University of Central Florida — Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance

The University of Central Florida (UCF) invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance (SVP). The campus community seeks an entrepreneurial, collaborative and forward-thinking administrator with the experience to serve as a senior advisor to UCF’s newly appointed President, Dr. Alexander N. Cartwright. 

UCF aspires to be one of the nation’s leading metropolitan research universities, with a focus on student success and having an impact on society. A different kind on university driven by its entrepreneurialism and optimism, UCF will not be defined by its contemporaries, and rather seeks to forge a new path with the potential to be a leader in the future of higher education. 

The Senior Vice President will be a key partner and leading voice on the University’s senior leadership team to drive operational excellence. The Senior Vice President will have the unique opportunity to play a significant role in the re-organization of a new Division of Administration and Finance and in enhancing both the profile and capabilities of an innovative metropolitan research university.

The University
Founded in 1963 to provide talent for Central Florida and the growing U.S. space program, the University of Central Florida has been making an impact on the state, the nation — and outer space — ever since. UCF is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as Florida’s most innovative university and one of the nation’s top 20 most innovative. Located in Orlando and securing $192 million in research funding in fiscal year 2019, UCF is a major metropolitan research university in one of the country’s fastest-growing regions and holds the Carnegie Foundation’s highest designation in two categories: community engagement and very high research activity. Furthermore, as a testament to its commitment to diversity and serving diverse populations, UCF is also one of 14 universities nationwide designated as both a Hispanic Serving Institution and R1 university.

UCF is also ranked as a best-value university by Kiplinger, as well as one of the nation’s most affordable colleges by Forbes. With 13 colleges, including a fully accredited College of Medicine, UCF offers more than 220 degree programs on its main campus, downtown campus, hospitality campus, academic health sciences campus, and through 11 UCF Connect centers located throughout the region. In addition, UCF extends its reach to communities in and beyond Central Florida by offering fully online programs leading to bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, Ph.D.s, certificates, and more. UCF confers almost 17,000 degrees each year and benefits from a diverse faculty and staff who create a welcoming environment and are dedicated to creating opportunities for its diverse student body of approximately 69,500, more than 47% of whom are members of underrepresented minority groups, to grow, learn, and succeed. The University has an annual budget of $1.8 billion and is served by 13,500 employees.

UCF has built and enjoys a strong foundation of support among alumni, friends, and corporate partners and in 2019 completed a multi-year fundraising effort called IGNITE: The Campaign for UCF. Directed by three key pillars — student success, academic excellence, and growth and opportunity — the university raised more than $513 million during this campaign. 

In April 2020, UCF welcomed the University’s 6th President, Dr. Alexander N. Cartwright who is committed to leading UCF on a pursuit of inclusive excellence to become a new kind of research university that is tightly coupled with its community and can work toward quickly becoming a top 50 public national university. For more information about UCF, please visit https://www.ucf.edu/. 

Position Summary
The newly created Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance position will report to the President and will serve as a key member of the senior leadership team to shape financial and operational strategies that will support the academic mission of the university. The position will provide vision, leadership, and stewardship of critical resources and administrative infrastructure that will support UCF’s pursuit of excellence.

The Senior Vice President will establish and manage the priorities of a new division structure that will include the following units:

Finance: Provides central financial services including budget analysis and planning, cash and investment management, collection and recording of revenues, disbursement of funds, financial reporting, fixed asset accountability and control, procurement services, student financial services, and tax compliance.  

Facilities: Supports facilities operations, master planning and construction, engineering, landscape and natural resources, resource management, utilities and energy services and sustainability initiatives for all university campuses and facilities. 

Human Resources: Serves as central partner to align human capital with university initiatives, values, and goals with a focus in talent acquisition, classification and compensation, benefits and leave administration, learning and organizational effectiveness, payroll, records and HRIS.

Campus Services: Management and operations of business and auxiliary services and enterprise business partnerships and contracts including parking and transportation services, dinning and vending, campus bookstores, banking, retail operations and card services.

Public Safety: Functions that ensure the safety of UCF’s campuses and facilities including the UCF Police Department, Security Management, and Emergency Management.

