The Vice President for Business and Finance (VPBF) serves as the Chief Financial Officer for the university and is a key member of the university’s administrative leadership team, providing both strategic leadership and operational management to the university. The VPBF reports directly to the president and assists Graceland’s vice presidents and senior leaders on all strategic and tactical matters as they relate to financial forecasting, cost-benefit analysis, budget management, resource allocation, and the securing of new funding when such funding comes through financial, investment, real estate and related markets. The VPBF also has primary operational responsibility for the business services area, including financial oversight and audit, human resource office, information technology services, facility services, outsource partners, contracts and plant operations. The VPBF has five staff members as direct reports, with over 65 total employees within the business and finance areas. The VPBF is responsible for leading university initiatives (building projects, ERP integration, etc.) and plays a primary role in university strategic planning and the university’s campus master plan. The VPBF also serves as the financial liaison and sits on the Board of Directors for Graceland’s subsidiary, SkillPath. The VPBF will serve as the primary staff liaison for Board of Trustees Business Services and Audit committees. This position will be based on either the Lamoni, IA campus or the Independence, MO campus with travel to the other campus weekly.
(30%) 1. Financial Strategy Development and Implementation. The VPBF has a broad strategic portfolio that includes collaborating with the president and vice presidents to put the university’s resources to best use in advancing its mission.
(30%) 2. Chief Business Officer. The VPBF provides leadership, insight, vision and an integrated financial planning that optimizes resources in support of the university’s mission and strategic priorities.
(10%) 3. Committee Liaison. Serves as the primary liaison to the business services and audit committee and related committees of the Board of Trustees.
(30%) 4. Operational Responsibility. Supervises the Accounting Office, Business Services, Facility Services, Information Technology, Human Resource Office, Bookstore contract management, and (with VP for Student Life) provides contractual oversight of food service vendor.
Candidates are asked to submit the following electronically in MS Word or Adobe PDF: 1. a letter of interest that directly addresses the leadership opportunity outlined in the profile above, 2. a resume, and 3. the names, addresses and telephone numbers of four references. References will not be contacted without first securing the permission of the candidate. Candidate materials should be received by Sept. 1, 2018.
Qualifications and Skills: The successful candidate will possess at least five years of exceptional leadership in a high-level financial role, track record of successful strategic and fiscal planning, strong professional ethics and a commitment to the mission of a liberal arts private university with residential undergraduates and on-line learners at all levels. In addition: • Bachelor’s degree in finance, business or accounting, or related field – master’s preferred, CPA optional • At least five years of financial experience, including high-level management experience with the day-to-day financial operations of an organization of at least 40 employees • Knowledge of not-for-profit accounting preferred with demonstrated evidence of familiarity of national trends and best practices in higher education finance • Ability to think creatively, collaboratively and strategically • Experience in operational and strategic planning, policy development and financial analysis • Good digital, written and oral communication skills with the ability to articulate a financial vision and to motivate the Graceland community to use its resources efficiently and creatively • An open, collaborative and engaging management style that promotes partnerships and builds strong relationships both across the campus and communities Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports: Human Resources, Informational Technology Services, Facility Services, Accounting, Bookstore and Food Service Contract. Other Requirements: Travel to both campuses, some overnight and some evening/weekend working hours required. Successfully pass a background investigation.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
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About Graceland University
Graceland University is located on 170 rolling acres in the town of Lamoni, Iowa, just an hour from Des Moines, less than two hours from Kansas City, and less than three hours from Omaha. Founded in 1895, Graceland was established as a non-sectarian liberal arts institution by the Community of Christ and is dedicated to providing its students an education grounded in the core values of caring and community. Notably, Graceland University is home of the USA National Champion SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) team (2006) and the NAIA National Men’s Soccer Champions (2006). To learn more about Graceland University, visit www.graceland.edu.