THE UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA – with its main campus in Carrollton and centers in Newnan and Douglasville – seeks a transformative, visionary, and strategic leader to serve as Vice President for Business and Finance. This is an outstanding opportunity for an experienced and accomplished leader with significant potential to influence and shape the future of higher education in west Georgia.
Reporting directly to the President, the Vice President for Business and Finance is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the general financial and business operations of the University. The Vice President serves as a senior cabinet official and the Chief Business Officer for the University of West Georgia. The Division of Business and Finance is committed to continuous improvement in business operations, customer service and positioning the university to achieve its strategic objectives including the development of a top quality student experience with a focus on service excellence. This position is dedicated to advising the President on relevant matters with respect to the institution’s financial health, business analytics, trends, costs, and conformity with budgets, state statute and Board of Regents policy. The Vice President of Business and Finance provides overall strategic leadership and management of the following: institutional planning in support of the University's strategic priorities; resource analysis, projections and annual and long-term budgeting; fiscal planning and business and fiscal policy development; financial and business services, student financial services, human resources, facilities/maintenance/capital projects, auxiliary enterprises, university police, emergency management, business excellence and other university- wide leadership responsibilities as assigned by the President. The Vice President will be committed to working as a strategic partner for the President and team of executives dedicated to the rise, growth and pursuit of excellence for the university.
The Vice President of Business and Finance must effectively articulate a vision for the conduct and outcomes of business operations that is consistent with the University's mission and strategic initiatives.
Provides strategic leadership in business administration, facilities, budget and financial operations with a commitment to innovation.
Oversees the University's financial resources and ensures the economic viability of the university, as well as positioning the university to dedicate resources to achieve its strategic priorities.
Collaboratively advise the President and the President's Cabinet on formulation of strategically valuable policies, programs, and procedures supporting the priorities of the university and best practices in business operations and financial management.
Serves as the university representative on financial, business and facility matters and works directly with the University System of Georgia in these areas.
Coordinate the preparation, implementation and monitoring of the annual university budget.
Direct and insure that all annual financial audits are completed.
Manage financial security through financial forecasting and risk management.
Oversee responsible and strategic debt management.
Provide oversight for the implementation of the Campus Master Plan and related construction, renovation and infrastructure projects.
Serves on the governing boards of the university affiliated foundations.
Other leadership responsibilities as assigned by the President
Candidates should possess an advanced degree in business administration, public administration or a related field with a CPA, CMA or CIA designation or equivalent education, training or experience. Significant, progressively responsible, relevant experience that includes considerable knowledge of accounting/finance/budgetary processes/business operations and procedures. Relevant experience in university administration and financial and facilities management is preferred. Candidates must have a demonstrated track record of strategic partnership and collaborative leadership within a university setting or other large and complex organization. Candidates must have demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and effectively with various university and community constituencies, in an environment that presumes collaboration and openness of communication; strong management skills; experience in policy formulation and implementation; experience in leadership for human resources and staff development. Preferred candidates will have familiarity with cost effectiveness strategies and methods, such as Lean management and six sigma. Additionally, preferred applicants will have experience in public university setting, as well as a working knowledge of GASB and NACUBO standards and guidelines.
Special Instructions to the Applicant
To request a descriptive Opportunity Profile for this position, provide a nomination, or seek additional information, please contact Kristi Carman, University General Counsel at firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters of recommendation or a simple nomination should include the name and contact information for the nominee. Interested applicants should apply online ant submit a resume and cover letter. Review of applications will begin on May 11, 2020.
About University of West Georgia
Nestled among the pines on a picturesque 645 acres is the University of West Georgia – a hidden gem just 50 miles west of Atlanta. Serving more than 13,000 students across nine academic units, UWG is known for its innovative academic programs and student-centered environment.
• Perennially ranked by U.S. News & World Report, the Princeton Review, and Colleges of Distinction as a top national university, West Georgia offers 86 fields of study, including business, nursing, education, STEM, social sciences and the arts. It generates a regional economic impact of more than $604 million and provides a safe, quality and affordable college experience that transforms lives.
• UWG has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for its institutional commitment to community engagement through teaching, research and public service with the Community Engagement Classification. UWG is one of only 119 U.S. colleges and universities to receive the elective classification in 2020 and will join the ranks of only 359 institutions nationally.
• Well-positioned to create transformative opportunities through higher education, UWG seeks a leader who will advance and support the University’s miss...ion of fulfilling workforce development needs while contributing to the social, cultural, and economic development of the region, state, nation, and world.