The Chief Business Officer (CBO) is responsible for the finance function, daily operations, developing monthly financial projections, and preparing annual and long-range operating and capital budgets. The CBO, in collaboration with the Deans and other senior academic leaders, provides overall leadership and support of financial and administrative operations of Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music and the Vanderbilt Divinity School.
The CBO reports to the Sr. Finance Director under the leadership and guidance of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance, who in turn reports to the University's Vice Chancellor for Finance and CFO. The CBO interfaces with a wide constituency of partners across the institution in the financial management of and planning for the strategic use of funds. This individual leads a team of professional and administrative support staff and is responsible for developing goals, objectives, policies, and procedures; supervising, coordinating, and evaluating activities; and performing personnel administration functions. This role must be responsive to the needs of the Deans and other academic leaders within each of the Schools.
Vanderbilt University and the Department of Financial Operations and Planning are committed to excellence and diversity. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
About the Blair School :
With a $16 million annual operating budget, the Blair School of Music serves as the focal point within Vanderbilt University for the study of music as a human endeavor and as a performing art. Music offers to all persons a medium for the expression of the human spirit. Accordingly, the Blair School of Music addresses music through a broad array of academic, pedagogical and performing activities. Consistent with the mission of Vanderbilt University, the School maintains and promotes the highest standards in the pursuit of scholarly and creative work, in the delivery of instruction, and in the promotion of professional and public service.
In its scholarly and creative work, the Blair School of Music proposes to advance the discovery of knowledge, to expand the horizons of musical expression, to promote academic excellence, and to sustain an environment supporting these pursuits by faculty and students.
Pedagogically, the Blair School is committed to providing superior musical instruction to children, youth and adult students via the Blair Academy; stimulating classroom and studio instruction to collegiate music majors and minors; and, to the students of Vanderbilt University at large, an array of academically rigorous, culturally enriching courses appropriate to one of the nations' leading institutions of higher learning.
In its commitment to professional and public service, the Blair School of Music contributes to cultural and intellectual life at Vanderbilt University and throughout the region through concerts, lectures, and recitals by faculty and students, and by providing a forum for visiting artists, scholars, and composers of national stature.
About the Divinity School :
With a $13 million annual operating budget, the Vanderbilt Divinity School (VDS) is one of only six graduate schools of religion in the United States without a denominational affiliation that service primarily mainline Protestantism.
VDS is committed to the faith that brought the church into being, and it believes that one comes more authentically to grasp that faith by a critical and open examination of the Hebraic and Christian traditions. It understands this faith to have import for the common life of human beings in the world. Thus the school is committed to assisting its community in achieving a critical and reflective understanding of Christian faith and in discerning the implications of that faith for the church, society, and the lives of individuals. Concretely, this commitment entails the education of those who will be forceful representatives of the faith and effective agents in working for a more just and humane society, for the development of new and better modes of ministry, and for leadership in church and society that will help to alleviate the ills besetting individuals and groups. It entails as well the education of individuals who have, or are helped to develop, strong resources of personal faith, without which their leadership in church and community would be jeopardized.
Duties and Responsibilities :
Strategic Planning and Management
Serves as the primary business advisor to the Deans and as the financial liaison for the Schools to Finance.
As a member of the Dean's executive leadership team, provides counsel and oversees implementation of all operational and administrative activities that support the Schools.
Actively partners and closely collaborates with key constituents to leverage School and University resources in a way to harness opportunities and achieve goals.
Promotes a unified view of Vanderbilt University's interests and aligns all departments to work toward common financial goals; Inspires collaboration.
Leverages data to support decisions and to produce, organize, and present information to succinctly and effectively articulate the mission of the Schools while recognizing the broader University strategy.
Promotes and enhances the activities and effectiveness of administrative and operational staff in the Schools.
Develops the School's financial strategy, including planning, forecasts, budgets, and cash management that focus on attaining and sustaining long-term financial equilibrium in collaboration with the Deans and senior leadership.
