Vice President, Finance and Administrative Services

  • Central Michigan University
  • Central Michigan University, S Franklin St, Mount Pleasant, MI, USA
  • Mar 03, 2020
Full time   Business/Financial Affairs/Financial Aid Other Executive

Job Description

Central Michigan University has a more than 125-year legacy of preparing students to become leaders and changemakers in their communities and in their personal and professional lives.
We serve nearly 19,500 students on our Mount Pleasant campus, in satellite locations around the state and throughout the country, and through flexible online programs. Many of our approximately 300 undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral programs in the arts, media, business, education, human services, health professions, liberal arts, social sciences, medicine, science and engineering are nationally ranked for excellence.
CMU leads the nation in leadership development programming through our Sarah R. Opperman Leadership Institute, and we are proud to be among only 5% of U.S. universities in the top two Carnegie research classifications. Our faculty work with graduate and undergraduate students in areas such as Great Lakes research, medical innovation, engineering technology and more.
Central is home to 18 men’s and women’s Division 1 sports including football, basketball, gymnastics, baseball, wrestling and more. Our student-athletes achieve great success in competition and in the classroom, capturing Mid-American Conference championships and maintaining an average cumulative GPA of 3.17.
CMU is located in Mount Pleasant, a community that blends the best of small-town living with big-city amenities. It’s part of the culturally varied and vibrant Great Lakes Bay Region that also includes Saginaw, Bay City, Midland and the state’s largest Native American community, centered on the Saginaw Chippewa Isabella Reservation in Mount Pleasant.
Area residents enjoy the mix of outdoor activities, cultural events, shopping and dining options, and family attractions. Other major Michigan destinations and attractions — Lansing, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Traverse City, wineries, beaches, golf and ski resorts, and many more — are within easy reach of the city’s central location in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.
CMU employees enjoy access to a nationally recognized wellness program along with health care and benefits that exceed regional, state and national norms.


Serves as the Chief Financial Officer of the university, reporting directly to the President. Responsible for the administration, operation and direction of the Finance and Administrative Services Division, which includes an extensive range of areas, including facilities management, financial services and reporting, human resources, auxiliary services, financial planning and budgets, and CMU police.


Supervisors are expected to support the Leadership Standards of Central Michigan University and foster a culture that inspires excellence. The Leadership Standards define how we lead and treat others in our teams. As leaders, it is our responsibility to seek input from our teams to continuously improve leadership abilities and demonstration of the standards. Additionally, it is our responsibility to encourage and support the growth and development of those whom we lead. At CMU, we encourage employees to grow both personally and professionally, and thus advance CMU’s culture of excellence.


  • As a member of the executive leadership team, provides strategic direction for the academic, research, and public service mission of the university.
  • Provides visionary, ethical, and strategic leadership in maintaining the financial integrity of the institution.
  • Evaluates the university’s assets for maximum return, fiscal policy development, and long-range financial planning.
  • Protects the interests of the university, and actively participates in long-range forecasting and planning.
  • Provides guidance and direction to the University on issues related to its impact on the environment and the health and safety of the University community.
  • Advocates for a university culture of social responsibility/sustainability and health/wellness.
  • Serves on appropriate standing university committees and coordinates the activities of committees established as advisory to the VP/FAS.
  • Serves as chair of Core Crisis Group and Crisis Response Team to oversee the development and management of the institution’s response to a crisis. Additionally, this position is responsible for to decision to delay operations or close the university due to weather or other adverse conditions.
  • Oversees the administration, operation, and direction of Facilities Management, including the overall operations within the areas of Campus Planning, Campus Building Operations and Maintenance, Custodial Services, Energy Management, Utility Systems, Landscape and Grounds Maintenance, Major Repairs and the Construction Program. Approves policy and/or procedural changes on matters relative to facilities management, new construction programs, resource utilization and related matters.
  • Oversees the administration, operation and direction of Financial Planning and Budgets, including complex budget analysis, financial analysis and institutional financial planning and modeling.
  • Oversees the administration, operation, and direction of Financial Services and Reporting, which includes accounting activities for the total university, payroll processing and expense reimbursement, contracting and purchasing services, moving and delivery function, stores/warehouse, mailroom, fixed assets and university events.
  • Oversees the administration, operation, and direction of all Human Resources activities for staff and student employees, including, labor relations issues with several unions, employment and compensation functions, benefit administration for staff and faculty and the administration of the Central Health Improvement Program.
  • Oversees the administration, operation and direction of CMU Police, including effective traffic and parking controls, a comprehensive crime prevention program, investigation of complaints, security of the physical plant, response to emergencies and enforcement of laws and local ordinances, crime prevention, law enforcement, and safety.
  • Oversees the administration, operation, and direction of Auxiliary Services activities, including Printing Services, the CMU Bookstore, the Bovee University Center, the Student ID office, Dining Services, Camps and Conferences, and other related functions.
  • Advances the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Preferred and Required Qualifications


  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in business or related field.
  • Eight years of experience in finance administration with at least five years in senior executive roles.
  • A strong background in financial planning and leadership.
  • Exceptional ability to build and manage teams in a large and diverse environment.
  • Highly developed analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated strong organizational skills, including ability to plan, establish priorities, and handle multiple tasks and projects.
  • Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work positively and effectively with the academic community, public officials, media representatives and the public.
  • Ability to exercise effective interpersonal, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in service, support for the academic mission and continued advancement of the university in research, teaching and service.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Ability to perform the essential functions and requirements of the job.


  • Master's degree, preferably in business or a related field.
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
  • Experience in complex organizations that may or may not include higher education.
  • Experience in a unionized environment.
  • Experience with oversight in any of the areas reporting to this position.

Application Details

Applications and nominations are now being accepted. For best consideration, please submit application materials as soon as possible. DHR International is assisting Central Michigan University in this search. Initial screening of the applications and nominations will continue until an appointment is made. Individuals who wish to nominate a candidate should submit a brief letter of nomination including contact information for the nominee. Application materials should include a letter addressing how your experiences match the position requirements, curriculum vitae or resume and five references. Submission of documents as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged.



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