Vice President for Business Affairs
Western New Mexico University (WNMU), a public, comprehensive, regional institution serving a diverse multicultural population of nearly 3,500 students has an immediate opportunity for Vice President for Business Affairs. This position is located at the main campus in beautiful Silver City, New Mexico. Additionally, WNMU operates four other extended campuses, offers more than 70 fields of studies and has an expanding offering of quality online courses and degree programs. The Vice President for Business Affairs will join a dynamic university that is focused on the future and willing to embrace and champion innovative ideas and collaborative opportunities. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Reporting directly to the President, the Vice President for Business Affairs is the Chief Financial/Business Officer of Western New Mexico University and is a key member of the senior executive team. The Vice President for Business Affairs directs, supervises, and monitors development and administration of the University's annual operating budget; reviews and executes all non-personnel contracts; reviews, supervises, and monitors all grant-related activities to ensure expenditures are in compliance with established guidelines, policies, and requirements. Develops, implements, supervises, and evaluates operational policies and procedures for all business functions of the University. Oversees the areas of Purchasing, Facilities Management Operations, Business Office, Campus Police, Bookstore, Special Events, Information Technology, Payroll Services and Human Resources to ensure appropriate standards and guidelines are instituted in support of efficient and effective service levels. Staffs, directs, and supervises university-wide projects, works closely with all departments to prioritize and coordinate major capital projects to ensure thorough and timely communication of project needs requirements; monitors university operations for compliance with all regulatory agency requirements, implements programs & projects necessary as identified. Provides direct staff support to President regarding a variety of projects and/or issues such as the development of financial plans for capital improvements of infrastructure and residence halls; upgrade of university's network communications system; sale of assets; development and use of management information systems for state funding; and participates and provides leadership on various university committees including the University Planning Council. Works cooperatively and in conjunction with a variety of external agencies, legislators, auditors, legal counsel, local community leaders, architects, and local governmental groups to represent and promote the interests of the University; establishes and reviews performance levels of subordinate staff to ensure adherence to established goals and objectives, reviews and approves submitted operational plans and budgets. Performs other duties as assigned by the President. QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) in Business Administration, Management Science, Accounting, Finance or closely related field including associated professional certification with eight years progressively responsible experience in the management of business operations with responsibility for program development/assessment, establishment of policies, and supervision of multiple functional departments. Prefer experience as a senior level administrator in a higher education environment and experience with quality measures. Experience with diverse populations preferred. SALARY: Competitive with Education and Experience. Application Information: Review of application materials will begin on September 15, 2014 and continue until filled. While no deadline has been established, for optimal consideration candidates should submit completed applications by September 15, 2014. A complete application must include a letter of interest, resume (official transcripts are required at the time of an offer to interview), and the names/mailing addresses/email addresses/phone numbers of five current references. Incomplete applications received will not be considered. Additional documentation may be requested from semi-finalists. Send required documentation to: Western New Mexico University, Attn: Human Resources Department, 1000 W. College Ave/P.O. Box 680, Silver City, New Mexico, 88062; Phone: (575) 538-6328 and FAX: (575) 538-6338. For more information about WNMU, please visit our Web site at http://www.wnmu.edu. All finalists will be required to sign an authorization for a background check prior to an invitation to interview. Western New Mexico University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Because WNMU is a diverse community, we seek applications from persons who represent and add to this diversity. Minorities and women are especially encouraged to apply. The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It’s not designated to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of criminal, education and employment screening.