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The University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) invites inquiries, nominations and applications for its next Executive Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration (EVC-FA).
Reporting to Chancellor Michelle Marks, the executive vice chancellor will join the university at a time of great momentum and change as CU Denver has prioritized reaching its fullest potential as a public urban research university by 2030. Part of the University of Colorado System, CU Denver is home to nearly 15,000 students (approximately 10,000 undergraduate and 4,500 graduate), has over 1,100 faculty members across eight schools and colleges, and offers 114 degree programs both in-person and online. Over 60% of the fall 2022 entering freshman class are students of color and 50% are first generation college students. The campus is an emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI).
When Chancellor Marks joined CU Denver in July 2020, she immediately engaged university stakeholders in a 100 Days of Listening tour and established an Equity Task Force charged with addressing priority action items centered on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Utilizing the momentum from these conversations, CU Denver launched a university-wide strategic planning process in January 2021 and released a series of Vision Team Reports. Completed in June 2021, the Make Education Work For All 2030 Strategic Plan provides a vision and strategy that differentiates CU Denver and ensures it is achieving its greatest level of impact around big ideas, innovative solutions, and equitable access to high-quality education within a diverse workforce context.
The executive vice chancellor for finance and administration plays a critical role in developing and implementing effective fiscal management, administrative, and operational strategies for the University of Colorado Denver. As a member of the chancellor's executive team, senior staff, and cabinet, the EVC-FA will be a vital strategic partner to the chancellor, provost, and the senior leadership as they implement the university's bold and innovative strategic plan; identify and leverage new revenue generation opportunities; continuously assess structures, policies, and practices for maximum effectiveness; and affirm and advance an inclusive workplace and culture, rooted in equity.
The EVC-FA is responsible for a campus-wide enterprise of $361.8 million and facilitates financial strength and sustainability, operational effectiveness, and the delivery of optimized services for the functional units of finance and budget, human resources, technology strategy and innovation, facilities planning and construction, and emergency management. Additionally, the EVC-FA is responsible for overseeing the strategic allocation and provision of shared resources and services that support CU Denver students, faculty, and staff through the University of Colorado system, CU Anschutz Medical Campus, Auraria Higher Education Center, and the institutions on the Auraria Campus; these shared resources and services are located across the various functional units above.
The executive vice chancellor should be a forward thinking, solution-oriented, collaborative, and savvy financial leader whose style builds trust within the campus community and across the myriad of CU Denver partners and constituent groups. The EVC-FA will be adept at change management, with the ability to advocate for and bolster a suite of university services, motivate and inspire colleagues, and manage complex and intersecting priorities, while maintaining forward momentum. The executive vice chancellor will have the ability to coalesce institutional priorities and achieve transformative results using appropriate technology and sophisticated data analysis to inform strategic decisions. Demonstrated progressively responsible higher education experience, expertise, and successful outcomes leading financial strategy, budget, and business operations teams across a complex university structure and an earned, advanced degree in business administration, public administration, accounting, finance, or a closely related field are required.
All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as two separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile available at WittKieffer.com. Professional references are not requested at this time. WittKieffer is assisting the University of Colorado Denver in this search. Application review has begun and will continue until an appointment is made.
Compensation and Benefit Information
Compensation range: $325,000-$350,000
Benefits: The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on university benefits programs, including eligibility, is available at www.cu.edu/employee-services.
University of Colorado Denver is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.