The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) invites applications and nominations for the position of Chief Financial Officer. This is a renewable, full-time, non-tenured, administrative position and reports to the Chancellor. The position may be located in Las Vegas or Reno. The NSHE is comprised of eight institutions: two universities, a state college, four community colleges, and a research institute. The public system of higher education in Nevada continues to experience rapid growth, with significant challenges and opportunities in serving its 105,000 students and 12,000 employees.
The incumbent acts as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the System and is responsible for coordinating and addressing fiscal issues as they relate to statewide higher education. This includes the Legislative budget process, biennial budget, financial statements and reporting, and investments and debt. The CFO provides information and recommendations to the Chancellor and the Board of Regents on higher education fiscal operations and is required to stay current on national issues related to higher education financing and convey these issues to the Board and the campus business officers. Additionally, the CFO exercises substantial discretionary authority relative to the financial operation of the System. The CFO is an oversight role of the Audit and Banking and Treasury operations.
SALARY RANGE: 2
APPROXIMATE STARTING DATE: January 1, 2019
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate must have an earned Master’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution and seven (7) years of comparable managerial experience. Candidates may come from varied backgrounds and as such other areas of education and experience may be appropriately substituted. An exception may be a Bachelor’s Degree plus ten (10) or more years of experience. Industry certification such as CPA, CMA, CFA or similar is preferred. Given the need to work with Campus Business Officers/CFO’s and the unique features of the System-Wide CFO role, experience in higher education finance and/or budgeting is highly desired.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Successful candidates should possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities. It is recommended that applicants for this position address each of the following items in their letter of application:
Knowledge and experience in higher education budgeting and finance, including operating, capital and debt in a public sector entity
Knowledge of GASB requirements for financial statements and A-133 Single Audit
Knowledge and understanding of the role of a policy-making Board and the staff tasks needed to support an elected governing board
Knowledge and experience with the Legislature/ State Budget environment
Knowledge of state laws pertaining to government finance
Knowledge and experience in developing, monitoring and enforcing financial policies, procedures and guidelines
Knowledge of the financial structure and needs of individual institutions including community & state colleges, research universities, and the research institute
Skilled in analyzing information, problems, situations, practices or procedures to define a problem or objective, identifying relevant concerns or factors, identifying patterns, tendencies and relationships; formulate logical and objective conclusions, and recognizing alternatives and their implications
Ability to manage a diverse financial staff, including staff in multiple locations
Ability to exercise judgment to solve administrative problems where the answer is not apparent
Ability to communicate complex issues effectively in both an oral and written manner to a wide variety of audiences
Ability to present information in a public setting to various constituencies, including the Board of Regents, legislative committees, local boards and councils, etc.
Ability to adhere to stringent deadlines while maintaining flexibility for urgent issues
RESPONSIBILITIES: The duties of this position will include, but will not be limited to, the following areas of responsibility:
Staff the Business and Finance and the Investment and Facilities Committees of the Board, including creating agendas and reference material and responding to requests of the Committees
Chair the Business Officers Council and work with the Council on policy development applicable to financial operations and fiscal policy issues. Lead discussions and work to establish consensus on issues
Lead the NSHE Biennial budget process including development of the agency request and CIP request. Includes associated testimony & presentations during Session and ongoing monitoring of legislation/fiscal impacts
Manage the Treasury, Banking and Investment function including debt issuance and administration. Also manage the financial statement/ single audit process including coordination with System external auditors. Included within this function are the System Admin controller’s office activities. Oversee related functions and staffing of Internal Audit
Oversight and control of all routine and ad hoc data/ informational requests and publications created by the Finance Department. These include Legislative reports, Governor and Legislator inquiries, Regent requests, periodic financial reports, surveys and budget reports
Oversee NSHE Chief Information Officer and System Computing Services, including governance of ERP and related systems.
TO APPLY: The application process will be handled through the Workday on-line search process. Application materials must include a current resume, detailed cover letter, and names, addresses and telephone numbers of four professional references willing to be contacted. Applicants should fully describe qualifications and experience, since the initial review will serve to evaluate applicants based on documented, relevant qualifications and professional work experience. Applications will be considered incomplete without all requested materials. References will only be contacted for those who advance to the final phase of the search and with prior consent of the applicant. The review of materials will begin immediately. Materials should be addressed to Sherry Olson, Search Coordinator, and are to be submitted via on-line application at http://system.nevada.edu/Careers/index.htm. For assistance with NSHE’s on-line applicant portal, contact Sherry Olson at (775) 784-4901 or firstname.lastname@example.org
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications may be submitted until the position is filled. The review of materials will begin immediately, however, for full consideration applications should be submitted by November 13, 2018. For more information about the NSHE, please visit our website at www.nevada.edu.
Required Attachment(s): Application materials must include a current resume, detailed cover letter, and names, addresses, and telephone numbers of four professional references willing to be contacted.
For more information about the Nevada System of Higher Education, please visit our website at nshe.nevada.edu. The Nevada System of Higher Education hires only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the U.S. The NSHE is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and encourages the nomination and candidacies of women and minorities.
Internal Number: P0127411
About Nevada System of Higher Education, System Administration
The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) was established in 1865 and is currently comprised of two doctoral-granting universities, a state college, four comprehensive community colleges and one environmental research institute. The public system of higher education in Nevada is governed by the Board of Regents serving over 100,000 students and 15,000 employees.
The Chancellor is the chief executive officer of the Nevada System of Higher Education and is responsible to the Board of Regents for the administration and of the financial management of the Board’s policies. The campus presidents and vice chancellors are responsible to the Chancellor. The NSHE Chancellor’s Office provides system administration for the Board of Regents, academic and student affairs, health sciences, finance and budget, legal affairs, human resources, system computing services, college collaboration, diversity, government and community affairs.
NSHE is committed to moving Nevada forward by providing educational opportunities to meet the diverse needs of the great State of Nevada and its workforce.
The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) is committed to providing a place of work and learning... free of discrimination on the basis of a person’s age, disability, whether actual or perceived by others (including service-connected disabilities), gender (including pregnancy related conditions), military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race, or religion.