Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance

New Mexico State University (NMSU), located in Las Cruces, New Mexico, seeks an accomplished leader, communicator, and innovator for the position of Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance (SVPAF).  Founded in 1888, NMSU is a land-grant institution and a comprehensive research institution of higher education.  Our institution is dedicated to teaching, research and public service, and outreach. A Hispanic-serving institution, NMSU serves a multi-cultural population of students and community members.


The SVPAF reports to the Chancellor and is responsible for ensuring leadership, oversight and stewardship for all aspects of business and financial affairs for the NMSU System.  The SVPAF oversees an administrative organizational structure that includes all aspects of budget management and reporting, financial operations, business operations, stewardship of physical assets, information technology and communications, and facilities planning and management and serves in an advisory and support capacity to the Chancellor, Provost, Community College Presidents, Deans and Vice Presidents on these matters. 


Communication skills are essential in that there is a high level of expectation to meet regularly with constituents and provide budgetary and operational information and related advice, to intercede in issue resolution, and to interface with state officials and others to define funding opportunities and operational efficiency initiatives for NMSU.  The successful candidate will also be expected to serve on state and regional task forces, and to assist the NM Higher Education Department and Council of University Presidents in the development and presentation of funding priorities. 


Candidates must demonstrate their proven ability to innovate and apply analytical skills to problem solving.  Applicants are expected to have direct knowledge of accounting, financial management, budgetary planning and management, logistical management, facilities planning and management, administrative systems implementation and management, investment, cash management and capital financing principles and practices, industry best practices and standards for administrative operations, annual external audit process including development and preparation of financial statements and audit reports, financial and administrative compliance management in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations and University policies.


The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree, or higher, in a field such as Accounting, Business Administration, Management, or Finance, and ten (10) years of progressively increasing responsibilities and authority in business and financial management functions; or an equivalent of ten (10) years of experience as a Chief Financial Officer in a university or governmental agency with a bachelor’s degree.


Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Professional and managerial experience in higher education are preferred.


Offer of employment contingent upon verification of individual’s eligibility for employment in the US and upon completion of applicable background review. For complete job description and application requirements, that includes a one to three page letter of interest that includes long-term goals and objectives; a curriculum vitae; and three to five references with email addresses and telephone numbers, visit, Requisition #1600525S.


The deadline to apply is January 31, 2017. New Mexico State University is an EEO/AA Employer.