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Vice President for Finance and Administration

Missouri Western State University

Missouri Western State University

Accounting & Finance
St Joseph, MO, USA
Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2023
Position Information
Position Title
Job Description
Missouri Western State University (MWSU) seeks a collaborative and accomplished leader to serve as its next vice president for finance and administration (VPFA).

Missouri Western State University is a regional, state-supported institution serving more than 4,000 students on a beautiful 744-acre campus about 45 minutes north of Kansas City. MWSU’s distinct focus on applied learning and applied research is a hallmark of the innovative teaching and learning environment. The university provides a variety of degree programs, including professional Master’s degrees, four-year baccalaureate degrees, two-year associate degrees, pre-professional transfer programs and one-year certificates. Missouri Western is also an active partner in the educational, economic, cultural and social development of the people and the region it serves, offering seminars, conferences and workshops suited to the needs of the community.

Reporting to President Elizabeth Kennedy, the vice president for finance and administration serves as a vital member of the university leadership team with responsibilities for budgetary and financial accountability, optimization of fiscal and physical resources across the university and creating financial and administrative strategies to support institutional priorities. The VPFA oversees the university’s $77 million operating budget and provides leadership to a team of 111 within the areas of finance, budget, physical plant/facilities, technology services, human resources, financial aid, university police, risk management, and contracted bookstore and food services. The vice president works collaboratively as a member of the President’s Cabinet to anticipate institutional needs and assist in the development of university policies.

The next VPFA will play a key leadership role partnering with the president and senior leadership team in shaping the strategies and future vision of the institution; mentoring and empowering leaders across a broad portfolio of units within the Financial Planning and Administration division; developing and implementing new and innovative ideas to create efficiencies and ensure a financially sustainable future; leverage technology and best practices to ensure operational efficiencies; and engaging with internal and external stakeholders.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile and a CV or resume.

WittKieffer is assisting the Missouri Western State University in this search, for which application review has begun and will continue until an appointment is made. Expeditious application is encouraged.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

Required Qualifications
  • The successful candidate must have a Master’s degree and at least five years of experience in finance, business administration or higher education administration with supervisory and budgetary experience.
  • Valid driver’s license
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in leading finance and administration in a public higher education setting.
  • Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant or Certified Internal Auditor.
Physical Demands
  • Office environment

FLSA Exempt
Additional Demands
  • May require some nights, weekends, or early hours
  • May require travel

Hours of Work