Assistant Chancellor for Finance

Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Salary will commensurate with experience.
Oct 04, 2017
Nov 03, 2017
Education, Executive
Employment Status
Full Time

The Assistant Chancellor for Finance provides leadership and vision in financial planning, management and oversight for the Chancellor and the University’s senior leaders, shared governance leaders, student leaders and other stakeholders in meeting the mission and strategic goals of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Serving as the chief financial officer for the institution and reporting directly to the Chancellor, the Assistant Chancellor for Finance serves as a member of the Chancellor’s cabinet and is a key liaison with the University of Wisconsin System Administration. Budgetary responsibilities include stewardship of an annual institutional operating budget of approximately $232 million. The Assistant Chancellor also leads administrative and financial units of the University, including: Budget and Resource Planning, centralized budgeting, and a consolidated administrative service center, the Administrative and Knowledge Support Center (ASK), which includes Human Resources, Accounting, Accounts Payable/Travel, Purchasing and Risk Management.

The successful candidate will be an innovative, collaborative and experienced leader with a track record of progressive management success in a university or similarly complex setting. The successful candidate will demonstrate planning, resource development and project management skills; possess exceptional analytical skills and the ability to provide university leadership with budget models to enhance strategic decision making; and have experience dealing with governing boards and municipalities, and managing a variety of campus administrative functions. In addition, the Assistant Chancellor for Finance will demonstrate the capacity to lead staff through organizational change. The incumbent will appreciate the academic mission, approach tasks with a “people” orientation, and possess the ability to tell complicated financial stories in ways that enlighten and engage people inside and outside the University.


  • Develop and lead transparent short- and long-term budget planning processes that tie resources to strategic priorities; implement annual financial plans.
  • As a key member of the executive leadership team, provide direction and strategic leadership to the Chancellor and senior leaders regarding the University’s annual budget; develop short- and long- range forecasts in support of strategic decision-making; and oversee the financial implementation of the University’s vision and plans.
  • Provide vision, leadership and direction to the administrative units of the University: Budget and Resource Planning, centralized budgeting, and the ASK Center, which includes Human Resources, Accounting, Accounts Payable/Travel, Purchasing and Risk Management.
  • Foster organizational change and a culture of service and continuous improvement throughout the administrative units.
  • Collaborate with divisional leaders on the development of strategic annual budgets that support resource and enrollment growth, facilitate public-private partnerships, advance the capital goals of the University, and are fiscally responsible.
  • Oversee the successful consolidation of budgeting functions across the institution.
  • Ensure University budget plans are accurate, fiscally sound and sustainable.
  • Serve as the primary financial liaison between the University and the UW System Administration; provide counsel and information to UW System vice presidents and their staffs; work collaboratively with other UW System financial and business officers and contribute to UW System initiatives as necessary.
  • Provide leadership and direction to the Chancellor and senior leaders regarding the state biennial budget and the university’s annual budget allocations.
  • Foster exemplary human resources management throughout the institution to improve employee recruitment, retention, development and engagement.
  • Promote and support the University’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusivity across the campus community.
  • Create a climate of trust, transparency and openness by working collaboratively and communicating frequently with shared governance groups, with department and unit leaders, and with executive leaders.

Qualifications/Desired Characteristics
The successful candidate will present evidence of the following:

  • Demonstrated ability to understand and communicate complex concepts in ways that inform and engage individuals both inside and outside the University.
  • Commitment to equity, diversity and inclusivity demonstrated by leadership, active planning, allocation of resources, and accountability.
  • An unquestionable personal code of ethics; and excellent interpersonal skills, with evidence of collaborative, team-oriented leadership style.
  • Demonstrated ability to see the big picture and relate financial strategies and resources to the university’s mission and strategic plan while also providing active project management to get things done.
  • Ability to act with urgency in service to the University’s vision and mission and to champion innovation.
  • Experience with change management and continuous improvement.
  • Demonstrated appreciation for the principles of academic freedom and shared governance and a transparent management style that fosters collegiality and teamwork.

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to develop, analyze and implement long-term sustainable financial models.
  • Ability to perform advanced analytics in support of strategic decision-making.
  • Advanced degree in administration or business-related field.
  • Supervisory experience overseeing multi-disciplinary operational units in a complex organization, including service-focused units.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with public-private partnerships.
  • Well-developed knowledge and ability to interpret and apply federal and state laws and regulations.
  • Working knowledge of current financial information systems, web technology and database applications.
  • Evidence of progressively responsible senior leadership in finance, budgeting and planning for complex organizations such as health care, higher education, or county, municipal, or state government.