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Vice President for Finance and Administration

at State of Colorado

Pay: $150000 to $175000/year
$150000 - $175000
Posted: 9/6/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2522705

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Department Information

Colorado State University-Pueblo (CSU-Pueblo) seeks a dynamic, bold, and innovative leader to serve as Vice President of Finance and Administration (VPFA). CSU-Pueblo's next VPFA will be committed to transforming CSU-Pueblo into the "people's university of the southwest" by supporting eight guiding principles that ultimately focus on developing students with the problem-solving skills, resiliency, and agility needed to navigate work in a rapidly changing world. To learn more about this bold vision, visit

As an Hispanic Serving Institution, we are looking for a leader who understands how to serve traditionally under-represented students through financial and administrative systems. We are seeking a leader who can help us meet the needs of our students in and out of the classroom and remove the barriers that keep them from enrolling, persisting and earning their degrees. The VPFA provides leadership and direction for Budget, Human Resources, Physical Plant, Technology Services, and Auxiliary Services, as well as maintains a level of leadership for Business Financial Services.

The VPFA assists the president and partners with the other vice presidents by:

Executing our new shared vision by ensuring that CSU-Pueblo (a) remains accessible and affordable, (b) develops people, and (c) designs learning and support systems that support enhanced experiential education, soft skill development, as well as personalized advising and mentoring.

Serving as a strategist in developing innovative operational systems that enhance services, increase efficiencies, generate new sources of revenue, reduce institutional risks, and support a financially sound and sustainable university.

Implementing technology solutions that will allow the university to be more connected to the Colorado State University System resulting in enhanced student success as well as improved customer services, efficiencies and expense reduction, as well as mitigation of risk.

Working collaboratively with numerous internal and external stakeholders, including colleagues and others from our System institutions, providing innovative and transparent leadership, and advocating for the learning and support systems needed to ensure student and organizational success.

Description of Job

The professional holding this position will have executive level leadership experience in (1) driving results, (2) adding value and capacity to people and units, (3) using strategy, and (4) developing people. They will also have a proven record of success using the following competencies:  
Budget and finance. Using budget and finance in a strategic manner to help meet the goals of the university; planning, directing, and coordinating the university's annual operating and capital fiscal plans; evaluating and advising on the financial and operational impact of policy options; and providing expert advice along with fiscal and operational policy recommendations to the president and university leadership, as well as advocating to the legislature on behalf of the University in such matters as capital projects.

Risk management. Minimizing risk across the university by implementing internal controls and ensuring appropriate policies and procedures are followed; ensuring that university activities are carried out in a safe and healthy environment; ensuring compliance with relevant CSU-Pueblo and CSU-System policies and procedures as well as federal, state and local regulations applicable to the financial, operational, and administrative activities of the university.

Process improvements. Increasing operational efficiencies and developing and leading process improvements to mitigate risk and enhance business processes; developing a culture of excellence in which university and division operations are effective and efficient through continuous process evaluation and redesign; adopting and championing of new technology solutions; assessing of best practices, and communication with internal and external constituencies; identifying and recommending opportunities for the university that will improve funding streams while leveraging system resources.

Change management. Implementing change management principles and/or models that involve the application of structured methods and a pre-planned framework to steer institutional operations and the university from its current state to a desired state.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

To qualify for this position, the candidate must be able to demonstrate or provide evidence of each of the above four competencies: Budget and Finance, Risk Management, Process Improvements, and Change Management.

Additionally, the candidate must meet the following minimum qualifications:

Graduate degree from an accredited university in relevant field (such as public administration, business, accounting, finance, higher education administration).

A minimum of five years of demonstrated success in progressively responsible leadership positions and a record of accomplishments in financial management and administrative operations.

Demonstrated knowledge of the best practices employed in financial, administrative and operational functions.

Demonstrated effective communication and analytical skills including writing technical and financial reports, presenting information in a clear and persuasive manner, and the ability to analyze, model, and present data. The candidate must be able to adapt and present ideas and information to a variety of different stakeholder groups including campus, community, industry, government, and system-level governance.

Demonstrated collaborative and inclusive leadership style that also includes personal integrity good judgment, and resilience.

Demonstrated commitment to the vision and mission of CSU-Pueblo.


Ten years of demonstrated success in progressively responsible leadership positions and a record of accomplishments in financial management and administrative operations.

