The University of Washington Tacoma invites applications for the position of Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration (VCFA). The VCFA reports to the Chancellor of UW Tacoma and provides leadership in key strategic areas related to administrative, campus development, and financial operations in an environment of growth and with a core focus on students.
As a Vice Chancellor on one of three campuses of the University of Washington, one of the nation’s preeminent public universities, the successful candidate will have primary responsibility for working in collaboration with counterparts on the other campuses and the central offices of the University of Washington, especially in those areas where there are shared services and responsibilities, including Planning and Budgeting, Capital Planning and Development, Human Resources, Facilities Services, and Real Estate.
The successful candidate will bring a strong track record in managing change along with proven experience as an organizational and financial leader. The VCFA will have superb management skills and business acumen, be adept at facilitating connections and building partnerships and collaborations, and be able to serve as a trusted and respected member of the leadership team.
The VCFA will play an important role in the implementation and operationalization of the UW Tacoma strategic plan, leading process improvement efforts that impact all parts of a growing, highly diverse, urban serving university with over 5,000 students, roughly 300 faculty, 300 staff, and 300 student employees, and an annual operating budget of approximately $60 million.
- Leads, guides, and supports critical administrative functions of the campus, including capital and space planning, safety, health, campus security, facilities, human resources, and financial management. Provides direction, sets standards, ensures compliance, and champions initiatives aligned with the campus’s urban-serving mission and strategic plan.
- Collaborates and partners with the Chancellor and executive leadership in providing campus-wide direction in advancing the University’s interests and addressing its challenges.
- Serves as the designated representative of UW Tacoma, interacting with and serving as liaison with a wide range of UW Seattle standing committees and regularly collaborating with counterparts on the other UW campuses. Represents UW Tacoma with community groups and other government agencies.
- Understands the importance of and is deeply committed to the advancement of students and diversity; to professional development/training of staff; to promote respect and civility in the workplace and academic community at-large; and to thoughtfully plan and facilitate positive organizational change.
- Makes difficult decisions and resolves conflict with fairness and compassion, and demonstrates and promotes transparency, integrity and high ethical standards within the institution.
- Engages a broad range of financial and administrative personnel in discussions around the financial objectives and challenges of the organization, conveying the organizational vision and ensuring that they meet the Institution's financial goals in order to achieve the Institution's mission.
- Collaborates with a team-oriented leadership style; demonstrates good judgement in recognizing talent and assessing where improvements are needed; makes appropriate connections and builds synergies; approaches problem solving with creativity and a willingness to address issues; understands and enables diverse viewpoints and approaches to achieve University goals.
- Works with the Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance in monitoring, planning, and forecasting the University’s revenues and expenditures, analyzing and recommending corrective measures as needed in light of experience and anticipated gains and shortfalls, and reporting to campus to ensure transparency.
- Monitors and evaluates the University’s debt load and financial reserves in keeping with University of Washington standards and generally accepted prudent financial practices.
- Assures mechanisms are in place for the biennial budget process.
- Serves as the principal advisor to the Chancellor on major financial policy decisions.
Campus Planning and Development:
- Assures the timely updating and communication of the campus master plan that enhances the University’s urban character, strengthens its connection to the community, anticipates future demand, and fulfills its academic mission.
- Works with campus planning and financial leaders in guiding the planning, financing, negotiation, and development of major capital projects.
- Directly supervises departmental senior leadership in assuring the appropriate staffing, financial support, and operational effectiveness of all F&A services and programs.
- Champions and promotes implementation of campus-wide initiatives to strengthen UW Tacoma’s organizational culture, level of employee engagement, and breadth and depth of professional development opportunities.