This position will be responsible for bringing together units that are deeply committed to supporting the mission of the university with a sharp focus on operational excellence and service. In addition, this position will play a critical role ensuring the success of enterprise-wide projects, including the implementation of a new university budget model and new enterprise resource planning system. 

The Senior Vice President must partner effectively with the senior leaders across the University and think creatively to identify opportunities that maximize the financial and operational efficiencies of programs and services, provide analysis of strategic initiatives, and initiate and manage the change required to realize these efficiencies. This role will be critical to advancing the President’s goal of improving administrative infrastructure and systems that drive efficiency and effectiveness so the university can reinvest savings in the academic enterprise, while identifying new and sustainable funding streams. 

In addition to chairing the University Budget Committee with the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, the SVP will identify best practices for policies and procedures that promote organizational excellence and the effective stewardship of university resources across all functional areas of the institution. 

The SVP will serve as the executive liaison to the Finance and Facilities Committee of the UCF Board of Trustees and will be responsible for providing transparent and timely information to ensure the Board is able to fulfill their fiduciary responsibilities. The Senior Vice President is also expected to build strong relationships with the Florida Board of Governors, legislators, and Governor’s staff to communicate information related to the University’s finances, management of capital assets, and strategic initiatives that add value to the institution, community, and state.

Qualifications
The successful candidate should be prepared to demonstrate the following qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher in a business-related discipline;
  • At least 15 years of progressively responsible financial and administrative experience, including executive leadership roles in large, complex organizations; preferably within a higher education institute; and
  • Master’s or terminal Degree and/or professional certification such as CPA or CMA, is preferred.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Commitment to high standards of ethical conduct, transparency, and accountability, especially for financial and/or administrative reporting within a large institution;
  • Ability to identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions across a large, complex organization; Success implementing change across an organization that has a diverse set of stakeholders, including institution- and state-level governing boards; 
  • Experience facilitating inclusive enterprise-wide planning, business prioritization and resource allocation processes that result in increased effectiveness and/or efficiency;
  • Experience leading the financial planning and reporting, and budget appropriation and allocation process for a public organization with various revenue streams and auxiliary enterprises;
  • Success building effective teams, developing and retaining talented staff, and leading a diverse organization;
  • Experience working within a system of shared governance that encourages participation in the decision-making process and administrative accountability; 
  • Experience working closely with an organization’s governing board and presenting financial and operational reports and strategy; 
  • Experience ensuring compliance within an environment that has complex federal and state laws and regulations; and
  • Ability to formulate and articulate sound policies and identify, resolve, and consult on a wide range of administrative and financial issues with a clear sense of institutional needs and priorities; 
  • Success leveraging enterprise systems and technology to provide accurate, timely, and relevant information to decision-makers;
  • Experience working with external entities to identify mutually beneficial partnerships that will advance the University’s academic mission and operational excellence.

Other Characteristics
The successful candidates should possess the following qualities and characteristics:

  • Proven commitment to transparency, integrity and demonstrated values that align with those of UCF;
  • Demonstrated ability to foster a community with a culture of inclusiveness that holds all of it members accountable for creating, supporting, and championing diversity and the expansion of opportunity and a commitment to equity;
  • Inclusive, collaborative, and transparent approach to decision-making that engenders trust;
  • Desire to listen to stakeholders and understand the mission, vision, values, and history of UCF;
  • Successful record of enabling and encouraging innovation while also mitigating risks;
  • Proven ability to ask challenging questions followed by effective decision-making and action;
  • Demonstrated commitment to service with a positive, proactive, and enthusiastic outlook;
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Ability to thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment

Applications/Nominations
The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications on a rolling basis and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applicants must submit a current resume and a cover letter describing relevant experience and interest in the position. Submission of materials via e-mail is strongly encouraged. Nominations should include the contact information of the nominee. In accordance with the State of Florida’s open records laws, all applications and letters of interest will be made public. Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted by email to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner and
Will Gates, Senior Partner
Email: apsearch@storbeckpimentel.com
Refer to code “UCF-SVPFA” in the subject line

Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates
6512 Painter Avenue
Whittier, CA 90601

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF’s Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at: http://www.oie.ucf.edu/documents/PresidentsStatement.pdf. As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.

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