Certified Public Accountant

Senior leadership experience in higher education in the areas of budgeting and finance, human resources, facilities, procurement, information technology, and safety and security.  

Demonstrated success working in a public institution of higher education, or other state supported institution.

Demonstrated experience with State Legislative Committees, such as the Colorado Capital Development Committee and/ or Joint Budget Committee.

A student-centered approach to decision making.

Supplemental Information

All interested candidates must apply through the on-line application system. No other format of application materials will be accepted. Applicants must attach a letter of intent (cover letter); a current resume or CV; an unofficial transcript; and three professional references with contact information to the on-line application. Applications submitted without the required attachments above will be considered incomplete and will not move forward in the selection process. Once submitted, applicants will not be able to make changes or add information to their application packet, with the exception of their personal contact and demographic information.

Early submission of application materials is encouraged. Screening of application materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled, though all applications received by 4 p.m. (MDT) on Friday, August 30, 2019 will be given full consideration.
About Colorado State University-Pueblo
Colorado State University-Pueblo is a comprehensive state university with an enrollment of 4,000 students.  CSU-Pueblo provides relevant professional coursework and superior instruction with a small professor-to-student ratio for an ever-changing global economy.  Students can choose from 28 undergraduate programs with 70 fields of study in the College of Science and Mathematics, the Hasan School of Business, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the College of Education, Engineering, and Professional Studies and 10 graduate programs.
CSU-Pueblo is equally committed to serving the diverse population of the region; this emphasis is reflected in the demographic characteristics of the student body. Because more than 25 percent of our students are Hispanic, the Federal Government has designated CSU-Pueblo a Hispanic Serving Institution.  Besides reflecting our commitment to serve this critically important and rapidly-growing segment of the student population, that designation also allows the University to compete for certain federal grant funds to support its ability to better serve all students.  The University also seeks to provide a rich and diverse cultural environment that allows freedom of expression within a spirit of civility and mutual respect.  The public service expected of all members of our community benefits our society - local and global - and builds our sense of citizenship.

Among its unique features, CSU-Pueblo is one of seven schools in the nation to offer a degree in mechatronics, which combines electrical and mechanical engineering. The Hasan School of Business ranks among the top 15 percent of all business schools internationally with graduate and undergraduate programs in business administration accredited by the AACSB International Board of Directors. The College of Education, Engineering and Professional Studies houses an undergraduate engineering program that was ranked in the nation's top 100 by U.S. News and World Report and a School of Nursing and Health Sciences, which was ranked the top nursing program in the state of Colorado.
At CSU-Pueblo, Student Life offerings have increased significantly with the transition of the campus from a commuter environment to a more traditional collegiate experience.  Competing at the NCAA Division II level, CSU-Pueblo is a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and offers 22 varsity intercollegiate sports and also has active intramural and club sports teams that allow students to get involved in campus life.
About Pueblo, Colorado
The city of Pueblo is a historically and culturally rich, diverse city of more than 100,000, located in the southern part of the state along the Arkansas River near the Wet Mountains and the majestic Sangre de Cristo range. Pueblo enjoys ideal year round climate with four distinct mild seasons, crisp mountain air and 300+ days of sunshine per year. Pueblo attracts outdoor enthusiasts to a full slate of summer and winter recreational activities, encompassing water sports at Lake Pueblo, biking or running along Pueblo's beautiful river trail system, golfing, tennis, hiking or skiing in the mountains to the west.  The region is heavily agricultural, with large and small-scale farming and ranching, and a diverse mix of service, manufacturing, and technology industries.

CSU-Pueblo is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history (felony and misdemeanor), national sex offender search, and motor vehicle history, if applicable. Candidates who are extended an offer of employment must submit to and pass a background check prior to beginning employment. Some positions depending on the job duties may be required to complete a DMV and/or credit check.
The University reserves the right to check additional references, with prior notification given to the candidate.

Note: The successful candidate must provide official transcripts of academic work completed and, under U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations, be able to submit evidence of the ability to accept work in the U.S. by the day employment begins.
It is the policy of Colorado State University-Pueblo to provide reasonable accommodations for employees and applicants with disabilities.  If you need accommodations, please contact the Human Resources at (719) 549-2441 or

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Colorado State University-Pueblo is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Additionally, the University complies with all other relevant, federal, state, and local laws regarding employment practices.