Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration

Tacoma, Washington State
Mar 17, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution



The University of Washington Tacoma is an anchor institution that is deeply invested in its local communities and in student success. As one of three campuses of a world-class university, UW Tacoma is dedicated to interdisciplinary and innovative teaching and scholarship and to engaging the community in mutually beneficial partnerships. UW Tacoma’s commitment to access and diversity is central to an environment where students, staff, faculty, and South Sound residents find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal, and professional growth. The campus aspires to establish its own unique UW brand by becoming the premiere mid-sized public university campus in the country. It will accomplish this by operating at the intersection of access and excellence as it provides transformative experiences in a nurturing and inclusive environment that boldly embraces the assets of our diverse student body. In addition to traditional research, the campus champions faculty’s public scholarship that includes our community partners and instills in students, not only a deep sense of belonging, but also inspires them to embrace the civic-minded and social justice principles of their learning experiences into their subsequent lives and careers. More information about UW Tacoma and its strategic plan can be found here; and click here for a quick tour of our growing urban campus.

The University of Washington Tacoma values diverse perspectives and experiences and invites candidates from varying backgrounds and cultural identities to apply 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 administration, campus development, and financial operations in an environment of growth and with a core focus on students.  The VCFA is a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet and is a key partner with other Vice Chancellors and the Chancellor in aligning institutional priorities with our strategic plan and managing institutional resources in support of them.

Role of Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration:

As a Vice Chancellor on one of three campuses of the University of Washington, success in this position requires the ability to foster and maintain effective working relationships that reflect an in-depth understanding of the tri-campus university and the importance of our surrounding community. The successful candidate will have the primary responsibility of 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.  Leadership in guiding UW Tacoma through the Tri-campus Financial Transformation enterprise–level implementation of a new financial system will also be an important component of this position during the next several years. To support the mission and vision of UWT, the VCFA will have superb management skills and business acumen, be adept at facilitating connections and building partnerships, and be able to serve as a trusted and respected member of the leadership team.  The VCFA must work and communicate effectively with students, faculty, and staff, engage with them regularly, and identify creative solutions to help solve problems.

The VCFA leads a high-functioning management team that has responsibility for a multi-unit organization that provides administrative services and business management support to the campus community and is responsible for creating a supportive and welcoming work environment for all Finance and Administration staff.  The VCFA plays 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 5,600 students, roughly 400 faculty, 400 staff, and 400 student employees, and an annual operating budget of approximately $86 million.

VCFA Job Responsibilities:

The VCFA will function in following major areas: 

·  Leadership

·  Financial Management and Accounting

·  Campus Planning and Development


·  Leads, guides, and supports critical administrative functions of the campus, including capital and space planning, facilities, human resources, and strategic 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 a designated representative of UW Tacoma, interacting with and serving as liaison with a wide range of UW Seattle standing committees and regularly collaborates 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 promoting equity, inclusion, respect, and civility in the workplace and in the University community at-large; and to thoughtfully plan and facilitate positive organizational change.

·  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 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.

Financial Management and Accounting:

·  Serves as the principal advisor to the Chancellor on major financial policy decisions and assures mechanisms are in place for the biennial budget process.

·  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 considering 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.

·  Works with the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs regarding budgetary management for the Academic Affairs units.

·  Provides financial oversight of the campus auxiliary enterprises and balances the urgency of short-term budgeting with the intentionality of long-term planning.

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.

·  Serves as a key support to the Executive Budget Committee of the campus and leads the space evaluation, renewal, and assignment processes.

·  Directly supervises departmental senior leadership in assuring the appropriate staffing, financial support, and operational effectiveness of all F&A services and programs. 

·  Advocates and promotes implementation of campus-wide initiatives and recognizes staff contributions to strengthen UW Tacoma’s organizational culture, level of employee engagement, and breadth and depth of professional development opportunities.

Qualifications for VCFA Position:

The most successful candidate will have a career that reflects a strong track record in managing change along with proven experience as an organizational and financial leader.

Typically, candidates are qualified to perform the responsibilities of this position by obtaining technical expertise and knowledge through the attainment of a Master’s degree in Accounting, Public Administration, Business Administration, or related field, and at least 10 years of experience in leadership and financial management. However, we acknowledge there are other career paths in which a candidate may gain the expertise and ability to perform this work.  Education, experience, and training that demonstrates proficiency and the ability to perform the job responsibilities will be evaluated for equivalency to the required education and experience qualifications listed below.


·  Master’s degree. Ten years progressively responsible experience in leadership and management accountabilities preferably in a higher education system, with an emphasis on financial management and/or capital project development.

·  Solid knowledge of accounting and budgeting with an ability to communicate budget information in an understandable way.

·  Experience in managing organization-wide financial and project management systems.

·  Experience in collaborating with executive-level counterparts in providing strategic direction in a multi-dimensional organization or higher education system.

·  Demonstrated ability to implement positive change in a complex organizational environment.

·  Skill in directing and supervising senior-level managers who are accountable for key operational functions serving the enterprise.

·  Skill in working collaboratively and assertively with a wide range of senior officials representing business partners, community groups, and government agencies.

·  Capable of balancing the need for both collaborative engagement and timely decision-making.

·  Demonstrated respect for and ability to work effectively in a shared governance environment.

·  Demonstrated valuing of, and ability to work and communicate effectively with individuals with varying racial, ethnic, religious, gender, cultural, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic, and other intersecting identities, and backgrounds.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.




Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or [email protected].

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