Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services

The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Chancellor Andrew J. Leavitt invite applications and nominations for the position of Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services. The Vice Chancellor provides leadership and vision in the financial planning and oversight working collaboratively and effectively with the university’s senior leaders, shared governance leaders, and other stakeholders in meeting the mission and strategic goals of the university.  The Vice Chancellor safeguards financial integrity throughout campus and provides leadership toward significant issues and opportunities pertaining to public higher education financial management.

Description of Duties and Responsibilities: The Vice Chancellor provides leadership, vision and direction for the Administrative Services Division, including Facilities Management, Planning and Construction, Head Start, Human Resources, Budget and Financial Services, Postal and Document Services, Central Stores, Purchasing, Protective Services, including University Police and Risk Management.  The Vice Chancellor ensures that the institution protects its human, financial and physical resources.

The Vice Chancellor reports directly to the Chancellor, serves as a member of the Chancellor’s cabinet and is a key liaison with the University of Wisconsin System Administration.  Budgetary responsibilities include the university operating budget of approximately $265 million, the capital budget of approximately $6.4 million, and the budget for the Division of Administrative Services of approximately $19 million.

The Vice Chancellor will:

  1. Provide leadership, vision and direction to the Division of Administrative Services.
  2. Provide annual evaluations and reviews of the direct reports in the division.Review division organizational structure through discussions with directors, utilizing principles established by NACUBO, in consultation with UW System, and university senior leadership.
  3. Provide leadership, direction and information to the chancellor and senior leadership regarding the state biennial budget and the university’s annual budget allocations. The financial forecasts, capital budget, long-range development plans, and major and minor projects.
  4. Ensure recommended university policies and procedures comply with Wisconsin state statutes, UW System policies and Board of Regent policies.Develop and review campus-specific policies through collaboration with the chancellor and senior leadership.
  5. Foster innovative and creative human resources management throughout the institution in concert with current best practices to improve recruitment, retention, employee development, employee engagement, and employee recognition and understand the link between engagement, services provided and financial well-being of the university.
  6. Promote and support the university’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusivity among the campus community.
  7. Direct the development of the university’s capital budget program through:
    • Recommending the university’s capital budget priorities.
    • Providing and obtaining information on capital projects through the university facility planner, managers and UW System staff.
  8. Oversee the development and maintenance of internal controls to safeguard the financial integrity of the university and ensure compliance with federal, state and UW System regulations and policies.
  9. Provide financial oversight and leadership to all campus units to ensure that growth opportunities are fiscally sound and are developed in accordance with all associated policies.
  10. Report to campus governance groups regarding the financial status of the university each semester.
  11. Promote and support the university’s commitment to sustainability.
  12. Serve as Chief Business Officer Representative to UW System Administration and provide advice and information to UW System vice presidents and their staffs; work collaboratively with other UW System Chief Business Officers; participate in UW System-wide working groups as necessary.
  13. Perform other related tasks and responsibilities as assigned by the chancellor.

Required Qualifications: Candidates should present evidence of:

  • Master’s degree in administration or business-related field
  • Minimum of eight (8) years of progressively responsible senior leadership in a financial and administrative management role
  • Demonstrated leadership in finance, budgeting and capital project planning
  • Administrative and financial management leadership experience within higher education setting or a comparable, large, complex organization
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills with an evidence of collaborative, ethical, team-oriented management and leadership style.

Preferred Qualifications: Candidates should present evidence of:

  • Well-developed knowledge of, and ability to interpret and apply, federal and state laws and regulations
  • Working knowledge of current financial information systems, web technology and database applications
  • Experience in promoting and supporting equity, diversity and inclusivity
  • Strong analytical skills and experiences translating the organization’s mission into an operational model
  • Extensive experience and evidence of outstanding success in determining appropriate staff size and competitive staff salaries, hiring, training, developing, supervising, and assessing and evaluating staff performance in the achievement of division and unit goals.

Compensation:  Compensation is competitive and based upon qualifications and experience.  Expected starting date is July 1, 2017.

Application Process:  Nominations and application materials should be submitted by the target date of February 10, 2017, although expressions of interest may be considered until the position is filled.  Application materials must include:  1) a letter of interest stating how the candidate's experiences and qualifications connect with the required/preferred characteristics and strategic priorities expressed in the position prospectus; 2) a resume; and 3) the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of five references for future contact — please also include your professional relationship with each reference listed.  In accordance with Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7), requests for confidentiality by nominees and applicants will be honored, except that names of final candidates must be disclosed. Application and nomination materials should be submitted electronically to: A complete position prospectus may be found at

Assisting the search will be: Alan N. Crist, Ph.D., Senior Search Consultant, AGB Search,, 608.695.0217. Prospective candidates are encouraged to initiate a conversation about this opportunity through an initial email contact with Dr. Crist prior to submitting materials.

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has a total budget in excess of $260 million dollars.  The University is proud of its highly inclusive strategic and operational planning processes and its exceptionally strong relationship with students.

The enrollment of 14,000 includes 1,300 graduate students, the largest graduate program among the 11 comprehensive universities in the UW-System.  The University offers 60 undergraduate and 15 master’s degree programs in four colleges:  Business Administration, Education and Human Services, Letters and Science, and Nursing.  The University has well-established programs to provide educational opportunities for traditional and non-traditional students pursuing full- or part-time study.

UW Oshkosh is the largest of 11 comprehensive universities in a public higher education system that also includes two doctoral institutions, a system of 13 two-year colleges, and a statewide Extension.  The University was founded in 1871 and provides educational programs and services to the scenic Fox River Valley region of central northeast Wisconsin.  The 163-acre campus is strategically located in a thriving economic and cultural corridor with a combined population in excess of 750,000.  This urban corridor consists of a cluster of dynamic, growing, mid-sized communities that stretch from Milwaukee to Green Bay.

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, and is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment.