Senior Associate Vice President of Finance and Deputy Chief Financial Officer

Senior Associate Vice President of Finance and Deputy Chief Financial Officer

Wayne State University


Wayne State University seeks a high energy, visionary, mission-focused business leader to become its next Senior Associate Vice President of Finance and Deputy Chief Financial Officer (SAVP). The SAVP will be a highly visible and influential leader on the campus, and a senior member of the central Finance and Business Operations division. The SAVP will provide leadership and oversight for Budget and Planning; the Controller’s Office; Accounts Receivable; and Investments, Treasury and Debt. The SAVP will lead a transformative change toward long-term financial stability and effective stewardship of university resources by leveraging new systems, business processes and tools with the implementation of a new Responsibility Center Management (RCM) budget model, a new budget system, and transition to an all-funds budget.


Wayne State University, founded in 1868, is a nationally recognized public, urban research university in Detroit. Wayne State is Michigan’s only urban research university and is known internationally for its contributions to the sciences. Committed to educational opportunity, research, and community enrichment, Wayne State serves a critical role in Michigan’s higher education landscape.


The desired candidates will have:

  • A Master’s degree in accounting, finance, business administration or related fields; or CPA/other relevant professional certifications;
  • 10 + years progressively responsible leadership experience in one or more of the following areas: treasury operations, financial operations, or strategic budget and resource management;
  • Demonstrated capability working in large, complex, environments, leading and facilitating large-scale change in process, systems and policy;
  • Experience with ERP financial systems and implementations; change management experience; and ability to influence, persuade and educate across multiple stakeholder groups;
  • Success and experience in attracting, developing and mentoring a team of high-performing professionals; strength in motivating teams in continuous improvement and best practices;
  • Ability to present and communicate a range of financial and budget information effectively at all levels, including executive and board level audiences;
  • High level of ethics and earned trust among colleagues; ability to advise on and operationalize decisions that support a long-term university strategy;
  • An ability to find solutions and possibilities coupled with solid business judgment;
  • Higher education industry experience and knowledge and experience with GASB and FASB accounting standards and practices is preferred.


Please submit applications, expressions of interest and nominations here.


The full position profile can be found here.


Wayne State University is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer that complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. Wayne State University is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons and welcomes applications from candidates regardless of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.