Associate Vice President of Finance

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Work type: Staff
Location: Big Rapids, MI 49307
Categories: Administrative

Position Title: Associate Vice President of Finance  
Location: Big Rapids (Main Campus)  

56000 - Finance Office Admin

Advertised Salary: Salary commensurate with qualifications plus a comprehensive benefit package  
FLSA: Exempt  
Temporary/Continuing:  Continuing  
Part-Time/Full-Time: Full-Time  
Union Group: N/A  
Term of Position: 12 Month  
At Will/Just Cause: At Will  
Summary of Position: Administer and direct the activities and employees of the following areas through coordination, supervision, leadership, and direction: Fiscal Analysis, Cash Management and Investments, Purchasing, Accounting Department, Grant Accounting, Financial Services, Payroll Office, Business Operations, and Safety, Health, Environmental, and Risk Management.  
Position Type: Staff  
Required Education: Bachelor degree in Accounting/Finance or Business or related degree  
Required Work Experience: Six years of accounting and management experience in a complex organization with large scale enterprise systems for accounting, payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable, purchasing, and fixed assets; computer skills in word processing and spreadsheet applications or relevant Public Accounting experience.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with others has expertise in implementing sound financial policies and practices with diverse clients.
Experience in hiring, managing, evaluating and mentoring staff as well as a strong sense of accountability and stewardship.
Required Licenses and Certifications:    
Physical Demands:
  • Office Environment
  • Reaching
  • Sitting
  • Standing
Additional Education/Experiences to be Considered: Master degree in Business or Certified Public Accountant. Working knowledge of fund accounting and GASB.
Financial management experience in an academic environment or non-profit environment.
Essential Duties/Responsibilities: Monitor the University's controlled financial results of operations.
Review the preparation of the University's annual financial report.
Coordinate the annual external audit with the University's external auditors.
Evaluate the University's system of internal accounting controls; make recommendations for changes to internal control processes; and implement.
Recommend financial policies designed to protect the University's assets.
Work in collaboration with the Budget Office and the Safety,........
Understand the University's accounting and budgeting processes for each fund group.
Provide direction to the Accounting Services, Purchasing, Student Financial Services, Investments and Treasury Management.
In consultation with the Vice President of Admin & Finance, provide management with financial reporting that compares actual operating performance to budgeted performance.
Manage financial, payroll, and billing software systems. Migrate to electronic processing systems and reporting whenever practical.
Ensure the filing of all federal and state tax forms.
In consultation with the Vice President of Admin & Finance, provide financial and business advice to senior management.
Serve as part of the Administration & Finance Leadership Team
Provide an environment for personal and professional advancement for staff in the Finance area..
Provide Charter School financial oversight in conjunction with the Charter School Office.
Supervise of delegate supervision and management of all staff within assigned areas.
Provide leadership for and promote a culture of customer service.
In consultation with the Vice President of Admin & Finance, streamline processes for effective and efficient, user friendly services.
Work with the VP as needed with the Ferris Foundation for their accounting needs.
Ensure a shared governance model in assigned programs and activities.
Supports, promotes & develops University student enrollment & retention initiatives.
Engages in behaviors to ensure a welcoming & inclusive environment where students and employees feel a sense of Belonging.
Works to hire, retain and promote a diverse faculty and staff.
Lead the Universities internal and external financial reporting.
Marginal Duties/Responsibilities:    
Skills and Abilities: Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with University policies and applicable laws.
Reports to the Vice President for Administration and Finance.
Responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of designated information.
Responsible for the direct supervision of assigned staff.
Assess the accurate recording of all of the University's financial transactions.
Demonstrated ability to affect quality improvement techniques.
Demonstrated ability to develop and foster strong interpersonal relationships.
Interpret financial results of operations, balance sheet data and financial ratio analyses.
Promote culture of excellent customer service.
Provide leadership for the finance functions.
Successfully interact with faculty and staff at all levels.
Supervise others in the efficient performance of their duties.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with faculty, administration, and stakeholders to achieve university goals and has expertise in implementing sound financial policies and practices with diverse clients across campus.
Experience in hiring, managing, evaluating and mentoring staff as well as a strong sense of accountability and stewardship for University resources.
Financial management experience in an academic environment.
Required Documents:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript 1
Optional Documents:    
Special Instructions to Applicants: PROCEDURE FOR CANDIDACY: Applications should include a letter of interest and curriculum vitae. Applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled. Confidential review of materials and screening of candidates will begin immediately. Harris Search Associates is assisting Ferris State University for this search. Please contact Eric Christ, Senior Consultant (, cell: 614-800-9974) for further details. Phone: 614-798-8500.  
Initial Application Review Date:
July 8, 2024  
Open Until Position is Filled?: Yes  
Posting Close Date:
EEO Statement: Ferris State University, an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, is committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity within its community. Ferris offers employment opportunities to qualified candidates seeking careers in a student-focused environment that values opportunity, collaboration, diversity and educational excellence.  Learn more about the Ferris Mission and community at The University actively seeks applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups. For more information on the University‚Äôs Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit: Ferris Non-Discrimination Statement.  

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