The Vice Chancellor of Administration and Finance (VCAF) reports to the Chancellor and is a senior member of the Chancellor’s Leadership Team at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS). The individual serving in this position is also the Chief Financial Officer for the campus and is responsible for the administrative and fiscal matters within the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, including compliance with all pertinent Federal, State, and University rules, regulations, and policies. In addition, the employee is responsible for providing administrative direction to all assigned administrative staff and departments and ensuring their efficient and effective operation.
UCCS, one of four universities in the University of Colorado system, has a broad range of degree programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in business, education, engineering, nursing and health science, and public affairs that meet the needs of Colorado's second-largest metropolitan area and beyond. UCCS seeks to provide unsurpassed, student-centered teaching and learning, and outstanding research and creative work that serve our community, region, state, and nation, aspiring to become a premier comprehensive, regional research university. The campus, founded in 1965, is one of the fastest growing in the state, enrolling approximately 12,000 students annually and offering 53 bachelor degrees, 24 master’s degrees, and 8 doctoral degrees.
UCCS has a history as rich as the views its campus overlooks. As early as the 1920s, the University of Colorado offered courses at numerous Colorado Springs locations. However, when George J. Dwire sold the 80-acre Cragmor Sanitarium to the University of Colorado for $1, the campus was born. From 1965 to 1972, the Colorado Springs Center operated as a division of the CU Boulder campus, however UCCS was recognized as a distinct campus in 1974, along with two Denver campuses.
UCCS grew over the years, and in 1996 the first on-campus student housing opened. The next year, a community referendum merged the city-owned Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences with the campus. During the 2010-2011 new branding campaign, "at" was removed from the official UCCS name (University of Colorado at Colorado Springs) to become University of Colorado Colorado Springs. From its original 80 acres, UCCS has added 450 additional acres along Austin Bluffs Parkway and North Nevada Avenue. Development of the North Nevada Avenue corridor continues, with the recent construction of the Ent Center for the Arts.
About the Position
The VCAF will be responsible for overseeing, maintaining, and enhancing the University’s overall financial health and aligning the allocation of resources with the University’s strategic priorities. The VCAF will play an integral leadership role in finalizing and implementing a comprehensive strategic plan for the institution. The VCAF will oversee the Offices of Student Financial Services, Controller, Human Resources, Public Safety, Facilities, Capital Planning and Construction, Parking and Transportation, Campus Sustainability, Campus Planning, Campus Policy, and Budgets and Planning.
The VCAF will be responsible for identifying trends that might impact the University’s fiscal standing and developing and implementing strategies to prevent, manage, and mitigate these issues, and will serve as the institution’s primary liaison to external bond rating agencies. The VCAF will also have the opportunity to strategically assess and re-structure (if necessary) the existing finance and business units responsible for the functions identified above. The VCAF will work with the Chancellor and the Cabinet members on the strategic vision for the University and provide expert advice on administrative, financial and enrollment management matters including budget, debt management, capital construction, financial strategies, enrollment strategies, business services and operations.
Priorities for the Next VCAF
Assessing and refining the current budget model to ensure greater accuracy and transparency: UCCS transitioned to an RCM-Based Budget Model effective July 1, 2022. The new VCAF will assess the current structure and work collaboratively with leadership and stakeholders to carry forward the implementation of the new budget model. UCCS has a strong desire to shift to a more inclusive, holistic, cohesive, and transparent budgeting process that takes a multi-year approach to budgeting, incentivizes mission-based growth opportunities, and transparently aligns resource allocations with the University’s principles, values, and priorities. The VCAF will ensure the necessary resources are in place to support the transition and ensure that the University takes full advantage of reporting tools, business intelligence, and rich data analytics.
Qualities and Characteristics
The VCAF will bring a proven track record of successful and progressively responsible senior leadership in finance and budget within a large, complex organization. The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in the identification and analysis of complex financial issues and the formulation of creative and innovative institutional strategies to manage and mitigate those issues, and they will be able to effectively lead and implement a change agenda.
The next VCAF will possess broad-based experience in many of the following areas, including:
effective and politically astute collaboration with system-wide partners;
developing complex financial strategies;
financial and investment management;
debt financing and management;
cash flow management;
campus planning, design, and sustainability;
resource allocation for effective recruitment and retention of students, faculty, and staff;
public safety, parking, and campus safety; and,
budgeting and governmental, fund and grant accounting.
Candidates will demonstrate a successful history of collaboratively working with both internal and external constituencies, exemplary verbal and written communications skills, expertise in presenting complex issues, a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and should exhibit a high-level of ethics and integrity. The VCAF will manage a broad and inclusive portfolio of projects currently underway or on the horizon.
The VCAF will possess many of the following qualities:
Superior understanding of finance, budget, and administrative operations in institutions of higher education or other organizations of similar size and complexity;
The ability to think and work strategically in a highly collaborative, creative organization;
A record of stellar strategic, transparent, and servant leadership in financial and budget management;
A demonstrated record of supporting and driving initiatives to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion;
Proven skills in building effective relationships with faculty, Deans, Chancellor’s Cabinet, support staff, University System Office, and Board of Regents;
The political acumen and ability to strengthen relationships with community and government stakeholders in ways that build trust and promote mutual benefit;
A successful record of leading organizational change organically and collaboratively;
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a propensity for finding creative solutions to complex challenges;
An understanding of medical and health science management from a finance and budget perspective;
Exceptional and transparent communication and listening skills across myriad constituencies;
A supreme level of personal and professional integrity and a mission-driven mindset; and,
An exceptional work ethic, high energy, and an action orientation.
Candidates must possess:
a bachelor’s degree (required) with a minimum of ten years of progressively significant, high-level financial leadership and management experience relevant to administration and finance in an organization ideally of similar size and complexity; OR
an advanced degree (preferred) in a related field with progressively significant, high-level financial leadership and management experience relevant to administration and finance in an organization ideally of similar size and complexity.
The Search Committee invites nominations, applications (a letter of interest, comprehensive curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of five or more references) to be submitted to the search firm assisting UCCS. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The Search Committee prefers that all nominations and applications be submitted to the search firm website prior to January 3, 2023 to:
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