Senior Associate Vice President of Operations for Business, Finance & Administrative Services

Syracuse University

Senior Associate Vice President  of Operations for Business, Finance & Administrative Services (“SAVP BFAS”)

Reporting directly to the Senior Vice President (“SVP”) and Chief Financial Officer, the Senior Associate Vice President of Operations for Business, Finance & Administrative Services (“SAVP, BFAS”) will manage administration, finance, and operations for the Business Finance & Administration Services (“BFAS”) division at the University. The SAVP BFAS will lead strategic initiatives, including the BFAS strategic planning process, manage ongoing programs, oversee day-to-day operations internal to the division.

The SAVP BFAS will serve as advisor to the SVP in planning, implementing and monitoring strategic initiatives and projects for the division. Work with key stakeholders to ensure that the strategic plan is implemented, outcomes are achieved, and the financial structure is in place. Perform process improvement and efficiency analysis to provide exceptional service throughout financial operations in accordance with the University mission. Lead and support organizational change management efforts designed to achieve strategic planning, organizational effectiveness, and business process improvement goals.

This role will also manage the daily operations of the office of the SVP including solving problems and coordinating schedules. Draft and initiate correspondence and reports, gather resource information for meetings and presentations, and prepare and edit presentation materials and accompanying reports. Manage recurring senior leadership team meetings. Manage and coordinate multiple project work streams across various disciplines and stakeholders, including tracking key activities and milestones, managing deliverables to deadlines, integrating activities across work streams, and surfacing project risks and concerns as appropriate. Develop and report on metrics for the division.  Collaborate with the University Director of Budget and Planning under the guidance of the SVP , assist to facilitate the BFAS department’s long-term budget planning and forecasting activities, and the coordination of the department’s activities and operations. Oversees the unit’s strategy and implementation of financial, human, and technology resources working in collaboration with Information Technology Services and Senior Human Resource staff to ensure alignment with university policy, practice and strategic initiatives.  The SAVP BFAS will lead projects and conduct studies to identify opportunities to enhance financial and business effectiveness. Reviews unit’s strategic operational/business plans to ensure alignment with strategic priorities and provides recommendations concerning financial, human and technology resources to support those plans.  The SAVP BFAS will serve as liaison to the Office of Human Resources, Information Technology Services and other University units. Oversee the Unit’s physical space needs and serve as liaison to the various University offices. Ensure that staff have the resources, tools and supports to succeed; the processes to enable success; and the ability to track and measure operational excellence and outcomes to ensure the Unit is meeting commitments.

Please direct all applications, nominations, and inquiries for the position to the search firm at the contact information below:

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