Vice Chancellor of Administration & Finance

Job description

Nature of Work
The Vice Chancellor for 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. The individual serving in this position is the Chief Business 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 effective operation.


The VCAF will demonstrate a commitment to the principles of public higher education and the value higher education brings to UCCS faculty, staff, and students as well as to the City of Colorado Springs, the Pike's Peak region, the state of Colorado, and the nation at large. To this end, the VCAF will be an individual of high integrity fully invested in the academic mission. The VCAF will serve as a partner with the Provost in advancing the academic mission and will be a thought partner with the Chancellor and the Chancellor's Leadership Team. The VCAF must be skilled in strategic planning and risk assessment. The VCAF must be a visionary leader who respects the subject matter expertise of team members by listening, evaluating, and collaborating with his/her employees and in turn effectively delegating, trusting, and supporting staff effort at all levels within the unit.

Professional Field

Finance, Business Administration, Public Administration, Strategic Planning

Supervision Received

The VCAF functions under the general direction and guidance of the Chancellor.

Supervision Exercised

The VCAF directly supervises the following positions; the organizational chart provides detailed information of indirect reports and functions:

• Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Planning and Facilities Management

• Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategic Enrollment

• Executive Director of Human Resources

• Executive Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police

• Director of Budget

• Controller

• Director of Assessment, Policy and Contracts

• Additionally, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Success is accountable directly to the VCAF for the fiscal stability of the University's auxiliary operations assigned to his/her supervision including but not limited to residential life and housing, dining and hospitality services, bookstore, university center, recreation and wellness, and event services.

Examples of Work Performed

The Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance has responsibility for the following, which is not intended to be all-inclusive:

  • Work with the Chancellor and his Leadership Team on the strategic vision. Provide expert advice on administrative, financial and enrollment management matters including budget, debt management, capital construction, financial strategies, enrollment strategies, business services, and operations.
  • Responsible for the campus budget in excess of $240 million. Integrate budget planning and development with the campus strategic plan and articulate that plan to CU system leadership and the Board of Regents.
  • Represent UCCS on numerous University of Colorado system committees, in particular on the Financial Officers Vice Chancellor Group.
  • Articulate the campus budget to constituents in a transparent manner that fosters engagement with faculty, staff and students. Work directly with the University Budget Advisory Committee.
  • Foster and cultivate stakeholder relations on city, state, and national levels and well as develop and negotiate contracts.
  • Participate in developing new partnerships and the financial modeling that accompanies such partnerships.
  • Coordinate with the office of legal counsel and risk management
  • Serve as University financial liaison with affiliates, as applicable.
  • Represent Administration and Finance on assigned standing or special committees. Establish and direct committees and task forces as appropriate.
  • Coordinate assigned administrative programs and related activities with the other vice chancellors, other campuses within the CU system, the President's Office, and external agencies.
  • Plan, develop, maintain and evaluate the effectiveness of enrollment, administrative, and financial services for optimum use and performance in a cost effective manner.
  • Responsible for the full cycle of business development at UCCS including the identification of markets, technological applications, financial business planning, and implementation of new enterprise initiatives.
  • Assure a rationale and data driven approach to enrollment management that incorporates best practices in the field working closely with the other vice chancellors, associate vice chancellors, and the deans of the colleges.
  • Provide executive leadership for all capital and controlled maintenance projects on the campus including obtaining Board of Regents approvals and the required legislative approvals.
  • Provide executive leadership for emergency management functions of the campus.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or necessary.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Excellent organizational skills and leadership ability.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of higher education budgeting, accounting, and financial management.
  • Extensive knowledge of the practices, principles, and regulations regarding facility and space management for a large public institution.
  • Ability to manage significant and complex projects.
  • Experience and knowledge of technology solutions including financial, grants, and student information systems.
  • Ability to communicate complex financial information effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of constituents.


Minimum Requirements
• Master's degree in business, public administration, accounting, finance, or closely related field.
• Minimum of ten years of diversified and progressively responsible experience at the management level in higher education including increasing levels of responsibility for finance, operations, and the integration of budget structures with enrollment management.

Preferred Requirements
Ph.D in business, public administration, or CPA

Special Instructions to Applicants:Background Check This position has been determined to be an Administrative Officer of the University. All finalists for the position must consent to and pass a background investigation prior to final appointment. Background check includes license and educational verification, prior employment verification, criminal history, driver's history, sex offender registry check, and credit history check.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV

Application Materials Instructions:Candidates should submit a resume and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile. Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications is underway, and will continue until the position is filled. Application materials should be sent electronically (two separate Word or PDF files preferred) to Carin Starcevic at [email protected] or attach them to this posting. For fullest consideration, materials should be submitted before October 31, 2017.

Job Category: Executive

Primary Location: Colorado Springs

Department: C0001 -- Colorado Springs Campus - 40001 - Chancellors Office

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Sep 21, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Jennifer Biehn

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00411110





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Posted: 9/22/2017
Application Due: 11/6/2017
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