Columbia University seeks a strategic, forward-thinking, and data-minded executive who will provide leadership as the Associate Vice President, Student Financial Services (AVP). Reporting to the Vice President, Finance and Controller, the Associate Vice President will advance the operations of the Student Financial Services portfolio to support services to students and campus stakeholders. The AVP leads a team of 50 direct and indirect reports who are responsible for University Financial Aid, Student Accounts/Accounting, and Financial Aid compliance within the context of a premier research university. As a senior leader, the AVP will have the opportunity to shape policies and processes that will build upon existing strengths of the SFS operation, while simultaneously identifying opportunities for operational maximization.
The Associate Vice President, Student Financial Services, is responsible for the overall administration, leadership, and operation of the departments which comprise centralized Student Financial Services functions for the University. The AVP is responsible for the management and delivery of fiscal services to the 32,000 students enrolled at the University in its various schools. The AVP serves as the central oversight role for financial aid and the bursar functions, leading fiscal operations related to the billing and collection of over $1.5 billion in tuition and student charges and the compliant awarding of over $800 million in institutional/federal financial aid.
The AVP has responsibility for an operational budget of over $8 million, and indirect oversight of school-based financial aid operations. The position collaborates closely with the University Registrar to ensure that the Student Service Center (reporting to the Registrar) is meeting the needs of the student population and is communicating accurate policies and practices. The AVP provides critical input to the VP, Finance and Controller and other constituents on relevant strategic initiatives and functionality requirements for student information systems.
The AVP is an experienced financial services leader within a higher education environment who will bring their skills to further elevate the operations of an established team. The AVP brings enthusiasm and expertise into this role, along with an agile mindset to quickly attain the understanding of the existing systems and structures in which they will lead. They are strategically minded and can effectively cultivate partnerships with a diverse group of administrators.
Amy Sugin and Laura Bertonazzi of Koya Partnershave been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.