Albany State University, one of the country’s largest HBCU institutions and the largest in Georgia, seeks an experienced financial and operational administrator to serve as Vice President for Finance and Administration. Reporting directly to the President, the Vice President for Finance and Administration is responsible for providing strategic leadership and oversight to the financial and business operations of the University.
One of Georgia’s educational gems, Albany State University prepares students to be effective contributors to a globally diverse society, where knowledge and technology create opportunities for personal and professional success. Founded in 1903, Albany State University is a member institution of the University System of Georgia.
Serving an increasingly diverse student body and community, ASU offers 30 baccalaureate, 12 graduate, and 14 associate degrees, and 13 certificates across 60 programs at its main campus in Albany and at branch sites as well as online. The academic programs are housed in three colleges: College of Business, Education & Professional Studies; College of Arts & Sciences; and the Darton College of Health Professions.
Home to 6,509 students, Albany State respects and builds on the historical roots of its institutional predecessors with its commitment to access and a strong liberal arts heritage that respects diversity in all its forms and gives students the foundation they need to succeed.
The Vice President for Finance and Administration (Vice President) has a critical role in developing and implementing fiscal management and operational strategies for Albany State University. This senior administrator provides strategic vision and leadership for the functional organization for the departments of Accounts Payable and Receivable, Procurement, Budget, Campus Police, Human Resources, and Business and Auxiliary Services to promote optimal services and operational efficiencies, including providing a safe environment for students, faculty, staff, and community members.
A member of the President’s Cabinet, the Vice President advises the President, the Cabinet, and other key internal stakeholders on financial and budgetary matters as well as participates in the development and implementation of strategic long-term plans. The Vice President will understand how the productive and efficient operations of the Office of Finance and Administration contributes to the achievement of the University’s goals and the advancement of its mission.
The Vice President ensures compliance with the guidelines pertaining to the Georgia Board of Regents policy manual; the University System of Georgia business procedures manual, human resources manual, and construction manual; the Official Code of Georgia, Annotated (OCGA), and other state and federal laws. These guidelines require judgment, selection, and interpretation in application by this senior administrator. The Vice President develops guidelines for the Office of Finance and Business Operations.
Financial Acumen and Responsibility
Contributes to the University meeting its strategic objectives by assisting administrators and department heads in conducting financial analysis of current and proposed activities.
Develops and implements a financial vision for the University congruent with the identity and objectives of the campuses.
Directs the management of the university budget; ensures that resources are properly allocated to enable the University to attain its goals; prioritizes needs to fit allocated resources.
Develops long-term and short-term budget strategies for the University.
Prepares and maintains long-term financial forecasts for all of the University’s funds.
Monitors both short and long-term internal and external financial and operational developments to ensure that forecasts are current and accurate.
Monitors the University’s financial condition and provides budget information to budget managers.
Oversees preparation of monthly financial statements for the University.
Reports the financial condition of the University to the Board of Regents, other governmental agencies, and the university president and administrators on a regular basis.
Oversees preparation of the annual budget whereby organizational needs are identified and consensus on priorities is obtained and translated into a financial plan.
Develops proposals for funding for the USG and other stakeholders.
Multi-Campus Safety and Continuity
Assists in implementing all major capital projects so that they meet the University’s specifications and are completed on-time and on-budget.
Ensures that each campus is a safe and secure learning environment for students, faculty, staff, and students.
Policies, Procedures, and Compliance
Is responsible for the negotiation of agreements and has oversight of and maintains responsibility for financial and compliance audits.
Implements and monitors fiscal policies and procedures; ensures institutional compliance with various laws, rules, and regulations.
Master’s degree in business or public administration, finance, or closely related field
At least seven years of financial management experience encompassing finance, budget, accounting, and purchasing, with at least three years in a lead administrative/management position
Minimum of five years of progressively responsible senior leadership, management, and substantial senior administrative, supervisory, and financial leadership in higher education
Experience sufficient to thoroughly understand the diverse objectives and functions of the subunits in the division/department in order to direct and coordinate work within the division/department, which is usually interpreted to require seven to ten years of related experience
Direct experience and knowledge of the University System of Georgia’s policies, procedures, and practices
Financial and facility oversight of a multi-campus university
Professional accounting and/or business certifications
Knowledge of Board of Regents policies and procedures
Knowledge of State of Georgia budgetary policies
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
Responsible for being knowledgeable of USG Board of Regents policies and procedures
Responsible for being knowledgeable of State of Georgia budgetary policies
Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)
Knowledge of state and national issues related to higher education
Knowledge of budget development and management principles
Knowledge of supervisory principles and practices
Skill in the delegation of responsibility and authority
Skill in the operation of computers and job-related software programs
Skill in decision making and problem solving
Skill in interpersonal relations and in dealing with the public
Skill in oral and written communication
APPLICATION & NOMINATION PROCESS
Confidential applications/inquiries are welcomed, and nominations are invited.
Application packet must include: a) A letter of interest, b) Current résumé, and c) At least four references with full contact information including e-mails (References will not be contacted without consent from applicant.)
Submit application packet (preferably as PDFs) to ASU-VPFA@myersmcrae.com. Additional information will be requested upon receipt of application. Applications are reviewed upon submission and will be accepted until the position is filled.
Kenny Daugherty, President, and Emily Parker Myers, CEO, of Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting are assisting Albany State University with this search. Request a conversation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Albany State University is an equal employment, equal access, equal educational opportunity, and affirmative action institution which adheres to all federal and state civil rights laws banning discrimination in public institutions of higher education.