Dickinson, North Dakota

Dickinson State University (DSU) seeks applications and nominations for the position of Vice President for Finance and Administration. The successful applicant will join a talented leadership team in its commitment to the intellectual, social, economic, and cultural development of the southwestern North Dakota region.

Founded in 1918, Dickinson State University provides high quality, accessible programs to a student population of nearly 1,400, representing 34 states and 19 countries. The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The vice president and division staff embrace the University's students-first focus and strive to provide sound university-wide fiscal guidance. A member of the President's Cabinet, the vice president is the University's chief financial officer and a part of the North Dakota University System (NDUS) Administrative Affairs Council.

The Vice President for Finance and Administration must adhere to the University's core values of integrity, accessibility, excellence, inquiry, and innovation. The successful applicant will live in and contribute to the Dickinson community and have an appreciation for the area's history and culture.


The Vice President for Finance and Administration is responsible for the leadership, management, direction, control, and coordination of administrative and financial activities of the University. The officer will develop facilities and institutional master planning consistent with DSU’s strategic plan and NDUS policies. He or she will support DSU’s teaching, learning, and scholarship vision through guiding financial stability in stringent budgetary times. The officer oversees the institutional processes for operation and capital budgets, financial systems and policies, and compliance with applicable institution and system policies, and state and federal regulations and laws.

The Finance and Administration division consists of the following areas:

  • Business Affairs
  • Human Resources
  • Facility Operations
  • Information Technology Systems
  • Public Safety
  • Mailroom
  • Contracted areas (e.g., bookstore, food services)


  • Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field;
  • Evidence of ability to handle increasing responsibility in areas related to budgeting, accounting, capital planning, financial controls, and financial reporting;
  • Demonstrated capacity to undertake facilities and institutional master planning in keeping with the University's and system's strategic plans;
  • Transparent, collaborative, decisive, and team leadership with cogent written and spoken skills;
  • Broad in-depth familiarity with financially related higher education state and federal laws;
  • Proficiency in fundraising, campaigns, and grants management support; and
  • Strong understanding of information technology capabilities and applications.


  • Master's degree or professional credentialing in accounting or finance;
  • Politically savvy with thoughtful, creative, and visionary insight for fiscal direction;
  • Understanding of non-profit or government accounting; and
  • Experience in accounting or finance.


To assure best consideration, nominations and application materials should be received by June 14, 2019, at (MS Word or PDF Format). The application must include a letter of interest; a current résumé (or curriculum vitae); and the names of five professional references with each person's position, office or home address, e-mail address, and telephone numbers. References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant.

The vice president will assume office on or about September 1, 2019.

The Dickinson State University Vice President for Finance and Administration search committee is being assisted by James H. McCormick, 651-238-5188, and Janice S. Fitzgerald, 717-580-0663,

Dickinson State University is one of eleven public colleges and universities comprising the North Dakota University System. For more information about Dickinson State University, please visit and watch this video.

Applicants who are eligible to claim veteran’s preference must include Form DD214 with the application for employment; claims for disabled veteran’s preference must include Form DD214 and a letter less than one year old from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs indicating disability; claims for preference as the eligible spouse of a disabled or deceased veteran must include Form DD214, a marriage certificate and a letter less than one year old from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs indicating disability, or the veteran’s death certificate.

Due to access to restricted information, the successful candidate will be required to complete a satisfactory criminal history record check.

Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. and I-9 employment certification is required at hire.

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. 23-12-10.
Dickinson State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action institution that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, religion, information protected by the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”) or disability in its admissions, student aid, employment practices, educational programs or other related activities. Dickinson State University complies with the provisions of the North Dakota Human Rights Act. If you have questions or concerns, contact the Affirmative Action Officer at (701) 483-2370 or or the Director of Human Resources at (701) 483-2476 or