The University of Rhode Island, a land, sea, and urban public research university, seeks nominations and applications for an experienced individual to serve as its Assistant Vice President, Financial Strategy & Planning (AVP). Reporting to the Vice President for Administration and Finance, the new AVP will serve as a key partner in strategic decision making by providing budget, financial analysis, projections, modeling, and data analytics services to University leadership. The AVP will lead, implement, and maintain a ten-year dynamic forecasting model for URI to enable leadership to test the likely effects of various strategic decisions on University financials and will provide the analytic support needed to optimize revenue, evaluate new programs, and maximize efficiencies. The AVP will oversee the development of the University’s budget and present the budget to leadership, the URI Board of Trustees, and Rhode Island state government.
The Assistant Vice President will join URI at an exciting moment as newly appointed President Marc Parlange embarks on a bold strategy to extend and amplify the University’s presence as a leading research institution. Working closely with University leadership, the AVP will provide the strategic thinking, change management skills, and analytical expertise needed to realize this vision by designing budget models that enable the University to incentivize increased enrollment, non-traditional revenue growth, and interdisciplinary cooperation among the colleges of the University. The AVP will be responsible for leading the University’s financial planning, budgeting, forecasting, and modeling processes to enable URI to understand the impacts of proposed initiatives and to test the effects of potential strategic decisions on the University’s financials. Strong communication skills will be vital for the AVP to translate complex financial information into clear presentations for a wide variety of individuals within the University as well as at the state level, while also leading a talented Budget and Financial Planning office to consistently provide a high level of service to units across the University.
The ideal candidate will be an experienced and analytically proficient budget and planning administrator with at least ten years of progressive experience in management and administration, with five of those years in financial management. The next AVP will be a strategic problem solver who has demonstrated experience developing and implementing complex and dynamic financial forecasting models. They will have demonstrated experience with change management and leadership, especially as it pertains to budgeting and institutional planning, with a preference given to candidates with direct experience implementing Responsibility Center Management budgeting (RCM) or other new budget models.
The candidate must be a strong communicator with political savvy to connect, engage, and serve as a proactive partner with others at all levels of the University. Additionally, they will uphold the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the work that they do, modeling and encouraging a culture of openness, equal access to resources, and transparency. This person will leverage their strategic thinking, expertise, and technical skills to enable the University to use data effectively to improve decision making and achieve URI’s academic, research, and outreach goals.
The University of Rhode Island has retained the services of Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in conducting this important search. All inquiries, applications, and nominations should be directed in confidence to the search firm at the address below.
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