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The Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning is searching for a Chief Financial Officer to serve as a key strategic and creative partner to the dean. The Chief Financial Officer will support the dean in managing short- and long-term priorities, initiatives and activities that relate to the strategic direction and operational imperatives of the college.
The Chief Financial Officer will oversee and lead the college’s $25 million budget, a staff of 10 full-time individuals comprising the finance, facilities, media center and information technology teams, and have primary responsibility for the overall planning, allocation and stewardship of the college’s financial, physical, and information technology resources. The selected candidate will activate the budget as a strategic tool in the work of senior leadership and provide resource policy development and implementation as well as analytical support and problem-solving to the dean and other senior administrators on a wide-range of strategic issues. They will implement advanced and contemporary up-to-date accounting practices and systems that give all parties clear, consistent, intelligible, and real-time transparency into budgets and finances. We seek someone who can model scenarios for investment and operations at all scales, from nontraditional degree programs to different financial aid allocation approaches, providing decision support to the dean, chairs, degree directors, and key staff. We value clarity, precision, creativity and collaborativeness and aim to imbue knowledge and practices into durable systems.
The successful candidate will have leadership experience, with a particular focus on financial planning and implementation of strategic vision in higher education. They will also possess excellent organizational skills, oral and written communication skills, analytical and problem-solving skills, and be a team player. The compensation for this position will be a minimum of $125,000.
Partner with the dean and leadership team on the overall organization and management of the college, including strategic planning and execution, policy development and implementation, alignment and allocation of resources, and measurements of progress.
Closely collaborate with the assistant dean for advancement (development, marketing/communications, and career services), the chief of staff (faculty and staff human resources) and the director of student affairs (enrollment management, admissions/recruiting, registrar/advising, and student life).
Assess the strategic and financial implications of new initiatives and activities, advise the dean on the impact of resource allocation decisions and commitments, and provide project management for some initiatives.
Develop the college’s annual operating budget in conjunction with the dean and leadership team, and evaluate strategic efforts by creating longitudinal metrics for initiatives to assess impact and return-on-investment.
Lead innovation and change through the application of tools and techniques to increase operational efficiencies.
Oversee the college’s financial, facilities and information technology management functions, providing the teams with strategic direction, prioritization and support to achieve results.
Collaborate and build inclusive relationships with diverse stakeholders and foster a climate of service excellence by modeling respect, recognition, helpfulness and collaboration.
Advise the dean on university policies, procedures, and best practices across campus as well as information and benchmarks affecting industry and leverage this learning to make well-informed business recommendations as well as develop and implement effective policies, procedures, and controls for administrative functions.
Represent the dean and/or the college, as requested, on various committees and initiatives and in written communications with the college and with central and other campus units.
Conduct additional duties as required and special assignments related to the strategic vision of the College, as requested by the dean.
MBA or other related Master’s degree, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Eight or more years of progressive management experience with proven business acumen and a detailed knowledge of finance, preferably in an academic setting.
Extensive knowledge of the University of Michigan budget system and policies, rules, regulations, and best practices, or the ability to acquire and apply this knowledge quickly.
Knowledge of issues related to finance, information technology and facilities management in a diverse organization.
Exceptional management and leadership skills.
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple, complex assignments with a high degree of organization as well as the ability to respond to requests, prioritize, make independent decisions and execute in a timely manner.
Strong analytical, problem-solving, strategic planning, and organizational skills, including tact, diplomacy, and integrity.
A track record of collaboration and accomplishment advancing initiatives and fostering change with multiple stakeholders.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Competency in organizational navigation and ability to deal effectively and persuasively with individuals of varying levels of institutional authority in a complex and dynamic organization.
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Taubman College affirms the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as we organize resources and priorities that align with our values. We seek to have a diverse group of persons at all levels of the college - students, faculty, staff, and administrators - including persons of different race and ethnicity, national origin, gender and gender expression, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religious commitment, age, and disability status. We strive to create a community of mutual respect and trust, a community in which every and all members and their respective backgrounds, identities, and views are represented without any threat of bias, harassment, intimidation, or discrimination. Learn more about Taubman College’s DEI efforts.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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