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Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration

Arkansas State University
Arkadelphia, AR - Henderson State University

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Employment Status:Full time (29-40 Hrs) Type of Employment:Staff # of openings:1 Location:Arkadelphia, AR - Henderson State University Proposed Salary Range:Commensurate with Experience Closing:

Please note: All postings close at 12 A.M. CST on the closing date. A-State participates in E-Verify.

Position Summary:

The Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration (VCFA) serves as the university’s chief finance officer and is an effective team player and member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet and the Executive Council, providing leadership in the areas of finance, administration, operations, auxiliary services, information technology and facilities. As a visible and engaged member of the campus community, the VCFA collaborates with the chancellor in developing financial strategy, budget, and financial practices aligned to the university’s vision, mission, and goals by providing leadership and strategic direction for all business operations, financial planning and management, business accounting, risk management and compliance, budgeting, facilities and materials management, safety and security. The position serves as the principal financial advisor and will ensure accuracy, quality, and timeliness of all financial plans, budgets, and forecasts. The VCFA reliably predicts the university’s future financial challenges and opportunities and prepares the institution to meet those challenges and maximize opportunities. This position assesses organizational performance against both the annual budget and the university’s long-term strategy.

Duties & Responsibilities:


Plan, develop, implement and analyze the coordination of all financial resources of the university as well as lead the university in transparent resource planning and budgeting.

Responsible for collecting and analyzing complete financial data across the university, assisting all parties in making informed decisions. Annually evaluate the alignment of performance funding measures and the university’s outcomes. Develop metrics and measures for success, provide accessible dashboards and consistent reporting to ensure transparency and to raise financial literacy across the university. Oversee the development of annual and long-range financial plans (operating and capital). Drive efficiency across all areas of the university by improving systems, processes and policies that achieve organizational financial goals, reduce risk, and increase compliance. Stewardship of resources to provide stability and confidence for the university community that all financial matters are being handled in a professional and ethical manner. Create a culture of resource stewardship for impact (e.g. expected outcomes, cost per student, cost at scale, return on investment). Show creativity in identifying and securing resources to support the university mission and student success agenda. Annually benchmark operational costs against peer institutions to identify areas for operational investments and savings. Develop strategic partnerships and enterprises to enhance revenue generation within the mission of the university, including oversight of auxiliary enterprises, public-private partnerships, shared services, and other business models. Develop partnerships with K-12, employers, and community-based organizations to find efficiencies, share and save costs, and to generate new revenue streams for the university and partners. Work with Arkansas State Legislative auditors to ensure compliance with financial reporting standards, stakeholders, and Arkansas State System policies and procedures. Responsible for all policy and procedure development and implementation for all financial and operations activities of the university. Responsible for researching and implementing best practices for financial operations and direct all university investments and banking operations. Advise the chancellor and the leadership team on the impact of long range financial and organizational planning. Maintain a regular relationship with Faculty, Staff, and Student Senates by interacting with them in tuition and fee structure changes and any other operational needs. Advise and assist the university foundation board on all financial matters and ensures compliance with financial reporting standards and Henderson State policies and procedures ensuring proper return on investment (ROI). Collaborate with the Foundation to secure funds for innovative academic and experiential student experiences. Coordinate capital project planning and prioritization, submission of capital projects grant requests to the state agencies, system office, and assist facility organization, operation, and management.

Provide administrative management for the university

Direct and oversee business office, information technology, buildings and grounds, safety and security, and other auxiliary services university-wide include, but not limited to, food service, bookstore, fleet services, enterprise risk management, weather emergency/campus closure, records retention, and capital/construction projects. Hire, develop, and supervise all personnel within areas of assigned responsibility. Seek to understand program and project goals and readily adapt finance strategy accordingly. Demonstrate commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including compliance with the university affirmative action plan. Provide leadership for enterprise risk management (ERM) and continuity of operations and develop and implement university wide ERM plans. Manage the university’s safety and security program including providing annual trainings, audits, and inspections; providing policy development to maximize safety and mitigate potential risk and liability; managing claims; and oversight of the worker’s compensation program.

Direct the development, approval and implementation of the master facilities plan and deferred maintenance plan; direct and coordinate the planning and implementation of all building construction, renovation and repair, and deferred maintenance projects. Responsible to ensure that compliance with ADA regulations, OSHA regulation, local and state building codes and university security is maintained. Responsible for the safety and well-being of faculty, staff, and students by providing security services, environmental health and safety training, and developing and maintaining the university’s continuity of operations and incident response plan.

Provide leadership and strategic planning for the University’s technology infrastructure

Provide leadership and direction for the Chief Information Officer (CIO) in development of the technology infrastructure of the university to include student and administrative networks, cyber security, interactive television, Microsoft platform and telecommunication services. Review and approve the university technology plan developed by the CIO and approve annual information systems operating budget presented by the CIO. Ensure collaboration with the VP of Student Success in all phases of innovative technology implementation enhancing academic programming and student learning.

