The Associate Vice President for Finance is a key member of the Finance and Administration team and will assume a critical strategic partnership role in the overall management of Wesleyan’s finances.
This position reports to the Senior Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer and will have responsibility for the financial operations of the institution and will provide guidance to ensure the effective stewardship of the University’s financial resources.
The Associate Vice President for Finance will have responsibility for the long-range financial planning, budget development and annual budget control activities of a total institutional budget of nearly $200 million that supports the operation of a 316-acre campus, a student enrollment of about 2900 resident undergraduate students, over 300 graduate students and a workforce of approximately 950 employees.
Supervisory responsibilities include the Director of Financial Services and the Director of Financial Planning.
Provide leadership for managing the institution’s financial resources and achieving its overall strategic goals. Serve as an active steward of the University’s financial resources.
Supervise all finance functions including budgeting, accounting, financial reporting, long-range planning, asset management, liability management and risk management.
Be a strategic business partner and advisor to the President, Cabinet and the Board of Trustees.
Lead Wesleyan’s financial and capital planning and budgeting processes and ensure that resources are deployed efficiently and effectively in the support of the advancement of the University’s objectives.
Collaborate with the University’s Chief Investment Officer (CIO) on issues relating to the management of the University’s endowment, debt facilities and bond issues.
Represent the University to financial partners, outsourced service providers, financial institutions, auditors, insurance brokers, and other relevant providers.
Maintain and continue to enhance a strong service culture, ensuring that the financial and operational functions of Wesleyan are effectively supporting the University’s mission.
Attend all meetings of the Wesleyan Board of Trustees and work closely with the Board on nearly all matters pertaining to Wesleyan’s finances.
Contribute to a variety of Board and campus committees in consultation and collaboration with trustees, faculty, students and staff including the Budget Priorities Committee, the Board of Trustees Finance and Audit committees, Financial Aid Advisory Group, Faculty Compensation and Benefits Committee, and the Retirement Plan Investment Committee.
Represent Wesleyan at National-level and local committees.
Other duties as assigned.
Advanced degree in a related field and at least 10 years of progressively responsible financial leadership roles with a deep knowledge of accounting and finance or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Demonstrated expertise in the areas of fiscal management with strong strategic financial acumen.
Demonstrated ability to effectively, fairly, and openly negotiate with a history of transparent decision-making.
Demonstrated ability to make difficult, timely and financially responsible decisions.
Proven ability to set short and long-term priorities, and chart an informed sustainable and ambitious future.
Demonstrated experience in creating and meeting strategic goals and the ability to translate vision into reality while championing best practices.
Proven ability to develop and sustain relationships with senior leadership, administrators, faculty, staff and students.
Experience leading and managing teams including hiring, performance management, training and professional development.
Strong analytical skills and technical ability, including expertise with enterprise-wide financial systems.
Demonstrated ability to listen and to translate financial information for others with very limited experience and/or training in understanding and using financial information.
Effective communication skills.
Demonstrated commitment to environmental stewardship.
Demonstrated commitment to work within a diverse environment and interact openly with individuals of different backgrounds.
Previous financial leadership experience in higher education and/or a nonprofit organization.
MBA or comparable advanced degree and/or a CPA certificate.
Demonstrated knowledge of higher education enterprise wide financial systems.
Experience at a liberal arts college.
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