Vice President for Administration, Chief Financial Officer
St. Thomas University
October 9, 2018
Miami Gardens, Florida
Commensurate with experience.
Full Time - Experienced
St. Thomas University (STU) seeks a Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer who will embrace STU’s vision to be recognized as a leading Catholic University, distinguished by its innovative curriculum and core values reflecting its Catholic intellectual and spiritual tradition. STU is located on a pristine 125 acre campus in sunny Miami, Florida, an area rich in cultural and professional opportunities. Miami is recognized for international trade, banking and law and as the gateway to the Americas offering numerous opportunities for St. Thomas University’s prospective students and communities.
The ideal candidate will be a seasoned, visionary leader able to work in a fast-paced environment under the leadership of a transformative, goal oriented, high energy new President.
The Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer reports to the President, and serves as one of three senior officers of the University. The Vice President holds a key leadership role on campus and works collaboratively with the other Vice Presidents to fulfill the University’s institutional mission. In the role of CFO, the VP will monitor and manage the financial and business affairs of the institution and serve as financial advisor to the President, the Board of Trustees, and the campus community. This position is responsible for the development and supervision of basic policies and programs leading to the fiscal stability of the University. The VP will build, coordinate and review all proposed and operational budgets, develop and maintain the accounting and record systems for the preparation of financial reports and analysis, and provide for appropriate controls and audits. The VP will serve as the chief administrative officer for the University. Reporting to the CFO are Financial Affairs, Human Resources, Physical Plant, Environmental/Risk Management and Compliance, Dining Services, Mail & Copy Center and the University Bookstore.
The ideal candidate will be an energetic, visionary leader able to work in a fast-paced transformative environment under the leadership of a new President.
Desired Start Date: December 1, 2018.
Excellent management and strategic leadership skills
Strong analytical and problem solving capability
Outstanding oral and written communication skills
Strong negotiation and team building skills
Ability to multitask and attention to detail and accuracy
Strong organizational and project management skills
Principal Duties & Responsibilities:
Ensure that all divisional activities and programs are consistent with and support the academic and student development objectives of the University.
Recommend all administrative and financial policies for the institution to the President of the University.
Assume responsibility for the planning, organization and ongoing evaluation of all administrative and financial programs with approval from the President and, when necessary, the Board of Trustees.
Convene quarterly meetings of the Investment Advisory Committee with outside investment advisors. Ensure the endowment draw is used to its maximum effectiveness to support the operational objectives of the University.
Convene quarterly meetings of the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees; prepare and present all materials to the Committee.
Present quarterly financial statements for the Finance Committee and the Board of Trustees.
Ensure the completion of a timely and accurate annual audit. Insure compliance with all accounting regulatory changes.
Prepare financial projections for the University as compared to budget and develop strategies to resolve any differences.
Convene and preside at all meetings of the Budget Committee. Recommend the operational budget to the Board of Trustees after consultation with the President and the Finance Committee of the Board. Submit the annual operating budget with the recommendation of the Finance Committee and President to the Board of Trustees each year for approval.
In conjunction with the Director of Environmental Compliance and Risk Management, has oversight of insurance/risk management decisions, and in conjunction with the Director of Human Resources, has fiduciary responsibility for the employee retirement plan.
Supervise the Director of Human Resources, Associate VP of Finance & Controller, Director of Risk Management and Compliance, Director of Physical Plant, Mail and Copy Center Manager, Director of Public Safety, Food Services General Manager and Campus Bookstore Manager.
Review, edit and execute major University contracts.
Participate in the preparation and implementation of the University’s strategic plan and oversees the administrative goals as they relate to the operational and financial areas.
Perform tasks as assigned by the President of the University.
St. Thomas University is an E-Verify® Equal Opportunity Employer.
For more information about St. Thomas University, visit our website at www.stu.edu
About St. Thomas University
St. Thomas University is a private, Catholic university located in Miami, Florida, the U.S. gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean. The mission focuses on excellence in teaching and encouraging service and research. The university has earned an international reputation for academic excellence and offers programs of study at the undergraduate and graduate level. Designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, the School of Law is continuously ranked in the top 5 schools for diversity. St. Thomas is renowned as a leader in human rights, science & technology, teaching and criminal justice studies.