Vice President for Business & Finance



Fort Valley State University seeks a leader for the position of Vice President for Business & Finance. Reporting to the President, the Vice President for Business & Finance is the University’s chief fiscal officer and provides strategic and tactical leadership for all financial and business operations of the University, ensuring the fiscal integrity of the institution. The Vice President for Business & Finance develops and implements business and administrative policies and procedures consistent with the appropriate stewardship of the University’s human and physical assets and in accordance with Federal, State and University System of Georgia guidelines. This position will work and communicate effectively with all constituencies, including the administration, faculty, staff, students and the Board of Regents.

Responsibilities:

• Prepares the university’s operating budget for submission to the President, acts as primary fiscal advisor to the President and senior management team, and serves as liaison to the USG/BOR Fiscal Affairs office.
• Develops and implements the University’s short- and long-term budgetary strategic planning efforts, and monitors the university’s budget and finance activities, including collection, custody, investment, disbursement, accounting, reporting, and auditing of all university funds.
• Proposes and implements campus-wide business and administrative policies, ensuring compliance with Federal, State, and University System of Georgia Board of Regents’ mandated policies and procedures.
• Executes contracts and agreements that commit the University to provide services or facilities, expend funds, or convey property, working with the Chief Legal Officer and other relevant officials, and works with FVSU Foundation and LLC officials on University-Foundation matters related to scholarships, property, and other matters.
• Oversees capital planning efforts; manages new project funding, design and construction, and develops and leads well-qualified and trained teams to deliver customer-focused services and operations.
• Oversees compliance with state and federal requirements, including supervising relations with state auditors, coordinating state appropriation requests and development information required by staffs of state agencies and legislature. Provides leadership and support for university-wide internal audit and compliance requirements.

Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications:
• Earned master’s degree (minimum) in a field related to business administration, finance, or accounting, or earned bachelor’s degree and related certification, such as Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, Certified Financial Manager, or Certified Government Financial Manager.
• A minimum of ten years of progressive administrative experience in the management of fiscal operations, and demonstrated ability to accurately analyze complex financial and accounting data.
• Experience in strategic planning, long-range financial planning, budgeting, and financial reporting, and knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and financial standards established by GASB and FASB.
• Exceptional communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills, leadership skills that encourage teamwork and participative decision-making, and superior coaching and mentoring abilities.
• Demonstrated experience and success forming and maintaining public/private partnerships, evidence of generating revenue through entrepreneurial initiatives, and experience in various integrated accounting and administrative information systems.
• Proven ability to work collaboratively and effectively across teams, including students, staff, faculty, alumni, Foundation Board members, Board of Regents officials, community and business partners, and external agencies.
• Demonstrated commitment to cultivating and managing a diverse workforce, and to the University’s values of Excellence, Efficiency, Continuous Improvement, Transparency, Respect, and Inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience with PeopleSoft financial system
• Professional employment in higher education
• Experience in management of higher education fiscal operations
• Familiarity with and leadership of technology operations.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Understanding of the mission of higher education.
• Strong management and interpersonal skills, and commitment to diversity.
• Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, with attention to details, timelines, deadlines, and the University-wide context of decisions.
• Commitment to customer service and understanding of effects of fiscal policy on all aspects of the University community.
• Familiarity with accepted standards and practices to ensure problem-free audits.
• Strong supervisory leadership which demonstrates excellent oral and written communication skills.

Interested persons should submit a complete application packet which includes:

  • FVSU Application (include Job Title and Job Number)
  • Cover Letter (include Job Title and Job Number)
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript(s) – Diploma copies are not accepted in lieu of transcripts
  • List of three (3) Professional References including their contact information

Complete application packets should be emailed to hrfvsu@fvsu.edu, with the Job Title and Job Number in the subject line. Application packets that do not contain all required information will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.

Working Conditions & Physical Effort:

Working conditions:
General Office environment. Work is generally sedentary in nature, but may require standing and walking for up to 10% of the time. The working environment is generally favorable. Lighting and temperature are adequate, and there are no hazardous or unpleasant conditions caused by noise, dust, etc. Work is generally performed within an office environment, with standard office equipment available.

Physical requirements:
Must be able to read, write, and communicate fluently in English.
Willingness to travel within and beyond the State of Georgia.

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