areas, including financial planning; budget management (business operations); investment management; master planning; strategic planning; project management; contract management; compliance and regulatory oversight; facilities and infrastructure oversight; purchasing; institutional research; and information technology.
2. Serve as a member of the President’s Senior Management Team.
3. Develop and implement plans and actions to meet University goals and objectives.
4. Assist in developing, updating, supporting and implementing the University’s strategic and master plans.
5. Provide leadership and oversight regarding priority and allocation of University resources.
6. Advise the University President in shaping institutional fiscal policies, strategic planning, management, and other administrative functions.
7. Coordinate financial planning which leads to a strong, sustainable institution, supporting the goals of the University’s mission and strategic plan.
8. Informs the President of any material deviations and provides trend information of organizational revenues and expenditures, as well as a forward-looking multi-year outlook.
9. Work annually to assure an expeditious and positive audit.
10. Lead long-range master planning, capital outlay, and infrastructure reviews and updates.
11. Participate with the University president and executive staff in planning and policy development for the University.
12. Provide appropriate leadership to ensure compliance with policies, regulation and applicable law.
13. Provide executive leadership and oversight for ongoing and upcoming capital projects.
14. Work with confidential and highly sensitive materials.
15. Acquire, maintain, and apply essential knowledge, skills and abilities related to subject matter mastery of the job.
16. Other duties as assigned.

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies to perform the essential functions of this position.

Customer Service: listens and responds effectively to customer questions; resolves customer problems to the customer’s satisfaction; respects all internal and external customers; uses a team approach when dealing with customers; follows up.

Problem Solving: the individual identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner and gathers and analyzes information skillfully.

Interpersonal Skills: the individual maintains confidentiality, remains open to others’ ideas and exhibits willingness to try new things.

Oral Communication: the individual speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations, demonstrates group presentation skills and conducts meetings.

Written Communication: the individual edits work for spelling and grammar, presents numerical data effectively and is able to read and interpret written information.

Planning and Organizing: the individual prioritizes and plans work activities, uses time efficiently, and can develop realistic action plans.

Quality Control: the individual demonstrates accuracy, thoroughness, and monitors own work to ensure quality.

Adaptability: the individual adapts to changes in the work environment, manages competing demands and is able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.

Dependability: the individual is consistently at work and on time, follows instructions, responds to management direction, and solicits feedback to improve performance.

Innovation / Initiative: the individual uses information from a variety of sources, identifies immediate action needed to address current issues, seizes the opportunities to enhance performance. Ability to attend to imminent issues while maintaining an awareness of emerging opportunities is required.

1. Master’s degree with a minimum of five years of business/administrative and budgeting experience.
2. Demonstrated knowledge of accounting and financial management.
3. Extensive experience in financial systems applications in the financial and management areas.
4. Knowledge of accounting, payroll, budget analysis, purchasing, contracts and grants.
5. Demonstrated ability to develop both short-term and long-term plans for the areas under direct supervision to successfully complete University goals and objectives.
6. Demonstrated ability to manage, plan and coordinate technical activities while making sound decisions, establishing priorities and meeting deadlines on a regular basis by effectively managing own time and delegation to subordinates.
7. Demonstrated ability to organize and direct a staff of professional and administrative personnel.

1. Master’s Degree in economics, finance, or related field.
2. CPA.
3. Ten or more years of senior leadership experience in public higher education.
4. Progressively more responsible senior leadership experience in higher education.
5. Demonstrated senior leadership experience in financial systems management, preferably in a higher education environment.
6. Experience and understanding of the academic operations and culture of public higher education.
7. Knowledge of higher education business and financial operations.
8. Demonstrated ability to effectively supervise personnel and complete all associated personnel actions in a timely and accurate manner.
9. Knowledge of physical plant, campus safety and security and personnel administration.
10. Demonstrated ability to work with institutional research staff and data to develop predictive models concerning expenses, revenues and long range financial planning.
11. A commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.

  • Lake Superior State University recognizes not only a legal obligation but also a moral and educational responsibility to provide equal employment opportunity both for the sake of fair employment practices and for the sake of meeting the educational needs of its particular student population.

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Contact Information

  • Human Resources
    Lake Superior State University
    650 W. Easterday Ave
    Sault Ste Marie, MI 49783
  • 906-635-2213
  • 906-635-2111


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