Job Category: Managerial/Professional Unit: Business and Financial Services Position Code: SBFS9031A Status: Open Closing Date: Applicant and resume review will begin on or around 7/22 and will continue through selection. Salary: Commensurate with Experience Location: DCC - Downtown Campus Center Background check: Background check and fingerprinting may be required
Description: The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With nearly 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.
Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.
In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.
ABOUT THE POSITION
The Assistant Vice Chancellor – Financial Planning and Analysis (AVC) will report to the Vice Chancellor – Finance and Administration and will lead Financial Planning and Analysis (FP and A) within the Division of Finance and Administration. FP and A is responsible for managing the development and recommendation of the campus operating budget to the Chancellor. Coordinates strategic and long-range planning efforts developed during the earliest phases of program and project development that form the campus capital financial plan and its capital improvement program. The AVC will lead the FP and A Group in implementing a new process for the development and recommendation of a campus budget, developing project finance plans, and providing debt management services across multiple campus funds. In doing so, this group will create and encourage incentive funding and cost recovery models that support innovation and growth.
Working with faculty, students, and staff across the UC Merced community, as well as with leaders from the UC system, the AVC will be asked to address a set of key opportunities and challenges, as follows:
Create and implement a robust and transparent budget process and useful tools;
Partner with colleagues across the campus to allow the whole of the campus' financial and administrative structures to be greater than the sum of its parts;
Partner with the Provost's Office to further develop a curriculum driven instructional budget allocation and process for academic units working directly with the Associate Vice Provost of Planning and Budget, CAPRA, and others in the academic units and further align the campus-wide annual budget planning process;
Lead, develop and evolve the FP and A group to a new standard of service for the campus;
Continue to build UC Merced's diverse and inclusive intellectual community;
Represent and amplify the presence of UC Merced in UC system-wide meetings and forums on financial and budgetary matters.
The AVC will be the most senior campus SME on matters relating to the campus budget and related policies and procedures, and will lead the effort to more effectively coordinate the campus' budgeting functions, creating and enabling systems and procedures for compiling, monitoring, and analyzing UC Merced's evolving budgeting process. The incumbent will be responsible for ensuring the highest standards of fiscal integrity, transparency, and stewardship of financial resources and capital planning operations for UC Merced.
This position will require strong experience in bringing together varied interests, perceptions and opinions to form a collaborative team that will develop, analyze and deploy campus-wide FP and A strategies. This will require strong relationships with campus stakeholders, including all academic schools and units, the Academic Senate, and all administrative divisions.
The AVC will have strong leadership and decision-making skills; and be comfortable and experienced in finding and developing solutions. The incumbent knows how to develop short and long-term financial management analysis that will enable key decision makers position UC Merced's financial resources for the long term.
The AVC will serve as a liaison for the Vice Chancellor – Finance and Administration and reporting units and provides high-level support to the Vice Chancellor in leading an effective executive leadership team. The AVC supports the Vice Chancellor in establishing priorities, coordinating strategic financial planning, controlling costs, identifying important issues, developing action plans, and monitoring progress of strategic initiatives throughout the Division of Finance and Administration. The incumbent is committed to the core mission and values of UC Merced.
1) Lead the Strategic financial planning and for the university's multi-year plan, annual budget, and financial strategic initiatives. Ensure that the university's financial resources support the priorities and goals of the institution. 2) Provide strategic and tactical leadership at UC Merced in collaboration with other campus leaders. Facilitate the use of key performance indicators and financial analysis to inform decision making by campus leadership. 3) UC Merced presently lacks an integrated budget system within the context of its financial system. The incumbent will be expected to play a leadership role in the design of a budget system that can also be leveraged to facilitate sound business planning, including multi-year budget and financial planning. Within the context of the development of budget systems, the campus plans to evaluate how to enhance the design of its budget processes to reflect the recent growth of the institution. The incumbent will be expected to play a leadership role in this effort; and to bring forth ideas to enhance the campus budget development processes. 4) Serve as a liaison for the Vice Chancellor – Finance and Administration reporting units in leading an effective executive leadership team and drive key priorities of the Vice Chancellor in support of the University's mission. 5) Work collaboratively and in partnership with the Assistant Vice Chancellor, Business Financial Services / Controller to support executive decision making within the full range of financial management functions including strategic financial and budget planning; balance sheet management; allocation of capital resources; and debt management. Work collaboratively and in partnership with the Assistant Vice Chancellor, Business Financial Services / Controller be responsible for the quality, accuracy, and timeliness of financial information provided to internal and external parties. 6) Collaborate with the UC Office of the President, including Operating Budget, Capital Resources Management, and Capital Markets Finance regarding issues that impact the financial health of the campus. Represent the campus in systemwide meetings and conference calls related to the operating budget, debt management, and capital program.
Qualifications: - Bachelor's degree AND six (6) years of related experience at this or equivalent level or ten (10) years of related experience/training (advanced degree can be substituted for years of experience).
- Leadership experience with a closely related professional field in a similarly complex organization of similar size and scope.
- Expert knowledge of all financial policies, practices and systems.
- Must have ability to communicate, both verbally and in writing, complex findings and recommendations in a clear and concise manner.
- Position requires strong inter-personal skills and ability to work effectively across the organization at all levels.
- Requires knowledge of financial policies, practices and systems, budgeting and reporting techniques; human resource planning; accounting and bookkeeping.
- Strong client service orientation, including excellent listening and critical thinking skills.
- Ability to multi-task, multi-manage.
- Strong technical knowledge of financial systems.
- Strong analytical skills including modeling and forecasting.
To Apply: Click on the link below to use our new on-line application system.
If you do not have internet access you may mail your application, resume, and cover letter to: University of California, Merced, 5200 North Lake Rd., Merced CA 95343. Please list the job number on the subject line.
Apply Online The University of California, Merced is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.
As of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Merced will be a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at http://smokefree.ucmerced.edu
E-Verify: Effective September 8, 2009, all employers who receive Federal contracts and grants are required to comply with E-Verify, an Internet-based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA). E-Verify electronically verifies employment eligibility by comparing information provided on the I-9 form to records in the DHS and SSA databases. Certain positions funded by federal contracts/subcontracts requires UC Merced to notify job applicants that an E-Verify check will be conducted and the successful candidate must pass the E-Verify check.