The Vice President for Finance and Administration reports directly to the President of the University, is a member of the President's senior leadership team, and serves as chief advisor to the President and other senior staff on campus fiscal, operational, and administrative issues.
Direct reports to the Vice President for Finance and Administration include eight administrative units representing 650 employees:
Financial Management and Budget
Facilities and Capital Construction
Controller (including Accounting, Procurement, Institutional Services, Internal Controls, Parking and Mass Transit, and the Student Loan Service Center)
Human Resources Management
The University's Auxiliary Services Corporation
She/he serves as the primary liaison to the State University of New York System Administration, the Office of the New York State Comptroller, and other agencies and control bodies regarding fiscal, administrative and operational matters.
Through the direction of Division operations, the successful candidate will be responsible for:
Providing strong creative and collaborative leadership for the University's fiscal, operational, and administrative affairs in support of the mission and goals of the University.
Planning, directing, and coordinating the University's annual operating and capital fiscal plans; evaluating and advising on the financial and operational impact of policy options; and providing expert advice along with fiscal and operational policy recommendations to the President and University leadership.
Ensuring compliance with relevant institutional and SUNY policies and procedures, and federal, state and local regulations applicable to the financial, operational, and administrative activities of the campus.
Stewardship of the University's financial strategy and models; identifying and recommending opportunities to the University that will maintain or improve funding streams; and leveraging the University's available resources for maximum impact. This includes close coordination with the SUNY Research Foundation, University Auxiliary Services, The University at Albany Foundation, and Empire Commons.
Developing a culture of excellence in which Division operations are effective and efficient through continuous process evaluation and redesign, adoption of new technology solutions, assessment of best practices, and communication with internal and external constituencies.
Cultivating positive working relationships across the University to promote a culture of customer service, innovation, and quality services.
Ensuring that campus activities are carried out in a safe and healthy environment and that internal controls and procedures are appropriately identified and implemented.
Representing the University on internal and external committees, task forces, and affiliated organizations.
Required Qualifications Include:
Bachelor's degree in relevant field (such as public administration, business, accounting, finance, higher education administration).
A minimum of 10 years of success in progressively responsible leadership positions and a record of accomplishments in financial management and administrative operations.
Experience and understanding of the mission, challenges, and governance of large public higher education institutions.
Knowledge of the best practices employed in higher education financial, administrative and operational functions.
Evidence of the ability to think creatively and strategically with proactive problem solving and consensus/team building skills.
Skill in working collaboratively with community partners and government agencies
A collaborative, inclusive, and collegial leadership style; personal integrity; demonstrated good judgement, intellectual curiosity; superior communication skills; resilience; energy; and commitment to the mission of the University at Albany
Additional Preferred Qualifications Include:
Advanced degree or comparable credentials.
Familiarity with the issues and functions in the areas under the jurisdiction of the position.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with governmental agencies, internal governance bodies and industry.
About the University at Albany
The University at Albany is a major public research university where students and faculty collaborate to conduct life-enhancing research and scholarship in a wide range of disciplines. With nationally respected programs, top-ranked professors, and a strategic location in New York's capital, UAlbany offers a world-class education to nearly 18,000 students.
Through nine schools and colleges, the University offers 120 undergraduate majors and minors and more than 125 graduate programs, including doctoral degrees in more than 30 disciplines. The University provides its students with more than 130 study abroad opportunities in 40 different countries.
Life-Enhancing Research and Scholarship
UAlbany is in the midst of its largest academic and research expansion in 50 years, building on a broad array of research strengths that span many fields. Among the most notable areas are atmospheric and environmental sciences, life sciences, RNA science, digital forensics, health disparities, criminal justice, and education. The University has capitalized on its location in the seat of state government to build a reputation for outstanding research in public policy, public health, and social welfare. UAlbany is rapidly expanding its research capacity in the new colleges of engineering and applied sciences and homeland security, emergency preparedness and cybersecurity. The University is also proud of the research, scholarship and creative activities of its faculty in the social sciences, business, and the arts and humanities.
UAlbany has evolved and grown to meet and address the changing needs of society, and it continues to do so. As a regional anchor, UAlbany has an obligation and a desire to address leadership, workforce, and research needs in the community as well as in the state and world. Through extensive research, internships, community service, service learning, and volunteerism, UAlbany faculty, staff, and students have a significant impact on the quality of life in surrounding communities. Their contributions have garnered UAlbany consistent recognition on the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
UAlbany is a vibrant regional hub for culture and the arts, providing the community with a rich array of offerings in music, theatre, literary readings, lectures, and art exhibitions, all open to both the campus and the community. The University Art Museum organizes several exhibitions and the Performing Arts Center hosts over 400 public events each year. And thousands of sports fans visit UAlbany's campus each year to root for the Great Danes.
How to Apply
Please submit all requested materials electronically through the UAlbany Interview Exchange portal:
A review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is hired. Application materials should include a cover letter addressing how the candidates experience and qualifications meet the expectations described in this announcement, a current resume/CV and a list of five references.
All applications and nominations will be held in confidence.