Develops models that respond to new financial or operational circumstances and provides insightful analysis of financial results and forecasts that allow for informed decision-making and resource maximization.
Interprets and tests information provided by others and advises how the information or request aligns or differs with the School's strategies and financial plans.
Advocates for good management practices and responsible for implementing and maintaining effective internal controls for fiscal activities throughout the Schools.
Assists in cultivating a culture where faculty and staff throughout the University understand their individual fiduciary roles and responsibilities, communicate effectively, and have confidence in their ability to problem-solve.
Designs, establishes and maintains an administrative organizational structure to effectively and efficiently accomplish the School's and University's goals and objectives while appropriately segregating duties and mitigating risk.
Acts as a change agent, assisting the University with the successful implementation of new financial and administrative procedures and systems. Serves as a major point of contact and catalyst for problem resolution.
Serves as an ambassador for the Schools on appropriate University committees, provides insightful and diplomatic feedback to the committees, and communicates updates to the Schools and other constituents within the University.
Human Resource Management
Works with senior administrative and academic leadership to determine appropriate staffing levels; develop and implement metrics to support staffing recommendations.
Communicates openly with staff, faculty, and administration; builds cohesive relationships across the Schools and University to ensure alignment with School and institutional goals and optimal utilization of School resources.
Provides, and expects at all times, a service orientation with high standards of performance; regularly solicits feedback from all stakeholders.
Develops yearly personnel goals reflecting individual needs and departmental priorities that reflect individual responsibility for goal achievement.
Assesses, evaluates, and documents staff performance continually, emphasizing career development and aligning staff members' strengths with responsibilities.
Recruits, develops, and retains high-performing business and administrative professionals.
Continuous Quality Improvement
Continually assesses processes, staffing, and systems to identify opportunities for improvement and streamlining.
Meets or exceeds all professional, governmental, and regulatory standards.
Facilitates and successfully implements changes where needed through coaching and effective role modeling.
Seamlessly integrates innovative programs and projects that contribute to stakeholder satisfaction and budgetary goals including conducting accurate, on-going assessment and evaluation of the effectiveness of such programs.
A Bachelor of Business Administration or related degree from an accredited institution of higher education is necessary.
A Master of Business Administration or related degree from an accredited institution of higher education is preferred .
Seven to 10 years of administrative experience, including operational leadership responsibilities isnecessary .
Experience in a university environment is preferred .
Demonstrated leadership in increasingly responsible roles based on transparency, collaboration, service-orientation, and proactivity is necessary .
Proven ability to relate well to, and work effectively with, all levels of academic professional and support staff is necessary .
Successful track record of driving and adapting to change in a multidisciplinary academic setting isnecessary .
A curiosity and aptitude for identifying, leveraging, and analyzing data to support decision-making is necessary .
Strong evidence of significant business acumen, notably in planning and analysis, and process redesign, along with a proven track record of successfully overseeing innovative business plans, profit and loss statements, and other financial reporting is necessary .
An ability to synthesize, communicate, and effectively respond to large amounts of data in a day- to-day operational context to guide and support decision-making processes is necessary .
Energy, agility, drive, and a demonstrated commitment to the academic mission of Vanderbilt University is necessary .
Outstanding financial expertise; strong technical knowledge and skills; understanding of GAAP, budgeting, forecasting, and analysis; understanding of both federal and state statutes and regulations related to finances and accounting is necessary .
Demonstrated maturity, creativity, and change-management skills coupled with a commitment to personal and professional growth through ongoing educational activities, as well as a demonstrated commitment to mentorship of staff is necessary .
Outstanding communication skills are necessary .
Ability to create a positive work environment and team spirit is necessary .
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.
Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.
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About Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University is a center for scholarly research, informed and creative teaching, and service to the community and society at large. Vanderbilt will uphold the highest standards and be a leader in the quest for new knowledge through scholarship, the dissemination of knowledge through teaching and outreach, and the creative experimentation of ideas and concepts. In pursuit of these goals, Vanderbilt values most highly intellectual freedom that supports open inquiry, equality, compassion, and excellence in all endeavors.