The Associate Vice President for Finance and Controller (AVP) reports to the Vice President for Finance and Administration. Incumbent will provide effective management and oversight of financial operations and services which include the following functions: accounting, audit, budget, cash management, general ledger maintenance and financial statement preparation, student accounts, accounts payable, tax, and financial systems. The AVP also serves as a liaison to the University’s Board of Directors.
The AVP provides leadership to a financial support team focused on delivering user-friendly services in a fast-paced environment. As part of the Finance and Administration leadership team, the AVP collaborates with his/her peers to create innovative solutions in support of the University’s strategic plans and initiatives.
Provide overall leadership and management to the Financial Services team. This includes supervising and providing guidance to direct reports and their staff; fostering a collaborative and service-oriented culture; ensuring processes and procedures are in compliance with University, state, and federal regulations; ensuring accounting functions, general ledger transactions, and reporting functions are performed accurately and on a timely basis; promoting continuous process quality and efficiency improvements when assessing administrative functions.
Develop and implement a strategic plan for the Financial Services team that aligns with the University’s strategic plan. Focus is on customer-centric process improvements, streamlining business operations for efficiency and effectiveness, collaboration, and transparency.
Licensed Certified Public Accountant.
Higher Education experience.
Thorough knowledge of budgeting and resource allocation principles and theories; application of same in a higher education environment.
Knowledge of accounting and budget technology systems including payroll, accounts payable, general ledger, and other financial related systems.
Ability to function in a complex, high-demand environment, and to manage multiple priorities.
Creativity and solution-oriented thinking, comfortable adapting to and leading change.
Strong leadership and supervisory skills with the ability to lead and mentor the Finance team.
Excellent written and oral communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to work effectively and collaboratively across the campus community.
Knowledge of the methods of process improvement and streamlining operations through the redesign of business practices and performance measurement.
Knowledge of Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) pronouncements and principles.
Valparaiso University is located in Valparaiso, Indiana, a community in Northwest Indiana approximately 50 miles southeast of Chicago, Illinois and 12 miles from the southern shores of Lake Michigan. Valparaiso University enrolls approximately 4,000 students in colleges of Art & Sciences, Business, Engineering, Graduate, Law, Nursing, and Christ College (Honors). For additional information, please visit www.valpo.edu.