Act as a liaison to the Arkansas State System Vice Chancellor of Finance Group

Develop and submit long-range facility modifications and development plans to Arkansas State system office as supported by the University Master Facility Plan. Direct and oversee the planning and completion of all capital improvement projects approved by Arkansas State. Represent the university on Arkansas State finance and facility related committees and task forces. Assist the chancellor in presenting financial information and conducting analysis while answering questions for legislators, the media, and the public.

Provide leadership to appropriate committees for development of policies, procedures and guidelines consistent with the mission of the university.

Serve on the Chancellor’s Cabinet and Executive Council. Act as resource for university committees for fiscal and facility related issues including participating in program reviews and in the accreditation process. Serve as liaison for the safety committee to the leadership team and as leader of the university emergency response team and liaison to the System Office. Oversee university security delegations of all faculty and staff. Interact and collaborate with university and university partners, and city and regional workforce partners to further the university’s mission. Actively participate with state and national professional organizations, as well as other universities, to remain current with fiscal responsibilities, educational development, theory, research, and programming.

Perform other duties as assigned by the university chancellor to ensure the smooth functioning of the department and maintain the reputation of the organization as a viable business partner.


Demonstrated success in building and maintaining partnerships with businesses, K-12 or other educational organizations or a comparable partnership experience.

Strong business acumen, with demonstrated expertise in financial planning, budget development, audit management, strategic and master planning, and construction planning.

Experience using data-informed evidence and proven practices to analyze critical issues and implement solutions.

Record of leading innovation and organizational change.

Evidence of high standards of honesty, integrity, trust, transparency, confidentiality, and ethical behavior.

Demonstrated history as a collaborative leader, working with cross-functional teams to achieve institution goals.

Ability to effectively articulate financial matters to stakeholders in understandable terms, and to address university-wide operational issues.

Working knowledge and understanding of the use and application of information technology systems.

Strong communication skills and a demonstrated ability to interact professionally with employees at all levels of the organization and with internal and external constituencies.

Proven commitment and evidence of success in building an equitable and inclusive organization.

General Days/Hours:

Additional hours as requested and/or needed


Minimum Qualifications:

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in business administration, finance or accounting or related area required.

Five years of progressively responsible experience as a leader in business, finance or accounting, and supervisory leadership experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree in business administration, finance, or related field.

Certified Public Accountant certification or licensure.

Experience working in higher education, a regional public university, or other public entity.

Experience with Banner Enterprise Management systems.

Experience with capital planning and projects.

Knowledge of federal, Arkansas and local laws; Arkansas State System rules, policies, procedures and regulations, and the policies of the Arkansas State System Board of Trustees.

Experience with policy and procedure development.

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Arkansas State, founded in 1909, is the second-largest university in the state. It is located on Crowley’s Ridge in Jonesboro, the largest city in eastern Arkansas and the economic hub of the region. Today, the institution has more than 100,000 alumni and meets the needs of individuals and communities at all points along the educational continuum.


A Carnegie Research 2 university, A-State hosts the first osteopathic medical school in Arkansas, the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, and opened the first U.S.-style residential campus in Mexico in fall of 2017.


With the Discover 2025 Strategic Plan as its guide, A-State is engaged in creating collaboration opportunities including the Center for No-Boundary Thinking and exploring a public-private partnership to bring the first College of Veterinary Medicine to the state.


Undergraduate experiences have been highlighted for the last decade with the Create@State spring conference. Create@State participants have an advantage in achieving the graduate school of their choice, including continuing to advanced degrees at A-State. Research opportunities alongside our faculty are not the exception at A-State.


A-State begins its second decade offering online curriculum and course work, and remains the state’s largest provider of 100% online degree programs based in the state with 99 areas of study. While the majority (74%) are graduate students, more than 1,500 students are pursuing their bachelor’s degree.


Arkansas State University operates as a member of the Arkansas State University System based in Little Rock and offers degrees at the doctoral, specialist, master’s, bachelor, and associate levels. Arkansas State is home to eight undergraduate colleges: Agriculture, Engineering and Computer Science; Education and Behavioral Science; Neil Griffin College of Business; Liberal Arts and Communication; Nursing and Health Professions; Sciences and Mathematics; and University College. While it does not award degrees, the Honors College is a component of the university’s academic structure. The Department of Military Science provides programs for students who aspire to be U.S. Army officers.


The Jonesboro campus is led by the chancellor, with a Chancellor’s Cabinet which includes the senior executive vice chancellor and provost in Academic Affairs and Research, senior vice chancellor for Finance and Administration, vice chancellors for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Relations; Intercollegiate Athletics; Student Affairs and Dean of Students; University Advancement; and Chief Communications Officer.


The Arkansas State University System is governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees appointed by the Governor of Arkansas to serve staggered seven-year terms. The trustees hire the system president, approve the curriculum, annually approve an operating budget, and establish policies for the efficient and effective operation of the institutions.


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