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Vice President, Finance and Administration (VPFA)
Post Date: 08/25/2020
Close Date: 09/25/2020
Dickinson State University
291 Campus Drive

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$70,000 and above

Dickinson, ND

Job Description:
SUMMARY OF POSITION: This position provides fiscal guidance to all institutional entities in an effort to provide sustainable funding in support of the mission of the institution while adhering to the accountability and affordability measures of the NDSU. The VPFA is the chief financial officer of the institution providing leadership as a member of the President's Cabinet and as the University's representative on the North Dakota University System Administrative Affairs Council. This position also has substantial management responsibility.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: This position reports to the President


Master’s degree or higher in Business Administration, Finance or Accounting
Five (5) or more years of significant managerial experience in a complex organization
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with peers and subordinates, and effectively with other internal and external constituents
Demonstrated progressively responsible fiscal leadership experience in capital planning, financial reporting, accounting, budgeting, and/or financial controls
Demonstrated ability to effectively and efficiently use Microsoft Office 365 Programs. Ability to learn and adapt to new and changing technology, including hardware and software
Exceptional interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills, including the ability to interpret, clarify, implement, and explain policies and procedures
Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse range of people in a variety of situations
Flexibility and willingness to learn and adapt to changing work processes, including moving from in-person to remote working and back as needed or requested
Demonstrated ability to maintain strict confidentiality, professionalism, and integrity
Strong time-management, organizational, and project coordination skills


Demonstrated effective interaction with state officials and legislators
Experience in the management of buildings and grounds
Experience in accounting and reporting for federal and state funding sources. Administrative experience in higher education.
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) credentials or professional certification in finance or business
Specialized subject knowledge in grants management, facilities and construction management, institutional master planning, and strategic planning

COMPENSATION: Includes a salary of $120,000 - $135,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience (salary will be pro-rated for the first contract term). And a comprehensive fringe benefit package, including employer-paid full-family coverage health insurance, TIAA retirement, tuition waiver benefits, and much more.

LOCATION: Dickinson, ND

STARTING DATE: As soon as possible


Provide fiscal leadership and guidance
Work collaboratively and effectively with peers, subordinates, and other internal/external constituents in an effort to provide the resources necessary to deliver, in a sustainable manner, quality programs and services within a safe conductive learning environment.
Monitor expenditures and cash flow patterns in an effort to enhance the viability of current operations, establish appropriate reserves, and identify resources available for use as venture capital.
Evaluate practices in an effort to improve efficiencies and provide proper internal controls.
Develop, maintain, and ensure compliance with administrative, external and internal, policies and procedures.
Interact effectively with diverse students, staff, faculty and administrators, individually and as team members.
Be familiar with, interpret and apply rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
Support policies, goals and objectives of equity and diversity.
Provide operational leadership over the administrative functions within the University.
Manage and supervise the personnel in the areas of Business Affairs, Facility Operations & Safety, Human Resources, Information Technology Services, Mail Services and Contracted Services (Bookstore, Food Services, etc.).
Coordinate the planning, development and evaluation of goals and objectives for all functions reporting to the VPFA.
Oversee department operations and budgets.
Coordinate the hiring, support, development and evaluation of personnel, including supervision of awards and/or disciplinary actions.
Advance collaboration, consensus building, conflict resolution, and problem solving among and across the functions and university.
Perform other duties as assigned or requested.
Provide direction/oversight in the preparation of the annual and biennial budgets.
Coordinate the preparation of University financial reports.
Monitor legislative activities that may impact the institutions.
Monitor revenue/expenditures on an on-going basis.
Assure preparation of budgets within established guidelines.
Promote quality, efficiency, and affordability measures.
Provide leadership in capital planning, maintenance, preventative maintenance, energy conservation, and health and safety.
Coordinate the preparation of the Campus Master Plan
Prepare bid documents for and request appropriate Board authorization to proceed with a capital/maintenance project.
Monitor with architects/engineers all capital projects to insure a quality project within budget.
Encourage preventative maintenance/energy conservation practices.
Promote health/safety/ADA practices.
Promote technology enhancements with facility construction/renovation.
Develop and monitor the operating and capital biennial and annual budgets.
Serve on University and North Dakota University System (NDUS) Committees and Councils
Serve as member of the President’s Cabinet and Officer of the Institution
Chair the Capital Projects Committee
Serve as DSU's authorized agent for Workforce Safety and Insurance
Serve as Agency Risk Management Contact.
Preside over the DSU Emergency Management Team; prepare agendas, moderate meetings and record minutes.
Serve as a member of the Strategic Enrollment Committee.
Serve as a member of the NDUS Administrative Affairs Council.
Serve as a member of various committees within the University or System on an ad-hoc basis as needed.


This job announcement is not intended, and should not be construed, to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with the job. It is intended to be an accurate reflection of those principal job elements essential to making fair pay decisions and determining job performance.


Band: 0115 Officer

Term: 12-months

Status: Full-time (100%), benefitted, exempt (from FLSA overtime)

APPLICATION INFORMATION: Applications submitted by September 7, 2020 will be given first consideration, additional applications will be reviewed as received. The position will remain open until filled.

Complete the online application at http://www2.dsu.nodak.edu/jobopenings/openings.aspx, specifically including contact information for five (5) professional references, then upload a cover letter specifically addressing the above minimum and preferred qualifications, a current resume, and copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts.

For more information or assistance contact: Human Resources (701) 483-2476

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 financial information, the successful candidate will be required to complete a satisfactory criminal history check and credit check.
Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. and I-9 employment certification is required at hire; sponsorship will not be considered.

DICKINSON STATE UNIVERSITY is a regional comprehensive institution within the North Dakota University System, whose primary role is to contribute to intellectual, social, economic, and cultural development, especially to Southwestern North Dakota. The University’s mission is to provide high quality, accessible programs; to promote excellence in teaching and learning; to support scholarly and creative activities; and to provide service relevant to the economy, health, and quality of life for the citizens of the State of North Dakota.

For more information about Dickinson State University please visit www.dickinsonstate.edu and watch this video.

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Dickinson State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action institution that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, national origin, age, religion, gender identity, creed, marital status, veteran’s status, political belief or affiliation, information protected by the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”) or disability in its admissions, student aid, employment practices, educational programs or other related activities. Pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Dickinson State University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs, activities, or employment opportunities as required by Title IX. Dickinson State University complies with the provisions of the North Dakota Human Rights Act. Inquiries concerning Title VI, VII, ADA, ADEA, Title IX, and Section 504 may be referred to either the Title IX Coordinator, Keith James, Dickinson State University, 291 Campus Drive, May Hall, Room 207B, Dickinson, ND 58601 (701) 483-2391, dsu.titleix@dickinsonstate.edu or to the Affirmative Action Officer, Krissy Kilwein, Dickinson State University, 291 Campus Drive, May Hall, Room 309, Dickinson, ND 58601, (701) 483-2370, dsu.affirmativeaction@dickinsonstate.edu.
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