The University of Houston – Clear Lake (UHCL) seeks an accomplished and innovative financial leader to become its next vice president for administration and finance (VPAF) and invites nominations and applications for the position.
Since its founding in 1974, UHCL has provided educational opportunities to students in the Houston-Galveston area and beyond. The university offers more than 80 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs through its four colleges: Business, Education, Human Sciences and Humanities, and Science and Engineering. The university currently serves more than 8,500 students and more than 66,000 alumni. In its short history, UHCL has earned a distinctive reputation as a student-centered, community-minded, partnership-oriented university. Through its on-going community engagement, UHCL has developed alliances with area businesses, organizations, schools and governmental agencies that enhance the educational, economic, cultural, scientific and professional environment across the region.
Located adjacent to the NASA Johnson Space Center, UHCL is situated in the heart of the area’s high-technology community on a 524-acre natural-environment campus. UHCL is committed to supporting the region’s education community as well as the various commercial, engineering, computing, health care, petrochemical and aerospace industries. The university is distinguished by a strong commitment to student success, leadership development, career readiness and academic excellence. In August 2017, UHCL welcomed its fifth president, Ira K. Blake, Ph.D., who is developing bold plans and initiatives intended to further expand mutually beneficial opportunities for students, the university and the surrounding community.
Reporting to the president, the VPAF serves as the chief financial officer providing leadership, oversight and stewardship to all aspects of the university’s financial resources and an operating budget of more than $133 million. This position has responsibility for budget planning, procurement, facilities management, general accounting and financial operations, human resources, and campus security. The VPAF provides vision as well as proactive, integrated financial planning that optimizes resources in support of the university’s mission and strategic priorities, and supports the president in preparing presentations on financial and other important administrative initiatives to the UH System Board of Regents, the UH System Chancellor, and lawmakers. Most importantly, the VPAF serves as a key strategic advisor to the president and works collaboratively with her, senior leaders, faculty and staff to assure a successful and stable financial future for UHCL.
The successful candidate will be a skilled financial leader who understands how to maximize finance and budgeting in a constrained resource environment with experience leading change and implementing best practices. The next VPAF will be a superb communicator who works in partnership with colleagues and shares their commitment to access, affordability, student success and diversity in all its forms. It is expected that candidates will hold a graduate degree, ideally an MBA or MA in a business field. A record of more than 10 years of leadership experience, including increasing responsibility in a financial role, is required. Experience in an institution of higher education is preferred.
Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications is underway and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a resume and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in this leadership profile. These materials should be sent electronically in two separate Word or PDF files to the consultants, Jane Courson and Robert W. Luke, at UHCL-VPAF@wittkieffer.com. For fullest consideration, materials should be submitted before June 6, 2018. The consultants may also be reached by telephone via the desk of Meagan Shimkus at 630-575-6725.
The policy of University of Houston-Clear Lake is to ensure equal opportunity in all its educational programs and activities, and all terms and conditions of employment without regard to age, race, color, disability, religion, national origin, veteran's status, genetic information, or sex (including pregnancy), except where such a distinction is required by law. Additionally, UHCL prohibits discrimination in all aspects of employment and educational programs on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.