Vice President for Finance and Administration

South Dakota State University
Brookings, South Dakota
Apr 06, 2018
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Four-Year Institution

South Dakota State University seeks a dynamic, strategic executive to serve as its next vice president for finance and administration.

Founded in 1862 as the state’s largest public land-grant university, South Dakota State University serves as both a cornerstone and catalyst for the state and region’s continuing transition from a strong agricultural economy to a robust, diverse mix of industries. Having aligned its programs, research profile and infrastructure investments with its mission to support the citizens, business community and public good, the university is one of the state’s most valuable assets and will serve an important role in the region’s economic development. With its NCAA Division I athletics program, exciting new facilities, successful fund raising and a warm, welcoming community, the university appeals strongly to students, faculty and staff.

The vice president for finance and administration (VPFA) provides strategic and operational direction with accountability and integrity for the university’s financial and administrative operations. The VPFA will direct and coordinate the development and implementation of a comprehensive and integrated program of administration for all aspects of financial and administrative affairs within a complex unit with a varied and diverse composition. Reporting to, and taking direction from, the president, the VPFA serves as a key strategic advisor to the president and works collaboratively with the senior leadership team and other leaders to assure a successful and stable future for the university. 

The Office of the Vice President for Finance includes a broad portfolio of administrative units that directly serve and support all aspects of the university, from various financial service units, to Facilities Management, to Human Resources, as well as Business and Auxiliary Operations, Post-Award Grants Administration and Continuous Improvement. 

The ideal candidate will be an experienced financial and administrative executive with a successful record of managing diverse operations, broad intellectual interests and a personal commitment to sustaining and strengthening the distinctive identity and mission of South Dakota State University. The VPFA will be a collaborative, transparent team member and skilled communicator with impeccable integrity. He or she will have substantial expertise in financial management to include strong understanding of responsibility centered management practices, accounting, strategic planning, budgeting, forecasting, internal controls and regulatory compliance, human resources, facilities management, as well as experience with diverse auxiliary business operations.  

The successful candidate must maintain the highest ethical standards and operate with sound judgment. The VPFA must model behavior that reflects the highest professional standards, exemplifying best practices in job performance, supervision and staff development. The ability to lead in a collaborative manner, be inspirational, conveying energy and credibility with a wide range of internal and external constituencies as well as excellent interpersonal and team building capabilities is necessary.   Additional information can be found at

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by May 18, 2018. Candidates are asked to provide a resume, letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile and the names and contact information of five references. Candidate confidentiality will be respected and references will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. Inquiries and application materials should be sent via email to the search consultants, Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D. and Sophie Stava at [email protected].

The South Dakota State University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

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