The Senior Vice President for Operations and Finance at Iowa State University seeks an innovative, creative and collaborative thought leader for its Divisional Business and Operations Officer.
This position reports to the Senior Vice President for Operations and Finance and leads, oversees, and advises on divisional financial, budgetary, auxiliary services, communications, and resource planning, as well as the attendant policies and procedures. Conducts high level comparative analyses and research, interprets that information, and provides recommendations to senior management. Leads and manages projects to accomplish recommended actions. Tracks trends, develops long-range divisional planning, and manages special projects related to divisional management. Explores and develops broad divisional communication/marketing strategies that inform, educate, and build trust among campus leaders and constituents across campus; encourages active engagement in divisional identity that integrates with the institutional brand; provides guidance on divisional diversity and inclusion tactics; and outlines training expectations. Serves as a member of the senior level divisional team and the institutional budget management team, and represents the division on university-wide committees and ad-hoc projects as assigned by the SVP.
The scope of responsibilities for this position significantly and directly influences the division's mission. The Operations & Finance Division employs more than 1,200 staff and student with operating and capital expenditures of $300 million for the last fiscal year. All institutional expenditures, revenues and transfers are transacted through the division; for the last full fiscal year, institutional revenues and expenditures totaled $1.5 billion.
The Division includes eight units: Facilities Planning & Management; Environmental Health & Safety; Central Finance & Treasurer's Office; Institutional Financial Strategy; Finance Service Delivery; Payroll, Tax & Benefits; Public Safety and Risk Management; and Specialty Business Services & Cultural Arts.
The Divisional Business and Operations Officer possesses excellent interpersonal communication skills, including high-level tact and diplomacy; analytical and problem solving skills; and high degrees of ethical decision-making, judgement, initiative, and original thinking skills. This position is responsible for stewarding the division’s commitment to building a positive, productive and healthy work environment; providing exceptional service to campus; and demonstrating a personal commitment to service and effective business processes.
Experience in higher education Leadership experience in business operations, including strategic planning, budgeting, and financial accountability Experience building and managing an array of effective working relationships Experience identifying and initiating new business and/or revenue-generating opportunities
About Iowa State University
Iowa State University is a public, land-grant university, where students get a great academic start in learning communities and stay active in 800-plus student organizations, undergrad research, internships and study abroad. They learn from world-class scholars who are tackling some of the world's biggest challenges -- feeding the hungry, finding alternative fuels and advancing manufacturing.