Vice President for Administration and Finance in Bronx, New York

Bronx, New York
Dec 12, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Lehman College is the only senior college of The City University of New York (CUNY) located in the Bronx. A federally-designated Hispanic Serving Institution, Lehman serves a diverse population of more than 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The College invites applications for the position of Vice President for Administration and Finance.

The Vice President for Administration and Finance provides the vision and leadership to manage the College’s operating and capital budgets; pursues innovative business solutions to enhance the overall effectiveness of the College's financial and administrative operations; works collaboratively with senior staff, faculty, administrators, and external constituents to achieve sustainable plans that maximize institutional goals; and is an advocate for funding for Lehman College. Reporting to the President of the College, the Vice President is a member of the President's Cabinet and the chief advisor to the President and executive staff on fiscal affairs, administrative, and facilities operations. She/he is the principal liaison to The City University’s system administration, government agencies, and other entities regarding fiscal, administrative and operational matters.

The Vice President oversees six major units including:

  1. Budget and Planning: Responsible for financial planning and budgeting, developing models and forecasting long-term financial projections, and ensuring compliance with College, University, and State regulations.
  2. Campus Planning and Facilities: Works with the University and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) in matters related to the planning, programming, design, document production, cost estimation, bidding, construction, and observation of capital projects and maintenance, alteration, and repair projects. Exercises appropriate stewardship of physical resources by maintaining, managing, and operating buildings, grounds, infrastructure, assets, and utilities with emphasis on ensuring their productive use and enjoyment by present and future students, faculty, staff, visitors, and the local community.
  3. Environmental Health and Safety: Provides oversight, training, and other services to reduce workplace accidents and injuries, and ensures compliance with environmental and governmental regulations.
  4. Financial Operations: Strategically and collaboratively enhances the college’s financial strength through fiscal analysis, monitoring, planning, and reporting, and provides business and financial services to the campus community through offices such as General Accounting, Accounts Payable, Auxiliary Services, Bursar, Central Receiving, Mail Services, Purchasing, Print Shop, and Student Financial Services.
  5. Human Resources: Partners with academic and administrative departments to recruit and retain a talented and diverse workforce, and manages benefits administration, organizational and professional development, payroll administration, and employee recognition programs.
  6. Public Safety: Maintains a safe environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors, and directs emergency response and management on campus.

Charged with strengthening the College’s ability to generate, effectively allocate, and manage resources in support of institutional goals and objectives, the responsibilities of the Vice President for Administration and Finance are within three major areas:

Fiscal Management and Resource Development: Serves as the College’s Chief Financial Officer. Plans, directs, and coordinates the fiscal affairs of the College, including, but not limited to, the development of a financial strategy for the College; development and control of the operating and capital budgets, financial forecasts, and funding models; weighs aspirations against resources and evaluates the financial impact of policy options and key performance metrics for institutional planning and decision making; identifies and recommends opportunities to help the College maintain and improve its funding levels; provides expert advice along with fiscal and operational policy recommendations to the President and college leadership; and maintains reporting and operational relationships with the University Budget Office and other units of the Central office as appropriate to ensure compliance with relevant CUNY policies and procedures, and federal, state, and local regulations applicable to the financial and operational areas.

Continuous Improvement and Innovation: Demonstrates a continuous, proactive, and creative improvement of operations through re-engineering work processes, new technology solutions, assessment of best practices, and feedback from internal users and external customers. Also, ensures that the strategic objectives of the College are adequately supported by the budget; administrative processes are grounded in best practices; internal controls and procedures are strengthened; services are delivered efficiently and with a strong customer service focus; and divisional performance goals and targets are achieved.

Strategic Leadership: Provides strategic leadership within the context of the mission of the College and the University, the President’s guidance, institutional priorities, a strong system of shared governance, and best practices in higher education to ensure the division continues to meet the highest standards; works in partnership with senior leadership and key campus constituents to organize and bridge financial and administrative data with various other data sources to promote data-informed decision-making that optimizes the use of College resources; cultivates positive working relationships across the College to build customer confidence; promotes a culture of customer service, innovation, and quality services for employees, students, and the community; represents the President on internal and external committees, task forces, and on the boards of affiliated organizations; and participates on key College committees, including, but not limited to, the College Personnel and Budget Committee and the College Senate.

This position is in CUNY's Executive Compensation Plan. All executive positions require a Bachelor's degree and eight years of related experience. Additional qualifications are as follows:
The ideal candidate will demonstrate progressively responsible and successful experience as a senior executive in higher education, government or a business organization of comparable size and complexity with financial, business, capital planning, and strategic planning responsibilities coupled with an advanced degree in a related field such as business administration, finance, accounting, or higher education administration. Experience in a publicly funded urban higher education institution and knowledge of New York State operations and capital budgeting processes are desirable.
The Vice President will be a creative and energetic leader with a deep sense of integrity and an outstanding work ethic, who demonstrates an innovative, entrepreneurial, and collegial leadership style, a commitment to public higher education, and an openness of information. The Vice President will have the ability to proactively identify potential problems and develop alternative solutions to the challenges of managing a diverse portfolio. She/he will also have a successful record as a key contributor to an executive leadership team; possess strong team-building, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and demonstrate the ability to promote and sustain an engaged and high-performing environment.

Salary commensurate with education and experience.

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


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Applicants must include a cover letter describing their qualifications for the position, CV/resume, and contact information for six professional references (email and telephone). Please upload these as ONE document in doc, rtf, or pdf format.

For confidential inquiries about this position, please contact Dawn Ewing Morgan at [email protected]

The review of applications will begin December 4, 2018. (Search extended)

CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

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